Friday, July 6, 2012


The Associated Press publishes a daily feature called "How Old?!" wherein it lists the names of famous people who were born on the day, what they are famous for, and their ages. Sometimes the ages are a surprise (What?!? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are only 26?), and sometimes the relative ages of two celebrities is a shock, as I recently tweeted: KenOsmond/EddieHaskel turned 69 the other day. TheTrueShocker is: Liam Neeson is only 9 years younger. (You can follow me on Twitter, @deweyroth, but don't expect gems like this every day.)

Then there are other times when it's something totally different that gives me pause. Take this quote from Wednesday, June 27, 2012, for example:  Reality star Khloe Kardashian is 28.

Reality Star. What does that even MEAN?!!?

Let's see if taking the words separately helps.

re-al-i-ty...noun: 1. the state or quality of being real; 2. resemblance to what is real; 3. real things, facts, or events taken as a whole, i.e., state of affairs, as in "the reality of the business world" or "vacationing to escape reality"; 4. In philosophy, something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.

So far, I'm not seeing any correlation to Ms Kardashian.

star...noun: any of the heavenly bodies, except the moon.

Ah, well...THERE you have it! Though, even at that, I'm not convinced "reality" has much to do with it at all.

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