### Walkin' where?

Erin: "Have you talked to your parents lately?"

Me: "Yep, talked to my dad yesterday."

Erin: "Oh yeah, what's he up to?"

Me: "He's in Memphis."

Erin: "What's he doing there?"

Me: "Walking."

Now, I thought this was an absolutely HI-larious answer. My dad was
Walking in Memphis. Too funny, right?

But Erin didn't get it. So I tried to explain by singing the chorus, "You know, the famous song! It goes: I was walkin' in Memphis, mmmm mmm mmm my feet ten feet off of...um...the street..."

Erin: "Oh yeah? Exactly what category of music is that?"

Me: "What category?! I don't know, Bruce Springstein!"

So it was off to Google for us. I found the lyrics and tried to sing them again to her, but the light still wasn't coming on. InTARnet, help us!

A quick search of YouTube turned up this video of the famous Marc Cohn song. Now, I don't know if this video/slideshow is a joke, or if it represents the hard work of an earnest fan. Frankly, I don't care, because it's too awesome for words either way. Enjoy:

Kate said…
My first respons was: CHER! :)
I can't for my life remember Brucie in that song.. :/
karinms said…
I totally won a bet with my friend Erika because she said that song was by Bruce Springsteen and I said no way. she had to buy me lunch :-)
mama mia said…
I can see where you thought it might have been Bruce, but his voice isn't gravelly enough...is gravelly a word?
mama mia said…
oh...also meant to ask what papa John is doing walking in Memphis?
Cindy said…
This is HI-larious! Especially the catfish!
JohnJohn said…
I will definitely make bets with people about this in the future, especially if they have it on a jukebox in a bar or something.

Papa J is in Memphis preaching at a couple churches. He's quite famous down in that part of the country. I'm sure he was also doing a little walkin', but you'll have to ask him if his feet were 10 feet off of Beale.

Catfish were funny, but I love the touchdown and pouring rain. Erin's favorite is the repeated, blurry shot of a guy walking in an alley (in Memphis?).
mquinn said…
"Papa J is in Memphis preaching at a couple churches."

JohnJohn: Son of a preacher man.

what?
LizRey said…
I'd say Bruce was a pretty good guess. Seriously.... Erin didn't know that one? What's wrong with her?

I've seen several other "videos" like this on YouTube. It makes me feel a little sad for the people who have the time to do that kind of thing. Here's one of my faves: http://youtube.com/watch?v=SfMV8BVMEak

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…

### The Long Con

Hiding in Plain Sight

ESPN has a series of sports documentaries called 30 For 30. One of my favorites is called Broke which is about how professional athletes often make tens of millions of dollars in their careers yet retire with nothing. One of the major "leaks" turns out to be con artists, who lure athletes into elaborate real estate schemes or business ventures. This naturally raises the question: In a tightly-knit social structure that is a sports team, how can con artists operate so effectively and extensively? The answer is quite simple: very few people taken in by con artists ever tell anyone what happened. Thus, con artists can operate out in the open with little fear of consequences because they are shielded by the collective silence of their victims.
I can empathize with this. I've lost money in two different con schemes. One was when I was in college, and I received a phone call that I had won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas. All I needed to do was p…