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11 of Bill Murray's Greatest Letterman Appearances

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Way back in 1982, Bill Murray was the first guest on Late Night with David Letterman—beginning a tradition of absurdly hilarious appearances that culminated last night, on Letterman's penultimate episode, when Murray popped out of a cake as a sendoff for the host. Here are some of Murray's best Letterman moments.

1. An Appearance to Remember

Here’s where it all began: Murray’s interview as the first guest ever on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. In his typical sardonic fashion, he makes fun of Dave, explains that he regrets not strangling Richard Nixon when he had the opportunity, has a humorous mental breakdown, shows off a short film he made in his backyard about a panda bear named “Cancun” that was forced to work in a Chinese restaurant, and ends the whole thing by doing aerobics while singing Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.”

2. Creating a Late Night Theme Song

In this somewhat tame appearance from 1993, while promoting Groundhog Day, Murray shows off his pipes again and channels his old SNL lounge singer character—Nick Winters—to croon a proposed theme song for Late Night.

3. Hecklers Beware

In 1991, Murray confronted a heckler in Letterman’s Late Night audience and defended Dave’s honor … if only it were real.

4. Auditioning for Peter Pan

Murray flew into his January 2014 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to unofficially audition for a proposed live TV version of Peter Pan while singing “I Can Fly.” Give the man the part!

During the same appearance, Murray decided to shave the beard he grew for an upcoming movie on-air just because it was bothering him. He starts off with an electric trimmer, but graduates to an impressive dual razor technique.

5. Channeling Liberace

After making an elaborate entrance dressed as Liberace—complete with a white Rolls Royce and a fluffy dog—Murray unveils his giant anniversary gift to Dave on the side of the Ed Sullivan Theater, then uses a pick-ax and then a jackhammer to open a hole in the studio floor to uncover a time capsule he allegedly left there 20 years ago. Artifacts Murray found include a New York Post with a Jay Leno headline, Dave’s hairpiece, and a photo of the two together.

To end the show, Murray regales Dave with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” just to show him how much he truly loves him.

6. What a Character

While promoting The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Murray mocked his mention in Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer’s book, dressed as a well-educated gentleman fop lamenting the changing of the seasons. In the second half of the show, Murray explains why he wants a pint of George Clooney’s blood.

7. Keeping it Elevated

Murray—on crutches after injuring himself while skiing during the Sundance Film Festival—shows off the video of the accident, and promptly asks Dave be the first to sign his wounded leg. The actor gets a little too warm in the second half of the interview, and demonstrates his love of figure skating.

8. Going for a Swim

Before sitting down for an interview, Murray literally did a little dumpster diving behind the Ed Sullivan Theater.

9. Jockeying

Murray explains to Dave why he likes the ponies and the thrill of competition for the Kentucky Derby.

10. A Different Kind of Audition

With a little help from Regis Philbin, Murray tries out as a field-goal kicker for the New York Giants. 

11. Tase Me, Bro

Murray rolls into the interview tied up and in the back of a car, and eventually gets tasered in this 2012 appearance for his film Hyde Park on Hudson. The banter includes stories about Murray playing impromptu kickball with some unsuspecting folks on Roosevelt Island and then re-creating the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting with Dave—don't forget the hot chocolate with marshmallows—because he missed it that year.

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State
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There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

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20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer
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They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]

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