Archive for June 2013

06-29-2013   Leave a comment

Today is a very special day here at Every Useless Thing.  I’m officially opening the doors to the E.U.T. University of totally useless knowledge. You’ll learn through our detailed courses of study many of the things that have puzzled mankind for centuries.  We have the answers but only you permanent students will be permitted to share that information with us.  I know it’s a great honor and you should consider yourself very fortunate.

Todays lessons concern two things which are generally known to us but the true facts aren’t readily available.  Thanks to EUTU you are about to be properly informed.

Lesson #1 – How did the word "shit” originate?

It’s been claimed by some that the word ‘shit” originated in the 16th century, when manure was transported by ship. The dry manure weighed little and was stowed below deck. When mixed with water, however, it gained in weight and began to ferment, producing methane gas, which, when exposed to a naked flame, would ignite, causing explosions and fire. Because of these accidents, crates of manure were labeled “Ship High In Transit’ to indicate that the crates were to be stowed above the deck, so that any water that the ship took on would not come into contact with them.

Unfortunately, this explanation is totally false and we here at EUTU through years of detailed research have discovered the real truth.  Take good notes on this lesson because this “shit’” information will be included on your first POoP quiz.

The word “shit” is from the middle English word “shitten”, which in turn derived from the old English word “scitan”, from “besciten”, which meant “to be covered with excrement” and is in turn thought to originate from the Indo-European root “skei”. The word “shite”, meanwhile, is a variant form of the word as found in some dialects in Ireland and Scotland, as well as in colloquial English.

There you have the truth of the matter.

Lesson #2 – Why do men often shiver after urinating?

I’m not entirely sure our women students will be all that interested in this phenomenon but since it is an official part of the curriculum and will most certainly be included in future tests please pay close attention ladies.

After a man has finished urinating, it’s common for him to experience a shiver over his entire body. It is technically called post-micturition convulsion syndrome, and scientists are not exactly sure why it occurs. One theory is that urination results in heat loss after the warm urine has been expelled from the body, or through exposing the penis to the air, causing the body to shiver.

Meanwhile another theory suggests that the urination reflex is relayed through the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for both contracting the urethra to hold in the urine and relaxing it to allow the urine to flow out.  Also, as urine is released there is often a change in blood pressure, which might also explain the shivering. Shivering is most common in men and some actually find the experience pleasurable or even mildly erotic.

I can verify these statements because I’ve been experiencing that “shiver” myself for decades.  I only pass that information along to you students because I’m a responsible educator with a passion for the truth.

That’s the final lesson for today.  Break into study groups and ”bone up” on this important information.  It seems that if two or more students can  study together the results are much more satisfying.

CLASS DISMISSED

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06-28-2013   2 comments

I know all of you are just sitting there and waiting for the answers to yesterday’s celebrity quiz.  Here’s the complete list of celebrities with their aliases.  How did you really do?

Boris Karloff…..William Henry Pratt
Mary Pickford…..Gladys Smith
Audrey Hepburn…..Edda Van Heemsta
Samuel Goldwyn…..Sam Goldfish
W.C. fields…..William Claude Dunkenfield
Martin Sheen…..Ramon Esteves
Michael Keaton…..Michael Douglas
Roy Rogers…..Leonard Slye
Dale Evans…..Francis Octavia Smith
Mel Brooks…..Melvin Kominsky
Jane Wyman…..Sarah Jane Folks
Whooping Goldberg…..Caryn Johnson
Joan Crawford…..Lucille Le Sueur
Woody Allen…..Allen Stewart Kinigsberg
Charlie Sheen…..Carlos Esteves

On to the next subject.  As promised, another list of totally useless information I’ve collected from all sorts of sources both on the net and elsewhere.

  • Twenty-eight percent of Africa is wilderness while thirty eight percent of North America is wilderness.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • The average person spends three years of his or her life on a toilet.
  • Take your height and divide by eight. That’s how tall your head is.
  • One in three male motorists picks their nose while driving.
  • More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.
  • More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.
  • Famous billionaire Howard Hughes stored his own urine in large bottles.
  • Approximately $25 million is spent each year on lap dances in Las Vegas.
  • 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
  • Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States.
  • Coca-cola was originally green.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s "It’s a Wonderful Life".

Are you feeling smarter now?  Slowly but surely I’m filling your heads with mind numbing information which you’ll probably never use in any conversation and will most likely forget by Monday.  It’s my insidious plot to takeover the world, one mind at a time.

