Were you wondering what Dick Van Dyke has been up to? Me too, so here’s an update:

The 90 year-old television legend visited a Santa Monica Denny’s a few days ago with three much younger men and suddenly all four of them broke into song.

It turns out these guys are Van Dyke’s a cappella group, the Vantastix, and they sang “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang,” the famous song from Van Dyke’s 1968 movie of the same name.

First of all, he is 90 YEARS OLD? That seems impossible. His hair is amazing and it’s good to see his teeth implants have stopped causing him neurological problems. He has said he attributes his youthfulness to going to the gym daily, but eats a pint of ice cream every night so longevity really is just a crapshoot.

And according to his Twitter, Van Dyke was at Denny’s for the grits:

Also, this group has been around for 16 years and they only have one album. It’s children’s songs. They also perform at benefits and charity events. And Denny’s.

I didn’t know the Vantastix existed before today and I haven’t heard any of their other work, but now I kind of want them to perform at my wedding.

 

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

[0:00:00] ... is our first patriots Monday of the season we're down here at Gillette Stadium and joining us right now is he well all season long as they head coach in England patriots Bill Belichick could see again going to be back. How was your off season good. Opus that he and you have guys have been ...
[0:02:25] ... visiting team last week it was the saints this week it's the Chicago Bears. How do joint practices differ appreciate Lee from what you would normally do if you were just out here with your cells. ...
[0:07:35] ... that as the goal but knowing that you've also got. You know Tom Brady sitting there who's gonna play in week 54. Well now other than than theirs also. You know the realization that Kobe's going ...
[0:13:54] ... sounds good on its art thank you spoke at patriots head coach Bill Belichick here on Sports Radio WE yeah coach it's our has brought to you by the Boston area Mercedes-Benz dealers Massachusetts General Hospital ...






We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

[0:00:00] ... is our first patriots Monday of the season we're down here at Gillette Stadium and joining us right now is he well all season long as they head coach in England patriots Bill Belichick could see again going to be back. How was your off season good. Opus that he and you have guys have been ...
[0:02:25] ... visiting team last week it was the saints this week it's the Chicago Bears. How do joint practices differ appreciate Lee from what you would normally do if you were just out here with your cells. ...
[0:07:35] ... that as the goal but knowing that you've also got. You know Tom Brady sitting there who's gonna play in week 54. Well now other than than theirs also. You know the realization that Kobe's going ...
[0:13:54] ... sounds good on its art thank you spoke at patriots head coach Bill Belichick here on Sports Radio WE yeah coach it's our has brought to you by the Boston area Mercedes-Benz dealers Massachusetts General Hospital ...






We check in with Patrick Chung fresh off joint practice with the Bears.
We check in with Patrick Chung fresh off joint practice with the Bears.

If you’re one of the ever-growing legion of millions getting hooked by “Stranger Things” on Netflix, you probably already intuited that the show makes a metric buttload of 1970s and 80s pop culture references. Fortunately someone with the necessary editing skills was able to put this together and show us. As someone else said, “Stranger Things” might as well have been called “Familiar Things.” Which is part of the reason we love it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

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This is Paraguayan Track & Field star Leryn Franco. By way of full disclosure, judging by her Instagram account, Leryn has been in the last three Olympics but makes no mention of the current games, so she might not even be competing in Rio. In other full disclosure, I don’t care. Talent like hers deserves to be celebrated, no matter which Olympics she’s been in.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Good Housekeeping“So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household. It’s taken me until now to wrap my head around it and find the words to describe the horror,” wrote Jesse Newton, from Arkansas, in a 1,000-word tale of woe he posted to Facebook earlier this week.

He then sets the scene, explaining that his dog, Evie, ahem, relieved herself in the living room sometime between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Unfortunately, at the same time, the family’s Roomba also happened to be cleaning (since he programs it to vacuum while the family sleeps). You can guess what happened next: A horror that Jesse now calls “The Pooptastrophe. The Poohpocalypse. The Pooppening.”

The Roomba, designed to clean every nook and cranny, ran over the poop, and proceeded to track feces everywhere. Literally, everywhere. As a warning to other Roomba-using dog owners, Newton wrote: “Poop will be on your floorboards. It will be on your furniture legs. It will be on your carpets. It will be on your rugs. It will be on your kids’ toy boxes. If it’s near the floor, it will have poop on it too.” But the way Newton realized what had happened is even more horrifying: He caught wind of the fecal catastrophe after his four-year-old crawled into his bed at 3 a.m. smelling like, you guessed it, poop.

I don’t mean to sound like I have no sympathy for the Newton family, but you brought this on yourselves. Simply put, you are a victim of your own arrogance and hubris.

This is exactly the kind of thing that happens when we hand over control to the machines. I’ve been warning people about this since I started Thornography. Robots learning to walk. Robots escaping from labs. Robots forced to vacuum the floors we are too lazy to, now plotting against us while we sleep.

Did Jess Newton really think this wouldn’t happen? That this Roomba monstrosity wouldn’t rise up against its human overlords, seeking out the dog mess like a poop-seeking missile to make their lives miserable. This is just another tiny step in the machines ultimate plan to destroy us all. First it’s Pooptastrophe, then it’s Skynet becoming self-aware. Just remember it was me identifying the warning signs and telling you all to wake up. Before we are all in the excrement.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Let this stand as an instructive, moral tale for us all. Sometimes because two things are great, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are great together.

No college party is complete without the obligatory big, fat party animal. Also, you can’t have a college party worthy of the name unless it includes the sacred institution that is the keg stand. But big, fat party animals and keg stands do not mix, a lesson that became all too real to these U. of Maine Black Bears.

Not that I blame them. You can hear all the warnings, do all the research and even watch videos like this. But when you’re in the moment, Drunky McFatso is taking his shirt off and calls for the tap in his mouth, how can you resist? Let’s just be grateful everybody lived to see another party. But from now on, let’s leave the keg standing to the professionals.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Jimmy Garoppolo was on D&c this morning, and although mostly tame, he snuck in a comment that he was excited when he heard that Brady would indeed serve his two game suspension. Lou and Christian discuss the Patriots' quarterback situation heading into the season.