IT’ AIN’T SO COMMON: In February of 2012, a North Carolina man took a swig of what he thought was a nice beverage. It turned out to be a jar of gasoline. So, he did what most of us would have done. He spit it out. Then he did what most of us wouldn’t. He lit a cigarette. POOF! Too bad that fellow didn’t make it to today – Nov. 4. Because he would have seen that’s “Use Your Common Sense Day.” And by any account, lighting up when you’re covered in a flammable substance is NOT common sense. Neither is wearing metal underwear in an electrical storm, or accepting a promotion to be the No. 2 guy in al-Qaida. C’mon! It’s common sense, people!
A MOUSE IN EVERY POT: For the last 16 years, Mayor Stubbs has been at the helm of Talkeetna, Alaska. Although he probably doesn’t care. Stubbs, you see, is a cat. And he was elected mayor in 1997 because the townsfolk didn’t cotton to no “human” candidates. And he’s not the only four-legged candidate out there. In 1938, Boston Curtis, a mule, won a Republican precinct seat in Milton, Wash. And in Lajitas, Texas, a beer-drinking goat named Clay Henry III ruled with an iron hoof as mayor for many years. Here in Luzerne County, we have our own brand of party animal on the ballot — we call them politicians. And you get your chance to go out and vote for your favorite this Tuesday.
A THOR LOSER: Every superhero needs a supervillain. Otherwise he’d just be some dude in tights who goes around asking people if he could help carry their groceries. The folks who created the comic book-based Thor films get to mine Norse mythology for their strange bad guys. In the first flick, the God of Thunder got to battle Laufey, King of the Frost Giants. In “Thor: The Dark World,” it’s Malekith the Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. If there’s a third film, maybe another tongue-twister of a villain can get on Asgard’s bad side. Like Fahrvergnügen the Indecipherable. … Or not. The new Thor movie opens Friday.
UP FOR AN ADVENTURE: Unless there’s some serious high seas kidnapping involved, pirates and princesses don’t often mix. After all, no one’s ever heard of Princesses of the Caribbean, or pirates ships changing into pumpkins at midnight. Well, there is one place where they can get along fine: In the wonderful world of Disney. This Sunday, Disney Junior Live On Tour will present the Pirate & Princess Adventure at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The show is a live adventure featuring characters from Disney TV series “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Hence the princess/pirate thing. Shows start at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
THEIR BLUE PERIOD: Yo, listen up, here’s a story about a little group that puts on some blue face. And all day and all night Friday through Sunday, they’ll be doin’ their blue thing inside and outside. .. They’re the Blue Man Group, da ba dee da ba die… da ba dee da ba die … And they’re a poor excuse to resurrect that “I’m Blue” song from the depths of 1999. But they are a really cool theatrical performance troupe that’s been mesmerizing audiences since 1987. And this weekend, they’ll bring their blue mood at the Scranton Cultural Center. There’s a show at 8 Friday night, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and a 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday.