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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Holiday Hubub” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to the next to last Friday before Christmas.  And yep, we’re starting to get caught up in all the usual holiday hubub, hence the title of this week’s post. You know how it goes, Invitations to be at three different things in three different places on the same day, trying to make sure all the last minute gifts are bought, dealing with single digit temperatures at night, all the fun stuff. In the meantime, the world marches on. And with that, let’s see what we have for this week!

  1. I’m going to start with this one because it made me laugh. Straight from the “wait, someone actually got paid money to research this?” department comes a study that has looked into, of all things, the drinking habits of one James Bond. Yes. THAT James Bond. And apparently, they’ve determined his drinking is likely to be the cause of his demise. According to the study “British researchers predict he could die from alcohol-related causes, such as liver damage, by age 56.” Assuming of course, he doesn’t die first from, of I don’t know… Bullets, Knives, Bombs, Poison, Explosions, Lasers, Sharks, Plane Crashes, or any other exotic, overly complicated means of death. Because he’s a spy. Which totally makes alcohol his likely cause of death. Sheesh
  2. Speaking of sharks…. Note to self, if you ever get a chance to go to the beach near Camp Pendleton. Do not go swimming. Fishing on the other hand, might be fun, considering there are great white sharks to be caught. And yes, this is one of those stories that I used because I thought it was cool. And at least this is a shark story that doesn’t involve a shark biting a human.
  3. Staying in the “I thought it was cool” department, but moving to the automotive history wing of the exhibit…. We have an article talking about the history of the Michelin Man. Never really realized he’d been around so long. And yeah, some of those early costumes, gotta say I agree. They could be viewed as being quite creepy. I did think the picture of him smoking a cigar was kind of funny. Not what I usually think of when I think of smoking tires. More like this:
  4. As the holidays approach, and you plan and get ready for your holiday travels and travails, here’s a piece of advice to keep in mind. It’s generally okay to sleep on the plane. Heck, I’ve been known to nod off before we’re even off the ground. But when you manage to sleep through the landing, well… you risk being left on the plane and locked in!
  5. Lastly… Ah those crazy Canadians. Now they’re trying to claim the North Pole! Now, I’m not an authority on the subject, but I don’t believe Santa Claus considers himself to be a Canadian. And it was certainly never mentioned as such in any of the TV specials I watched growing up. So I really can’t see this happening without a fight. Especially since they’re doing it right around Christmas. I bet they’re hoping to catch him out of the workshop when they show up.  My money is on Santa in this one. It’s been tried before.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here. So until next week, how about an old school Christmas song that doesn’t get a ton of play,  from back when MTV actually had music and stuff going on?

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

 

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “It was just right here!” Edition

Happy Friday everyone,

Whether you’re going to make it a freakin’ Friday or not (And hey, who am I to judge if someone wants to get their freak on?) it is still Friday and that means it’s time for this week’s Five Thoughts. Been a crazy week around here, and it’s nice to see that the news has kept up its end of the bargain as well. So with that being said, let’s get started shall we?

  1. Every now and then, a theme seems to form in my head as I look at stories from the past week. This was one of those weeks. Starting with the thief that made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts. The article fails to mention if they were shelled or un-shelled. But where exactly do you hide 140,000 pounds of walnuts? And a street value of $400,000?? Hmm, I wonder if my neighbors realize how much money the squirrels are stealing out of their walnut tree?
  2. As anyone who reads these posts has probably noticed by now. I find new technology, especially technology that flies, very interesting. And if you want to talk about something that would literally prompt someone to say “It was just right here!”, how about a plane capable of traveling at Mach 6, or roughly 3,500 miles per hour. And while I’m not a big conspiracy uy, I can’t help but wonder. If they’re willing to talk about it in the paper now. What do they really already have ready? As in, what type of plane and what can it do?
  3. Speaking of planes that “were just right here”… I suppose if this had to happen, this was the best way for it to. You’re on a skydiving trip with a group when someone comments, “Hey, didn’t our plane have 2 wings when we left the ground?” Yep. There was a mid-air collision between two skydiving planes. So what did the people with parachutes do? They hopped out and survived, thankfully.
  4. This one can’t be real. Can it? There were just 160 sheep right here! Now they’ve been stolen. What’s that? Where’s here? Oh, right outside the town of Wool.  Sheep? Wool? Really?
  5. This last one? It isn’t an “It was just here” incident. Although I suspect the Chicago airport authorities would have preferred it NOT be there. ‘It’ being an alligator. Alive. In the airport. You know who probably did pull a quick disappearing act though? The first unsuspecting person who saw it.

