On the eve of International Women's Day, at 10pm Tuesday night, the Statue of Liberty... symbol of freedom, acceptance of immigrants, and movies about apes taking over the Earth... went lights out, according to CNN. The National Park Service blamed a "temporary, unplanned outage" caused by repair work made necessary by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. As New Yorkers know, this type of long-delayed construction work is not uncommon. But the timing of the outage, just hours before a nationwide general strike dubbed "A Day Without a Woman," was not easy to ignore. The Statue of Liberty went on strike.
Every so often a story comes along that challenges my stubborn refusal to believe in ghosts. Like this one: a woman named Jessica Ogletree posted a selfie on Facebook taken by her 13-year-old daughter. At first glance, it appears a pretty normal photo, featuring the teen and two men in the background... a white guy facing away, and a black guy facing the camera. But here's where things get creepy. Because, according to the mom, there were only two people in this photo when it was taken.
Mind. Phuck. Basically, Ogletree's assessment is that the black guy is a ghost, but a friendly, supportive one. And I mean, he does look pretty nice. For a ghost. The post has gone viral, with lots of people weighing in in the comments. Most seem to believe the photobomber is definitely a ghost, no doubt about it. IN CONCLUSION: Ghosts are real. And friendly! And they like fishing! How do I get one?
Tweeting is one of Donald Trump's favorite pastimes, and that didn't change after he became president. In fact, now he's got two Twitter accounts, his regular one at @realDonaldTrump as well as the official @POTUS one. Occasionally he deletes tweets, usually due to misspellings, since the man seems hell-bent on not using spell-check. But this week two congressmen warned that, in his case, deleting tweets could now be illegal, according to the Huffington Post. On Wednesday, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the White House warning them to get it together when it comes to their record keeping and their "nontransparent use of social media."The letter stated that Trump deleting tweets “could pose a violation to the Presidential Records Act” if the White House administration is not also archiving the original tweets, misspellings and all. This goes for both of Donald Trump's accounts, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The letter explained, "Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved. It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act." You know, after going after Hillary "Email Server" Clinton so hard, you'd think that Donald Trump's team would be bending over backward to make sure they did everything by the book. Well, that's if you had no knowledge of Trump's team. Given what we actually do know about his administration, this isn't surprising in the least. And hey, Donny... spell-check. Seriously. Look into it.
Professional illusionist Criss Angel was rushed to the hospital after failing to execute a straight jacket stunt on Friday night during his Las Vegas show Mindfreak Live!, TMZ reports. It's since been additionally reported that Angel was well enough to be released, and walked out of the emergency room at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center later that night, around 10pm. It was only about ten minutes into the show when Angel, who was suspended upside down in a straight jacket, was struggling to execute his escape and went limp. "After spinning in vain for about 2 minutes, he was quickly lowered down and the curtain closed onstage," TMZ said of the incident. There have been a few strange occurrences in the magic and illusionist world lately. Last month, magician Daryl Easton was found dead in the closet of Hollywood's Magic Castle, a club for magicians. And last year, David Blaine accidentally shot himself in the foot, and later admitted that he thought he was going to die in that moment, according to Vulture. All this to say that magic is a very dangerous line of work! And if it's any consolation, Angel is absolutely a better illusionist than Gob from "Arrested Development." I prefer Doug Henning myself.
