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Cream of the Cool

”Hi, I’m Phil Hartman, perhaps you may remember me from my portrayal of such well known celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Bush, Charlton Heston, Phil Donahue and President Bill Clinton back in the days when I was working at Saturday Night Live. But there’s probably so much more you don’t know about me so I’m getting ready to tell you the story of my life.”

Believe it or not, I was born in that hotbed of comedy, Brantford,…

A few weeks ago, I said that I was looking at two options: either employment, or a massive trip by Amtrak around the United States of America. Since I didn't obtain employment, the train trip is on. I have a 30 day Amtrak pass. I have my first two tickets, Chicago and New York. After spending some time in the Northeast, I am planning to go through New Orleans, Texas, back to Chicago, to California, and then back home. A rather bold itinerary, one…

To be in the wrong place, of course, there has to be a right place. And maybe there is, and maybe there is not. For a pregnancy, sure, there is a right place, an only place, a special place where that single idea can take root and grow from idea to fetus and fetus to person. For a mother-to-be, the right place might be in her own city, her own country, on her own continent, but it also might not. For a child coming into the world it might be a hospital where…

"Drink the Kool-Aid" is a slang term originating in United States, and connoting unthinking acceptance of propaganda or a cult of personality.

The phrase originated in the mass homicide/suicide that took place at the Reverend Jim Jones' People's Temple, when devotees of his cult drank Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.

The first reference to the phrase "Drink the Kool-Aid" was entered on urban dictionary in 2005, and it seemed to become…