I'm not sure why I decided to write this profile when I did. It was something we'd been planning for a while. A day later, Mrs. Yakov says spontaneously: "Y'know who you should profile? Mr. Hooper from Sesame Street."
Must've been something in the water...
Mr. Hooper was also suggested by Michael from Toronto.
Our record for website visits has been smashed to smithereens, and it's not even 10AM yet. Turns out today is Harry Houdini's 137th(!) birthday, and Google has him as the search logo (see above). So the world wants to know if he was Jewish... Thanks, Google!
His duckiness was suggested by another one of my co-workers in passing during a meeting. Good thing we all take this work thing seriously, huh? Anyway, turned out to be quite the timely suggestion, so thanks for that!
This also means we can add yet another member to our JONJ barnyard. With 2 horses, 2 ducks, and a rabbit we're in pretty good shape, no? A few pigs, maybe a sheep, farm category here we come! OK, probaby not....
We had a long discussion of how to title this profile. "Einstein" is no good, because searches will get confused. "Einstein (dog)"? "Einstein the Dog"? "Einstein the Sheepdog?" "Einstein (Back to the Future)"?
Yes, these are the things we argue about in the office...
One of Zev's keenest abilities (beyond some unique athletics) is the finding of pictures for profiles. In this case, an image of Zhao was not forthcoming, so he came up with this image of a Chinese Jew from the 1800s. It's still 300 years too late, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what we're going for, no?
Oh, JONJ, you say - how obvious you are, posting Goodman's profile the day you're in Las Vegas for an event at which Goodman himself will be attending.
Well you're wrong. We're not leaving for Las Vegas and Tribefest till tomorrow. So, ha!
Anyway, yes, this IS the magical weekend (and week. The event ends on Tuesday). Jewpardy itself will be Sunday at 4pm, but we will be at Tribefest the whole time, so feel free to come hunt us down if you want to say hi. Or, y'know, don't. After all, it's not like we have feelings or anything...
Ok, enough Jewish mother channeling. We will do our best to blog from the 'Fest if anything interesting occurs. And expect a full report when we return.
We didn't realize this, so thanks to Mark from Hartford for pointing out that Winona Ryder is only half-Jewish (see here, among other places). She self-identifies as Jewish, so we'll keep her verdict as is, but the birth history will dock her an I point...
Yeah....all that considered, we still want to be writers. Which makes us masochists. And thus, writers. See, cyclical.
Anyway, full confession time, I have not read Monsieur Proust's magnum opus and I probably never will. I'm sure there are many that will proclaim me a philistine (I know, irony) for this and tell me it's my loss. That's fine. I'll take that over the misery of actually having to try to plow through it. Feh.
Proust was suggested by Mara from Kansas, Jason from Vancouver, Paco from Barcelona, and Beatrice from Montreal. Holy worldwide readership, Batman!