Sunday, October 26, 2008

Near Brush With Greatness Game

Several months ago, Rach wrote about a game called Near Brush with Greatness. She described it as a simple game: the goal is not to have encountered a famous person, but to know someone who has, and the further removed you are, the more points you earn.

Well, the one that I came up with today, should be a real point bonanza. I am definitely far removed from the famous person but the connection is purely in the realm of speculation--kind of like what the National Enquirer makes millions of dollars doing every week.

Fact: Amy Poehler from Saturday Night Live had a baby yesterday whom she named Archie.

Fact: I have a son named Archie.

Fact: I named my son Archie for my great grandfather Archie Higgins.

Fact: Amy Poehler is married to Will Arnett who played G.O.B. on Arrested Development during its three season run on Fox.

Fact: In five episodes of Arrested Development, a character named Wayne Jarvis was played by an actor named John Michael Higgins.

Fact: John Miichael Higgins' great grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers.

Coincidence? I think not.

Not even close to a Fact: At a fancy Hollywood party, Amy leans over to Will Ferrell and tells him that she and her husband are expecting a baby. John Michael Higgins, is seated across the table and says, Y"ou know, I always thought a great name for a baby was Archie. My great-grandfather's brother was named Archie and they lived in Western Kentucky and fished and hunted and fought the Night Riders."

Well, I'm sure it was a lot funnier when they said it, but it could have happened.


12 comments:

rach :) said...

What's really funny is when WB told me Amy's baby's name, I immediately thought about the only other Archie I know... but those are 2 separate worlds, right...

Beth said...

Rach, to add to the weirdness--it's my Archie's birthday--2 separate worlds--I wonder.....

beth said...

This is extremely informative - we knew she was in labor, thanks to the show last night, but hadn't heard the outcome.

My kids keep walking around saying, "Archie Poehler. Cool." But I imagine it's "Archie Arnett."

Excellent story of connectivity, too....

Judi~Gmj said...

I haven't a clue about any of this but I am laughing and that is a good thing. :D

Beth said...

Beth, glad to share the information--your house must be fun and full of life.

Judi, thanks for laughing. If you click the links and watch the videos of Amy or Will you will really laugh. :-)

Jayne said...

Wow! You are almost a celebrity Beth!! :c)

nina said...

Wow--I would have to think long and hard to beat that.
Isn't it neat to know!

Beth said...

Jayne, teeheee--yes, you can tell by my lifestyle--homemade clothes hung on a clothesline, wood fire for heat, vegetable garden and an obsession with beaver dams.

Nina, I read once a book that put forth the theory that we are all related by 3 degrees--it was a mathematical theorem based on the number of people in the world, the number of people we each know--the thing is we don't usually know what the connections are. Certainly thought provoking.

beckie said...

Beth, now that took some thought! Made my head hurt. But I did chuckle at the deductive reasoning- a very lawyerly trait. :)

Nan said...

I'm amazed at your brilliance figuring this all out. Must be the lawyer training. :<)

Carey's Corner said...

Nan and beckie stole my thunder about being an attorney to weave this connection. Sounds like a courtroom
case connecting the evidence to prove innocence or guilt.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that can connect that kind of evidence should run for DA. No wonder you always convinced us that it was your brother's fault.
Dad