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Retronaut: Mr. Popper’s Penguins on the Loose? In Real Life? Maybe?

This week I am obsessed with Retronaut.co.

This is one of the reasons for my obsession, featured on one of their Historic WTF posts.

Also in love with Famous People Hanging Out posts.

And there’s just so much more. For example: Tips For Single Women (1938). “The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor.”



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Rolling Stone, Surprise

A couple of days ago, I bought the George Harrison-covered Rolling Stone. You know how I just love the Beatles and how I feel as though that iTunes cut-out of George Harrison is looking into my soul. Much like this photograph, actually.

Then I got it home and surprise, surprise, Aziz Ansari is on a secret back cover!

I mean, sure, it is largely an ad insert for NBC (what is this new show Whitney anyways?), but you know how I just love NBC. And Aziz Ansari.

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Thanks for the Terrible Headline, Trib: Paul Is Dead…

So Sunday morning I sit down for breakfast and glance at the newspapers strewn across the table, upside down from my vantage point.

Paul Is Dead.

The smaller print “and other myths,” did not come to my attention until I was seen to be gaping at the Arts & Entertainment front page of the Chicago Tribune, at which point the page was turned right-side-up and the disbelief dispelled.

Really, I almost had a moment. I am already upset enough to be leaving town the day of his concert in Chicago. Yeah, I wanted to go.

I mean sure, it was funny in 1969, but now he’s actually getting up there. And I think we have all come to accept that he is actually real and not an imposter taking the place of a dead Beatles.

Dear Terrible Headline Writer for Arts & Entertainment: That was mean. Sunday morning is a time of relaxation and recreation. On the other hand, I read the article.

Most likely, I would have read it anyway, so I return to my prior declaration: Terrible headline! Erroneous! I hate you.

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Savoy Cocktail of the Week: Bull-dog (Hey)




Last week we undertook the Breakfast cocktail, our first selection to involve egg white for frothy goodness, mixed with gin and grenadine for a serious base with a bubbly, festive color.

Taking the name literally, the Breakfast cocktail is a nice alternative to standard brunch beverages such as the Mimosa, Bellini, Greyhound or Bloody Mary—to a name a few. First of all, you do not see a lot of gin in the morning, secondly a drink with egg whites basically counts as a breakfast course in itself.

We liked the drink, which has a serious kick to it despite a girlie color and overall appearance. The egg whites made it smooth and vaguely reminiscent of a smoothie or milkshake. The helping of pomegranate grenadine provided some sweet balance to the stalwartness of gin.

One issue: it appears that I need a finer strainer on my cocktail shaker, because despite prolonged and vigorous shaking, there was still some mucusy egg white residue at the bottom of my glass—not pleasant in the least! So watch out.

This week we will encounter a cocktail perhaps lower in alcoholic content than those of past weeks, the Bull-dog Cocktail (page 38). This recipe has been chosen for two reasons:

John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney/ somethingelsereviews.com

1. It sounds like fizzy fun. I love ginger ale.

2. In honor of the late George Harrison’s recent birthday anniversary (February 25, 1943), the cosmos led me to fall upon a beverage that shares its name with one of my favorite Beatles songs of the later years: Hey Bulldog! True, Harrison did not write “Hey Bulldog” (John Lennon did), but the likelihood of coming upon a cocktail entitled “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” seems rather unlikely.

In respect to “Hey Bulldog,” according to Geoff Emerick (the Beatles’ engineer), “Harrison’s solo was sparkling, too—one of the few times that he nailed it right away. His amp was turned up really loud, and he used one of his new fuzz boxes, which made his guitar absolutely scream” (Here, There, Everywhere).

I do apologize for declaring this cocktail of the week, one week too late for a Beatles birthday.

The Bull-dog Cocktail

Place 2 or 3 lumps of Ice into a large tumbler, add the juice of 1 Orange, 1 glass of Gin. Fill balance with Ginger Ale.

Stir, and serve with a straw.

Watch, listen, learn and love. Too bad you have to do it on YouTube.

Also, please note at 2:51 the expression on Harrison’s face, as though he is thinking that everyone has gone mad—which, with all the barking, is entirely possible.

And now for the animated.

Review of the Bull-dog cocktail is found here.

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Happy Death Day, John Lennon

Lennon Signing an Autograph for Mark Chapman/ wikipedia.org

About two months ago, I trotted out a Harry Potter-John Lennon post for what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday (which even makes me feel old somehow). Today as I drove a borrowed SUV home from a day of marathon Christmas shopping, the kind folks on the radio reminded me that today is the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death (again, making me feel curiously old even though I was not even a thought on the wind at the time).

