• Hot(dog)diggety!: Larry the Cable Guy has become one of comedy’s most popular acts these days and by now, he’s done shows in every corner of America.
That also leads us to a question:
Is Atlanta, Ill., his favorite town in all the U.S. to get heartburn?
Or, to pose that another way: Did you see the Prilosec heartburn-relief coupon inside a P&G Brandsaver insert that ran in papers across the U.S. this past Sunday, including this one?
Atop the coupon is a photo of Larry the Cable Guy, who’s a spokesman for Prilosec, too.
And amazingly, in a country full of great eats that could give you a little heartburn, he is pictured next to Atlanta, Ill.’s own hotdog-holding Bunyan statue and Palm's Grill Cafe in Atlanta.
A call to Procter & Gamble offices in Cincinnati led to no real answer as to how the Prilosec ad now features the Logan County town (one idea circulating is that fellow comedian Billy Connolly saw Atlanta’s gargantuan hot dog on a recent swing through Central Illinois and told his buddy Larry about it), but a check with Palm’s Grill affirms it certainly is not going unnoticed.
“Just this morning,” laughs one of the waitresses at Palm’s Grill, “we had someone bring in one of those coupons to show us.”
We’re also reminded of a few years ago when Atlanta had one of our own favorite names for a community event — the Happy Wiener Festival — that featured wiener cook-offs, wiener recipes and, yes, a wiener-eating contest.
Hey, maybe now, especially if they heap on the mustard, relish, onion and horseradish, Prilosec will even sponsor it!
Git ’er done!
• Police beat: At Woodlands Golf Course in Madison County the other afternoon, two women, ages 45 and 43, were free on bond but faced charges.
That occurred after reports that besides showing off their golfing skills, they also were occasionally lifting their shirts to other golfers.
• Weather forecast this weekend: Unseasonably cool, breezy, near freezing at night. Yup, you can tell that carnival is back in the Eastland Mall parking lot.
• Signs of the times: Kathy Alexander, of Normal, was driving past a Walgreen's when she noticed two lighted signs.
One read, "24 Hour Pharmacy."
The other read, "1 Hour Photo."
Or, as asks Kathy: “Should the photo department perhaps teach the pharmacy how to be a little more efficient?”
• Curry, with a fury: When National Public Radio recently came out with a list — “The Five Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” — there was Omar Sosa, of Newark, N.J., and Donnacha Dennehy, of New York City, and rappers “Raz,” of Seattle, and “Poolside,” of Santa Monica, Calif. …”
And Matthew Curry, of Bloomington.
Yes, B-N’s own (and WGLT favorite) 17-year-old guitar-phenom has made “The List.”
• Apple of their eye: Forty-four years after the Clinton Apple & Pork Festival launched with a few booths, some fritters, a few pork sandwiches and a couple dozen cars parked along old U.S. 51, you’d certainly say it’s grown.
In fact, an estimated 70,000 people were there this past Saturday alone, a number that’s eight times bigger than Clinton itself.
Or, to quote Bob Dennison, of Normal: “Don't you sometimes wonder if they should now call it the Clinton Apple & Where Do I Park Festival?"
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