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Overnight Thread

By Wyatt Earp | June 29, 2011

Today we took the kids to the Please Touch Museum. It’s a completely kickass place that is centered around children, and is both fun and educational. Kyle and Erik couldn’t wait to go, as they have been there before, and it was the first time we took the young ones. (My in-laws took them a few months ago, but without us.)

One exhibit is a living market, where kids can go “shopping” with their own mini cart. Julia took advantage right away. She was making her way down the aisle when she came to the plastic fruit and vegetables. While Kyle, Erik, and Kevin would take a carrot and move on, Julia took every single apple and every single cucumber. Kyle took the bachelor route, and filled his cart with Tastykakes and Pop Tarts. Julia finished her trip with a cart full of apples, cucumbers, and seven loaves of bread.

Another exhibit that got a lot of play was the construction zone. Kyle, Erik, and Julia built a six-foot wall with foam bricks – to the delight of the exhibit helper. He kept saying, “Higher, higher!” When the wall got too big to add on, Erik took a brick from the bottom and toppled the wall, causing hysterical laughter from Julia.

Kevin? He spent his time “driving” the dump truck.

He spent much of his time blaring the truck’s horn. It was a fun, entertaining day.

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for a Humpday History Highlight.

Blonde bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield is killed instantly on this day in 1967 when the car in which she is riding strikes the rear of a trailer truck on Interstate-90 east of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mansfield had been on her way to New Orleans from Biloxi, Mississippi, where she had been performing a standing engagement at a local nightclub. Ronald B. Harrison, a driver for the Gus Stevens Dinner Club, was driving Mansfield and her lawyer and companion, Samuel S. Brody, along with three of Mansfield’s children with her ex-husband Mickey Hargitay, in Stevens’ 1966 Buick Electra. On a dark stretch of road, just as the truck was approaching a machine emitting a thick white fog used to spray mosquitoes (which may have obscured it from Harrison’s view), the Electra hit the trailer-truck from behind. Mansfield, Harrison and Brody were all killed in the accident. Eight-year-old Mickey, six-year-old Zoltan and three-year-old Marie, or Mariska, had apparently been sleeping on the rear seat; they were injured but survived.

Damned shame. Jayne was a gorgeous woman.

Topics: HHH | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Overnight Thread”

  1. Fenway_Nation Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:26 am

    A bit before my time, but apprently Jayne Mansfield and Bettie Page were back-to-back Playmates of the month when Playboy magazine was first getting started.

    Of course, Marylin Monroe was the first one, but that issue was actually undated becase there was some doubt as to whether or not Playboy would take off as a regular publication.

    Between the three of them I bet a back issue in reasonably good shape featuring any one of them would fetch a pretty penny at auction

  2. Code Monkey Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Oh fantastic, Julia’s gonna be a vegan. There was no bacon to be found? Tell her I’m disappointed.

  3. GroovyVic Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    If that’s indicative of Julia’s diet, not only will she be regular but she’ll have beautiful skin.

  4. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I now see the resemblence with Mariska Hargitay in SVU, she has got her moms eyes and nose.

    Gomez: Opens small box shows Morticia

    Morticia: Oh Gomez. You have your fathers eyes.

  5. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    It sounds like Erik is going to go into explosive demolition, where Kevin will drive the debris away and Julia will fix them all box lunches. Not sure what Kyle would do though. Maybe Company president?

  6. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    There was a rumor that Jayne Mansfield was decapitated in the crash. When in fact her wig had flown off in the crash and landed on the hood. That is my only contribution here. Sorry.

  7. BlackOrchid Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’m glad to hear that Ferril. I had heard the other thing. that’s quite a relief!

    I LOVE THE PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM! I mean, my kids do.

    I can never get my son out of the rocket room tho. he’s addicted to making those rockets and trying to get them thru the hoops!

    I usually spend all my time OCDing in the supermarket putting the fake products back IN THE RIGHT PLACES

  8. Kim Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I love museums like that! I’m glad they had fun and find it amusing how children in the same house choose two different grocery styles.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Fenway – Oh absolutely. And I always liked Bettie Page.

    CM – Unless she’s gonna make bacon-wrapped apples.

    GroovyVic – She’s a pretty good eater most of the time.

    Jon – And Mariska is just as stunning.

    Ferrell – I’ll bet the first responders were freaked out when they saw that.

    Orchid – I was doing the same thing. You wouldn’t believe how many parents just left things in the carts and walked out. Rude much? And the kids loved the rockets, too. Julia launched one that hit me in the head. She got good distance.

    Kim – Yeah, it was definitely a surprise.

  10. Rick Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Kyle sound like a man after my own heart Tastykakes and Pop tarts

  11. Old NFO Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Sounds like I good time was had by ALL :-)