Crap My Mom Sends Me

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Peggy Sue and Garth Brooks


Sometimes…my mom sends me interesting tidbits of information….that RUINS things for me!  Like this one instance.

The subject line of the email was “Remember Which Movie Inspired Garth Brooks’ ‘The Dance’?”   And I was all ready to open this up and read about some wonderful LOVE STORY movie that would make you tear up and just sit there weeping because of how beautiful the movie was…and how breathtaking the movie was.


The answer was “Peggy Sue Got Married”

Now….I can’t totally hate on the movie.  It was…One Thumb Up for me.  But it just was not the answer I was expecting!!

Here is more on the reason why:


Though “The Dance” has become one of the most iconic songs of Garth Brook’s career, most country music fans don’t know that it was inspired by a hit film.

Songwriter Tony Arata knew he was onto something when he first began working on the song in the mid-’80s, but he didn’t have a fully developed theme or even a title in the early stages. It wasn’t until he saw the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married that he realized what he wanted to write about. The movie stars Kathleen Turner as a woman who travels through time back to her high school days and decides to make different decisions and change her path in life, only to realize that what she already had is exactly what she should have had.

“It just hit me so hard,” Arata told Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper in 2013 (quote via Rolling Stone). “It hit me that you don’t get to pick and choose your memories in life. You have to go with things as they play out. You don’t get to alter them.”

That’s reflected in the song’s now-classic, timeless lyrics: “Our lives are better left to chance / I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.”

Arata’s publisher pitched the song all over Nashville but found no artist interested in cutting it due to its unusual subject matter. When then-unsigned Brooks heard Arata perform “The Dance” at Nashville’s world famous Bluebird Cafe, he was immediately interested and asked if he could cut the song when and if he got a record deal.

Brooks’ classic rendition of “The Dance” became one of the centerpiece tracks of his 1989 self-titled debut, but even at that, his record company balked at releasing it as a single. Capitol sent “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Not Counting You” to country radio as singles and was ready to move on until Brooks’ producer invited the label head to a Brooks concert to see how the song was affecting audiences. After Jimmy Bowen witnessed the emotional impact of the song, Capitol released “The Dance” as the fourth and final single from Garth Brooks in April of 1990.

The song reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart on July 14, 1990, where it remained for three weeks. It went on to win Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year at the 1991 ACM Awards, and also took home Music Video of the Year at the CMA Awards. “The Dance” has gone on to become Brooks’ signature song.

“‘The Dance’ will be the greatest success as a song we will ever do,” Brooks told Playboy in 1994. “I’ll go to my grave with ‘The Dance.’ It’ll probably always be my favorite song.”


You’re Nuts!!!


So….Once again…Mom sent me another video that had me laughing out loud!

But this one made me chuckle even more because for the first time after living in this house for almost 3 years…JUST TODAY….I saw a squirrel on my back porch just hanging out and having a good time.

Somehow…my mom always gets an email or sees something on the internet THE SAME DAY I tell her about something strange or different that happens in my life.

So…I tell her about the squirrel…she gets this video…she sends it to me…I SHARE IT WITH YOU!


I promise…it won’t disappoint!

Great…He Cut Himself…


So….this is what my Mom sends to me when I let her know that I accidentally cut myself with a sharp knife in the kitchen.

It’s not that she doesn’t love me…or isn’t concerned.

It is more the fact that this is a very common occurrence and she and I both feel that laughter is the best medicine.  Even for massive amounts of blood coming out of the human body!

And….this did make me LOL….out loud!

Man wears strainer….

Now…you would think that a subject line like that would be enough to make you stop and think….WHAT THE HECK!?!

But let me finish the sentence of the email my mom actually sent:

Man wears strainer on his head in driver’s license photo


(CNN) You’ll probably never see a driver’s license photo quite like this.

Strainer Guy


It’s of a man with a metal colander on his head. That’s the driver’s license photo of Sean Corbett of Chandler, Arizona. And getting permission for the image to be used took some doing.
He said he went to several Arizona motor vehicle locations for two years before he found one that would let him take the photo with the strainer on his head.
“It’s kind of been a personal mission to keep pushing and not let the naysayers say I can’t,” Corbett told CNN affiliate KNXV.
So why did he insist on being photographed with the colander on his head? Because of his religion, sort of. Corbett calls himself a “pastafarian,” who wears the item as part of his religious headgear.
“Pastafarianism is part of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which says the world was created 5,000 years ago by a Flying Spaghetti Monster,” Corbett said.
If that sounds, well, a little hokey, it’s supposed to be. Corbett admits pastafarianism is more satirical than reverent.
Most states require people to take their driver’s license photos free of headgear or other items, but exceptions are sometimes made for religious reasons. So that’s why Corbett feels he should be able to wear the pasta strainer in his photo.
However, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Transportation told KNXV that while some exceptions are made for religious headwear, Corbett’s colander getup probably shouldn’t have been allowed, so the state is going to void the photo and driver’s license.
If that happens, Corbett says he’s prepared to wage a legal battle for the right to be photographed with kitchenware on his head.
I am adding this picture:

