Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Morticia, Ann-Margaret and Me

Practical, reliable Taureans are great lovers of sensual pleasures, although you do tend to be rather stubborn, possessive and conservative. Firmly anchored in the material world, you have a fine grasp of what is needed in order to lead the good life. Of course, you are capable in emergencies, where you have an instinctive understanding of what to do, but under normal circumstances, no-one can force you into anything without due time for thought and consideration.

Who, me? Stubborn? Possessive? I guess so, 'cause today's my birthday. And, I'd have to agree with the following...

Taurus rules the throat, giving a powerful, often beautiful voice. The influence of Venus opens up a world of musical talent and appreciation, so Taureans are good singers and musicians, or at least, love music and can be a force on the business side of music.

Here are some others with whom I share my date of birth...April 28th
1758 - James Monroe, Westmoreland Va, (D-R) 5th pres (1817-25)












1878 - Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], Phila, actor (Free Soul, Dr Kildare)1889 - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, premier/dictator Portugal (1932-68)
1926 - Harper Lee, author (To Kill a Mockingbird)
1929 - Carolyn Jones, Amarillo Texas, actress (Morticia-Addams Family)













1937 - Saddam Hussein, [At-Takriti], former president of Iraq
1941 - Ann-Margret, Valsjobya Sweden, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy)













1946 - Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
1949 - Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)













1950 - Jay Leno, New Rochelle, comedian/talk show host (Tonight Show)
1952 - Mr. & Mrs. Dufus welcome first-born noname into the world. Earth momentarily slides off axis.









1960 - Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist
1974 - Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress
1981 - Jessica Alba, American actress











And here are some interesting events that happened this day...1789 - Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty & Capt William Bligh











1910 - 1st night air flight (Claude Grahame-White, England)
1914 - W H Carrier patents air conditioner
1923 - Wembley Stadium opens-Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup)
1940 - Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"





1966 - 38th Academy Awards - "Sound of Music," Julie Christie & L Marvin win
1967 - Expo 67 opens in Montreal





1985 - Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time
1990 - Guns & Roses' Axl marries Erin Everly (annulled same year)




1994 - Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough


Huh! Lot going on on April 28th. Who knew!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Leaves


with apologies to Joyce Kilmer, author of "Trees"




Leaves

I think that I shall never see
The end of last fall’s frigging leaves

Leaves who tumbled once winter commenced
Against the sweet earth, hedge and fence

Leaves that look at me all day
Till I break my back raking them away

Leaves that in summer smirk
And say, “I’m not fallin’, jerk”

Upon autumn to branches cling
Who ultimately get raked in spring

Poems are made by fools, but a leaf
Forever’s gonna give me grief

Trouble Brewing?

merci

This Sucks!

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The Latest In Bank Security

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Calvin: "How Come..."


Twittiquette

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Toe-tally Awesome

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Robbers of African-American Persuasion

For anyone who didn't see the episode of David Letterman's show where this story was told, read this: (And remember it's a true story...)
On a recent weekend in Atlantic City, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine.
She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room. 'I'll be right back and we'll go to eat' she told her husband and carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator.
As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black.. One of them was very tall and had an intimidating figure. The woman froze. Her first thought was: 'These two are going to rob me.'
Her next thought was: 'Don't be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice gentlemen.' But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her.
Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed.
A second passed, and then another second, and then another. Her fear increased! The elevator didn't move. Panic consumed her. 'My God' she thought, I'm trapped and about to be robbed!
Her heart plummeted. Perspiration poured from every pore.
Then one of the men said, 'Hit the floor.'
Instinct told her to do what they told her.
The bucket of quarters flew upwards as she threw out her arms and collapsed on the elevator floor. A shower of coins rained down on her.
'Take my money and spare me', she prayed.
More seconds passed. She heard one of the men say politely, 'Ma'am, if you'll just tell us what floor you're going to, we'll push the button.'
The one who said it had a little trouble getting the words out. He was trying mightily to hold in a belly laugh. The woman lifted her head and looked up at the two men. They reached down to help her up.
Confused, she struggled to her feet. 'When I told my friend here to hit the floor,' said the average sized one, I meant that he should hit the elevator button for our floor. I didn't mean for you to hit the floor, ma'am.' He spoke genially. He bit his lip. It was obvious he was having a hard time not laughing.
The woman thought: 'My Gosh, what a spectacle I've made of myself.'
She was too humiliated to speak. The three of them gathered up the strewn quarters and refilled her bucket.
When the elevator arrived at her floor they then insisted on walking her to her room. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet, and they were afraid she might not make it down the corridor.
At her door they bid her a good evening.
As she slipped into her room she could hear them roaring with laughter as they walked back to the elevator.
The woman brushed herself off.. She pulled herself together and went downstairs for dinner with her husband.
The next morning flowers were delivered to her room; a dozen roses.
Attached to EACH rose was a crisp one hundred-dollar bill.
The card said: 'Thanks for the best laugh we've had in years.
It was signed: Eddie Murphy & Michael Jordan.

merci Leaman

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Thank You!



