Bag of Randomness for Friday, October 16, 2015


  • I laughed pretty hard yesterday when I heard Craig Miller of The TICKET playfully ask a question about the actor that played Tatu on ‘Fantasy Island’ – “Was he the one that played Short Round in the Bond movies?” – There are so much pop-culture inaccuracies in that sentence (confusing the midget actor for the Indiana Jones child character with the Bond villain Oddjob), but at the same time, it’s almost something you’d think a grandparent would say.
  • Speaking of ‘Fantasy Island’, there’s going to be a remake.  This one will have a female lead and be based in San Francisco.  Here are a few things I pulled from Wikipedia about the show while trying to refresh my memory about it:
    • I forgot there was a lot of mystery behind the Mr. Roarke character, sometimes hinting he was either God, Satan, or immortal.
    • Each guest paid $50,000 (about $196,000 in 2014 dollars) in advance for the fulfillment of their fantasies, but sometimes exceptions were made and it was free, or they thought they won the fantasy in a contest.
    • Tatu wasn’t part of the last season and was basically replaced by the man that played Mr. Belvedere.
    • Aaron Spelling admitted the original pitch was a joke
    • ABC wanted Orson Welles for Mr. Roarke
    • Full episodes are on YouTube.
    • It was revived in 1998 with  Malcolm McDowell as the lead role.
  • That article about the ‘Fantasy Island’ remake also states that CBS will have a Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn series based on modern times.
  • When it comes to cleaning my gas grill, I fear the wire brush bristle flying off and then accidentally getting stuck in my food and digested.  Other than cleaning the grates with a ball of aluminum foil, I don’t know of any alternatives.
  • Texas Monthly – The Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in Texas – When I first read the article I was shocked Pecan Lodge wasn’t on the list, and then I realized I failed to actually read the words “New and Improved” in the title.  I visited Cattleack Barbecue last week, and it’s on the list.  Both Austin and DFW have five that makes this list.
  • Hey, stuff happens, and it was only 15 minutes – California Target Shoppers Shocked When Porn Is Played Over Store Intercom
  • Had another crazy dream last night.  Both dreams involved vacationing with the in-laws and fighting.
  • GIF – Truck driver stops runaway rig‏ just before a collision
  • Imgur – Frustrated with the current field of presidential candidates (particularly on the GOP side), my Anglophile friend wrote a trolling letter to the Queen, asking her to take the US back. To our shock, they actually dignified him with a response.‏
  • I like this example Wikipedia uses for Simpson’s paradox – In both 1995 and 1996, Justice had a higher batting average than Jeter did. However, when the two baseball seasons are combined, Jeter shows a higher batting average than Justice.
  • D.C. church says a bike lane would infringe upon its constitutional ‘rights of religious freedom’
  • When reading this article, the following sentence stopped me down and made me question if the word “former” shouldn’t have been included.  – A former Tarleton State University professor resigned after a report that he participated in a ritual in which he pierced his pectorals and hung from a tree in the presence of students. – I think  “former” makes it redundant and confusing.  The professor only becomes “former” after he resigns.  To me, it reads as if a professor that once taught there resigned; however, he would have to actually be working there in order to resign which wouldn’t make him a former professor.  Gosh, I’m confusing myself trying to explain it.  As you know, English and grammar is not my strong suit, I relate with Ralph Wiggum.
  • Supermarket chain Brookshire Grocery explores sale
  • I’ve heard great things about this place – Shake Shack to Open First Dallas Location at The Crescent in Uptown
  • McDonald’s franchisees say all-day breakfast is a nightmare
  • Cereal news – Lucky Charms wants consumers to enter to win a chance to get one of ten available boxes of Lucky Charms that contains only the best part — the rainbow-colored marshmallows.
  • Randy Quaid has some long hair and a crazy beard.
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