06-27-2013   Leave a comment

It’s time to get back to the kind of postings everyone seems to enjoy.  So today will be all about celebrities.  It must be nice to have the ability to change your name at any time. There have been times in my life when I wished I could change my name and start fresh some where else.  A really cool name that sounded just right and might make help people to remember me.  I always thought my first name was dull because it seemed to be overused.  JOHN!  How boring can you get?  For a time I was called Charlie based on my middle name but it didn’t stick.  I also never was able to pull off a really cool nickname and to this day I still don”t understand why. 

Oh well, lets move along to today’s posting.  I’m going to supply you with two lists, each with fifteen names. The first will contain the names of fifteen famous celebs you should be familiar with and  a second list of fifteen with their original birth names.  Some will be easy to figure out but most will be much more difficult.  No fair sneaking off to use search engines because that’s just cheating.  I’ll post both lists tomorrow with the correct answers.

The Celebrity Aliases

  • Boris Karloff
  • Mary Pickford
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Samuel Goldwyn
  • W.C. Fields
  • Martin Sheen
  • Michael Keaton
  • Roy Rogers
  • Dale Evans
  • Mel Brooks
  • Jane Wyman
  • Whooping Goldberg
  • Joan Crawford
  • Woody Allen
  • Charlie Sheen

Now for their real birth names.  It makes it much easier to understand why their names were changed.  I can’t imagine seeing some of these names in the credits at the end of a film.  Maybe their agents, friends, and studio heads were correct.  Here are their actual names in no particular order.  Match them up if you can.

The Actual Monikers

  • Michael Douglas
  • Carlos Esteves
  • Melvin Kominsky
  • William Henry Pratt
  • Edda Van Heemsta
  • Francis Octavia Smith
  • Leonard Slye
  • Allen Stewart Kinigsberg
  • Gladys Smith
  • Sam Goldfish
  • Lucille Le Sueur
  • Sarah Jane Folks
  • Caryn Johnson
  • William Claude Dunkenfield
  • Ramon Esteves

I told you they’d be tough.  I honestly struggled to get just four correct. More useless information is scheduled for tomorrow along with todays answers.  Have fun.

06-26-2013   Leave a comment

I’ve spent the last week listening to and hearing about all the wonderful things the politicians and government are proposing to resolve and fix all of our countries problems. I’ve been a constant critic of this country’s politicians for some time now and if you know me at all that should be an red flag.  I’ve always been a patriotic citizen well schooled by my father and grandfather and proud of their service to this country as well my own.  To have me bitching and complaining about the Unites States is something I always knew was expected but never thought would be necessary. With the asinine proposals I’ve been listening to about the handling of illegal immigration and border control, I think I need to speak up once again.

We now exist as a “nanny nation” in an atmosphere of give-away’s.  Pay farmers not to grow crops, entitlements out of control with no one even attempting to slow them down, and full benefits for every illegal immigrant who can find his/her way illegally from any where.  Close to thirty percent of the population is collecting food stamps and almost an equal number are on  some sort of disability.  In my humble opinion any person who believes that drug addiction and alcoholism are disabilities that require government subsidies, needs to buy a ticket on the next boat to any other country they’d like to live in.  I‘d vote a big “Yes” for temporary government subsidies to help all of those folks pay for their relocation. Maybe Europe would be the place for them to settle.  They went down this road themselves over the past forty years and are now suffering the obvious consequences.

Taxing the money-makers and giving that money to alleged needy people and illegal immigrants is insane.  I hate to tell you but when the number of people collecting entitlements out numbers the money-makers, the end is near. Socialism can destroy any nation if permitted to flourish and if you don’t believe that ask anyone from the former Soviet Union. You can also check in with any number of the European countries currently on the verge of default. I’ll bet anything if they could go  back and make a change they would. 

I guess my question is this.  Is drifting into socialism a logical progression when certain groups attempt to demonize hard work as a problem to be dealt with rather than a goal to be reached?  I don’t have all of the answers but as any damn fool can see, the leaders of this country don’t either. 

Is it too late to stop this madness?  Unfortunately I think it probably is.  This insidious propaganda has been fed to use for decades and it appears a majority of citizens are just going along to get along.  The old statement about “inmates running the asylum” has more meaning now than ever before.

