Spam, spam, wonderful spam!

Ever wondered where the word “spam” comes from?

Spam? Is that when you send lots of irrelevant garbage to people you want to annoy the hell out of? Although we use the word to refer to unsolicited email or network abuse, the term is in fact a portmanteau (vintage slang for combo) of the words “SPiced hAM”, first introduced to mystery meat lovers in 1937.

Can you say Creepy?
Vintage Housewife. I mean old spam ad.

Monty Python invented spam?

When Spam was excluded from the British food rationing during World War II a few hearty Brits decided to speak up. The Spam sketch was recorded on 25 June 1970 and aired on British TV as episode 25 of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Watch the clip for 132 ways to say Spam!

How the term ‘spammer’ came to be is still shrouded in mystery but there is no doubt it originated on USENET (early web forum meets email that predates the internet by over a decade).

When the internet used to be called Arpanet, university students would send the words of the Monty Python skit to new users and crash their systems in the process. The idea of repeatedly sounding a single useless message over and over again obviously had something to do with it. Nudge, nudge, wink wink, know what I mean? 

In 1978 A salesman (naturally) commissioned a mercenary hacker to write code that would allow him to send his brochure to every user on the system. Gary Thuerk’ message got through and he was tarred and feathered as the first official spammer in history. Gary now calls himself the father of spam and works at Hewlett-Packard…

What about Radio Spam?

“In 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus lay in ruins, and then the words on the screen said…
The End.
P.S. If you are satisfied with those answers then so be it, but if you think there is more to it, here is my slightly twisted five cents. The canned product has nothing to do with it. I think the original word featured in the Monty Python song was ‘sperm’ and not ‘spam’…
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Crow Murderous-Lee

Do not go gentle into that good night…

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

by
Dylan Thomas

Everything you are about to discover is meant to act as vivid reminder of how short our little trot on this ball of rock really is. Carpe Diem, oh Captain, my Captain!

In a strange way this post is my personal tribute to arguably the greatest Martial Artist and Philosopher ever to walk this earth. Both Bruce and Brandon Lee were highly skilled martial artists and the strange coincidences regarding their deaths have puzzled me for a long time.

The official story is that Brandon was accidentally shot with a prop gun days before The Crow wrapped in 1993, and that Bruce died on the set of The Game of Death in 1973 due to overdosing on hashish. Obviously I don’t buy that and neither should you! Maybe it is just my freaky imagination, but does it not strike anyone else as odd that both films are still shrouded in mystery and deal with precisely the same prophetic themes?

The LAST Brandon Lee Interview

The final Brandon Lee interview shortly before his mysterious death on the set of The Crow. His answers are eerily prophetic, especially considering that his father also inexplicably died on the set of his last film. But, more about that later…

The LAST Brandon Lee Movie Poster

Did you see the subliminal message hidden in The Crow poster?

The LOST Bruce Lee Interview

 

The LAST Bruce Lee Movie Poster

There are 3 fighting Bruce Lee’s on this poster, 3 human skulls and the word “death” also appears 3 times. Coincidence? Sure why not? These things happen all the time…

Wrap your mind around the following and tell me it is all one big fluke:

  1. Bruce goes DOWN to the underworld, Brandon rises UP from the underworld.
  2. Both films were completed using reedited footage, stand-ins, and out-takes.
  3. Both films have supporting actors loading prop guns with live ammo.
  4. Bruce plays a Movie star in Game of Death, Brandon plays a Rock star in The Crow.
  5. Both characters are shot in the stomach by a racketeering syndicate.
  6. Both characters are assassinated by villains with special weapons.
  7. Both characters return from the dead with new faces and identities.
  8. Both men collapsed on a movie set and died shortly thereafter.
  9. Both men died of massive internal hemorrhaging. (Bruce from water on the brain and Brandon from a bullet lodged in his spine.)
  10. Both movies made cash for the same reasons that Batman and Nirvana still does.
  11. Brandon was set to get married after the “shoot”, and his character in The Crow dies the night before his wedding. The irony was not lost on the clever producers who dedicated The Crow to Brandon & Elize.
  12. Both Brandon and Bruce died days before their films wrapped.
  13. Enter the Dragon was released the same year Bruce died. Legend: The Bruce Lee Story was released the same year Brandon died. Both films made box office history.

