Thanksgiving messed with my head, y’all.
I missed out on a chance to watch the Bears-Packers game in the best company while eating chicken wings, because I forgot there was a late Thanksgiving game. I don’t know where my phone charging cord is.
And at 1:37 a.m., I realized it’s Friday – time to answer your Go Ask Daddy questions.
Let’s see if I can finish this sucker. Fueled by two rows of monster KitKat and a good liter of Food Lion’s answer to Diet Mountain Dew, I at least have a puncher’s chance. I am feeling punchy, though.
It’s 50/50, even with Sweet Child of Mine currently on the Pandora.
1. Is the green stuff you find on strawberries good for you?
You can brew strawberry leaves in tea.
Just toss in dried leaves with stem and flower pieces. Strawberry leaf tea is good for gastrointestinal distress (how many of you have this right now?) and joint pain.
It aids in the balance of acids and bases. You should check with a doctor first, but it’s also good for arthritis relief.
Can you pick out the lie among these strawberry facts?
- Overripe strawberries make excellent jam – and also can be pickled
- Strawberry plants are perennials, which means that unlike the Colorado Rockies, they come back year after year
- A strawberry isn’t technically a berry, because its seeds are on the outside
- Lori Laughlin is actually allergic to strawberries
*See the end of this post for the answer.
2. Why do Mexican restaurants sponsor our soccer team?
First, we should make a distinction between Mexican restaurant and casual dining American restaurant with a Tex-Mex theme.
Mexicasa, one sponsor, is the first. You’ll see Mexican staff on the floor and Mexican recipes in the menu. It’s home to maravilloso street tacos and deliciouso enchiladas de queso. A dude named Armando runs the place, for Chucho’s sake.
On the Border, also a sponsor, is the second. While tasty, they serve firecracker stuffed jalapenos and border bowls. It’s the place a waitress named Heather once corrected my pronunciation of ‘enchiladas.’
I mean, it’s all good. I appreciate the tastiness of both spots, and the support they’ve given to our club.
If I had to choose which place to go Monday/Wednesday/Friday and which joint to visit Tuesday/Thursday, however, Mexicasa would be the three-day-a-week choice.
I’m so ready for a plate of cheese enchiladas right now.
Feeling me, Heather?
3. Were the NBA team the Charlotte Bobcats named after their owner?
Officially no, but it feels like a strong coincidence, doesn’t it?
Bobcats, a name now dropped into the permanent freeze (the franchise last season took back the name Hornets from the New Orleans Pelicans – confused yet?), emerged as one of three finalists in 2004 when the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion franchise. The Charlotte Hornets had bolted for New Orleans.
The name Bobcats beat out Dragons and Flight in the final round. Bob Johnson became the first NBA owner since 1941 to have his name as part of his franchise’s.
(Fred Zollner named his team the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons.)
No owner named Dick or Peter has insisted his name be part of his team’s.
4. Are Lance and Neil Armstrong brothers?
Not exactly. Although, both were American heroes and icons for a minute. Neil, for longer.
Lance Armstrong’s most familiar to you for the Tour de France dominance he enjoyed that led to seven consecutive titles. He’s the man behind Live Strong and the iconic yellow bracelets that symbolized a fight – as he’d experienced – to defeat cancer.
Neil Armstrong appealed to an earlier generation as the first man to walk on the moon. During the weekend of Aug. 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong, whose quote “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” became American legend, died at age 82.
Meanwhile, Lance, not his brother in any stretch, gave up his fight against the U.S. Doing Authority amid mounting evidence he cheated en route to his moments of glory.
Neil rose on the strength of the U.S. space program; Lance found his fuel in the laboratory, and tipped the playing field in his favor.
So, no. No brothers. Not even like that.
5. In that Allstate commercial, is that a dummy that falls down the stairs?
You mean, this one?
This one was freaky. In the world of television advertising, however, freaky is the only way.
You have to make a splash. These, known as the Mayhem ads, did the trick. In this one, actor Dean Winters of 30 Rock fame, details the antics of a careless cleaning lady.
Ultimately, Mayhem trips on a loose rug near the top of the stairs, and topples to a crumpled mess at the bottom.
Internet speculation turns to stunt doubles and special effects, but no official explanation exists that I could find. Dude might just be ruthless enough to fall down the stairs himself.
As ruthless as a famous cycling Armstrong or adamant On the Border waitress, even.
*Lori Laughlin isn’t allergic to strawberries. That I know of.