Sunday, November 23, 2014

Enjoy Some Bohemian Rhapsody Today

On this day in 1975, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody started it's 9 week run at number one on the UK Singles Chart. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alice Cooper is Mr. Nice Guy

On this day in 1991 helped two fans, Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly whose home was about to repossessed. Apparently Patrick had painted the rocker's face on the home to help aid in selling the property. Alice signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Who Shot JR?

Apparently in 1980, it was a big deal to find out who shot JR on Dallas. I wasn't born yet, so I wasn't aware of the issue, but I guess it was Kristin Shepard, his sister-in-law and former mistress.

Just in case anyone was still wondering.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bo Didn't Know

As The Doors would later learn, if you make Ed Sullivan mad, you will be banned from his show.
Bo Diddley found this out himself on November 20, 1955. Diddley was the first African-American ever to appear on the show and also the first to be banned.

Apparently he was supposed to perform a cover of "Sixteen Tons" but chose instead, without informing anyone ahead of time, to play his number one hit "Bo Diddley." You would think it would make sense to perform your current hit, but apparently Sullivan didn't agree. Bo didn't know. Or maybe he did.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Happened on November 18th

Well, in the music world, several things happened on November 18th, including some birthdays.
Singer Kim Wilde was born in 1960.

And two years later, Metallica's Kirk Hammett joined the world. Do you think he was born with that teeny tiny mustache?

Also, on this day in 1993, Nirvana recorded their famous MTV Unplugged session at Sony Studios in New York. I did like Nirvana at the time, but this was long before I realized that Dave Grohl was cool.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sad Patrol

Once upon a time, I thought that the song "Sad But True" by Metallica was actually called "Sad Patrol." And even now that I know better, that's still what I hear.

I googled "Sad Patrol" today and came to realize that I am not the only person that has thought that. So there.
Also, different song, but this made me laugh.

That's all.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Do You Know What Annoys Me?

Grocery shoppers without a purpose.

Now, I'm not saying that I always walk into the store and know exactly what I need, go straight to it and get out of the store. Sometimes I  have no idea what I'm getting and have to look around some. HOWEVER, I am always aware of others around me, and make sure that I'm out of the way of other shoppers.

Some people just stroll around like they are taking a walk through the park- super slowly, and super in the way so that no one who is moving a little faster can get around them.........

Now if you are just going for a walk and actually don't need groceries, may I suggest a local nature trail or a gym?

Or at the very least, just pay attention to what is going on around you and move to the side or out of the way if need be.

Rant over. Thank you.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bald Eagle vs Turkey

Apparently, in 1789 Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey should replace the bald eagle as the national symbol.
Just imagine. What do you think?

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's National American Beer Day

Apparently today is National American Beer Day, so hopefully some of you were able to celebrate.

I will be back with more posts, but while you wait, check out part one and part two of my series on the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System over on my other page!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Check Out Divinion

Just a quick note on a band that you should really check out if you haven't yet. And, oh yeah, my boyfriend happens to be in it! My opinion will probably seem biased due to that connection, so I will just let you check them out for yourselves!

You can see them next on October 24, so get in your car and head to this show!

And be sure to check out their music video, Insane Gesture:

Go like them on Facebook to find out what else is coming up!

And as always, remember to check out my other page Elusive Red Tiger!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Did You Celebrate?

I'm sure you knew that yesterday was Columbus Day, but did you know that there were two equally as important holidays today?

First, it is Be Bald and Be Free Day. I guess that means it's a good day to celebrate your lack of hair! Or maybe shave your head!

Although, I'm not sure this bald head is one I would celebrate:

It's also Spiderman's birthday!! Happy birthday Spidey!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Wanna Be Like You

For some unknown reason, I had the song Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book stuck in my head this morning.

It made me think about my favorite song from the movie- I Wanna Be Like You, so I did a little research on it.

The song was written by Louis Prima and written by Robert and Richard Sherman and released in 1967.

It has actually been covered many times throughout the years by artists such as Los Lobos, Phish, Bid Bad Voodoo Daddy and Robbie Williams.

It was also featured in a 2009 British anti-smoking public information film.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

National Carry a Tune Week

Apparently we are currently in the middle of National Carry a Tune Week. I really had no idea what this was, so I checked out the website to learn more about it.

The event first began in 2001 when a composer and music preservationist named Roger Hall had the idea of remember the victims of September 11th through music, asking people to select tunes for a week of remembrance in October. The event has annually been held during the week of October 7th; in part because that is the birthday of one of America's first prominent composers, William Billings.

The general idea of the event is now for people to select some of their favorite tunes that are related to fond memories of their past. All tunes must be American in origin.

These 6 categories are included:

I. Patriotic Music -- band music, patriotic songs
II. Folk Music -- traditional, contemporary singer-songwriter
III. Religious Music -- sacred, gospel
IV. Popular Music -- blues, jazz, easy listening, theater, country, rock, etc.
V. Classical Music -- concert songs, short instrumental works
VI. Film Music -- film score themes, movie songs

If you check out their website, you can see the songs that were selected in previous years.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy

On this day in 1988, Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy was the #1 song. I thought you might want to celebrate by reminiscing with the ridiculous video.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Review- Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

This book was really my first foray into the world of Amish fiction. To be honest, I wasn't really aware of it as a literary genre. So when I received a copy to review, I really had no idea what to expect. I do know that I wasn't expecting it to be a page-turner that I didn't want to put down. It was.

