Friday, August 29, 2014

Video of the Day: I Am Second - Gabe Salazar

I am Second - Gabe Salazar.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘The Identical’ is Not as Good as the Original

Review of the movie, "The Identical."
Blake Rayne, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta stars in the faith-based film
"The Identical" (City of Peace Films)
I used to think that Elvis impersonators didn’t arrive on the scene until late in the King’s career, but apparently they have been around since the mid ‘50s. The first was Carl ‘Cheesie’ Nelson who did his own versions of “That’s All Right, Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and even sang with Elvis in 1954. It’s all documented in the book, “Elvis in Texas” by Stanley Oberst and Lori Torrance. Oh, the things you learn on Wikipedia.

The above story might have made for a better story than The Identical did. That movie has a similar-themed story. In real life, Elvis was born with a twin brother, Jesse who died shortly after childbirth. Or did he?

The Identical is a pretend story of “what if.” All of the names have been changed, but it is basically a story about what would have happened if Elvis’ brother had lived and had been raised by another family.

Video of the Day: Best Commercial Ever?

There are a lot of commercials claiming to be "the best." Here is one of them. What do you think?

This Day in Pop Culture: August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963.
“I Have a Dream”

American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on this day in 1963. Spoken to over 250,000 people, King called for an end to racism in the U.S. and has been considered the defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. After minutes of a prepared speech, Luther improvised on the “dream” theme: “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream...”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Video of the Day: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become one of the most popular and well-known fundraisers of all time. However, some of these people may have wished that they donated money instead.

This Day in Pop Culture: August 27, 1955

The first copy of the Guinness Book of World Records was publish on August 27, 1955.
Guinness Book of World Records 1st Published

Twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter, who ran a facts and figures agency in London, were commissioned by Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of Guinness Breweries to compile what became “The Guinness Book of Records.” One thousand copies of the first issue were published on this day in 1955. The next year, the book was launched in the U.S. and about 70,000 copies were sold. Today, the series is owned by the Jim Pattison Group, the parent company of Ripley Entertainment, who also owns Ripley’s Believe it Not. A fitting pairing indeed.