Springsteen escorts Van Zandt into New Jersey Hall of Fame
Oh what a night: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, but it was Bruce Springsteen who stole what could have been Meryl Streep’s show. The Boss made a surprise appearance at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall to introduce his longtime friend and guitarist Steven Van Zandt into the hall. Springsteen himself was admitted a decade earlier. The two joined forces onstage and played “I Don’t Want To Go Home,” trading vocals and eventually welcoming the entire class of inductees — and many of their family members — onstage to close the show. “We did the impossible: We made New Jersey hip,” said Van Zandt, who is from Middletown.
Then, referring to his surprising second career as an actor in the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” in which he played mobster Silvio Dante, Van Zandt quipped, “I had the experience of witnessing New Jersey become fashionable twice in one lifetime. Thank you, New Jersey; you have been very, very good to me.”
Springsteen introduced the erratically clothed Van Zandt as “the only man I know besides Hugh Hefner who has figured out how to spend his whole life in his pajamas. Though born in Boston, Massachusetts, there is no purer distillation of the Jersey ethos than Little Stevie Van Zandt.”
Meryl Streep, of Summit, who actually was named to the hall in its first year in 2008 but has yet to appear at an induction ceremony, had to bail again due to a production conflict with her hit HBO series “Big Little Lies.” Because of that, she has not yet officially entered the New Jersey hall.
Comedian and actor Joe Piscopo, who introduced former Mets and Yankees pitcher Al Leiter, said the event was “so New Jersey that I had to pay a toll to get in.”
Wisconsin man eats 30,000th McDonald’s Big Mac burger
The Guinness World Record holder for eating the most Big Macs added to his milestone on Friday by eating his 30,000th of McDonald’s signature burger. Don Gorske a 64-year-old retired prison guard from Wisconsin, ate his 30,000th Big Mac at his local McDonald’s in Fond du Lac, Wis.
“This one is a biggie for me, something I have been looking forward to,” Gorske told the Fond du Lac Reporter.
Gorske said he has been eating Big Macs everyday since 1972 and broke the word record in 2016 when he ate his 28,788th burger. “I love the patties, I love the sauce, I can’t get enough of it,” Gorske told the New York Post.
Gorske said there have been only eight days where he hasn’t eaten a Big Mac since 1972 and his mission hasn’t had any ill effects on his health. “I’m healthy as a horse. I weigh 190 pounds, and my cholesterol is 165,” he said. “I’m better than normal.”
According to the McDonald’s website, one Big Mac contains 540 calories, 28 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of protein.
Blockbuster hopes Crowe’s jockstrap helps business
A celebrity jockstrap that’s been the buzz of Alaska for nearly two weeks went on display Wednesday at one of the nation’s last Blockbuster video stores in an effort to ramp up business. “I tell you, we’re going to get a lot of traffic, is what I’m expecting,” said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.He expects the store to get a lot of calls: “Did you get it in? Can we go see it?” he said.
The jockstrap has a strange history since actor Russell Crowe wore it in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man. It recently became part of a celebrity auction, which Crowe has dubbed ‘the divorce auction,’ where it caught the eye of the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Oliver purchased the jockstrap and some other items and sent them to Anchorage, which has one of the last remaining big box store video chains. The video store is trying to stave off streaming movie services, which are gaining popularity as more broadband capability comes to the nation’s most remote state.
Oliver also sent along the robe and boxing shorts worn by Crowe in the movie as well as the actor’s hood from “Robin Hood,” his vest from “Les Misérables” and a director’s chair with Crowe’s name on it. But the prize is the leather jockstrap, and Daymude believes it might have a unique place in movie folklore. “The very first jockstrap memorabilia I can think of, yes,” he said. And as for the most asked question so far, no, he doesn’t know if they washed it before sending it, but he would like to think they did. Daymude admits it was “be awesome” if Crowe were ever to show up at the store, but in the meantime he’d like to send photos of the display to him as a thank you.
New Zealand’s campaign to #getnzonthemap!
New Zealand launched a comedic social media campaign Wednesday, crafting a “conspiracy” about why the country is often left off of maps. PM Jacinda Ardern shared a sketch video featuring Flight of the Conchords comedian Rhys Darby in hopes of finding a way to #getnzonthemap. “Admit it. You’ve noticed the absence of New Zealand on world maps before too. Some call it a conspiracy (I’m looking at you @Rhys Darby) some call it negligent...either way it’s time for a wee campaign!” Ardern wrote. The video notes that New Zealand, which is located 1,243 miles southeast of Sydney, Australia, has been left off maps including at The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Central Park Zoo, Starbucks and Ikea.
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