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Would You Clone a Booger?

Just typing that title, made me think of a great episode of WKRP in Cinncinati. Dr. Johnny Fever was angry at a previous station firing him from saying the word "booger" on the air. Oh, how times have changed with the FCC. So many of those words you couldn't say, you seem to always hear on the radio and TV now.

When I first heard the story of a woman that cloned Booger. Wait, back up. I should explain. That was her pet dog.

I heard the story on an AM station that Paul Harvey was on. If you don't know Harvey, he's this 90-year-old broadcaster. He's like the Norman Rockwell of the airwaves. He does those "and now you know the rest of the story," pieces.

I can't figure out why people choose the names they do for their pets. Growing up, all we had were goldfish and parakeets. My mom named the bird Mr. Chips.

My friend Bonnie likes when people name their dogs regular names like "Steve". But, anything is better than Booger.

I talked about getting a French Bulldog, and because the black ones have heads shaped like bats, naming it "Gotham". Then I thought the name Popeye would be cool. Parly because they have those bug eyes. But also because in The French Connection, the main character Gene Hackman played was Popeye Doyle.

Booger would be a name that would never come to mind. Even if I was picking my nose while thinking of pet names.

And, she felt so sad when the dog died, she sold her house in order to pay the company in Korea $50,000 to clone it.

And, what is stupider than a dog named Booger (well, it does beat one of these famous actors naming their kid Booger). The dog was a pit bull. She said it saved her from an attack by a much bigger dog.

The cloning company usually charges $150,000. But, they gave her a break, since she would be the first customer.

So, I'm listening to the folksiness of Paul Harvey reading this story. All those dramatic pauses he throws in. And, it's just so weird hearing an old guy say "Booger" every few seconds. I mean, couldn't his copywriters have done the story without him constantly saying the name? Were there outtakes where he started laughing? Or started screaming the way Casey Kasem does in that one dedication to the woman who lost her dog?

I remember in high school reading Stephen King's "Pet Cemetary". When you buried your pet, it came back home. Alive. But, it wasn't the same. The animal would be out of it. Sort of like a zombie dog.

The woman brought a patch of Boogers skin to Korea. Not sure how that got by customs.

And, four or five puppies were created from the DNA.

And that's just what the world needs. More pit bulls roaming the planet.

(On a side note: when does Michael Vick get out of prison? My fantasy football draft is coming up, and that's the type of info I need.)

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Just typing that title, made me think of a great episode of WKRP in Cinncinati. Dr. Johnny Fever was angry at a previous station firing him from saying the word "booger" on the air. Oh, how times have changed with the FCC. So many of those words you couldn't say, you seem to always hear on the radio and TV now.

When I first heard the story of a woman that cloned Booger. Wait, back up. I should explain. That was her pet dog.

I heard the story on an AM station that Paul Harvey was on. If you don't know Harvey, he's this 90-year-old broadcaster. He's like the Norman Rockwell of the airwaves. He does those "and now you know the rest of the story," pieces.

I can't figure out why people choose the names they do for their pets. Growing up, all we had were goldfish and parakeets. My mom named the bird Mr. Chips.

My friend Bonnie likes when people name their dogs regular names like "Steve". But, anything is better than Booger.

I talked about getting a French Bulldog, and because the black ones have heads shaped like bats, naming it "Gotham". Then I thought the name Popeye would be cool. Parly because they have those bug eyes. But also because in The French Connection, the main character Gene Hackman played was Popeye Doyle.

Booger would be a name that would never come to mind. Even if I was picking my nose while thinking of pet names.

And, she felt so sad when the dog died, she sold her house in order to pay the company in Korea $50,000 to clone it.

And, what is stupider than a dog named Booger (well, it does beat one of these famous actors naming their kid Booger). The dog was a pit bull. She said it saved her from an attack by a much bigger dog.

The cloning company usually charges $150,000. But, they gave her a break, since she would be the first customer.

So, I'm listening to the folksiness of Paul Harvey reading this story. All those dramatic pauses he throws in. And, it's just so weird hearing an old guy say "Booger" every few seconds. I mean, couldn't his copywriters have done the story without him constantly saying the name? Were there outtakes where he started laughing? Or started screaming the way Casey Kasem does in that one dedication to the woman who lost her dog?

I remember in high school reading Stephen King's "Pet Cemetary". When you buried your pet, it came back home. Alive. But, it wasn't the same. The animal would be out of it. Sort of like a zombie dog.

The woman brought a patch of Boogers skin to Korea. Not sure how that got by customs.

And, four or five puppies were created from the DNA.

And that's just what the world needs. More pit bulls roaming the planet.

(On a side note: when does Michael Vick get out of prison? My fantasy football draft is coming up, and that's the type of info I need.)

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That's funny Josh, because years ago (back in the late 70's), I was going to school out in the midwest. While there, I made friends with a woman who had a dog named (you guessed it) Booger. Booger was a black lab/husky/pitbull mix. She was a good dog...weird, tho. She much preferred to stay outside, even in inclement weather, than to come inside.

Aug. 8, 2008

That's funny. I wonder now about dog names. A friend of mine once called for me. I answered my phone and he was laughing. He said he dialed the wrong number (this was before cell phones, and landlines were still used more often than not). The wrong number said, "Uh...you can talk to Josh. But, uh...it's our dog."

When I told my stepbrother about the name Gotham for a black French Bulldog, he said that's a lame name, because you have to think about how it will sound when you're calling the dog over repeatedly. And, he has a point (although, his dog growing up was Taurus, a German Shephard).

Aug. 8, 2008

BOOGER UPDATE: They said on CNN that this woman kidnapped a Mormon missionary in the 70s and used him as a sex slave. She was tried for that case, but bailed England before facing the charges. Bizarre.

Aug. 10, 2008

LOL.

Missionary position, I presume?

Aug. 12, 2008

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