Thursday, January 31, 2008
Then Craig and his guests illustrate their debates with kooky photos that, frankly, make this blog jealous.
Now, how can I top that?
(The very cold woman with the very cold drink was the Puntabulous guest debater. Find her at http://www.suburbankamikaze.com/)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
[Someone must be a fan. I just noticed Barguments has shot up to book No. 106,080 on Amazon, making it the 69th most popular Question & Answer book. It barely edged out The Standard Basic Dictionary for Programming but lost the 68th slot to Data Structures and Algorithms. Well, at least I'm in good company.]
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Is it because he belives in Scientology, which involves spaceships visiting Earth? On the face of it, is that belief that much kookier than believing in winged beings who reside in the sky and appear on Earth to tell people to build arks, etc.? (Who told Noah what to do? A God or an angel? Let me know.)
This video from the Letterman show captures the Cruise controversy. People think he seems crazy when he loses it toward the end (it's a pretty long clip). But I found myself laughting at the story, too. Maybe aliens have altered my thoughts? Or the Devil?
Let's test the Cruise resentment with this bargument,
You'll be stuck in an elevator with one of these celebrities. Pick from: Tom Cruise, Mary Kate Olsen, Lance Bass and Martha Stewart.
You can vote on it in a poll nearby AND in the Beta version of the new Barguments site, http://www.barguments.com/.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here's Royce, standout Flannigan's bartender and Barguments fan. Next time you're there, ask him for a bargument.
This couple sat next to Hector and I (Sam left fairly early; did she have something better to do between midnight and 3 a.m.?!). The wife loved the book. The husband wished there were stools open elsewhere. Then again, he came to life on the bargument asking which U.S. president would make the best drinking buddy. He said JFK, having met some Kennedy offspring on a recent trip. Pretty convincing bargument response, I must say.
I wish I could remember this guy's name. He played DJ all night-- putting about 15 dollars into the jukebox. He's a waiter at Morton's and did not have a good night (despite it being a Friday) so his outlay was even more appreciated. And then, when I played Shakedown Street, he announced he was going to go home and download some Grateful Dead. Good stuff!
Hmmm. She seems to be enjoying the book so much, I feel bad not remembering a funny anecdote to tell about her. Let's just assume she made charming and adroit comments about Barguments. She looks the part. Glass of wine: classy!
The guy on the left (head down) told me he had wealthy parents and said he wanted the book now. He suggested he would pay big dollars to take the advance review copy -- the only one I own.
I, of course, was willing to take his money. But a solid offer never followed.
(Note the coaster on top of that wine glass in the foreground. Germ issues? I feel so bad about that sneezing fit I had moments after this photograph was taken...)
Here are Norman and Rich, bartender and manager at Berries on Saturday night. Rich declared himself a Barguments fan. According to my field research, Rich is one of the few guys to admit that, if a million dollars was at stake, he would rather flip a coin than shoot a free throw. The reason? "The pressure,'' he said.
I agree, Rich. I'd flip the coin, too. Yes, the odds are with you on the the free throw. But why not just take the 50/50 shot and not worry about choking? Why blame yourself when you can blame the universe?
Be sure to stop by both Flannigan's and Berries in March, once Barguments is released. Both will have signed copies for your reading and barguing pleasure.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I am the blonde girl that you stopped on the street for
your Barguments segment... too funny. My cousin Kevin looked up your page
and saw our pic on your blogspot. We are the non-controversial ones.
The funny thing is that my mom and his dad haven't spoken for 25 years (maybe
you need them on your video - it'd probably end up on COPS) and so this was my
first time meeting him and his 5 siblings. That night you stopped us was
the first day we had officially met in person (though he saw me as
baby). We are so much alike and couldn't help but laugh as we walked away
about how we agreed on everything (except cable tv, and that's only because I'm
more concerned about nourishment any day, even if it means cannibilism, but
don't tell that to my best friend!!!)
Anyway, thanks for capturing
a funny moment for us and posting it... it meant a little more than you
Check out my music.... www.myspace.com/jaimefoxmusic or http://www.jaimefoxmusic/
Take care, and it was great to
meet you. Good luck with your book!
This is Jaime and her cousin:
Somebody email this to Oprah.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The guy filming -- who you don't see or hear -- is Esteban Parra. This will sound more suspicious, but I've been reading his blog "Parra Grafs" fairly regularly after a fellow ex-colleague sent me there to read an update about another ex-News Journaler that Esteban had put on it about a year ago.
You should check it out-- his posts are usually very funny or sort of pitiful (such as when he gets out of bed at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and rakes leaves) but almost always entertaining to read.
I will say this about Esteban's You Tube post: it's one more example of someone misusing the term "bargument." You'll recall the new Urban Dictionary makes the same mistake. It's not just an argument at a bar. A bargument must revolve around a debate you would probably only have in a bar, or at least while drinking.
Arguing over how someone fell doesn't qualify as a true bargument. Arguing over whether you'd rather fall on your face in a church wedding or in a job interview would.
