Don't forget The Sunscreen! - 05/07/14

You have probably heard about the Kurt Vonnegut speech to MIT graduates where he offered them advice for the future, listing a number of things they should do as they entered the bright new world.  The primary piece of advice  was "use sunscreen". 

It turns out that speech was not really offered by the famous author at all.  It really was an internet hoax that had Mr. Vonnegut telling graduates they should "sing, floss, get plenty of calcium, dance, read directions (when they are available) and wear sunscreen.  All of those catchy and useful words of advice were actually written by a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.  Mary Schmich wrote a column as a parody of commencement addresses.  Someone on the internet picked up on the "address" and captioned Mr. Vonnegut as the speaker and it took off! 
Apparently there were no hard feelings about the misinformation.  Mr. Vonnegut and Ms. Schmich spoke about it on the phone and he is quoted as saying, he thought the piece was "funny and wise and charming, so I would have been proud had the words been mine.  That's a pretty nice tribute to Ms. Schmich.

Despite how the advice came to be issued, I want to let you know today, "use sunscreen"!  It's that time of year in middle TN.  I was lightly burned last weekend at my son's soccer game and I've seen many others that have had the same fate.  So don't forget to "lather-up" before you spend some extended time outside this season!  It's already that time!

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

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PUMPKINS-PIGS

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FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 

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