Friday, February 13, 2009

A few weeks ago, I thought I'd do a whole baseball-related post when spring training started. Then the baseball world faceplanted last week. Oops. However, I am stubborn, and am going to post nice, fun, optimistic baseball-related links, along with a slew of (non-baseball) links from others.

Via ShysterBall, which I recommend: 50 great potential songs and 71 terrible potential songs for closing pitchers. I am always fascinated with the songs players pick; I was seriously thinking of starting a website until I found that someone else had done it already.

The Common Man has recasting suggestions for the "Homer at the Bat" episode of The Simpsons. Sadly, there are no accompanying rewritten lyrics to "Talkin' Baseball" to fit the nominees.

On the Fourth of July, every MLB team will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "luckiest man alive" speech and raise awareness for ALS. Nice.

And now, to the second part of our Friday post...

From Zazoo in NYC: obscure Muppet facts! These are great. Oscar's Pakistani counterpart lives in an oil barrel! And Gonzo's original name was Snarl the Cigar Box Frackle! And Waldorf is married to an Astoria!

From Julie in the UK: rare video footage of narwhals, aka "arctic unicorns." Awesome.

From Cassandra down the street: Clive Owen is NOT scared of badgers, just so you know. Also from Cassandra: a really fascinating article about gifted kids and how they react to praise; a look at how cats and the internet are a perfect match; and a photo of a "Scottish wildcat," also called the Beast of Buchan. The photo looks an awful lot like a pissed-off version of my childhood cat. Maybe he was a rare Scottish wildcat and we didn't know it.

From Bunny of MCT: Congressman Pete Hoekstra discovers that Twittering your trip to Iraq and Afghanistan is, perhaps, not the best idea.

And there we are. Happy Friday the 13th, St. Valentines Day, spring training, and happy 100th birthday to Miep Gies, who is a hero even if she doesn't think she is. Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you Monday!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Clive Owen also loved David Bowie. Now THAT is dreamy...