Central Park “Hooverville”

Illustrated History of US-Central Park, NY
Illustrated History of US-Central Park, NY

“During the Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted approximately a decade, shantytowns appeared across the U.S. as unemployed people were evicted from their homes. As the Depression worsened in the 1930s, causing severe hardships for millions of Americans, many looked to the federal government for assistance. When the government failed to provide relief, President Herbert Hoover was blamed for the intolerable economic and social conditions, and the shantytowns that cropped up across the nation, primarily on the outskirts of major cities, became known as Hoovervilles.”–www.history.com

Hanging Hung Yan-Yan

The Blog of Funny Names

Check this out: Martial artist Hung Yan-Yan hanging from some sort of bamboo scaffolding thing. His past tense verb name is present participling. When’s the last time you present-participled your name?


Today we present to you the hairless-headed Yan-Yan–actor, stuntman, martial artist, and action director. While you may not have heard of Yan-Yan the man, you have probably heard tell of Mr. Jet Li, for whom he stunt doubles. If it doesn’t ring a bell, Li played the villain in Lethal Weapon 4.  I’m wondering why Jet Li the wushu champion even needed a stunt double. Turns out he was considered “past his prime” (even though Yan-Yan was only two years his junior) and hurt his ankle, so there you go.

It also turns out that Chinese people like to take perfectly pronounceable H words like Hung and turn them into Xiong to confuse the rest of us. So Hung Yan-Yan (up there…

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More From A Bright Spot

Livin' it up at the Orchard Inn
Livin’ it up at the Orchard Inn


I’ve never been as far north as Wisconsin, and my only knowledge of Milwaukee is this:

Laverne & Shirley

But I loved that show and wanted to visit Milwaukee to see what all the fuss was about.

By the power of old National Geographic mags, I’ve learned it’s the home of original copper kettles at Pabst’s brewhouse.


I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in Texas, PBR specials are rampant at bars and poolhalls. It’s oft times sipped ironically in tall boy cans by those with burly hipster beards, horn-rim glasses, and cuffed skinny jeans. But who can argue with these daily specials?

$2 Lone Star, PBR & Ziegenbock

Oh, and sometimes this happens.


That defeats the purpose of keeping the ale chilled but surely it would woo all the single ladies.

However, let’s not forget it was Schlitz that made Milwaukee famous.


Below you see the smiles of execs from both Miller and Schlitz making a toast to Summerfest, an annual brouhaha of merriment, back when Carter was president.


And what could go better with Milwaukee beer than Milwaukee brats?

Usinger's Famous Sausage
Usinger’s Famous Sausage–National Geo 8/80

Such a friendly place all around!



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