Sometimes the outcome of my super-secret process to produce items to write about via ceditra (patent pending; consult your tax advisor) throws me a curveball where all I feel like doing is throwing up my hands and throwing in the towel. But then I feel the challenge of the throwdown as the gauntlet of the challenge of randomness has been thrown down.
Can you sense the theme I’m throwing out?
From page 848 of the Oxford Pocket American Dictionary of Current English (Oxford University Press, 2002) comes this word:
throw, v, propel with some force through the air of in a particular direction
At first, when encountering this word, I had no idea (as I usually do when first contemplating my ceditra entries) what to write about with the theme of throw. But then (as usually happens), inspiration threw me a life line.
With that introduction out of the way, I present to you nine memorable THROWS in the news (in alphabetical order).
1) Ax: Okay, technically it’s a tomahawk, but I wanted this to be first. On The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, a segment in 1965 had guest Ed Ames (who played Mingo in the 1960s television series Daniel Boone) demonstrating how to throw a tomahawk. It did not land where he wanted it. Watch the video here.
2) Chair: In the 1980s, the basketball coach for the University of Indiana was known for his temper. For Bobby Knight, this was certainly the case in 1985 during a game against the Purdue Boilermakers. In protest against a call made by a referee, Coach Knight hurls a chair across the court. Watch the video here.
3) Cow: Never easy to accomplish, but the makers of Monty Python and the Holy Grail managed to pull off this feat (watch video here) and it has been inspiring modern catapulters ever since
4) Dinner: On January 8, 1992, while on a visit to Japan and during a dinner with Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi, President George H. W. Bush becomes ill and throws up on his host. Watch the video here.
5) Football: Oh, so many great moments to choose from. There is the Immaculate Reception (1972) and The Catch (1982), but for sheer throwing volume, I will have to go with the 1984 Hail Mary pass thrown by Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie to win the game in the last seconds again the University of Miami Hurricanes. Watch the video here.
6) Game: To throw a game is to lose the game intentionally. The best (or worst) example of this is the Black Sox Scandal of 1920 where the members of the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series.
7) Pie: The pie in the face is a classic of slapstick comedy, but when used in real life it can either be terrifying of hilarious (depending if you are on the receiving, throwing, or viewing end). In October of 2007, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was on the receiving end of a custard projectile. Watch the video here.
Eight) Shoe: In December of 2008, while on a vist to Iraq and during a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President George W. Bush had two shoes thrown at him by reporter Muntadar al-Zeidi. Watch the video here.
9) Snowball: The place: Washington, DC. The time: December of 2009 right after one of the many snowstorms to hit the area. When it was over, several people advertised through Twitter that a snowball fight would be held downtown. Apparently, no one told the police officer about this flash mob because as he stopped his car on the snowy street during the melee, his vehicle was hit by thrown snowballs. His next move was to get out of the car and brandish his gun. Watch the video here as the snowballers chant “Don’t bring a gun to a snowball fight”.
I do so love living in the DC area.
Oh, why were there only nine items listed instead of the traditional ten? Because I threw the last one out.
That’s all from here…I’m throwing back to you in the studio, Ted.
(How many throw puns can one post have?)