But as you watch the video (warning: early f-bomb, very loud), you can see a formula that should serve the Barguments book well: (Friends+alcohol)*Arguing=Fun!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Reno 911! starts its fifth season Wednesday at 10:30. The previews look hilarious -- George Lopez apparently guest stars as an embattled mayor addressing the officers. You hear him giving a speech that goes something like "The allegations, the finger-pointing, the semen -- none of that has anything to do with me..."
(That may not translate well in type.)
Reno definitely ranks as one of my favorite shows on the air, but not my favorite. That goes to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
But do I like that better than the defunct Arrested Development? Tough one. Sunny has Charlie, but Arrested was the first sitcom to combine an analyst and a therapist into one hybrid profession. (If you missed that reference, rent Season Three of Arrested immediately. Actually, don't. Buy all three seasons, and start from Episode 1. It builds like a soap opera with more inside jokes than any show in the history of television. So you need to start from the beginning.)
All of this is leading up to this bargument, which you can vote on in the poll nearby.
Pick the best of these cult-hit comedies: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fawlty Towers, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reno 911!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Here are some photos from a recent Barguments outing I had with fellow Miami Herald reporters Jim Wyss and Bridget (B.C.) Carey in South Beach. Jim filmed me asking barguments to people for a video that hopefully will run on a Herald website.
These were people (above) on Lincoln Road. They agreed with each other on every bargument. Not what we're looking for.
Who looks goofier?
These guys were drinking beers on Lincoln Road, so we had to stop. Fairly fun group. They kept pulling in their friends from nearby to answer the questions.
These were our first stars. Two couples from Wisconsin having drinks at Finnegan's Way on Ocean Drive. (Thank you, Troy at Finnegan's, for letting us barge in and film.) They were grabbing the microphone, singing, and kept asking for more barguments. Still, I don't think they got into any big debates over them. Compatibility is the enemy of a good Barguments video.
By my scorecard, these guys were the best. Disagreed on quite a few barguments, threw out some obnoxious comments in their responses, the guy on the right kept threatening to break my face (his words) if I put him on camera. After we filmed them, I left the review copy of the book with them while Team Barguments had a round. That's when the barguing really started-- the three of them were pointing fingers and shouting as the guy on the left went through the book.
Big thanks to Jim and Bridget, who volunteered for the mission.
[Bonus footage: Here's a picture of a cocktail napkin at our table. Bridget is so freakily obsessed with Disney World, she's learned to copy Walt Disney's signature...]
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Of all the current presidential candidates, who would you most want to have a beer with?
This is very similar to a bargument from the book: Of all the U.S. presidents, who would make the best drinking buddy? I vote for FDR -- makes good martinis, likes to tell stories. Lots of people say Clinton, even though he's not a drinker,
What's funny is Hillary Clinton raised this matter in the Saturday New Hampshire debate, but in a derisive way -- suggesting Americans elected George W. because he seemed likeable enough -- someone you'd want to have a beer with, she said.
Anyway, who knew barguments could be so topical? You could vote on this poll at the beer wholesalers' site, but why when I have a similar poll nearby? I've narrowed it down to the top contenders.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Nearly a quarter (23%) would spend a week in jail; 23% would shave their head;
22% would wear a bikini on TV; and 21% would trade 10 years of life, according
to the survey of 1,000 women 18 and older. Most (85%) would rather have an extra
toe than 50 extra pounds.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Right now, clinton wud kick the shit out of obama. Think how pissed he is right
now...Obama wouldn't stand a chance.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
From now on, you will be forced to sit next to the same type of passenger every time you board an airplane. Pick from: a cranky baby, a 350-pound man, or a chatty lush.
Vote in the poll, which (as always) you should find nearby.
Friday, January 4, 2008
It currently ranks No. 49 in the niche Amazon subcategory of Question and Answers books, one slot above 3,285 Bible Questions & Answers by Emily Filipi.
Should have gone for 4,000.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
If you had to sleep with every member of a band, which group would get lucky?
You're in the water. Would you rather see an alligator or a shark?
With a million dollars at stake, would you rather shoot a free throw or flip a coin?
Who would win a war: Texas or California?
Which would you rather give up for six months: sex or alcohol?
Of all the U.S. presidents, who would make the best drinking buddy?
How many dates can pass before it's awkward not to have had sex?
Televisions will be restricted to only three channels. Pick them.
If you could collect royalties from any single invention, which would you choose?
Would you rather get a 20 percent raise or work a four-day week? ]
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The New York Post called Barguments a "groundbreaking" book in a Thursday story, which I'm surprised didn't bump the Iowa caucuses from the front. In honor of the very funny story (which you'll read more about in a later post) the Barguments Blog offers this New Yorkers-only bargument:
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Let's test Rosie's title with this bargument. Vote in the poll, which you should find nearby.
You'll be chained to a celebrity for 48 hours. Pick from Nancy Grace, Rosie O'Donnell or Ann Coulter.