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5 Tough Guys Who Have Performed In Drag

Guys Who Have Performed In DragDressing in drag is the act of a man (or woman) putting on the clothing of the opposite sex.  Doing this may seem strange to some, but it isn’t new to acting.  In the time of William Shakespeare, all actors were male. When the role required a female part in the script, a man put on a dress and wig and played the character. The same thing was done in early opera where young men, or castrati (young men castrated to retain their high voices), were used to play women’s roles. Note: None of these people were ever called “drag queens” or “being dressed in drag“. The term of “drag” is a wholly 20th century word which typically has a negative connotation. Nonetheless, some actors like Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (in the Marilyn Monroe 1959 film, Some Like It Hot) have dressed in drag for comedic roles.  Likewise, Monty Python used to dress in drag, as well as Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire) and Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie). Below is a list of five other men who dressed up as a woman. These tough guys might surprise you with their “lady-like” qualities. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - March 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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Where Did Those Dirty Words Come From?

SwearingHave you ever wondered why cuss words are bad, while other words with the same meaning are perfectly fine to say in mixed company?  I’ve had this question asked on several different occasions, but I had to find a way of putting them on my family-friendly blog.  Well, you can only get asked so many times, so I finally said “F*$% it!  I’ll let people know why we say these things.” The origin behind the words might not be what you thought.  You might be surprised by the reasons your mom wanted to wash your mouth out with soap!  She might not have been so mad at you if she had read this first!  WARNING: Mature topic matter.  May not be suitable for all locations. But go ahead and read it anyway! Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - June 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

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Off The Chart: Least Performed Shakespeare Plays

The Bawdy BardSure, everyone has seen Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, or MacBeth.  You can’t go through school without reading Merchant of Venice or Othello.  But what about the one’s that no one sees or hears?  Of the 38 plays that exist and are attributed to William Shakespeare, why is it that only about a third of them are portrayed over and over?  You’d have to major in English Literature to even know these plays existed, so I’ve put together a list of the five plays that have been stopped by the educational bottleneck and present them for your reading enjoyment. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - June 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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Love True Blood? A Look At Author, Charlaine Harris

Charlaine HarrisTrue Blood, the hit HBO vampire series will be starting its fourth season on June 26, 2011.  The show takes place in the mythical town of Bon Temps, Louisiana where vampires, werewolves, witches, and fairies are very real.  Known in the literary world as “The Southern Vampire Mysteries“, they are written from the viewpoint of Sookie Stackhouse, a young barmaid with the ability to read minds.  The author of the books is Charlaine Harris, a 59 year old Arkansas woman who is a prolific wordsmith of the macabre and mysterious.  Looking into her background, I was able to dig up five things about her past (and present)… Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - May 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

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The Stories Behind 5 Sayings We All Know

Origins of PhrasesHave you ever wondered where some sayings come from?  Today, if we hear a good movie quote (Like, “I’ll be back“, from the Terminator), we all know where it comes from because of the mass media.  However, some of these sayings are very old and their origins have been lost in time.  Here are five sayings we’ve all heard and the stories behind them. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - August 13, 2010 at 7:11 am

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The Bawdy Bard
: Perverted Plays Of Shakespeare

The Bawdy BardEvery year, when the topic of Shakespeare is brought up in schools across the world, the students groan, knowing that they are going to be subjected to a book written in a language that they don’t understand (Olde English) and about topics they could care less about.  What would they think if they knew that Shakespeare’s mind was really in the gutter?  Even though his writings might be hard to comprehend, if you catch the gist of what he is really trying to say, you might find it more enjoyable.  My teachers didn’t share this information when I was in high school!  They forgot to tell us that Shakespeare wasn’t writing to college professors, but rather to farmers and dock workers.  He was writing for the average person and those people liked their filthy jokes!  Here are five dirty jokes Shakespeare played to the masses. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - July 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

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