He was Very Popular

Sad, sad news. Peter Boyle died yesterday.What a Lovable Creature

Most will remember him as Raymond’s dad.

Forever, for me, he will be Gene Wilder’s creation in Young Frankenstein.

In the dining room…

Dr. Frankenstein: As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved therefore to make the Creature of gigantic stature. Of course, that would simplify everything.

Inga: In other words, his veins, his feet, his hands, his organs, would all have to be increased in size.

Dr. Frankenstein: Exactly.

Inga: He would have an enormous schwanzstucker.

Dr. Frankenstein: That goes without saying.

Igor: He’s going to be very popular.

Two other cast members have gone on before him: Marty Feldman and Madeline Kahn. He also had a guest spot on The X-Files that won him an Emmy, if I remember correctly. Yep.

He’s finally found the Sweet Mystery of Life

UPDATE: Here’s a very sweet tribute from his niece, Clare Duffy.

The Anchoress wonders why CBS removed it’s tribute post – was it self-censorship – in other words, “people” might be offended by “Holy Crap!”.  So let me get this straight… It’s okay to say every 5 minutes in a sitcom, but not okay to mention in homage of the man who immortalized the words in such a hilarious way?  Or is it “situational censorship”?  Well, “Holy Crap!!” on that!

Turtle Hearts and Donkeys

In a fascinating new study on the life span of turtles, we see that turtles live so long that their genes are now being studied for unique longevity properties. Very interesting reading, even the part about

In fact, if turtles didn’t get eaten, crushed by an automobile or fall prey to a disease, he [Dr. Raxworthy] said, they might just live indefinitely.

Oh course, the Global-Warming-Sky-Is-Flying-Yahoos will freak out and try to ban cars and turtle-soup based on that statement alone, but the item that really caught my eye was this….

Turtles have the power to almost stop the ticking of their personal clock. “Their heart isn’t necessarily stimulated by nerves, and it doesn’t need to beat constantly,” said Dr. George Zug, curator of herpetology at the Smithsonian Institution. “They can turn it on and off essentially at will.”

I wonder, could turtles be the lost ancestral root of the Democratic party? It seems that one of the prized traits of a modern day liberal Democrat is this internal flip-flop light-switch…

Just take a look at the wreck that ol’ Jimmah has become.

Very Int-ter-resting…..

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