Friday, April 15

Happy Birthday, Mr. Chaplin

The great English actor Charlie Chaplin would be 122 years old today if he were still alive. While that would qualify as a record for longest-tenured life, we doubt Chaplin would still be entertaining the masses if he were still kickin' it, simply because his style of comedy probably doesn’t suit a centenarian very well. Either way, his performances during the silent picture era were fantastic, and his iconic mustache has been borrowed heavily since, sometimes accidentally, a la Michael Jordan in those Hanes commercials. Although most people would suggest Jordan's mustache more closely resembles that of Hitler's, we prefer to think Jordan was paying homage to Chaplin.

To honor the actor, Google’s homepage today has a neat short video in the vaudeville/mime/slapstick style Chaplin helped make famous.

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