Okay folks, that’s five and that means that it’s time for Me to not be here! As in I was just here, but now I’m not! You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here! I think that about covers it, don’t you? And with that, it’s time for me to Disappear.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Lucky Friday” Edition

Happy Friday everyone. Yep, it’s that time again. Time to run through the weird, the strange, the dumb, and the stupid. Heck, we’ll even throw in silly at no extra charge! And yes, as this week’s post title alludes to, today is Friday the 13th. (You know, that may be the first time I’ve used “alludes to” in a post!)

  1. Given today’s date… this is hilarious. It’s Friday the thirteenth. And you’re about to board your flight to Helsinki Finland when you notice a couple of things. Namely, your flight number is 666, and the airport code you are flying to is HEL. Yep. Somebody queue up the AC/DC song….
  2. Wow… It really is true, you know? We humans try to add extra sugar to everything! As in the recent molasses spill near Honolulu, Hawaii. Now… yes, I understand it’s not cool that this spill happened and killed the fish. But it still made for a lighthearted joke. I could have cone with the other angle from the story… where authorities are saying that the molasses in the water that’s killing the fish poses no threat to humans… except for all the sharks, barracuda, and eels the dead fish are expected to draw in. Yeah, a shark poses no risk to humans. As long as you’re still on land (Unless you have a Sharknado). And uh.. stay away from anything labelled “sweetened fish” for a while, I’d say.
  3. Speaking of things in the water that can harm you…. How about this one? A a rare brain-eating amoeba has been found in a municipal Louisiana water supply. But don’t worry, “the water is safe to drink, state officials said, although they cautioned against getting water in the nose”. Oh, that’s reassuring. And that’s why… I don’t always drink in Louisiana, but when I do, I prefer alcohol!
  4. Next up, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….. actually…. it’s a frog. So this is what Kermit has been up to these days. A frog recently photo bombed a NASA spaceship launch. Let’s be honest, Kermit was just looking to join up with the Pigs in Space.
  5. And closing out on the NASA theme…. Geek alert time! NASA has reported that Voyager I has officially left our solar system. Not only that, but its also sending back sounds!
    Frankly, I think this is really cool. But after listening to the sounds, I do kind of have to wonder….. Haven’t we seen this movie already?

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m off to see what the weekend brings. So, this one is for all of the weekend warriors out there. Even if you’re just waging war with the weeds in your lawn.

Five Thoughts on a Friday – the “Oh, you haven’t heard?” edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Friday of fall for us here at The Beerbarrel. true to my word, I kept some notes this week in order to keep from having to write this post up on the fly again this week. Of course, does that mean that I also had time to crank out any other posts this week? Um… nope. Still, on we go into this weeks five thoughts? Ready?

  1. Speaking of flying…. I’m pretty sure that they have checklists to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen when you land. I’m also pretty sure somewhere on that checklist is “MAKE SURE THE PARKING BRAKE ISN’T ON WHEN YOU”RE TRYING TO LAND”, or something to that effect. And remember folks, as I told a friend who was getting ready to fly for the first time recently… All take offs are optional, all landings are mandatory. Think about it for a minute…
  2. Wind, religion, and… ruffled feathers. See, this is why we stay away from some subjects. You just had to know putting out a story about how “Wind may have parted the Red Sea for Moses” was going to ruffle feathers. That being said… the fact that they actually created a model where they can do it is pretty darned cool.
  3. You know what else flies? Time. As I write this on the second official full day of Fall (September 24th if you’re checking the calendar), there are 92 shopping days left until Christmas (Don’t believe me? Go here!). Just so we can avoid some of the terrified looks from last year when I was shopping. Don’t want it to sneak up unannounced on anyone this year.
  4. You can go through all of your journalism schooling, and all of your journalism career and never have to expect to write the headline “Man, Parrot scuffle on Ann Arbor street“. That’s exactly what someone at channel 4 in Detroit had to do recently. So much for those expectations, huh?
  5. When I saw this one, I thought it was a followup to the parrot fight story, and that the police had charged the parrot!  Parrot Behind Bars. Turns out it was a different parrot.  Still back in it’s cage though. Sounds like exactly the type of bird the kid in the e-trade commercial needed when his tablet computer gets taken away from him.

There you go folks! That’s five and we’re ready to take wing and get on out of here? Take Wing, get it? It’s a joke! You know, think Foghorn Leghorn. No? Ok. Well, since we were rather avian based this week, I guess it’s only right to close with this one. As we said in the post title… “Oh, you haven’t heard?” I thought everyone had heard..

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer