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Good News Friday: The coolest corn maze in the world. A unique and elaborate marriage proposal delights me. And Athletes Among Us: awesome photos

And a happy Friday to you all. Let’s get this edition of GNF up and running with a cool little tale about a corn maze in Illinois.

I freaking love corn mazes, by the way; I think they’re very cool and fun and challenging and because I have no sense of direction whatsoever, sometimes a little scary. (Last year in Massachusetts I was in a corn maze for, I think, 11 hours trying to find the way out. Maybe it was less. And maybe a 5-year-old had to show me the way.)

Anyway, the good folks at “CBS Sunday Morning” had a cool story about maybe the biggest corn maze in the world, on the Richardson farm in Spring Grove, Ill., where 65,000 people every year come to see their incredible designs.

This year’s theme? The Beatles. I’m telling you, this makes me want to get out to Illinois immediately to see John Lennon’s face carved into corn.

**Next up, a beautiful and elaborate marriage proposal I enjoyed immensely.  A woman named Alissa was at work this summer after, one night earlier, complaining to her girlfriend Jeanne that she wasn’t romantic enough.

Well, Jeanne got a busful of people, a little Lumineers music, and some giant flash cards, and gave Alissa a proposal no one who saw it will ever forget. It gets really good about 3 minutes in, but watch the whole thing, it’s all good.

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**And finally, my old friend and awesome photographer Jamie Moncrief pointed this out to me on Facebook, and I think it’s all kinds of cool. A photo project called “Athletes Among Us” convinces pro athletes to do everyday activities in ordinary places, and snaps the reaction of the astonished passers-by.

The photo above is one of my favorites, but you can view a whole bunch more here (the roller derby girls one is also classic) or at the link above.

 

A truly astoundingly funny idea. A non-Lost “Lost” question. And “The Wrestler” holds up

Another one of the brilliant ideas I wish I’d thought of:

Two people named Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel decided it would be really funny if they got celebrities to get up on stage and read from other celebrities’ autobiographies.

So we get Rachel Dratch reading Joan Lunden. And Rosie Perez reading Suzanne Somers. And so many other hilarious ones that “CBS Sunday Morning” heard about it and did a short piece on it.

Absolutely freaking brilliant. They’re on the road now; check their website or watch the above clip to get a sense of how great this is.

They’re going to be doing another show in NYC on July 26. I’m going to be up in New York then. I’m totally going. Maybe we could get Sarah Jessica Parker reading Billy Graham. Or Ice-T giving us Brooke Shields’ inner thoughts.

**I never got into “Lost,” after watching about 10 minutes of the first episode. My wife, totally the opposite. To the point where at least once during each episode during the last five years I’ve heard her scream “Are you freaking kidding me?” or “This show pisses me off,” from the other room.

Anyway, with “Lost” ending last night, I just have one question that I’ve been thinking about: Let’s say you never watched an episode, but wanted to sit down for the finale and learn about the show. How long would it take for a fan to explain everything that’s gone on so far in the show?

Hours? Weeks? Months? I asked Julie. She sighed deeply, then replied, “Years.”

**Watched the fantastic movie “The Wrestler” again this weekend, the second time I’ve see the whole thing. It was once again, fabulous. If you didn’t see the Mickey Rourke Oscar-nominated movie about an over-the-hill pro wrestler hanging on to whatever he can, I strongly recommend it.

As always when you watch a movie a second time, you pick up a few things that you never saw before, but make the film that much better.

Three thoughts on “The Wrestler” the second time (these will only make sense if you’ve seen it, and no, I’m not spoiling any plot points here)

1. There’s a wonderful scene when Randy “the Ram” Robinson is going to work at the ACME deli counter for the first time. And he takes this long, long walk from the back stockroom to the counter, and then pauses behind a plastic curtain right before the deli counter, then walks in.

It was exactly like how he used to walk the hallways and enter a wrestling arena. Brilliant job by the director there.

2. As heartbreaking of a scene as it already is at the old wrestlers’ autograph signing show, I never noticed that toward the end, Randy looks around and sees some of his friends’ career maladies, one by one, and you watch that hitting him in his expression.

3. The Springsteen song at the end? Just fantastic. It totally could’ve been a throwaway Bruce song; I mean, it’s not like the guy needs to write any more winners. But I thought it was a beautiful capstone to a terrific movie.