Sunday, April 24, 2011

Real names of celebrities #2

Bono - Paul Hewson
Cary Grant - Archibald Leach
Charlton Heston - John Charles Carter
Demi Moore - Demetria Gene Guynes
Elle Macpherson - Eleanor Gow
Elton John - Reginald Kenneth Dwight
John Wayne - Marion Morrison
Judy Garland - Frances Gumm
Natalie Portman - Natalie Hershlag
Vin Diesel - Mark Vincent

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Looking for posts in all the wrong places

Many people don't realize that the search bar at the top left of this blog is specifically dedicated to More Rants than Raves. It's a great way to track down your favorite posts from the past without having to slog through the archives. All you have to do is type in a keyword or phrase and click the little magnifying glass icon.

Go ahead and give it a try!

Actually, don't. After I made this post I searched for a bunch of stuff in my blog and only about half of it showed up. I did some research (get it, re-search?) and found out that the Blogger search bar has been "broken" for the last few years. Apparently Google can't figure out how to fix their search engine. How's that for irony?

Even though the search bar doesn't work very well, I decided to keep this post. I spent a lot of time on it and I don't want it to go to waste. I mean, look at the fancy graphic. And the title? Classic.

I am a little disappointed that my original plan isn't going to work, however. You see, I hid a post entitled "rat turds" in the archives of this blog in hopes that people would type the phrase into the search bar (after seeing my example above). If the Blogger search bar actually worked, they would have been redirected here.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Cheap laughs #2

Check out these t-shirt designs from I'm not getting paid to endorse the company, I just think the shirts are funny.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Simsplea the best

Last month I ran across a couple of interesting news articles. I didn’t post them at the time because I didn’t want to interrupt my "best toys from childhood" series. Now that March has come to a close, I thought I'd share these little gems.

Man fires gun to protest slow service
United Press International (article excerpt) - March 12, 2011

A man decided to let employees at a Denny's restaurant in Florida know he was unhappy about delayed service by firing three shots outside the door, police say.

Frederick Louis Sims, 31, of Orlando was arrested near the restaurant Tuesday afternoon, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Police officers said they found a small quantity of marijuana and a .22-caliber Ruger pistol in Sims's Cadillac Escalade.

I'm interested in this article because this Fred Sims character is undoubtedly a long-lost relative of mine. My family has a distinguished history of getting extremely agitated over lengthy restaurant wait times. Also, I couldn't resist a news article that mentions a police search of “Sims’s Cadillac Escalade.”

A few days after the Denny’s incident, another guy got busted for shooting a gun in a different restaurant.

Cops: Angry Taco Bell customer fires at officers
Associated Press (article excerpt) - March 21, 2011

Police say a San Antonio Taco Bell customer enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired an air gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself into a hotel room.

San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides says officers used tear gas Sunday night to force the man from the hotel room after a three-hour standoff. The man is charged with three counts of attempted capital murder.

Brian Tillerson, a manager at the Taco Bell/KFC restaurant, told the San Antonio Express-News that the man was angry the Beefy Crunch Burrito had gone from 99 cents to $1.49 each.

The article above doesn’t mention the perp’s name but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also a Sims. Consider the facts of the case:

1. The guy was at a Taco Bell (everybody knows I love Taco Bell).

2. He was angered by gratuitous price gouging ($1.49 for a beefy crunch?!).

3. He was packing an airsoft gun (I have one and I'm not afraid to use it).

**I should mention here that I draw the line at assault rifles and police standoffs.**

In all seriousness though, what is wrong with these two guys?! Their parents must have let them play with cap guns when they were kids. . . .