Gut Rumbles

October 28, 2005

Silly meme-age

Well, if this is gonna be a real meme.....

American Snapshot
According to the book, a majority of Americans:

• Eats peanut butter at least once a week
• Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky

• Can name all Three Stooges (well, all 5 if you count Curly Joe and Shemp)
• Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart (even in good traffic it's about 25)
• Eats at McDonald’s at least once a year
• Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day(mine are longer with all this hair)
• Never sings in the shower
• Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium
• Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000
• Has fired a gun

• Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall
• Weighs 135 to 205 pounds
• Is between the ages of 18 and 53
• Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option
• Grew up within 50 miles of current home

Strikes indicate the ones that don't apply. Clearly I'm nowhere near average, but we knew that already....

And I don't want to hear shit about not having fired a gun. It's a matter of time and availability. And Rheumatoid Arthritis makes it hard to handle handguns.

How average are you?
(from Ith via Deb)
also posted at my blog


I hate peanut butter

I hate the Three Stooges (but I can name them)

No Walmart within 20 miles of me (thank goodness)

I never eat at McDonalds (but I'd like to)

My showers are prolly between 5 and 10 minutes

I never sing in the shower (I dont even sing Happy Birthday)

My home is worth OVER $300,000.00 (at least thats what the appraiser said when we got our home equity loan last August, shocked the shit of me too, and I asked the appraiser if he would like to BUY IT)

I have fired a gun. (more than once even, could hit a pumpkin at about 150 feet and a squirrel at about 30, at lewast, the last time I tried)

I am 5 feet 6 inches tall

I weigh 125 lbs.

I am 45 years old

gambling is okay, I had five winning numbers in the lottery TWICE (but didnt win enough to retire)

And yes, I grew up within 50 miles of my current home....

Posted by: Ruth on October 28, 2005 07:31 PM

Prefers creamy peanut butter over chunky? Heretical bastards.

Posted by: physics geek on October 28, 2005 08:15 PM

Uh, oh. You forgot Joe Besser as one of the Three Stooges (officially, I think he was supposed to be a relative but they built him up as one. He was "post-Curly" in appearance)

Posted by: Wichi Dude on October 28, 2005 08:17 PM

wasn't he Curly Joe? As opposed to Curly, who was Moe and Shemp's brother.

Posted by: caltechgirl on October 28, 2005 08:51 PM

I fit most of them, except I'm 210, a teensy bit over 6ft, and am a thousand miles away from where I grew up, if indeed, I have grown up. And I don't own my home.

Posted by: Bane on October 28, 2005 09:25 PM

...and people who don't eat peanut butter should be dragged off and shot.

Posted by: Bane on October 28, 2005 09:25 PM

I don't eat peanut butter at all, but my Dad used to eat it every day.

Chunky is the only way to go if you're going to down that stuff.

Don't know about Stooges

No Walmart around here.


I take baths not shower....don't sing.

I live in a house, an apartment, and a converted warehouse in three cities and two states.

I know I wouldn't sell for less thatn $300,000

5 feet 2

Somewhere around 135

I don't like to gamble, but my mom does and once won $23,000 playing BINGO! So, yes, I approve of gambling.

Age 38

Don't live anywhere near I grew up.

Posted by: Dogsdontpurr on October 28, 2005 11:02 PM

I don't want to be an asshole, but we DO NOT COUNT Curly-Joe and Shemp. It simply isn't done. But thank you for remembering them.

Posted by: Velociman on October 28, 2005 11:48 PM

Oh crap, I got 14....BORING!

Posted by: Maggie on October 29, 2005 04:36 PM

in our house, a stooge is a stooge.

Posted by: caltechgirl on October 29, 2005 04:37 PM

meme age -- is that Japanese food? -- I think it's "shep" -- btw.

Is Rob ok -- I mean how is *Rob*? Do we know?

Posted by: Shawn kielty on October 30, 2005 12:45 AM

The 3rd stooge - in order

1922 - Ted Healy and His Stooges. Brothers Harry Moses Howard (Moe) and Samuel Howard (Shemp) (original last name Horwitz) were later joined by violinist Larry Fine (born Louis Feinberg).

Shemp left the act in 1931 to act in films, starting as trainer Knobby Walsh in the "Joe Palooka" films. When Shemp left, youngest Howard brother Jerome took his place. Ted Healy had Jerome shave his head and facial hair, and dubbed him "Curley", in an attempt to humiliate Jerome and pressure him to quit the act. However, Moe threatened to leave the act himself if Healy didn't allow Jerome a starring role in the act. According to Moe Howard in his autobiography, Moe Howard and His Stooges, the Stooges split with Ted Healy in 1934, because of his alcoholism and abrasiveness.

Curly suffered a stroke in 1947, curtailing his output at 97 shorts, and Shemp rejoined the act to take Curley's place. Curly made one brief cameo appearance (doing his "Rrrowf! Rrrowf!" routine) in the third film after Shemp Howard returned to the trio, Hold That Lion!. Curley never recovered enough to return to the act, and died in 1952.

With Shemp, the stooges went on to appear in 73 more shorts and one feature. During this period, Moe, Larry, and Shemp also made a pilot for a Three Stooges television show called "Jerks of All Trades" in 1949.
Shemp Howard died of a heart attack in 1955.

Joe Besser then replaced Shemp in 1956 and 1957, appearing in 16 shorts.

In 1959, Columbia syndicated the entire Stooges film library to television (through its TV subsidiary, Screen Gems), and the Stooges were rediscovered by the baby boomers. A "Stooge fandom" quickly developed, and Howard and Fine found themselves back in demand again with the public. Besser's wife had had a heart attack, however, and he withdrew from the act. Moe quickly signed Joe DeRita as his replacement; DeRita shaved his head and became "Curly Joe".

From 1959 into the 1960s, The Stooges performed live on stage, made guest appearances, and they were hot television guest stars on various variety shows. They were also persuaded to return to Columbia to make some feature films over the next decade and a short lived TV series that was part live action and part animation before age finally caught up with them.

Posted by: Richard R on November 1, 2005 03:13 PM
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