Showing posts with label Whoopi Goldberg. Show all posts
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Apr 23, 2013

Whoopee Cushions

The whoopee cushion is a classic design that has not changed since its launch in 1932.

The idea of sitting down to make a funny noise is much older, Queen Victoria was given a musical bustle in 1887 for her Golden Jubilee which played 'God Save the Queen' when the wearer sat down. The Roman Emperor Elagabulus used an early version of the whoopee cushion at his dinner parties.

The Quad City Mallards ice hockey team hold the world record for the largest simultaneous whoopee cushion sit with 3,614 sitters taking part at Moline, Illinois, USA.

Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) got her stage name from her childhood flatulence and the fact that it made her sound like a whoopee cushion. She adopted the traditionally Jewish surname 'Goldberg' as a stage name, because her mother felt that Johnson was not "Jewish enough" to make her a star. Well, that's about the end of it.

May 29, 2010

Eight Celebrity Name Changes

Michael Keaton was born Michael Douglas (no relation).
Comedian Albert Brooks was born Albert Einstein (no relation)
Krishna Pandit Bhanji is now Ben Kinglsey
Demi Moore was Demetria Guynes
Miley Ray Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus
Bono was born Paul Hewson
Audrey Hepburn was Audrey Kathleen Ruston
Whoopi Goldberg was Caryn Johnson.