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Sat Dec 07, 2013, 02:50 AM EST
Do you ever get those little trivia questionnaires in e-mail or on social media? “What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book? What’s your favorite memory? Who’s your favorite celebrity? What was your favorite funeral?”
Just kidding. Nobody has a favorite funeral.
Or do they?
Recently, a friend of mine passed away. I was planning to attend the funeral and asked several other friends if they were going as well. Oddly, the answer I received several times was, “I don’t want to go. I hate funerals.”
My answer to that was, “That’s a perfectly ridiculous statement. Nobody likes funerals.”
Turns out I was wrong. I found out the other night that a lot of people really do like funerals and in a big way. In fact, they like them so much that there is a new reality show on TLC titled “Best Funeral Ever.”
To say that the premise of the show is in bad taste is like saying that Miley Cyrus would like some attention; it’s a huge understatement. But what’s new? There aren’t any reality shows that are in good taste.
Let’s face it; the American viewing public craves tasteless drivel. And if any station is willing to feed it to them, it’s TLC, who has given us such quality programming as “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Sister Wives.”
“Best Funeral Ever” follows the adventures of Golden Gate Funeral Home owner John Beckwith Jr. and his staff as they stage unique “home going” celebrations for the eccentric dearly departed.
The show began as a special, but was then developed into a series. Apparently ratings were good. Why does that scare me?
Monday’s episode featured the casket of avid bowler Judy Sunday being rolled down a bowling alley, the casket of Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Ray Smith doing a 100-meter dash (he won by the way), and my personal favorite, a breakfast-themed funeral featuring a gospel choir singing the praises of bacon and eggs and mourners actually wearing bacon and egg costumes. The deceased obviously loved his breakfast.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.
April 17, 2014
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