The story revolves around Beatrice Zook, a young woman that believes she never wants to be married, especially to her childhood nemesis, Ben Rupp. As her family visits Montana, Bea decides to stay back, taking a job helping a family with newborn triplets. Bea's friends decide to try to bring Bea and Ben together. Through many trials and tribulations, the book draws you in- keeping you wondering if and when this couple will finally get together. I won't give away the ending for you though.

I didn't realize until I finished the book that it was the final story in a series called The Courtships of Lancaster County, each featuring a character found in Becoming Bea. I was even more surprised to discover that each book in the series is based on one of Shakespeare's- this one being an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Knowing this, I now want to go back and read that play again, then re-read Becoming Bea to discover the similarities.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and how the story is highly relatable to any young woman, Amish or not. I look forward to reading more of Gould's work in the future.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in order to facilitate this review.

Friday, October 3, 2014

This Day in Music

Here are some of the fun things that have happened in the music world on October 3rd.

First off, Happy Birthday to Eddie Cochran, Chubby Checker, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Lee, and Gwen Stefani!

On this day in 1945, 10-year old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show. He took second in the talent competition.

On this day in 1978, Aerosmith bailed 30 fans out of jail who had been arrested for smoking pot during a concert in Indiana. How nice.

Apparently in 1997 a court battle began on this day between Garth Brooks and Warren G over the trademark of the letter "G." I wasn't aware you could copyright a letter of the alphabet.

And of course some not so fun things happened on October 3rd as well.

In 1967, folk singer Woody Guthrie passed away. Benjamin Orr of the Cars died at age 53 in 2000 as well.

Just some facts for you folks!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fun Facts About Elbows

Well, a friend suggested that I write a blog post about elbows. And since I can write about whatever random thing I want to, I'm gonna do it!

However, I don't really consider myself an expert on elbows, so I really just scrounged around for some fun elbow facts for you all. So here you go!

  • The elbow joint connects the humerus, radius, and ulna.
  • Most common injuries are tennis elbow and golfer's elbow.
  • When you hit your "funny bone", it's actually not a bone at all. The sensation occurs when your ulnar nerve bumps against your humerus.
  • The pointy tip of the elbow is called the olecranon.
  • The elbow swings 180 degrees in one direction.
  • The ligaments connecting the bones of the elbow are the ulnar collateral ligament, radial collateral ligament and annular ligament.
And just for fun, here is a link to a list of 16 reasons why elbows are the worst things ever: 16-reasons-why-elbows-are-the-worst-things-ever

Thursday, September 25, 2014

National One-Hit Wonder Day

September 25th is National One-Hit Wonder Day! Bet you didn't know that.

What is your favorite one-hit wonder? I am going to post some below, but let me know if your favorite didn't make this list!
And don't be offended if you think someone here is more than a one-hit wonder. I just pulled some of my faves from a list!

  • Edison Lighthouse- Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
  • The Divinyls- I Touch Myself
  • Norman Greenbaum- Spirit in the Sky
  • Autograph- Turn Up the Radio
  • Mungo Jerry- In the Summertime
  • Devo- Whip It
  • Biz Markie- Just a Friend
  • Dee-Lite- Groove is in the Heart
  • Green Jelly- Three Little Pigs
  • Dexy's Midnight Runners- Come on Eileen
  • Bow Wow Wow- I Want Candy
  • Shocking Blue- Venus
  • Soft Cell- Tainted Love
  • Sinead O'Connor- Nothing Compares to 2U
  • Deep Blue Something- Breakfast at Tiffany's 
  • Blue Swede- Hooked on a Feeling
  • 4 Non Blondes- What's Up
  • Toni Basil- Mickey
  • Chumbawamba- Tubthumping
  • Rednex- Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Jack Wagner- All I Need

I know there are TONS that I missed, so throw them out there!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Random: Mary I of England

Sometimes I just like to share random information. And I have this fun book called Useless History Fact-O-Pedia, so I just picked a random page from that book to find some random info to share with you today.

Mary I of England

  1. The first daughter of Henry VIII. Born 1516-1558. Earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" by having hundreds of people burned at the stake.
  2. As a child she suffered from bad headaches and stomachaches. When he had trouble bearing children as an adult, she was said to have "strangulation of the womb."
  3. Married Phillip II of Spain two days after meeting him.
  4. The nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" is said to be about her.
            Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
            (Contrary- due to her attempt to convert Protestant England to Catholicism)
            How does your garden grow?
            ( teasing about her infertility)
            With silver bells, and cockle shells
            ( Silver bells- reference to Catholic church)
            and pretty maids all in a row
             (either relating to her miscarriages or a reference to the fact that she had Lady Jane Grey executed 
               for ascending the throne after the death of Edward VI)

The rhyme has also been said to be about Mary, Queen of Scots. So who knows?

Well, that was kind of depressing. So now for something a little more fun, here is a recipe for a Bloody Mary from the New York School of Bartending.
  •  1 shot of vodka in a highball glass with ice
  • fill with tomato juice
  • a pinch of celery salt
  • a pinch of ground black pepper
  • a dash of Tabasco
  • 2-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp horseradish
  • a dash of lemon or lime
  • garnish with a celery stalk
So there you go. Information you didn't know that you wanted to know.

Welcome to Randomocity

Hello everyone! Welcome to my world. If have come across this page, you probably know that I have another website as well where I feature my crafty products and blog about all things duct tape.

I decided that I wanted to start another blog where I can post any ol' random thing I feel like, and keep the other page focused on crafts and duct tape.

I have all sorts of random ideas that I will be featuring here so be prepared!