This is ABBA done in wax at Madame Taussauds. For years we've thought that this was about as close as we were ever going to get to seeing the Swedish supergroup together again. But now there's some hope that it may happen in our lifetime!
Agnetha Faltskog (Is she the first or second "A"?) said that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of winning the Eurovision Song Contest with "Waterloo" in 1974, there "seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way." Okay, that's not a lot to go on, but I'll take it. A concert? A tour? Who knows!
Forgive me if I've been obsessing about an ABBA reunion too much lately! It's one of my 3 big "rock and roll reunions" I'd like to see. The others are Journey with Steve Perry and Chicago with Peter Cetera.
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New this year: The Jennifer Lopez Barbie! There are two different models, the "World Tour" J-Lo with a clingy stage outfit and boots, and the "Red Carpet" Jennifer Barbie with an elegant gown and her hair up. And they both eerily resemble the star!
Both are described as "curvier" than the regular Barbie proportions!
This isn't it, by the way, it's the real thing!
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A study from India suggests that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia by several years. Some doctors think that switching between two different languages stimulates the brain, like brain jumping jacks (I added that part!).
In a related story, I am learning to speak Spanish by listening to "Learn Spanish" cds in the car. Here's all I've got for sure now:
Mi perra la gusta comer gusanos.
My dog likes to eat worms. This is true by the way. She can gobble them up like me eating a bucket of popcorn. Anyway, there, this guy's staying sane for 5 more years! That was easy! I mean facil!
Blockbuster announced the closing of all its remaining 300 U.S. stores by January. Customer preferences have changed, and most people are now getting videos streamed from on-line sources like Netflix or on-demand from their cable TV provider.
While I'm sad to see people put out of work at these stores, it does take away a minor source of stress that's been nagging me for about 2 decades. I've left a trail of late fees at every video store in every city I've lived in for years. I'd forget about a couple movies for a few days, then slink back in there and stuff them in the slot and run away. Then, next time I'd go to a different store, fill out another application and get another one of those glossy, laminated cards from the new store. I'm sure my picture ended up behind the counter with a big red X across it.
With Blockbusters closing, do you think I'm in the clear, or will they hunt me down somehow? Just to be safe, I'm watching my back. And Netflix.
I'm glad to announce that somebody's finally opened a french fry museum, and naturally it's in Belgium.
The Freitmuseum opened in Bruges this week, 2 glorious, golden delicious floors devoted to things like the history of the potato, and the creation of fried food in - what do you know - Belgium! (So THEY say! The French also claim it!)
And, yes, they have a restaurant that serves fries.
Here's how I like 'em, by the way: very hot, crispy and with ketchup!
Shoppers beware this holiday season! There's a flood of counterfeit stuff hitting the market now, including "brand-name" handbags, toys, shoes, beauty products and even fake X-Box consoles.
This junk is being mass-produced and sold online. One study found that 1 in 5 online customers bought something counterfeit last year, and it's supposed to be worse this season.
Now, just to set my mind at ease: I got my wife something nice and got a great deal on it. It's one of those nice handbags from Goochie.
If Invictus Igwe makes this halftime kick at the Simi Valley football game, he'll get a new Camero! Watch what happens. And what happens to his shoe!
THIS is what I imagined my astronaut costume was going to look like! Back then you couldn't just go down to Party City and buy a realistic spaceman costume. You had to make it yourself with scissors and Scotch Tape and boxes and paint and no parental supervision whatsoever.
For the helmet, I cut a hole in a big cardboard ice-cream bucket. Perfect! For the body, I found a long, thin cardboard box, in which I cut arm and neck holes.
I got DOWN our front steps to meet my group of friends just fine. Problem was that at the first house I realized something important: I couldn't get up the steps. The cardboard box "spacesuit" was too tight around my legs and waist. My friends hopped up the steps to get their candy, and ran off to the next home, while I, the lost, lonely astronaut stood at the bottom of the step in the darkness of space, holding my bag out hoping they'd notice me. They didn't. After a couple houses I gave up and went home.
I changed into to that all time great desperation costume, "bum" or "hobo." By the way, I confess to using the words "bum" or "hobo"in my youth, which I now regret deeply. "Cleanliness Challenged" is, I believe the preferred term today.
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