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Do you remember the cartoon The Flintstones?  It is often played here at the Hotel Thompson.  Bacon’s mom says it goes all the way back to her childhood way back in the 60’s.  Gulps.  That does tell Bacon’s moms age doesn’t it..ssshh we won’t tell her we said that.  Well the roll of Fred Flintstone was based off the character Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners.  You know Ralph Kramden was played by Jackie Gleason.  Fred Flintstone’s character makes sense now, right?

Do you remember Fred’s catchphrase?  Yabba-Dabba-Doo!  In the original script, it called for Fred to just say, “Yahoo”.  Doesn’t have the same feel to it, does it?  Alan Reed was doing the voice over for Fred Flintstone at the time.  He said that his mother used to say, “A little dab’ll do ya”.  It doesn’t say if Reed ad-libbed the phrase or asked to change it to the ever knowing, “Yabba-Dabba-Doo!”, but it stuck and as they say… the rest is history.

Do you remember the other close characters in the show?  There was Wilma, Fred’s wife.  Then there was the close neighbors – Barney and Betty Rubble.  And let’s not forget the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos Lodge that Fred and Barney were members.  What a fun show it was.  I think I’m off now.  I gotta go catch up on Pebbles and Bam-Bam.

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Posted by on 04/22/2018 in Rocky's Nut Brunch

 

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The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  Do you remember the movie?  Surely you’ve seen it.  I think just the name of the movie puts shivers up and down people’s backs today.  And raise your hand my friends – how many of you shower with the bathroom door shut and locked still?  You know.. just in case someone gets into your house while showering.  Admit it.  We don’t judge here.

 
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Posted by on 04/15/2018 in Rocky's Nut Brunch

 

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We’ve all heard about the Windy City referring to Chicago weather.  I bet even you thought it referred to the weather.  But you know what?

It doesn’t have anything to do with the weather at all.

Chicago’s nickname was coined by 19th century journalists who were referring to the fact that its residents were ‘windbags’ and ‘full of hot air’.

Shocker huh?

For more history on this, check it out here.

 
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Posted by on 04/08/2018 in Rocky's Nut Brunch

 

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Today let’s talk about something we have heard of – The RMS Titanic.  Such a remarkable ship for its time that had such a tragic ending.  We know the basics the the Titanic:  a British passenger ship that collided with an iceberg on April 15, 1912 on its maiden voyage.  This huge ship could accommodate over 2,453 passengers at one time and had 885 crew members which for the time period was amazing to say the least.  However, due to a coal strike causing many crossings to be cancelled, the maiden voyage had only 1,317 passengers with the crew members.  Out of 2,202 people on board the Titanic, only 710 people survived the aftermath of the sinking.  That’s almost 1,500 people passing at one time – can you believe that?!

But here is something for you to think about.  The Titanic sunk in 1912.

In 1898 – way before the time of the Titanic – author Morgan Robertson wrote a book called Titan or in some places you will call it Futility.  There are so many similarities between the two:

→ Both described as unsinkable.  Both had a shortage of lifeboats.  Both struck an iceberg.  Both when down in the month of April.  The majority of both of the passengers/crew members died.

So there you go – what are the odds?  Did Robertson glance into the future?  Or was a dream of something to take place?  You decide.

 

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Hello dear friends.  I have a great one for you today.  If you are like Bacon’s mom, she is always forgetting what side of her car has the gas tank.  I’m going to show you today how you can tell without getting out of your car.  It’s really easy.  Look at your gas gauge.  Do you see the little gas pump image?  Whatever side the arrow is pointing at, that is the side of your gas tank.  For example, in this picture the gas tank has the arrow to the left.  The gas tank is on the left side.  If the arrow was pointing to the right, the gas tank would be on the right side.  Did you know that?  Now you do!

 

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Let’s talk cartoons this week.  Did you have a favorite cartoon growing up… maybe it’s something you still watch today when you are feeling sick or sleeping in on a Saturday morning.  Bacon’ mom did – that woman loves Scooby Doo and the gang.  I’ll even tell you a secret about Bacon’s mom.  Come closer – she collects Scooby Doo videos.  Funny quirk huh?  She says its something about watching something from her childhood that calms her down and sometimes even helps her to sleep at night when insomnia kicks in for the night.

But now let’s talk some weird facts.  Do you know all of the character names?  I’m not talking just first names that everyone might remember.  I’m talking last names too.  Are you ready for those names?  Here they are:  Scoobert “Scooby” Doo, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, Fred Jones, Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley.

There you go.  Now you know ❤

 

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