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Betty Deuce is Unamused

by Chexy on October 27, 2011

Her Majesty is clearly not interested in these Aboriginal dancers, as seen during Betty’s visit to Clontarf Aboriginal college on Thursday in Perth.

Then they gave her a football. Clearly her first time holding one.

She was tackled.


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Behold, The Magic 8-Ball

by Chexy on August 3, 2011

Mattel’s Magic 8 Ball, that fascinating decision maker for the “I don’t know” crowd (you know who you are). What’s inside, you ask? Signs point to me telling you.

Inside that little black sphere is an icosahedron… here’s a nice rotating one. And no, Tippi Icosahedron was not in “The Birds.” (Sorry, Morgan.)

There are, you math whizzes know, 20 possible answers inside the ball…

● It is certain
● It is decidedly so
● Without a doubt
● Yes – definitely
● You may rely on it

● As I see it, yes
● Most likely
● Outlook good
● Signs point to yes
● Yes

● Reply hazy, try again
● Ask again later
● Better not tell you now
● Cannot predict now
● Concentrate and ask again

● Don’t count on it
● My reply is no
● My sources say no
● Outlook not so good
● Very doubtful

I would like to add my own 20 answers to a Magic 8-Ball, inspired by my sage grandmother, who had all the answers:

  • Why you asking me?
  • Do I bother you with such nonsense?
  • You think I know?
  • Yeah, sure, if you think so.
  • You really want my answer?
  • Ich vais nisht!
  • You need to ask?
  • Go know!
  • I have no idea.
  • You already know the answer.
  • Sit down until you know.
  • You really want an answer from a plastic ball?
  • I never thought about it.
  • Ask him!
  • Ask her!
  • Why ask?!
  • If you have to ask…
  • Seriously, you’re a putz.
  • I’m not in the mood for your questions.
  • Why?

The 8-Ball, as we know it now, was created in 1950. But the original gizmo was invented by one Albert C. Carter, who based the original design on one his clairvoyant mother used. Then a guy named Max Levinson and his brother-in-law Abe Bookman partnered with Alabe Crafts in 1946, and they sold it as the Syco-Seer. Not a good name, although they had it inside a glitzy crystal ball. Brunswick Billiards turned it into the 8 ball in 1950. Mattel somehow got a hold of it.

Illustration: Fashionably Geek
for Beck, who would have been 104 this week.


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Thursday Pix: Betty and Lou

by Chexy on September 16, 2010

Betty and Lou Cassorla, on their 25th anniversary, 1969.

Nice dress.


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Betty Deuce Made a Mess

by Chexy on June 3, 2010

I don’t know what’s going on with Betty’s dress. It looks like she got splashed by some spanakopita at the royal buffet for King Constantine of Greece’s 70th birthday party in London. Grease from Greece!

Indigo/Getty Images


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Just Walk Away, Renée

by Chexy on April 23, 2010

Renée Zellweger as she appeared last night at the premiere of “My Own Love Song” at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and an ugli fruit.

So alike, and yet only one is pretty.

Jemal Countess/Getty Images


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Kay Starr with Wheel of Fortune

by Chexy on April 14, 2010

Oh, I just can’t get enough of these Scopitones! Here’s Kay Starr in a revised Jackie Kennedy ‘do, with soft porn dancers and playing cards and balloons. Isn’t that enough? When, oh when will hairdos like this make a comeback?!


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Chexy’s Saturday Matinee

by Chexy on April 3, 2010

Here’s one of my favorite bands, Gotan Project, with “Mi Confesion” from their album “Lunatico.” I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it.

Here’s Hungarian singer Csondor Kata with Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.” I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it.

Here’s the Trio Lescano from the movie L’Argine. I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it.

Here’s Bing to wish y’all a Happy Easter. I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it.

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