97.9 in Chicago played a selection from the newly stripped down version of “Starting Over” from Double Fantasy, followed by a montage of Lennon classics with sound bites of newscasters breaking the tragedy thirty years ago.

97.1 did a tribute during their “Live at Five” hour, playing recordings from Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1972 benefit concert in New York, including a pretty entertaining “Come Together” in which Lennon mixes up a few words and remarks that the fans might “remember this one better than I do.” They followed it up by broadcasting his cover of Elvis’ “Hound Dog.”

The list of stations digging out Lennon and Beatles tunes during the rush hour slog home was endless in Chicago, as I’m sure it was—and will continue to be throughout the night—pretty much everywhere. And somehow, every time they play the old newscast announcements, you have to feel just a little teary. When I was little, I remember being devastated that the Beatles could never get back together because Lennon was dead, and puzzling over why even the most deranged of fans would shoot someone, much less a Beatle. I mean, a Beatle. Really. I was boggled. I still am kind of boggled.

Late one night last winter I found myself walking past the Dakota. Living in New York, Chicago and the like,  you have to figure you must be walking past murder sites fairly regularly (sometimes your friends live in a building where a man murdered his wife, cooked her into a soup and fed her to homeless people–true story), but I doubt there are many spots where more people pause to ponder than outside the Dakota.

Anyway, it seemed like an appropriate pondering for an otherwise random Wednesday in December since most people probably have no desire to hear about the excellent use of holiday coupons I made today. So have a listen to some Lennon—you know the Beatles are on iTunes now! He was never my favorite Beatle, but he was still pretty awesome. Truth.

The life-size cutouts of the Fab Four that Apple stores are currently displaying the front window make me giddy and a little uncomfortable. I feel like George Harrison is looking into my soul.

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Things You Need to Know From the Past Week or So

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, which honestly, you really should because I am just a wealth of wonderful information, quips and minutiae… I am going to go all bullet points on you and note a couple things that you should note if you haven’t already.

  1. George W. Bush’s mother put a miscarried fetus in a jar and that somehow made Dubya super pro-life. Dear creepy, stop. Old news by now, but still. Ew.
  2. Johnny Weir will be judging—aka utilizing his second nature—on ABC’s Skating with the Stars, a post-Olympic year take-off of Dancing with the Stars which is sure to be horrid and amazing all at the same time. I cannot wait.
  3. Scott Hamilton returned to comment on figure skating at Skate America and there will be a post to follow, revealing all the magic.
  4. On the final and drunkest hour of the The Today Show, Kathie Lee and Hoda recently re-created the evolution of dance YouTube video. Kathie Lee threw a tantrum the entire time. Hoda got really excited about “getting low” and the whole thing is hilarious and merits watching to the end. Promise.
  5. A coyote was spotting gamboling down State Street in Chicago moments after my “Fear the Coyote” post, thus confirming all my fears ever and that I suffer not because I live in the wilderness but because they have no fear. Note that last year one wandered into a Loop restaurant and just hung out unnoticed for way too long.
  6. I learned by watching Conan that that really is Jack McBrayer’s voice.
  7. And if you really live under a rock, Tina Fey won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Amy Poehler said she was rocking the Evita essence.
  8. Lastly, Andy Samberg’s SNL digital short about the Model UN was fully hilarious and my sister and I might be in the process of memorizing it inadvertently, because we like to shout it randomly at each other. You heard it here first.
  9. The Chicago Sun-Times misspelled Kate Middleton as “Middleman” throughout an entire article on her and Prince William’s engagement in today’s paper. It was the saddest thing I ever skimmed, because in another article that was specifically about her ring, they had the spelling correct. Does this mean I can get a job as fact-checker or something?
  10. And last but not least—in fact most—the Beatles are finally on iTunes, and I found out from Voldemorte. (P.S. if you have an extra ticket for Harry Potter this weekend, call me).


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Was John Lennon the Model for Harry Potter?

Oh I think so.

In honor of what would have recently been John Lennon’s 70th birthday (October 9—which my mother inexplicably remembered and brought up in conversation), I bring you this photographic investigation.

Tell me this is not what the adult Harry Potter would look like. Just try and tell me.

I’m just saying: crazy hair, round glasses, English, long nose.

Refer to a Mary GrandPré illustration, if you will.

And for extra fun, compare to an in-character photo of Daniel Radcliffe, the living face of Potterdom.

I just do not know where I get these flights of genius. I do not know.




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