Beer Bottle Orchestra…


When your Mom sends you an email…and the subject line is called “Beer Bottle Orchestra” – and you are from the state of Indiana…

Let me just say that your first thought is that a bunch of southern Indiana Rednecks got together, drank a bunch of Bud Light….and started blowing in them and making train noises.


But NOPE!!   I was totally wrong!

This is actually pretty gosh darn amazing!  It is the “Peacherine Rag” composed by Scott Joplin and performed by a beer bottle orchestra in this creative and entertaining music video. The musical group is the St. Luke’s Bottle Band and they have raised several hundred thousand dollars for charities through their performances over the years.

Click Here To Watch The Video


Ballet On A Bike…


So…I am a guy!  When my mom sends me something titled Ballet on a Bike…my first thought of course goes to….


But nope….that isn’t what she sent.  What she sent was a little more impressive than a couple stunts to “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”

If you have never seen the sport of Artistic Cycling then prepare to be amazed as Nicole Frýbortová performs at the World Championships of Kunstrad. The sport is described as watching ballet on a bicycle and it’s easy to see why as she makes riding this bike while performing gymnastic like moves as if she were dancing on a stage. Thanks to the People Are Awesome crew for bringing us this entertaining video to watch.


My Broken Toe…


So since my diagnosis of Meniere’s Disease….my constant Vertigo has me falling all over the place…all the time!  This has me crashing into things constantly!!

Because of this…I have succeeded in breaking my pinky toe at least 4 times!

Now…Please….DO NOT THINK POORLY of my mom for what you are about to read and see next as it made me laugh out loud…literally!

But….this past week-end…I was sitting there next to her telling her how my foot was hurting and that I thought I had broken my toe yet again!   She didn’t say a thing….she just picked up her phone, typed, and laid it back down.

Seconds later…I get a text from her (yes…while I was sitting there next to her).  I pick up my phone…and this is what I see…..


God Love Her!!!

Typing – Is Music To My Ears…


When Mom sent me the following video…I really wasn’t sure what to expect…

But when I watched it…after the first couple of times so I could get the laughing out of the way….I started to appreciate it for what it truly is…

It is music!  It is ART!

Check it out!!  The Classical Typewriter


The Mystery of Shoelaces…


Mystery of why shoelaces come undone unravelled by science

You put on your shoes, tie them as firmly as possible, but soon after the laces come undone.  Now scientists think they know what causes one of life’s knotty problems.

They found the force of a foot striking the ground stretches and then relaxes the knot, while a second force caused by the leg swinging acts on the ends of the laces, like an invisible hand. The researchers say an understanding of shoelaces can be applied to other structures, such as DNA.

Using a slow-motion camera and a series of experiments, mechanical engineers at University of California Berkeley found “shoelace knot failure” happens in a matter of seconds, triggered by a complex interaction of forces.

Lead researcher Christopher Daily-Diamond said: “When you talk about knotted structures, if you can start to understand the shoelace, then you can apply it to other things, like DNA or microstructures, that fail under dynamic forces.

“This is the first step toward understanding why certain knots are better than others, which no one has really done.”

The study began with co-author and graduate student Christine Gregg lacing up a pair of running shoes and jogging on a treadmill while a colleague filmed what happened next. They found that when running, your foot strikes the ground at seven times the force of gravity. Responding to that force, the knot stretches and then relaxes.

As the knot loosens, the swinging leg applies an inertial force on the free ends of the laces, leading to rapid unravelling in as little as two strides. Ms Gregg said: “To untie my knots, I pull on the free end of a bow tie and it comes undone. “The shoelace knot comes untied due to the same sort of motion. “The forces that cause this are not from a person pulling on the free end but from the inertial forces of the leg swinging back and forth while the knot is loosened from the shoe repeatedly striking the ground.”

Scientists conducted tests with a variety of different laces.

But while some laces might be better than others for tying knots, they all suffered from the same fundamental cause of knot failure, the study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, found. Ms Gregg added: “The interesting thing about this mechanism is that your laces can be fine for a really long time and it’s not until you get one little bit of motion to cause loosening that starts this avalanche effect leading to knot failure.”

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