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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Never one to take more than i give, here is a little bit of education for y’all. Wikipedia is a bit like a pick-a-path novel sometimes. Reading an article on Australian sports fans being limited to 24 cans of beer for the annual Bathurst 1000 race and the associated uproar, some young upstart for the BBC has tried to claim that the title given to Aussies as big drinkers may be erroneous. Typical really – whinging frigging poms trying to take some other title off us. Let me just reassure you, we will confidently drink you under the table. The Germans…will drink you under the table. The Irish…will drink you under the table…then wake you up to do shots. In fact you would have to try very hard to find someone who cannot drink you under the table. Drinking on Tuesday nights and Sundays does not count. We are not talking totals for the week. Australians work hard during the week and play hard on the weekends. In a single drinking session you will be left by the wayside as years of 11:00 closes has left you perceptible to calling it a night at the drop of a hat.

I digress…

So this pommy whose uppance will definitely come to him, mentions the folklore of our esteemed prime minister Bob Hawke whose wikipedia page is where today’s journey begins. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hawke)

Really only one thing to note for most people who don’t give two shit’s about politics, and that can be found in the ‘Early Life and Education’ section. Specifically:

His academic achievements were complemented by setting a new world speed record for beer drinking: a yard glass (approximately 3 imperial pints or 1.7 litres) in eleven seconds.[8] In his memoirs, Hawke suggested that this single feat may have contributed to his political success more than any other, by endearing him to a voting population with a strong beer culture. [9]

Yes that’s right. The 23rd leader of our country was in the Guinness Book of Records for chugging a beer!

Seeing as i can only ever distinctly remember him and John Howard running my country i decided to click on the ‘Prime Minister of Australia’ to see who had been the longest serving. Apparently Mr Sheen, Johhnny Howard was at 11 years 8 months and 23 Days. Then i noticed a fellow from the Country party (which i didn’t even know existed) was Prime Minister for 23 days so i thought i better check out what the story was there.

Turns out John McEwen was the Country Party leader at the time when Harold Holt went for a swim and never came back. When the search proved fruitless, McEwen was sworn in on the pretense that it was to be a short-lived position till a suitable replacement was elected by the liberal party. The person they proposed was William McMahon, who McEwen despised personally ‘possibly due to his rumoured homosexuality’. The plot thickens.

Over to Billy McMahon’s page and a quick perusal finds out he remained unpopular with colleagues despite being highly capable, and there were frequent rumours about his homosexuality. Despite these rumours he later married aged 57 and had a three children, including a son Julian McMahon. Sound Familiar?

Julian McMahon is an Australian actor and former fashion model most noted for his role as womanising platic surgeon Christian Troy on Nip/Tuck and also Cole Turner in the series Charmed. Dad – allegedly homosexual prime minister of Australia, son model/actor in American soaps whose career began on Home and Away and was married to Dannii Minogue. Kind of writes itself doesn’t it.

From there i swiftly went through charmed and ended up on Alyssa Milano…well her page anyway…

Six clicks from Bob Hawke and you get Alyssa Milano. Perhaps if more political discussions led to Alyssa Milano i would take more of an avid interest in politics. Perhaps.


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3 witty retorts to “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”

  1. Squires says:

    you know what this page needs…more pics of Alyssa Milano…though if that happens I’ll have to be asking “what’s smaller that Alyssa Milano, but bigger than pick-a-path”…at least you didn’t mention Tony Danza. Well done that!
    I can see that this is some kind of colonial entry as you managed to mainly pick on the limeys overlords. No yanks, no c-word, and politics??? If not for the pic this might go down as your worst entry ever. I’m guessing you’re smitten with (or Fukk&d) a poly-sci major…well done! Is she smarter than Alyssa Milano?

    I may have found your american blogging equivalent…I giggle when I read him and I guess you won’t get half the refences (http://www.pure-orange.net/cgi/anyboard.cgi/bscpigskin2?cmd=get&cG=1313234373&zu=3131323437&v=2&gV=0&p=) and am curious of what you think…plus it’s american rugby…
    It may be filled with references you don’t get, but I guess that’s what the random visitors to your page experience when they arrive here(not the random googlers of the C-word, but the link clickers from say…my page – hellow random happy clickers from my page)…anyways I hope it’s surreal for you to visit that link…No Tony Danza pics but hey. that’s not my fault either.

  2. Squires says:

    well done on the use of y’all (including apostrophe)..btw there’s an apostrophe in im (as in I’m not like em)…
    You misspelled of on the front page…I’m not criticizing…just pointing it out.

  3. TomiHendrix says:

    Are we looking at the same page? Look at my graphic again..there’s an apostrophe there. I can’t put one in the url. I’ll fix up the ‘of’ part when i update the front page next, maybe when my new movie galleries are ready.

    I considered Tony Danza but that would have been 8 clicks and would have gone against the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon thing. You know, i gots to keep it real.

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