06-25-2013   Leave a comment

Why is it that we just love to entertain ourselves listening and watching young children.  I suppose it’s their innocence and honesty so effortlessly projected.  The recent rash of TV commercials containing one adult and four kids in a discussion group setting has captured everyone’s hearts.  The honest answers coupled with their totally innocent facial expressions is priceless.

I understand the desire of businesses to use these kids for commercial purposes.  If there were four or five adults sitting around talking most of us would click the remote and move on to things that were more interesting and believable.  Adults are never perceived as being honest, especially those involved in the making of television commercials.

Over the years most commercials involving young kids and adults have not so subtly treated the adults like idiots.  The kids are then shown as the smart and sensible members of the family.  This kind of posturing plays right into the younger demographics but I always thought it was a little insulting to us adults.  I readily admit that many adults are idiots but I always held out hope that it was just a small percentage.

This morning lying in bed in a semi-relaxed state I was quietly surfing the net when I came upon a number of sites listing actual letters from parents who were excusing their children from school.  These samples reflect the actual wording and mis-spellings that those parents used.  I’m sure the teachers who received these notes were as shocked as I was.  It’s hard to understand how a reasonably intelligent parent would want their notes to the school to read this way.  Enjoy them and then just slowly shake your head with your total lack of understanding as I did.

  • Please excuse Pedro from being absent yesterday. He had (diahre) (dyrea) (direathe) the shits. [words in ( )’S were crossed out.]
  • Sally won’t be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.
  • Please excuse little Jimmy for not being in school yesterday. His father is gone and I could not get him ready because I was in bed with the doctor.
  • My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the Marines.
  • Maryann was absent December 11-16, because she had a fever, sore throat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever and sore throat, her brother had a low grade fever and ached all over. I wasn’t the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.
  • Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.
  • Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.
  • My child was absent from school yesterday because he had a sore trout.
  • Please excuse my son for being absent yesterday. “He has a cold and could not breed well”.
  • Excuse my son. He’s been under the doctor.
  • Please excuse my son from being absent yesterday. “He had diarrhea and his boots leak”.
  • Please excuse my daughter for being absent yesterday. “She was in bed with very bad gramps”.
  • Please excuse my child from school yesterday. “He had a bad stomach egg”.
  • Please excuse my child from missing school yesterday. “I thought we had a 3 day weekend”.

I certainly hope that the children of these parents are smarter than the parents seem to be.  Bad grammar, misspellings, and a general lack of concern with making the notes read like they came from a thinking adult.  There are times when talking with youngsters is the most refreshing part of the day.  At least they’re honest and anything humorous they come up with is based on a lack of experience and not a lack of intelligence.

06-24-2013   6 comments

I spend a great deal of my time these days adapting to a whole list of changes to my life I never anticipated or expected.  I thought that as I grew older things would settle down somewhat and the amount of change I’d be forced to deal with would lessen.  Wrong once again.

One  obvious change that occurs to us all eventually is getting older.  Adjusting to it sounds easy but as all of you will find  out eventually, it isn’t.  You must learn to adapt to your new position in society of being the older person, constantly accused by almost everyone with being out of touch with our current reality.  Even people you know and love begin treating you differently and it can be hurtful.

Everyone assumes that once you reach a certain age you’re all of a sudden a mouth-breathing moron with no working memory.  Snide little comments from loved ones are especially hurtful but you must learn to adapt.  Some seniors become bitter and spiteful only because they can’t think of any better solutions.  Those kind of actions just further that ugly senior stereotype that require the infamous eye-roll or the subtle shoulder shrug between people you’re talking to when you’re not looking.  It’s disrespectful and rude but your hands are tied.  If you confront them then  your being old, difficult, and set in your ways.  If you turn the other cheek it just makes the possibility of it occurring again much more likely.

So here’s a few tips for you seniors out there.  Keep up with all of the Pop Culture nonsense so when someone in their teens or twenties mentions a celebrity you have a clue.  Be able to talk about something other than your current medical conditions.  Fight the stereotype everyday.  If you take a backseat to discussions that make you uncomfortable that’s where you’ll be relegated to stay for the rest of your life. 

Our past memories really don’t interest most people because "it’s all about them”.  Only people your own age can appreciate many of the things from our youth and the drastic differences we now must deal with.  It’s hard work to keep up with  this balls-to-the-wall insanity we call our every day life.  Spend time with people other than other seniors.  Carry on meaningful conversations about politics, relationships, and child rearing.  Not everything we remember is just old-folks reminiscing.  We’ve already experienced this stull and can be helpful if we pass the information along intelligently and not preaching.  No one likes to be preached to.