Richard Simmons is “perfectly fine” and is not being held captive in his home despite the rumors, a detective from the Los Angeles Police Department told "People." Well, that's a relief! The iconic fitness guru has apparently not been seen in public since 2014, which sparked rumors that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper. But the rumors are "garbage" and "none of it is true" according to LAPD detective Kevin Becker, who says police recently visited Simmons' home to check up on him and he is A-OKAY. "The fact of the matter is, we went out and talked to him, he is fine, nobody is holding him hostage," Becker told "People." "He is doing exactly what he wants to do. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody, he will do that.” The detective continued, “He is perfectly fine and he is very happy. I don’t know what he is going to do, but right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business.” Simmons also made a statement a year ago saying, "No one is holding me in my house as a hostage," and said he was just taking a break from public life. The recent investigation was apparently prompted by the popularity of a new podcast called Missing Richard Simmons. In one episode, the host interviewed a former assistant who claimed that a maid currently on Simmons’ staff was holding him hostage. That's a pretty weird rumor to just make up out of nowhere, so you know there must be a backup story here. Whatever it is, I just hope Richard Simmons is happy, autonomous, and on the couch watching "Friends" reruns and eating Doritos. The man spent decades dancing around in a sparkly tank top just so we could have toned calves and highs. He's probably just tired!
Speaking of Richard Simmons, remember when he was in that episode of "Star Trek"?
Hahahahahaha. So, ever see an inanimate object and you think you see a face? It happens to me all the time. Check it out, it might happen to you as well.
He looks mad. Haha. Did you kids read The Hardy Boys books when you were a kid? I saw one the other day that I must've missed.
Yikes. I bet it's good. I know you kids definitely like video games. There's a new one that looks kinda fun.
I totally agree on this one. Good job, Donald. A few weeks ago I mentioned "The Washington Post" has added a slogan to their masthead which says, "Democracy Dies in Darkness." That's a lot better than the original slogan they came up with...
You've seen in different magazines where they show pics of celebrities without makeup I am sure. Well, once in a while I like to do the same thing on the Phile.
And now from the home office in Port Jefferson, here is...
Top Phive Groups Of People Who Went To See Kong: Skull Island
5. 12-year-olds who've waited their whole life to see a crappy King Kong movie in the theater.
4. People who were disappointed by the lack of giant ape/lizard-monster battles in La La Land.
3. Tom Hiddleston fans wanting to see him at the mercy of an evil gila monster, to experience what his relationship with Taylor Swift was like.
2. People whose Google search histories are full of the term "wet monkey."
And the number one group of people who went to see Kong: Skull Island was...
1. Democrats who need a break from watching an out-of-control simian destroying everything it sees.
Hahahaha. If you spit the Mindphuck let me know. I wonder where the Errington Fire Department is. Alright, so, my son and I were talking about when he and I used to watch "Sesame Street" when he was a kid and how much that show has changed over the years. So, once again here is the pheature...
Cookie Monster couldn't decide what offended him more: being accused of robbery, or being accused of robbery before the negro.
May 28th, 1922 — March 8th, 2017
He owned a trucking company, then became a bail bondsman... tracking those who jumped bail himself... and then got into boxing. I'll have to check... but he MAY have been Italian.
The 58th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...
Phile Alum and author will be a guest on the Phile in a few weeks.
Today's guest is the lead singer of the Indonesia band Hoodie Woody Freaky whose new album "O" is available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... Haikal.
Me: Hello, Fikri, welcome to the Phile. How are you?
Haikal: Helloo, Phile... We are great. I am very excited when meet new friend.
Me: You're are the first guest I interviewed from Indonesia, so congrats. What part of Indonesia are you from?
Haikal: Awesome. We are glad to have interview with you. well, we are from Malang, its located east in Java Island. Malang is unlucky in English translation, I hope we don't have a jinx. LOL.
Me: I hope so as well. I have no idea where Indonesia is yet. Let me ask my son if he knows. Logan, do you know?
Logan: I know of Indonesia is where my Squire is from. It says on the back of the neck.
Me: Cool. Did you know Squire's were made in Indonesia?
Haikal: Yes I did, many people worked there. haha.
Me: Where is Indonesia on a map anyway?
Haikal: We are bad in geography class. LOL. But we always remember, Indonesia lies on Southeast Asia. In the south we border with Australia. Bali is Indonesia anyway.
Me: What language do you speak there?
