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'80s Flashback: Just Say No

Friday is here again, so it's time for another '80s Flashback.

Before a word from our sponsor, here are the recent '80s Flashbacks:

'80s Flashback: Freddy Krueger
'80s Flashback: Atari
'80s Flashback: OP corduroy shorts
'80s Flashback: Parachute pants
'80s Flashback: Rambo cartoon
'80s Flashback: Psyche!
'80s Flashback: Jim and Tammy Faye
'80s Flashback: Avoid the noid
'80s Flashback: Mary Lou Retton
'80s Flashback: One night in Bangkok
'80s Flashback: Adams Atoms
'80s Flashback: Don't you forget about me

OK. This week's flashback is brought to you in part by the 1985 Villanova men's basketball team, which pulled won of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history when it beat Patrick Ewing's Georgetown team in the championship. It was one of the games that took the popularity of March Madness to another level. Yeah, so it later turned out that a couple of the Villanova guys had drug problems, but at least this was a natur…

Come to church, get free gas

Accept Jesus as your savior and get a break from high gas prices!

It's not quite like that, but a Baptist church is trying to attract members with a raffle for free gasoline. But when the gas is gone, will the new members leave, too?

"Some pastors have questioned our motives. If it was just to get people in the building, it would be wrong. But we want to meet someone's physical need and eternal spiritual needs."

Especially if they drive Hummers.

Shoot, I can't scratch that itch

Ever get an itch on your back that you can't quite reach?

I'm guessing you never considering extending your reach by using a revolver.

Good thing.

The best way to shave: with hot girls

Commercials for disposable razors and shaving creams tend to be a little overdramatic. Actually, I mean EXTREMELY OVERDRAMATIC!!! ... which is why I used all-caps and almost as many exclamation points as an over-the-top real estate listing:

CHARMING!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!! INCLUDES BEDROOMS!!!!!

Here's a classic stupid shaver commercial. It shaves hairs off your face. It's top secret!!!

But it gets topped by the dumb online campaign cuurently under way at www.edgeshave.com. Watch Video 2. It's nearly as ridiculous as a TAG Body Spray commercial.

Of course, when I was a geeky teenager, I would've loved hot women to give me tips on shaving. But even then I would think the ads were stupid.

Seriously, this is really, really good art

I admit it. I just don't get art.

It's not that I don't appreciate it. I'm just confused why some artists who seem very talented can't make a living and others get $25 to $35 million for this:

(Note: The painting involves nudity and a severe weight problem).

If you don't want to see it, here's a description from the story.

The painting challenges modern notions of beauty and elicits a reaction from everyone who sees it. That may have been precisely the aim of [Lucian] Freud, who told London's Tate Gallery in 2002 that he wanted his paintings to "astonish, disturb, seduce, convince."

Well, he succeeded. A naked woman on a worn-out couch for $25 million.

Astonishing.

Out-of-control sports moms

Even if your not a basketball fan, you might've heard how LeBron James' mom got a little too involved in the game Sunday night. When James got fouled hard, his mom started screaming at the opponent.

Then LeBron screamed at her. The video is here. (Mom is in the white shirt).

It's not nearly as bad as having your mom come into a boxing ring and defend you by hitting your opponent with a shoe. (At least I think that's what it was).

It's a classic boxing blooper. You can find it in the video below ... just scroll ahead in the video to about the one-minute mark.

Humor Me: Florence, Minn., population 61

By MATT WIXON

Welcome to Florence: Population 61.

"Hey, the number has gone up!" my dad said, pointing at the sign for the southern Minnesota town where he grew up.

Up to 61. I think there were more than 61 kids in my high school gym class, and I know I've waited in a line of more than 61 at Krispy Kreme. The Krispy Kreme line did seem to have a ton of people, but certainly not a town of people.

My guess is that Florencians would embrace a Krispy Kreme wait. After all, Florence has no fast food of any kind, other than someone opening a microwave and popping in a frozen dinner. And the frozen dinner would have to be purchased outside of town, because Florence doesn't have a grocery store.

It doesn't have a general store, either. Or a gas station. Or a post office. Or roads.

Well, at least paved roads.

A few years ago, my wife and I, along with my mom and dad, "toured" Florence. It took us all of 15 minutes, including a photo stop and wrong turn. But 15 minutes …