Well, that was one hell of a week of self-indulgence! In case you missed it, here are the links to the retrospectives I shared this week, leading up to the 2nd anniversary (or as they say on the interwebs: blogoversary) of this blog, today...

Monday - Blogoversary Week
Tuesday - Blogoversary II - Bacon and Beer
Wednesday - Blogoversary III - Politics
Thursday - Blogoversary IV - Battle Of The Sexes
Friday - Blogoversary V - 60s

It was a lot of fun going back and re-discovering some of the gems I'd posted over the last 2 years in the areas of humour, including political humour, advertising and rock n roll music from the 60s - the three main areas nonamedufus concentrates on.
Also in the last several weeks, I changed the layout and colour scheme of my blog, "dropped" my Entre Card widget, and brought nonamedufus on-line on Facebook. I hope you like the changes.

So to my loyal visiters, voyeurs, blog roll peeps and commenters - "Thanks" for dropping by these last 2 years, and this past week. Your comments about the items I've posted over the last 24 months are greatly appreciated. I hope you keep coming back for more. I'm very grateful that you stopped in.
The Grateful Dead

Here are some of the comments I recieved last week with links to their blogs, where possible. These guys and girls are the creme de la creme of humour bloggers, so their comments are deeply appreciated. Click on their names and check out their blogs for a chuckle or two.

Thinkinfyou said...
Congrats to you!!

ettarose said...
Absolutely you should celebrate and share it with us. I have nothing funny to say as I wish you many more years of good health and great blogging. You go baby!

Mary @ Holy Mackerel [http://marymoores.blogspot.com/] said...

A big congrats to you for 2 years, but more importantly, for good health!!!! I didn't know you had gone through all that...

Tiggy said...
Happy Blogversitary!


Joanne Casey said...
Congrats and here's to the continual thriving of yourself and the blog!

Ms. Thirty Something said...
How sweet of you to share things and stuff with us. (sincerely) If you hadn't recovered, think of all we'd have missed out on! The Florida signs, rockin' Dylan, the awesome Neal pics, Renee's pucker...the list goes on and on!!! So, which do you prefer; cash, check or charge? Happy Blogversary!

unfinishedrambler said...
I'm so jealous I'm celebrating my one-year bloggiversary <-- note different spelling so mine is completely different from yours -- with donuts and coffee. But you've got bacon and beer. Somehow I think you'll have more visitors. ;)

Lady Sarcasm said...
Keep the beer, but toss me some bacon, yum!! That last vid was hilarious hehe. Congrats on the year! Cheers to another one :)

Me-Me King said...
I have always enjoyed political cartoonists, you've chosen some great examples.Happy Bloggin' Birthday!!!

These were the comments left on my blog this week. This comment was e-mailed to me:

anditsgone46
Hey Non - Sorry i tried to leave a comment on your post but i have too many damn humor blogs open and my computer is running./ walking slooooo.. anyway, happy blogiversay.....Lisa L AKA Now one of 2 Rodents on Humor Bloggers (ed. note: her blog is Everything But The Furr - Voices of The Stoopedly Imprisoned)

And, imagine my surprise when I dropped by the Forum at Humor Bloggers Dot Com Friday and discovered the following...

hindleyite
Post subject: Re: nonamedufus is 2 years old!
Happy Birthday to you(r blog)! I believe I did a small shout out on my blog last Sunday for your upcoming anniversary.http://retroyakking.today.com/2009/04/1%20...%20to-awards/

Here's what Hindleyite said: A final shout out for today goes to Nonamedufus, whose blog is currently nearing its second anniversary in the blogosphere. Exciting changes are afoot, as a redesign is already underway and retrospectives are expected to follow.
NND’s also the winner of one of
Crotchety Old Man’s Zucchini awards, which instantly makes me envious of him… it’s harder to win that thing than an Academy Award. Get down to his blog, it’s good for a laugh.

Hindleyite also presented me with the Jacket Potato Award. I'll eat it, er, ah, display it with pride. Thanks, mate.

Jenn Thorson
Post subject: Re: nonamedufus is 2 years old!
Hey, happy bloggiversary to you! Two years is a mighty long time in blog years. Blog years are sort of like dog years in that way...But with a "bl" instead of a "d"--Jenn

quirkyloon
Post subject: Re: nonamedufus is 2 years old!
In my best, ahem, Marilyn Monroe accent:

Happy blog anniversary to yoooooouuuu.

Happy blog anniversary to youuuuuuuuu.(insert high-pitched squeak)

Happy blog anniversary (insert breathy pause)Mr. Nonamedufus

Happy blog anniversary to youuuuuuuuu.Boo boo dee boop!

Can You Hear Me Laughing?


Whiteshark
Post subject: Re: nonamedufus is 2 years old!
Wow, congratulations, Dufus! Two years...that's got to put you among the top 3% longest running active blogs

AmyOops
Post subject: Re: nonamedufus is 2 years old!
heres to another year of me stealing your stuff. Congrats

Can someone please pass the kleenex?

