Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) 16 tons = 32,000 pounds, because there are 2,000 lbs. to a ton. Without looking it up, do you know how many ounces are in a pound? No. I'm hopeless with this sort of thing.

2) The singer describes himself as having "a mind that's weak and a back that's strong." Think about yourself. Which feels more powerful today, your body or your brain? Brain

3) The poor chap in this song has money troubles. Are you good at sticking to your budget?
No. I'm hopeless with this sort of thing.
4) Tennessee Ernie Ford snapped his fingers as he recorded this song. It's been said that while it's possible to snap your fingers of both hands, the noise is louder with your "dominant hand." (So if you're a rightie, the finger snap will be louder with your right hand.) Try it yourself. Did you find this to be true? Yes.

5) Mr. Ford appeared as "Cousin Ernie" in three episodes of I Love Lucy. What's your all-time favorite sitcom? Friends

6) Tennessee Ernie took the money he made from his performing career and invested in a California cattle ranch. Think back to the last beef your ate. How was it prepared? On Friday I had a Quarter Pounder. I looooooved it. When I was suffering from c. diff, I had a very restricted diet, and it didn't include beef. So this was my first trip to the Golden Arches this year, and I was surprised by how much I savored it. It wasn't just the beef. I got to taste onions and pickles again, too!

7) Mr. Ford passed away at age 72 in 1991. That year, Dr. Seuss also died. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? The Man with the Mole on His Nose. OK, it's not a Dr. Seuss book at all, but it gives me an excuse to watch this clip again.

8) Gene Roddenberry also died that year. Mr. Roddenberry is best known as the creator of Star Trek. Who is your favorite Star Trek character? Sulu. I never watched Star Trek, but I enjoy George Takei's Facebook page a lot.

9) Random question: We're having smoothies. What's your favorite? Strawberry banana.



  1. I haven't had a Quarter Pounder in a long I am craving one! We had a few of the same answers! Have a great week!

  2. I must have missed that show of Moonlighting. I wonder how they kept a straight face while doing it.

  3. YAY for the QP!! Hope it settled well and you are now officially, thoroughly cured!!

  4. I love Friends, too. I miss the gang.

    And I hope all was well *after* the Quarter Pounder!

  5. Never watched Star Trek. Wow. You are right about Takei. His take on the events of life that we all face is inspiring...

  6. Now that video was fun! I never watched Moonlighting or Friends. It was nice to see Bruce Willis doing Dr. Seuss.

  7. I watched Friends with my daughters and really enjoyed it, even though the friends were not my generation....I will watch reruns when they show up.

  8. I am glad your C. Diff is clearing up. That has worried me. I have never seen an episode of Friends. Do you think I am probably the only person in the U.S. who can say that? But then you never watched Star Trek - so maybe that evens things out. Or something.

  9. Right there with you on George Takei! :D How did you get rid of your migraines? Oh, do share.

    I pictured you as great with a budget. Since you're not, I don't feel so bad about my own "disability"!

  10. Great answers.. I too love George Takei.. he is so amusing :D Have a great weekend!


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