Here’s some stuff culled from the Internets over the past week:
- The Internet is still going crazy for Betty White (and doggone it, they should!): the story about the Facebook petition group to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live has been picked up by Tonic (http://www.tonic.com/article/facebook-movement-for-betty-white-to-host-snl/) and People magazines’ TV Watch blog (http://tvwatch.people.com/2010/02/10/poll-should-betty-white-host-snl/);
She starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Snickers (hopefully making the phrase, “Hey! You’re playing worse than Betty White!” a common one on schoolyards across America:
And she was profiled in mental_floss‘s daily Quick 10 on Wednesday (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/47197).
- Also on the _floss (which made a cameo appearance on Monday night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory), a brief history of love letters (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/47276). I’ve been fairly creative in letter writing in the past (my best was a letter written along the winding arrow of a pamphlet for the Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art), but that’s just peanuts to these folks.
- On the fun sports and pop culture blog TedQuarters, Ted Berg discusses his love for the muttonchops of Chester A. Arthur (rudely forgetting the merits of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s accomplishments in the facial hair world – he’s the namesake for sideburns, for goodness sake!… http://www.tedquarters.net/2010/02/11/chester-a-arthur-muttonchops-hero/).
- According to the New York Times, the Canadian national speed skating team will wear special body suits (similar to the LZR Racer Michael Phelps has worn the past few years) in the Winter Olympics, which open tonight in Vancouver. So that’s interesting (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/sports/olympics/12speedsuits.html?ref=sports).
- And finally, speaking of Canada, on BoingBoing today, a story about Abel LeBlanc, a member of the New Brunswick provincial assembly, giving the finger to a political rival (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/12/canadian-politician.html). Maybe he was just trying to match Rex Ryan’s bird-flipping skills.