Saturday, May 28, 2011

One more mystery.

Last night I was browsing around on the Chicago Tribune’s website and found a nice new recipe for potato salad. I know you’ll agree that, in itself, this is no big deal whatsoever.
Except at the bottom of the recipe article was a little box titled “MORE ON THIS SUBJECT THAT MAY INTEREST YOU.” And here are the four headline links that followed:

“Man Arrested for Masturbating on United Airlines Flight
While Passengers Looked On”

“ESPN Producer Busted For Masturbating
While Watching Neighbor Change”

“Cabbie Denies Masturbating While On Duty,
Demands License Back”

“Cops Bust Alleged Masturbating Subway Pervert”

Quite frankly, how any of these articles relate to potato salad is far beyond my scope of comprehension, so if you can make the connection please send an email and let me know. In the meantime, however, I did find it interesting that three of these stories originated in New York City.

The masturbating airline passenger was arrested in Denver. I’d be willing to bet he had a New York accent.

In other news, Memorial Day weekend is officially underway, which means three jam-packed days of classic war movies on TCM. The best of these include: 1) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo with Van Johnson and Spencer Tracy; 2) Sergeant York with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan; 3) They Were Expendable with Robert Montgomery, John Wayne and a great theme song; 4) Battleground with Van Johnson and Ricardo Montalban; and 5) Operation Burma! with Errol Flynn.

Numbers three and five are my personal favorites, although number two is worth watching if only for Walter Brennan’s weird fake eyebrows (see below) and Gary Cooper at 42 trying to make us believe he’s a hillbilly soldier in his early 20s.
Now that I think about it, I honestly can’t name a single Gary Cooper film where didn’t look ridiculous, awkward or miscast, and I will never understand why he had any success as an actor except that he was unusually pretty when he started out in silent films. Mary Astor was prettier, however.

Thank you for reading this. I’m going back to bed now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the link between potato salad and masturbation has to do with the need, when peeling potatoes, to prick out their eyes. Bobby