DAILY DIRT: ‘My mind was changed by a bumper sticker. Said no one ever.’


Daily Dirt for Wednesday, March 6, 2024

I consider bumper stickers nothing more than creative license plates with more content … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 886 of The Daily Dirt.

1. Next to looking for creative license plates (and you know I do), keeping an eye out for equally creative bumper stickers probably ranks as the second-most most popular on-road entertainment.

Here are some of my favorites: 

  • “I’m 70, leave me the hell alone.” (I may have to actually get one of these.)
  • “My mind was changed by a bumper sticker. Said no one ever.”
  • “Huge financial burden on board” (Accompanied by a picture of a baby.)
  • “I used to be cool.” (This one goes hand-in-hand with the No. 1.)
  • “Women are born leaders. You are following one now.” (I really, really need to get one of these for The Little Woman.)
  • “If I passed you on the right, you’re in the wrong lane.”
  • “Sorry for driving so close in front of you.”
  • “My dog behaves better than your kid.”
  • “You just got passed by a bad driver.”
  • “If you can read this, I’m not impressed. Most people can read.”

2. Those of you who discovered the wonders of AM Top-40 radio in the mid-1960s undoubtedly remember the group Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

They had such hits as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Wooly Bully” and “The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin”.

Well, here’s some Sam the Sham trivia I had no idea about until recently: Sam’s real name was Domingo Samudio. He eventually quit the music business and became a deck hand on industrial ships. Years later, Samudio earned his captain’s license and began running supply boats. Samudio later moved to Memphis and taught Bible study classes at federal institutions. Talk about a colorful working career!

Anyone remember what Sam the Sham’s backup girl singers were called? If your guess was the Shamettes, you were correct.

3. Ever wonder how much those major movie stars earn for roles in blockbuster films?

Wonder no more, here are the biggest medal-worthy paychecks in film history:

  • Gold medal: Tom Cruise, “Top Gun: Maverick” (2022): $113 million. 
  • Silver medal: Will Smith,”Men in Black 3″ (2012), $100 million.
  • Bronze medal: Keanu Reeves, “The Matrix” (1999), $83.3 million. 

Honorable mention: Tom Cruise, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” (2011), $75 million.

Steve Thought O’ The Day — NBA center Rudy Gobert, who is 7-foot-1 and was born in France, is called “The Eiffel Tower”. 

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. We’ve recommended counseling for his license plate/bumper sticker stalking.

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