Paws Up!Our Salute to the Awesome!
From Solid Cat: Hot Drunks
Did you hear the one about how a Canadian went to Las Vegas, got a random suggestion from a Superman impersonator on Fremont Street, and turned it into a full-time job as a Spock impersonator?
Read more about it at CBC News here.
To Paul Forest, for taking a chance, and making it happen, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: Potato Chips
It says a lot when a comic, on a satirical program, on a station called Comedy Central, is considered the most trusted newsman in America, and the Walter Cronkite of our time.
See Stephen Colbert's touching, off-script thank you to Jon at Comedy Central here.
To Jon Stewart, for being the voice of a generation, even though he never wanted to be one, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: iHeartSolidCat
Posted on the Fort Stanwix National Monument's Facebook page, we learn about U.S. Park Ranger, Roy Sullivan. He was hit by lightning seven times, all of which he survived. The seventh time he was hit, he also fought off a bear by hitting it with a tree branch, making it the 21st time that hit a bear with a stick.
Read about it at Facebook here.
To Roy Sullivan, for being the butchest man in history, we salute you. PAWS UP!
Paws Up! BONUS
In a much belated Paws Up, we salute Mr. Rogers for when he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. During his speech, he wanted to thank those that got him there, but then made everyone in the audience take 10 seconds to think about the people that got them to where they are. Legitimately 10 seconds of silence.
Read about it and see the video at Inspire More here.
To Fred Rogers... there is no one more boss, no one more gangsta, absolutely no one more awesome than you. We salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: RIP Larry
Truly one of the good guys who left us way too soon, Larry Peters was loved by all, who gave to others without hesitation, and without expectation of repayment. May his memory be eternal.
Read Larry's obituary at Niagara Gazette here.
To Larry Peters, for being awesome, now and always, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: Social Commentary Soapbox
The title of the article sums up Australian James Harrison: "This man's blood has saved the lives of two million babies." No exaggeration.
Read more about it at CNN here.
To James Harrison, for legitimately donating the gift of life, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: In the Car
Film star and reigning King of Monsters Godzilla, 61, has finally been recognized as a citizen of Japan. That about sums it up.
Read more about it at Gawker here.
To Japan, for doing something uniquely Japanese, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: The Art of JMW Turner
Ireland became the first country Saturday to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. Just 22 years after decriminalizing homosexuality, 62.1% of voters approved the measure changing the nation's constitution to allow gay marriage.
Read more about it at USA Today here.
To the people of Ireland, for letting love happen, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: Queen of Scots
Jose Garcia might just be a high school student, but he's demonstrated an understanding of women beyond his years. The 15-year-old has called on his male classmates to support their lady friends by bringing pads and tampons to school.
Read more about it at The Daily Dot here.
To Jose Garcia, for being helping to remove stigmas, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: Boy Bands
The Pontiff has a habit of calling people who he has heard are suffering and telling them "Hello, I'm Pope Francis" when they answer their phone.
Franco Rabuffi was a man who received such a call. Three times actually, because he hung up twice on the Pope thinking it was a prankster.
Read more about it at USA Today here.
To Pope Francis, for being a down-to-earth guy, while be the infallible man of god, we salute you. PAWS UP!
From Solid Cat: Ass Beads and Hand Jobs
San Diego Padres
Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres have signed a wheelchair-bound ex-pitcher for 20 straight years. Matt LaChappa, a former Padres prospect from the Barona Indian Reservation, just east of San Diego, suffered a heart attack while warming up in the bullpen for a start in Class A Rancho Cucumonga in 1996 and is now confined to a wheelchair. However, the Padres have renewed his basic minor league contract every season, in part so he can have access to health insurance.
The story first broke in 2005 in the Orange County Register. USA Today got wind of this and reached out to Matt's brother and confirmed that yes, the Padres have kept Matt under contract for the last two decades.
Read more about it at USA Today here, and it links to the original OC Register piece as well.
To the San Diego Padres, for being a classy organization, and better yet, just decent human beings, we salute you. PAWS UP!
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