FRI, SAT, SUN, August 26, 27, 28, 2011

Shaking plaster from the National Cathedral, an earthquake rattled windows and nerves from New Hampshire to Georgia.  Officially, meteorologists rated the quake 5.9 on the Richter Scale -- while out of habit, Standard & Poors reduced it to a 4.7.

Songwriter Jerry Lieber who with his partner Mike Stoller wrote many of Elvis's biggest hits, died in Los Angeles at age 78.  After a brief memorial service attended by fans, friends and family, he was laid to rest wearing black denim trousers and motorcycle boots and a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back.

Geneticists have estimated that there are now 8.7 million separate species of life on earth.  And all of them have been given a name -- except, maybe, for whatever that is on Donald Trump's head.

Kim Kardashian fulfilled her childhood dream of having a lavish wedding ceremony, wearing an expensive designer gown, and having hundreds of guests.  It lacked only one thing.  She wanted Dad to spring OJ so he could provide the knife to cut the cake.

Following McDonald's lead to stress healthier fare, Burger King has ditched its mustachioed king  mascot.  In his place, they've adopted a new, more in-touch-with-reality mascot -- an ambulance driver carrying heart defibrillator paddles.

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Compiled from Bob's newsletter "Funnyside Up" published in 2000. This is a yuck and chuckle-filled stroll down memory lane to a time before the Bush administration had inflicted its damage -- a time before the search for WMDs and Osama bin Laden. See what we were laughing at back then, who was in the news and who had yet to enter rehab -- which NFL stars had yet to do time in the Gray Bar Hotel.