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Deaths ALWAYS Happen in Threes. Right?

Jason English

1. With Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and MIchael Jackson passing away this week, I've heard dozens of references to the irrefutable "deaths happen in threes" rule. "Deaths ALWAYS happen in threes." Really? The Wall Street Journal listed some examples last night:

"¢ Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the "Big Bopper" all died together in a plane crash in 1959 "¢ Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all died in close succession in 1970-71 "¢ In 2003, Johnny Cash, John Ritter, and Warren Zevon all died within the same week "¢ In 2005, King Fahd, Peter Jennings and Robin Cook died within a week of each other "¢ The following year brought the closely timed deaths of Don Knotts, Darren McGavin and Dennis Weaver "¢ Heath Ledger, Suzanne Pleshette and Brad Renfro all died within a week of each other in January 2008

OK, maybe not "ALWAYS." For the myth of this theory to live on, there must be some better examples, right? I'll add JFK, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley, who all died November 22, 1963. Got any?

2. There wasn't much interest in my Mo Willems quiz on Monday, but I did get a few emails from enthusiastic supporters of The Pigeon, Elephant Gerald, and Piggie. There must be a lot of smart parents in the audience "“ what are your favorite children's books? My daughter and I have a library date this afternoon; maybe we'll pick up a few of your suggestions. (She's 11-months-old. So I guess I'm really looking for books her mother and I will enjoy.)

3. What is the best experience you ever had at a concert or sporting event?

4. Let's pretend you're the kind of person who would put your life on TV. What would be the name of your reality show?