The following information should make most seniors smile.  If read by anyone younger it would seem to them like they’ve been foraging through an archeological dig in Egypt and found a transcript of life in the days of old.  Read on and learn something if you’re interested, if not don’t.

* * *

HIGH SCHOOL — 1958 vs. 2013

Scenario 1:

Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1958 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2013 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1958 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2013 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They’re both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1958 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2013 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1958 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2013 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1958 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2013 – The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1958 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2013 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1958 – Ants die.

2013 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents – and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2013 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

* * *

Is it any wonder why we at times choose to look back.  This is the reason we occasionally reminisce and really, do you blame us.  If I could go back and do my life over again I sure wouldn’t do it now, in this time and place. Just saying.

06-23-2013   Leave a comment

Maybe my lucks changing.  After being flattened for almost a full week with some kind of flu I’m almost back to normal (whatever that is).  Someone asked me if I was back to 100% yet and I could only smile.  I stated the obvious that I hadn’t been a 100% since 1996.  It was a vicious little virus that did a real job on everyone who was unlucky enough to catch it.

I started feeling much better and what did I hear next.  Thunderstorm alerts and warnings for our immediate area.  You might think that’s a bad thing but not for me.  I freaking love thunderstorms.  They started just as it was getting dark and they were beautiful.  I wanted to sit  out on the deck for a while but the rain was a little too intense for that.  For almost three hours there was crackling lightning, heavy rains, and a howling wind.  It was fantastic and I enjoyed every second of it.  Unfortunately we get very few of these storms so I have to take the time to enjoy them when we do.

There wasn’t much else for the better-half and I to do but sit quietly, enjoy the storm, and talk about our day.  I love our satellite  TV system but even it can’t stand up to heavy rain like we were getting.  It took hours for the signal to get through the heaviest of the downpours so we could be blessed with the standard list of reruns and crappy TV.

We’ve been buying more movies of late because of all the disappointing TV that just never seems to get any better.  Recently during a weekend of free HBO and SHO I watched one of the recent ridiculous remakes of our beloved fairy tales, Snow White and the Huntsman.  It wasn’t totally awful thanks to Charlize Theron but peppering our childhood tales with massive amounts of violence tends to make me uncomfortable and more than a little concerned for the young kids who are watching them.

As I was out shopping the next day I saw a sale for another insane remake of a fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.  I took a chance and paid good money for it.  What a mistake.  The entire story was so badly rewritten that I walked away and refused to watch the last twenty minutes.  Badly used profanity by the female lead was laughable.  I understand using appropriately blunt profanity to make a movie feel more authentic but this was just really stupid.  It did seem they were setting it up at the end for a possible sequel but I hope that doesn’t happen.  Two wrongs have never made a right and these two would be no exception.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t waste your time or your money.

I can tell I’m on the mend because the urge to criticize has been growing steadily for the last few hours.  I should be back in fighting form soon with my keyboard in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.  Life will soon be good again.

06-22-2013   4 comments

Is it just me or does this Spring not impress.  It was perfect if you like lots of rain, cool nights, and sweltering heat.  I’m not really sure what I was hoping for or expecting but for some reason I feel disappointed.  Coming out of our long winter here in Maine should have made just about anything acceptable but it didn’t seem to work for me this year.  I have to say I feel a little let down.

Now that Summer has officially arrived what can we hope for?  More sunshine would be nice, maybe some cooler weather, less humidity, and just enough rain to keep the yards and gardens healthy.  That would be the ideal Summer but as we’ve come to realize of late, we almost never get what we expect weather-wise.

Why is it that we humans are never satisfied.  All winter we moan and complain about the lack of sunshine and warmth.  We bitch about the snow, the sleet, the freezing rain, and slush that seems to cover everything.  It drives us totally crazy to be cooped up in the house getting on each others nerves for months on end.  Then all of a sudden the weather changes and what happens.  We haven’t even had enough time to put away our winter clothes before we’re already bitching about how hot it is.  We continue that silliness into late October when things start to cool down in preparation for Winter.  We can’t wait for some cooler temperatures to save us from the terrible heat.  We have one snow fall and within hours we’re whining about the cold and wishing for Spring and Summer.  It’s a conundrum I tell you.

