Week of December 31

Noting that there were an estimated 35 Elvis impersonators at the time of Presley's death in 1977, 1,000 a decade later, 10,000 in 1997, and 35,000 today (2001), American filmmaker John Paget determined that by 2020, Elvis impersonators will comprise one-third of the global population.


Week of December 24

The Wall Street Journal reported that a shortage of drummers is affecting new bands.  "Unreported by labour economists, the crunch follows decades of neglect and mistreatment of the men and women who pound skins and bang cymbals.  Hidden at the back of the stage while guitarists and singers shine out front, rarely consulted on matters of musical direction and treated like sidemen instead of bandmates, resentful drummers are withholding their services, making unsettling demands and, in some cases, simply putting down their sticks."


Week of December 17

The on-line edition of the Oxford English Dictionary added Homer Simpson's exclamation  d'oh, defining it as "expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned or that one has just said or done something foolish."


Week of December 10

Commenting on a report in the journal Neurology that classical music requires higher intelligence to appreciate than pop music, Raj Persaud told the Independent on Sunday: "If you are still listening to pop music after a long period, that would suggest you still find it challenging, which would have an IQ implication."


Week of December 3

To those of you who received honours, awards, and distinctions, I say 'Well done.'  And to the C students, I say 'You, too, can be president of the United States.'

George W. Bush, speaking at Yale University's 300th commencement ceremony


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