Sep 23, 2018
1. Lincoln and Douglas stayed here before their debate.
None of those, unfortunately, are commemorated in any way.
4. it's the home of Lender's Bagels (those frozen hockey pucks you buy when for some reason you can't get the real thing). Every summer there's a Bagelfest with a fun run, a beauty pageant (for girls), and other small-town festival attractions.
5. And the original Burger King (no connection to the chain, which they unsuccessfully sued). It's a tiny, old-fashioned eat-in restaurant downtown.
But there are a lot of beefcake opportunities.
3. Ben Booker (top photo) is the owner of Second Chance Fitness in nearby Arthur, Illinois. His philosophy is that "fitness is for everybody.," regardless of age. Seniors from 60 to 100 are invited to participate in his Senior Classes.
They moved to California to join Jake Paul's Team 10,but soon got homesick and returned to Maryland. .
They bought a house with their two older brothers, Cyrus and Darius, and started two youtube channels, one for all four brothers, and the other for just the twins.
The four Dobre brothers record their own rap songs and music videos, mostly about how rich they are.
Meanwhile, Lucas and Marcus post mostly pranks, comedy, and dares: "Destroying our Friend's Computer", "Grocery Store Dares," "24 Hours Under Lucas' Girlfriend's Bed," "My Brother was Kidnapped by Scary Clowns."
Here they pose semi-naked in the snow.
Some of the pranks and dares involve gender bending, like the four brothers' "High Heel Race Through Wal-Mart" (with their shirts off, naturally). The prank was about the shocked reaction of the uptight Wal-Mart shoppers rather than the problem of running in heels.
Fan 1: "Are you..."
Fan 2: "What if they were going to say gay'?"
The twins post many photos of them kissing, hugging, cuddling, and otherwise acting like a gay couple.
Cyrus and Darius have girlfriends, too, but the four brothers have released a music video encouraging bullying victims to stop thinking that they aren't good enough. That's sort of pro-gay.
Sep 22, 2018
At first I thought it was a book of literary reviews, but the blurb instead said that it was a "wildly inventive, mind-bending, hilarious horror comedy," Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets The Walking Dead.
Well, I like both Hitchhiker's Guide and The Walking Dead, and it was half price on Amazon, so why not?
While it was bouncing over on 2-day Amazon Prime, I discovered that the author was David Wong, whose earlier book inspired the movie John Dies at the End (2012): a horror-sci fi comedy about two buddies, David and John (Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes), who become reluctant heroes in a world of nonsensical paranormal danger.
Sounds great. I couldn't wait to read the novel.
To distinguish a supernatural visitor from a hallucination, ask it a question that you don't know the answer to, but can verify later, such as "Who is the current president of Peru?"
Then it went downhill. It was not at all funny, David's abrasive tone was annoying, and there were no zombies (or Scandinavian languages), but ok.
Then it went even further downhill. Their case involved Mister Nymph, a mincing, lisping fruitcake who "acts like a fag" and preys on little girls.
I get it. All gay men lisp and mince. All gay men are pedophiles, with a particular interest in little girls, for some reason.
Fiction has been portraying child predators as lisping, mincing fags since Peter Lorre starred in M.
I stop reading at Page 38, and toss the book across the room. It will go into the garbage tomorrow.
It's Jason Pargill, the head editor of Cracked. He states that he is "not very liberal" (no kiddng?). He didn't "come around" on gay rights until he met some gay people in his 20s. But now he won't publish an article against gay marriage, as he perceives it as an attack on his friends.
But he doesn't mind writing a novel that attacks his friends.