I can only deduce that we as a species are really screwed up. We never appear completely happy or satisfied with anything,  That would help explain a divorce percentage just over fifty percent.  Maybe not, what the hell do I know.  What I do  know is that I’m just as bad as everyone else when it comes to these things and I see no hope of finding a workable solution.  Am I a little depressed, why yes I think I am.  Do I need a little help?  Why yes I think I do.   Let me think . . . . . . . . . .

Maybe I need a walk on the beach and a quick dip in the cool ocean water to wake me out of these Summer doldrums.  A few dozen scantily clad bikini wearing young ladies might be just the thing to begin my healing.  I can walk down the beach and have a few drinks at the  Surf Side, enjoy their air conditioning for a hour or so, and then return to my blanket to relax and maybe read a few chapters of my favorite book.  Another dip into the ocean and a few dozen more buxom young things prancing down the beach are beginning to make me feel a whole lot better.  Who cares about the heat?  Not me.  I’m beginning to feel rather good.

Okay, just forget everything I said in those first few paragraphs because I was in the throws of depression and was totally wrong.  I’ve suddenly rediscovered a few things that can snap me right back to normal almost immediately.  Chant this along with me!

Give me a "T", drive me an "H", give me an "O", give me an "N", and a big freaking "G". C’mon Summer!

06-21-2013   1 comment

Have you ever had something piss you off so bad that you felt a sharp, stabbing pain behind your eyes.  If you have then the following list will be perfect for you.  I love reading lists and also love writing them from time to time.   Most people are occasionally annoying but on their really bad days they make my list.  These items have started this Summer Season with a vengeance.

  • People who love to talk over me during a conversation make me want to scream.
  • The person in front of me at the 14 item express register checkout with fifty items in his cart and a bad attitude when confronted.
  • Waiting in my car at the ATM for fifteen minutes for some moron on foot makes a withdrawal.
  • The guy in the men’s room stall at Wal-mart who leaves the stall in a condition that some people (but not me) might call a real “shit hole”.
  • The attractive woman driving the gorgeous new Lexus who rolls down her window and spits a huge oyster into the passing lane. When you then look at her she resorts to giving you the dreaded “finger”.
  • People who will stand quietly in line at a movie theatre but can’t shut up once the movie starts.
  • People who have something important to tell me and then send me a four word text.
  • People who are “close talkers” with chronic “stench” breath who won’t stop talking.
  • Waiting endlessly in a register line for a customer to be trained in the use of their debit card by the cashier.
  • People who insist on telling me their child is an honor student in some BS school with a freaking bumper sticker.

I feel much better now that I’ve gotten all of these off my chest.  It’s a very cathartic experience to say the least and just might keep me from hurting myself and others. 

06-20-2013   4 comments

Welcome to a new day.  As promised yesterday I’ll be giving you the answers to the ten mystery music trivia questions.  I imagine getting the right answers without cheating and using Google or Bing was difficult.  As my collection of totally useless information continues to accumulate I’ll be testing your knowledge of many different subjects.  One of the things I like best about  collecting trivia is that it’s fun and even interesting at times.  Here’s your answers, I hope you did well.

1.   In 1926, the police raided Mae West Broadway show ‘Sex’ and jailed her on vice charges. What did the rise wisecracking blonde sexpot claim when she was freed after serving 8 days of her 10 day sentence?

A: That it was the only time she ever got anything for good behavior.

2.   Who was the first person ever awarded a gold record?

A: Glenn Miller, for Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

3.   What singer named Clara Ann Fowler at birth adopted the name of the milk company that sponsored her first radio show?

A: Patti Page. The company was the Page Milk Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

4.   What famous entertainer was known as Annie Mae Bullock before she adopted her stage name?

A: Actress-Singer, Tina Turner.

5.   The singing duo of Caesar and Cleo only achieved fame under another name. What was it?

A: Sonny and Cher.

6.   Country music comedienne, Minnie Pearl,  always wore a hat with a price tag on it when she performed. What was the amount written on the price tag?

A: $1.98

7.   Who was the only cast member of the hit rock musical Hair who refused to shed her clothes in the nude closing number?

A: Diane Keaton

8.   What top rock group took it’s name from a song by blues great Muddy Waters?

 A: The Rolling Stones. Water’s song, of course, was "Rolling Stone".

9.   Under what name did New Wave singer-songwriter Declan McManus gain fame?

A: Elvis Costello

10. What famous singer, after receiving an honorary degree from Georgetown University, enrolled as a freshman and earned a BA in Theology?

A: Pearl Bailey. She received her BA in 1985 after seven years as a part-time student.