One of my favorite things about the internet is the instant ability to fact-check, whether it be in order to find the answer to unimportant yet nagging questions or the ability to verify your own assertions. For example, the other day at work we were discussing the song Blinded By The Light (I have no idea why) and I stated that it was written by Bruce Springsteen and my coworkers were skeptical. I looked it up on Wikipedia to prove my corrected and stumbled upon this comic gem of a paragraph:
The song is notable for lead vocalist Chris Thompson's garbled enunciation, especially of the phrase "revved up like a deuce" which has led many fans to interpret it as "wrapped up like a douche". The original lyric is neither of the above, instead being "cut loose like a deuce." Springsteen once attributed the popularity of the Manfred Mann version partially to Thompson's enunciation.
Oh, and did you know this about Joaquin Phoenix?
On January, 26 2006, Phoenix was in a car accident on a winding canyon road that flipped his car over. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, "Just relax". Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, "I'm fine. I am relaxed". The man replied, 'No, you're not'. At this point, Phoenix managed to see that the man was famed, eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog. After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned in an ambulance and vanished. Vanished!
A few weeks ago at trivia night, the bonus question was to name the Wahlberg siblings (Only in Boston...), two points for each correct answer. I later looked up Marky Mark to find out the answer, and holy crap, his Wikipedia entry is shocking. I knew he had a rough past but had no idea he had been such a hellion (um, he blinded a man during a robbery attempt?). Or that he has a tattoo of Sylvester the cat with Tweety in his mouth.