Stick Family Feud:
"Whether you love them or hate them— and many do despise them—few trends reveal shifting family values in a mobile, personal-branding-obsessed society as do family stick figures."
The National Toy Hall of Fame
has added its two latest inductees: the Rubber Duck
and the game of Chess
While featuring many interesting facts, the site does fail to mention Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck (featured multiple times here
) or Tim Rice's "Chess" (seen here
). [more inside]
In 2001, Zhu Zhiqiang
began uploading a series of martial arts animations
featuring stick figures
to Newgrounds.com. The name of the series was Xiao Xiao
The New York Times
discusses some of the nation's most atrocious bands in the context of the Vans Warped Tour. We've seen some of these bands on the blue before, but never before has there been this much atrocity in one place. [more inside]
The best-known version of that joyful ode to getting smashed, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
, would surely be the Jerry Lee Lewis rendition
, and Memphis rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette
recorded a hopping little version
of the tune as well. But the song was written and originally recorded
by Stick (aka "Sticks") McGhee
, who adapted it from a chant he learned during his stint in the Army. And yes, "spo-dee-o-dee" was a substitute for another word
, which, though fine for the Army, wasn't exactly radio friendly. Stick wrote a few other tunes in celebration of the alcoholic beverage, including "Six To Eight" and "Jungle Juice"
. And as has been pointed out previously
, the song title was likely the inspiration for the alcoholic concoction known as the "spodi
". Drink up!
On September 2, 1901, then vice-president Theodore Roosevelt first articulated his theory of diplomacy: "Speak softly and carry a big stick"
at the Minnesota State Fair
. In some sort of hideous misinterpretation of Roosevelt's quote, Minnesotans have ever since
provided a dizzying array
(YouTube link) of foods on the ends of sticks to
be eaten as one strolls the state fair. Hotdish
. Teriyaki ostrich
. Pork chop
. Scotch eggs
. This year's complete and rather breathtaking list
Pancakes and sausage...it's fun on a stick!
As seen on tv
. Parents admit
, "I do spoil [my son] and let him have something which others may disapprove of." Serving size
: 1 piece. A nutritional part of these school menus.
Do you know what to do with a stick and a clutch
Only 15% of new car buyers in the US say they'll consider buying a car with manual transmission, and by 2012, only 6%
of cars will be offered with a stick.
Is it because it's a difficult skill to learn
Or is it really because it's too hard to shift when you have a cell phone
in one hand and a Starbucks coffee in the other?
Or is a manual transmission simply an outdated system
with new fangled technology like
and super-fast, 100 msec shifting
automatic transmissions available?
The Chapman Stick
was developed by, who else
, Emmett Chapman in the early to mid 70's. One taps the strings rather than plucking and is closer to a piano than a guitar. Noted musians using the stick are Tony Levin (with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) and Greg Howard
(The Dave Mathews Band). Then there's the chick with a stick