Thursday, August 15, 2013
Caller: Hello, is this the receptionist at the mental hospital?
Receptionist: Yes, it is.
Caller: Can I speak to Larry in Room 421?
Receptionist: I’m sorry, sir, but no one’s been answering the phone in that room.
Caller: Great! That means I really did escape!
What baseball legend hit a record three consecutive home runs in a World Series game—on the first pitch thrown by three different pitchers?
Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, for the New York Yankees, in game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson hit a record five home runs in the series.
What the heck happened to Family Matters?
Family Matters was a spin-off from the sitcom Perfect Strangers, centered around the Winslows, a middle-class African-American family in Chicago. But midway through the first season, the Winslows’ nerdy teenage neighbor, Steve Urkel, appeared in an episode and became a pop-culture phenomenon. Before long, Urkel was everywhere—his catchphrase “Did I do that?” adorned T-shirts, and stores were deluged with talking Urkel dolls and Urkel-Os breakfast cereal. By season six, the family sitcom had become a science-fiction show. Most episodes revolved around Urkel inventing crazy contraptions, including a time machine (to transport himself to a pirate ship) and a cloning device (to make a cool clone of himself named Stefan Urquel). By season nine, it was canceled.
First TV theme song to reach #1 on the Billboard chart: “The Theme from S.W.A.T.” (1976).