September 12, 2003
Johnny Cash and John Ritter dead in one day? Bad day for that name I guess.
Death Announcement of the Moment
"Surgeons at the hospital tried to save the Emmy Award-winning actor but, sadly, were unable to do so."
--Statement from Lisa Kasteler, John Ritter's publicist. While I am saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of a guy who seemed to be very friendly and funny, I have to admire the chutzpah and lack of tact of his publicist in working in that "Emmy Award-winning".
History of the Moment
The oldest entry in my backlog for the longest time, it's the story behind Bibendum, the Michelin Man. This original poster, a man made of tire innertubes toasting with a glass full of nails and broken glass ("Michelin tires drink obstacles") is kind of disturbing... of course, tires don't look that way anymore, so I guess most people assume he's just a big inflated guy, kinda like a lower-rent "Stay Puft Marhsmallow Man" from Ghostbusters.
Online Toy of the Moment
Amusing for lke 2 or 3 clicks, American Military Operation Name Generating Device comes up with those odd namepair titles given to our military operations.