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Monday June 1, 2015
Was Buddha really fat? Was Prince Fielder a cute child? Did Hank Williams have a daughter? Find out in today’s edition of #FunFacts.
Cecil’s baby boy
As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’ve always been a fan of fat first basement. Kent Hrbek was my favorite Twin growing up. Around the same time I also enjoyed Tigers great Cecil Fielder. When his son Prince came up in the Brewers system he was the first fat first basemen that I’d seen in awhile so I fast became a fan. Although he’s lost his athleticism to the point that he can’t even play first base anymore (although he’s hitting very well) I still like to see him succeed.
Not surprisingly, in his heyday Cecil Fielder did a commercial for the McDonald’s triple cheeseburger. It featured a young Prince pitching to his old man. Check the video, which is super cute, to see lil’ Prince strike out his old man.
Hank’s baby girl
Country legend Hank Williams was found dead in a limousine on New Year’s Day 1953. After a lifelong struggle his years of alcohol and pills finally caught up with him. To his credit he had a degenerative spinal condition that went undiagnosed so he was probably in constant pain.
A few days after his death Jet Williams was born to Bobbie Jett, a woman who Hank had been seeing a few months prior. Although his more popular child Hank Jr. denied it for years, it was eventually proven that Jet was indeed his half-sister. She still occasionally performs today, unsurprisingly often falling back on her father’s catalog.
Evidently Buddha never went to McDonald’s
Every statue of Buddha depicts him as fat. Can you imagine a skinny Buddha? It’d be silly. Despite this the actual Buddha was indeed thin, which makes sense considering that he fasted often and walked many miles a day. Budai, a zen monk from the 10th century that was known to eat heartily, is assumed to be the influence for the popular fat Buddha.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North.