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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Newlyrick Game

You may be aware that in the past year or so actors Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have been spending a lot of time together, making memories and having fun.

They're the best famous old man friends out there, and the internet loves it.

Just recently the two played a version of The Newlywed Game. It's worth a watch, even if they do make some references that most 'Mericans might not understand.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rick Hendrick's Big Purchase

If you didn't know already, I'm huge NASCAR fan.  Like, so huge that I can't bear to watch from all the stress.  Yeah, that's what it is.  That's the reason I don't watch NASCAR.

Regardless of my sports-viewing, there are plenty of Ricks that do pay attention to NASCAR.  Take for example, Rick Hendrick (fun fact: his real name is Joseph Riddick Hendrick.  I almost like that better.  Riddick!), owner of Hendrick Motorsports.   He is a retired racecar driver himself, and father of Ricky Hendrick, a driver who died in a plane crash in 2004.

Apparently, there's a thing called the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction (Trying saying that three times fast) that recently happened.  This year was the 12th edition of this auction, and Rick was in a good mood.  He dropped a cool one million on the first 2015 Corvette Z06 Stingray.  That seems like a lot of money to me, but probably not to Rick.  He did the same thing last year for the 2014 Corvette coupe.

One additional note is that the money is going to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, so it's money for a good cause.

If you want to listen to an auctioneer, watch this:

If you want to watch people talk about the car, watch this:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Profiles in Rickery: Rickets

Rickets is a medical condition that involves the softening of bones.  It is most seen in children in developing nations, and is due to a deficiency in vitamin D or calcium



And now you know.  If you want to see some pictures of kids with rickets, check out the GIS.

Interestingly enough, it appears that rickets is now on the rise in developed nations, in part because kids now spend so much time inside playing video games and whatnot instead of playing outside, and also in part because everyone lathers up with sunscreen so much.  Most of the recent articles I found were about the UK, so either they are struggling with it more, or the US just isn't talking about it as much.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Branch Rickey

In honor of it being baseball season, and not in honor of it being April Fools Day:

Branch Rickey was a Major League Baseball executive who was responsible for breaking the color barrier in MLB with the signing of Jackie Robinson.  He also drafted Roberto Clemente, created the modern farm system for the minor leagues and introduced the batting helmet.  What a guy!

Mr Rickey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame (obviously).  He was born in 1881 and died in 1965.

This article on him from Biography.com is worth a read.   This short documentary on his life is a lot longer than I normally post, but that's what you have to do sometimes