Haikal: Well, Indonesia has own culture in every particular city or region, like Bali has balinese language, Java has javanese language, etc. But we have national language to unite all of those languages called Bahasa Indonesia, we mostly speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Me: You guys are pretty good, mixing acoustic music and beatboxing. I love acoustic music and not a big fan of beatboxing but with you guys you do a good mix. How did you decide to combine the two?
Haikal: It came when Frikl met Tobing then decided to make music for faculty event. Tobing wanted to make full band played pop punk but he didn't have dudes because it was the first year of college. So, it just beatbox and guitar only, "Introbeat" it's first song they made. Some people responded good, they liked it. so it continues to rule the stage.
Me: Who is in the band, you guys?
Haikal: The guys are myself (guitar and vocal), Tobing (guitar), and Friki (beatbox).
Me: How did you all meet?
Haikal: God bless college, we met at college from the players till the entire team. Friki and Tobing have the same faculty, after they had performed at faculty event, they got suggestion to add vocal then I came to the band who met Friki first.
Me: I have to ask you about the band name, I thought someone in the band would be named Hoodie Woody. What is the origin of the name and what does it mean?
Haikal: It's classic question, LOL. We considered a band name was Haikal Tobing Friki but finally we realized it was big mistake. LOL. Actually we wanted name I Scream For Icecream, we found the name was used by dudes at Surabaya. Then what was on earth that day, Hoodie Woody Freaky came on our mind. It was cool and always wrong typing on poster. LOL.
Me: I know what a woody hoodie is... it's a condom. Haha. Okay, let's talk about your first EP "Story of The Early Days." What does that title mean? Early days of what?
Haikal: I just only think Durex if you talk the condom. LOL. It means an introduction of our music and brand new life since it is the first EP, the four tracks inside also reflect about our daily life, when wake up from dream until fall asleep to dream at night. simple right?
Me: I enjoyed the EP, guys. I have to ask you about the song "Senyuman." What is that song about?
Haikal: WHOA, have you enjoyed 'Senyuman" anyway? Haha. Senyuman is the smile in english translation, the song is about a guy who adore a girl. it's big a cliche song, guys always give all the best when in love and bragging much. Hahaha.
Me: Do you guys get to travel and perform your music?
Haikal: Yes, sometimes. We want to find friend to make a tour, would you like to welcome us to Florida? LOL.
Me: Maybe. What has been the biggest and best show you guys did?
Haikal: Biggest, we haven't had it. We should find our Woodstock first. Best show, well our show on A tribute to Blink 182 was the best show we ever had. Because every band was full band set, mostly pop punk bands. But we did insanely loud and fun. Kids there was enjoyed our show. Yeah, now we just concentrate to make a good show rather than search the big show.
Me: Who are your influences? I saw on YouTube you guys doing "Never Say Never" by Justin Beiber. Are you Justin beiber fans?
Haikal: You've seen it? Haha, no, Justin Bieber doesn't count. That was just a gimmick because it was an event for teenagers and Justin Bieber is the king. The official asked us to play one of his song, so we selected "Never Say Never" because this song has the good value and message, so there we were. Hehe. Influences for us, Blink 182, Coldplay, King of Convenience, Dubfx, Felix Zenger and Beardyman,
Me: What other kinds of music do you listen to?
Haikal: We like to listen music like Toe, Edson, Rocket Rockers.
Me: Have you heard of the band Foghat?
Haikal: Maybe my uncle heard it. Haha. Have you known Malaikat dan Singa? These guys are cool.
Me: No, I haven't, but will check them out. Thanks so much for being on the Phile, and I hope you come back soon when your next release comes out.
Haikal: YEAH, we are having a good time here, it's our pleasure to know you. I hope any other bands from Indonesia that getting interview with you.
Me: Go ahead and plug your website and I wish you guys continued success.
Haikal: All the best.
Shit. I didn't ask them anything about the new album. Hahaha. I'm an idiot. Anyway, thanks to Haikal for a great interview. The Phile will be back tomorrow with Phile Alum Christine Leakey. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.
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