I just wanted to say that I think Google is cool for commemorating Houdini’s birthday

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Had that sucker punch not ruptured his guts, today would have been Houdini’s 137th birthday.

It’s weird… I really dislike our popular magicians of today, like David Copperfield and that guy who stands still for really long periods of time, but I really admire and respect Houdini. I wonder why that is. And I wonder if, had I been born 100 years ago, I would have thought that he was a douche too.

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7 Comments

  1. Allah Mehr-Kahn
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    But note how they dodge taxes:

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/24/winamerica-low-taxes/

  2. Josh
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    chris rock has a decent bit about “illusionists” like this.. to paraphrase:

    ‘i’m in a box.. and i ain’t gonna eat.’ that’s not a trick, that’s called living in the projects, motherfucker!

  3. Knox
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    If only Google showed the same respect to Whodini.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLYC7ltxOrk

  4. Burt Reynolds
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Mark, we haven’t had a hooker expose’ in a long time. I think we are all due.

  5. K2
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    One wonders if they’ll commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory today. If so, I hopes it’s tasteful.

    http://futureisfiction.com/blog/http:/futureisfiction.com/blog/one-hundred-year-anniversary-of-the-triangle-shirtwaist-factory-fire/

  6. Larry Seven Larry
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve got an idea for a great movie. What if Whodini started having old visions of things, like being trapped in a tank of water, and, over time, he becomes convinced that he’s the reincarnated Houdini, who always said that he’d come back to life? It would have a huge crossover audience.

  7. Big Otter
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    The message is crystal clear. Much like gmail, if alive today, not even Houdini could escape Google.

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