Bubble Wrap: “Pop” Culture Appreciation

Today is the 12th Annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, held on the last Monday in January.

Whether packing boxes for moving, or using bubble wrap to protect gifts, few can resist the allure of the “pop.”  Many people pop for fun, and many more pop to de-stress. In fact, 70% of American workers would take a pay cut to ensure that they would never be stressed out on the job again.

Bubble wrap is easier to pop than to make. First, you need the right kind of film, and then suction is applied to a drum-covered layer of film with holes punched in. The film is then laminated to that the holes stick together and air bubbles are trapped. Bubble wrap was originally intended for use as a form of texturized wallpaper.

Kelton Research discovered that 1 minute of bubble-popping provides stress relief equal to a 33-minute massage.

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Trump Fairway to Heaven?

Donald Trump is considering building a private cemetery next  to his golf club in northern New Jersey.

The Donald will reportedly be seeking state approval to put a 1.5 acre burial ground next to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ.  Club members pay as much as $300,000 in membership fees.

The final resting place would be available to late members, with a section set aside for Trump and his kin. Members would also have the option of spreading their ashes on the course, with a permanent memorial placed in the cemetery.

Trump first considered the cemetery in 2007, but opted not to pursue the building of a family mausoleum.

Should this plan go through, these exclusive golfers will never have to leave the greens.

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The Best Bromances in Film, TV and Hollywood

Whether it’s on the big screen, the small screen or the streets of Hollywood, guy-love is everywhere these days. Sure, it’s great to catch up on which celebrities are dating, but just as much fun to see who they’re hanging out with and how well they’re getting along.

Yes, we’re talking about the bromance. The term may be relatively new, but the sentiment isn’t. For decades, the entertainment industry has provided us with these intense and unique depictions of male friendship.

Now, we’ve put together a list (in no particular order) of some of the best and most memorable bromances that we could find on any medium. If you can hardly say one name without thinking of the other, well, that’s a pretty good way to narrow down the list.

Corey Haim & Corey Feldman

There have been several Coreys we have gotten to know, but if you mention “The … Read the rest…

The Evolution of Sherlock Holmes in Pop Culture Part III (TV and Film)

 

According to The Guinness Book of World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary character in film, the most portrayed detective, and one of the top 10 most portrayed characters in film, period.

It is in the classic films of Holmes that the phrase, “Elementary my dear Watson” was coined (Fun Fact: this line is never actually said in the stories. The closest any dialogue comes to is Watson, “’Excellent,’ I cried. ‘Elementary,’ said he”) Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce not only did the famed radio stories together but they also did 14 movies from 1939-1946. Bruce was a consistent Watson, playing him as a good natured, bumbering oafish Santa Clause, though Rathbone eventually passed the role of Holmes onto Tom Conway.

There have even been movies of what Holmes might have been like as a youngster. The classics with Buster Keaton called Sherlock Jr. and one in particular … Read the rest…

Happy Chinese New Year!

2012 is the Year of the Dragon, and will arrive on February 4, 2012. The Chinese New Year Day is January 23, 2012, the Lunar New Year of the Water Dragon, a once-in-a-60-yr occurance.

The Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest in the Chinese Zodiac. In contrast to the European dragon, the Chinese dragon symbolized power, strength and good luck. The dragon also has power over water, such as rainfall, hurricanes, etc. It is the only Chinese Zodiac sign that is a legendary animal.

The dragon has been a symbol for the Emperor in many Chinese Dynasties, and the Imperial Throne was often referred to as the Dragon Throne.

Kung Hei Fat Choi: may prosperity be with you!

 

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