Friday, November 21, 2003

faces of death

Obviously, there are all kinds of cheap and easy jokes one could make about Michael Jackson. Still, it's worth taking a moment to ponder that this is actually the unPhotoshopped face of a human being. That's a real human nose, there. If you have indefinite sums of money, you can harness wonders of modern science so that this is what you see when you look in the mirror.

For those studying for the Jeremy Freese category on Jeopardy!, my favorite Michael Jackson song is "The Way You Make Me Feel." Because I grew up in the middle of nowhere with only one Top 40 pop radio station (everything else was country), I know all kinds of Casey Kasem-ish trivia. I know that Thriller started and ended 1983 as the number #1 album, the first (and presumably still only) album to do so. I know that it's run at number #1 in 1983 was interrupted a couple of times, including four (?) weeks by The Police's Synchronicity. I believe, although this I'm more hazy about, that the album that Thriller displaced as the number #1 album in late 1982 was Business As Usual by Men At Work. My guess about the order of singles released off Thriller was "The Girl Is Mine," "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Wanna Be Starting Something," "Human Nature," and "PYT." Wait, switch WBSS and "Thriller" around. God, what is it about early-adolescent boys and lists?

Update: From a loyal reader in Niptuck, FL: i've heard that he actually has no real nose and that the one you see on his face is really just a plastic removable nose-like device that he pastes onto his face every morning...

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