Wow guys, thanks. It's been quite a week and quite a 2 year run. Here's to the next year! And here's to looking at life through the lens of laughter. I know it's worked for me. Cheers...

Friday, 24 April 2009

Blogoversary V - The 60s

Last November I introduced a weekly feature to the blog called "60s Fridays" in which, heading into the weekend, I posted music videos from the peace and love decade. It's funny to look back on the music, the lyrics and the fashion (particularly the hair!)from this era and laugh today at what we took so seriously back then. I've posted the odd birthday and obit in rock n roll but mostly I've focussed on what once were my favourite songs by my favourite groups from, as George Harrison says, "all those years ago". Adding to the mirth in watching these videos is that most are in black and white and many are "staged". Yep, it seems lip-synching is a time-honoured tradition, long before Milli Vanilli. Here are a few highlights...















Tomorrow: Happy Blogoversary

C'mon, You Can Do Better Than "Wow"


"Wow".

That's what I said when that news story appeared about the prostitute biting Sham Wow spokesman Vince's tongue and him pounding on her face until she let him go. He was lucky it was his tongue, otherwise Vince might've been saying a lot more than "wow"! But I digress...

What the heck makes Sham Wow so damn popular? And the ad, according to the Sham Wow website, is popular, too, ranking as the #1 informercial of all time! Wow! But try to convince Bill O'Reilly of the claims Vince makes...




Let's look at what Sham Wow claims:
It is made in Germany
Easily removes cola, wine and pet stains
Doesn't drip, doesn't make a mess
Washes, dries, and polishes any surface
Won't scratch any surface
Machine washable and bleachable
Lasts ten years

Big deal. What's so catchy about that. There's nothin' there that would convince me to buy a product called a "sham". And no wonder poor old Bill was upset. Thesaurus.com equates sham with: burlesque, cant, caricature, cheat, counterfeit, cover-up, deceit, deception, facade, fake, fakery, false front, farce, feint, flimflam*, forgery, fraud, hypocrisy, hypocriticalness, imitation, impostor, imposture, jive*, mock, mockery, pharisaism, phoniness, pretend, pretense, pretext, pseudo*, put-on, sell, smoke*, snow job*, spoof, travesty, whitewash ... "wow"!

Remember Bounty? It was "the quicker picker upper". Yeah, that sounds neater than the unimaginative "wow".




And what about Mr. Clean (M. Net for my francophone friends). He "cleans your whole house and everything that's in it".




Here's an old fave: Ajax. Ajax was "stronger than dirt".




And the marketers of Pine-Sol at least used a little imagination to demonstrate how their product worked better than others...




Geez, even Vince's nemesis Billy Mays of Oxiclean fame proclaimed "you don't need a cabinet full of cleaners" - sort of. Nevertheless, it beats "wow" hands down.




Now, Vince, you see how imaginative the makers of other products are? But don't beat yourself up over it...or anyone else for that matter!

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Blogoversary IV - The Battle Of The Sexes

A lot of the stuff I've shared with readers over the past two years had to do with the differences between men and women. What is it with the portrayal of men vs, women on the internet? Believe me, if there really was a battle of the sexes, the women would win hands down every time. Here's just a few of the men/women items I've posted since April 2007...







Tomorrow: The Best of 60s Fridays

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Gliddy Glub Gloopy

Over at Humor Bloggers Dot Com we like to play a little game. The Queen of this game is Quirkyloon. She's forever posting lyrics - often obscure - leaving the rest of us to guess what song they come from. Well, this morning I think I stumped her when I posted:

Gliddy glub gloopy
Nibby nabby noopy
La la la lo lo
Sabba sibby sabba
Nooby abba nabba
Le le lo lo
Tooby ooby walla
Nooby abba naba
Early morning singing song

Well one of my colleagues thought I was having a heart attack and someone should call 911. And poor Quirky thought I was sendig her a Zombie lullaby.

Both wrong! It's from Good Morning Starshine from the soundtrack of Hair, a peace and love musical that opened off-Broadway in 1967 and made it to film in 1979 with John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D'Angelo.

So Quirky, darlin', this is for you...

Blogoversary III - Politics

It's been an interesting time to be a blogger over the last couple of years and follow politics both north and south of the border. So much has happened. And there was so much for editorial cartoonists and internet wiseacres to work with. Two of my favourite editorial cartoonists are Cam of the Ottawa Citizen and Aislin of the Montreal Gazette and both are represented here. There's just far too many pictures and cartoons to include them all, but I did manage to come up with a fairly decent overview of 3 key events.

In the States, the administration of George Bush and his motley crew came to an end...





And America went through primaries, conventions, presidential debates and an election - a process that seemed to last almost forever... In the end, change came to America but so had a recession...




In Canada, we didn't have nearly the same level of drama (or money) as American politics. But we had an election too that saw the same plodding, doddering minority government returned to office and the drama - and at the same time humour - north of the border came from watching the leadership woes of the Opposition Liberal party. An early issue in the Canadian election was whether the Prime Minister preferred fruits or vegetables!


After all was said and done - which was a lot - the whole damn thing had taken it's toll...

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