And here is the flying kicker! Bruce Lee was knows as the “little Dragon” but, born “Lee Jun Fat” which means “to return or come again”. His superstitious opera singer father believed that an old Chinese merchant had cursed the men in their family, and later renamed Bruce “Sai Fon” which means “Little Phoenix”. Do the themes of death and resurrection, rise and fall, father and son not seem vaguely familiar?

Déjà vu Kiai!

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And now for something completely flippant:

Bruce Lee plays Ping Pong with Nunchucks

Want to see Bruce Lee mop the floor with a hairy Chuck Norris?

Bruce Lee, The Karate Kid and Mr. Miagi selling Ice Tea?

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A few of my favourite Bruce Lee quotes:

“Obey the principles without being bound by them.”

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“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

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“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough: we must do.”

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“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”

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“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

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“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”

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“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

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“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”

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“If you always put limit on everything you do, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

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“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”

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“Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them.”

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“If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

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Guess who read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich…

Busted! Celebrity Mugshots

Famous people like you have never seen them before…

Frank Sinatra arrested in 1938 for carrying on with a married woman.

Jazz Diva Billie Holiday arrested in 1947 for possession of narcotics.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg arrested in 1951 for selling secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested in 1956 during the Montgomery bus boycotts (died on April 04, 1968).

Actor Nick Nolte arrested in 1961 for selling phoney draft cards (vintage fake ID’s to buy booze).

Johnny Cash arrested in 1965 for possession of narcotics.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler arrested in 1967 for pot possession.

Mick Jagger arrested in 1967 for possession of narcotics.

Janis Joplin arrested in 1969 for disorderly conduct during a concert.

Jimi Hendrix arrested in 1969 for possession of narcotics.

Jim Morrison arrested in 1970 for indecent exposure and profanity charges.

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey arrested in 1973 on drug possession and public intoxication.

David Bowie along with Iggy Pop arrested in 1976 for pot possession.

Jerry Lee Lewis arrested in 1976 for public drunkenness and gun possession.

Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious arrested in 1978 for murder. His subsequent drug overdose spared him from conviction.

David Crosby (The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash) arrested in 1982 for gun possession.

John Osbourne (aka Ozzy Osbourne) arrested in 1984 for public intoxication.

Kurt Cobain arrested in 1986 for trespassing while intoxicated.

James Brown arrested in 1988 for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and weapons possession.


Tupac Shakur arrested in 1995 for assault.

Lil’ Kim (aka Kimberly Jones) arrested in 1996 for pot possession.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose arrested in 1998 for disturbing the peace?

Rap star Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) arrested in 1999 for stabbing a record executive in a nightclub.

Rocker Tommy Lee arrested in 1999 for assault and inciting a riot during a concert

Marshall Mathers, III (aka Eminem) arrested twice in 2000 for carrying a concealed weapon.

Brian Hugh Warner (aka Marilyn Manson) arrrested in 2001 for criminal sexual conduct (dry humping the head of a security guard during a concert).

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland arrested in 2001 for battering his wife.

Actor Joshua Jackson arrested in 2002 for drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a hockey game.

Actor Nick Nolte arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence (of a bad hair day).

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong arrested in 2003 for driving under the influence.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson arrested in 2003 for child molestation.

Music producer Phil Spector (minus wig) arrested for murder in  2003.

Actor Gary Dourdan arrested in 2008 for drug possession. (Obviously not a fan of CSI…)

Actress Heather Locklear arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence of drugs.

Country music icon Willie Nelson arrested in 2010 for pot possession.


Rapper Ja Rule (aka Jeffrey Atkins) arrested in 2011 for gun possession and tax evasion.

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No one has ever bothered to ask me..

Why I became a writer instead of a big red fire truck or a dirty politician. I still ask myself that same question, but that is not what this post is about. It’s about how I learned to appreciate comic book ads and love the classifieds.

It was a sad day when my package finally arrived, and I found out first hand that you cannot really see through peoples clothes with X-ray spectacles or grow dinosaurs in your bath tub.