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What's the Most Interesting Event You Saw Live?

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. We had some great responses to this question back in 2010. Time for a summer rerun!

My mom went to see Elton John at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving in 1974, and she witnessed one of the most famous live guest appearances in music history. The reclusive John Lennon dropped by for a few songs: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," and "I Saw Her Standing There."

I can't think of anything I've seen live that can compete with Elton/Lennon. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert showing up at Conan's Radio City show was pretty cool, but nobody will be talking about that 35 years from now. And while I'll still be talking about the time I saw David Bowie sing the "Little Fat Man" song from Extras live to Ricky Gervais, that won't win me friends at the retirement home. How about you guys? What's the most interesting cultural event you've seen live?

Examples need not be concert-related. Were you there when the Berlin Wall came down? Been in the audience for a presidential debate? If you were one of the kids rounded up to serve as scenery during LeBron's "The Decision," we want to hear about it.

2. Change one letter in any movie title to make a much different film. Give us the plot synopsis if you'd like.

3. Which book have you read and re-read more times than any other?

4. Your turn! Got a question for your fellow _flossers? Ask it here. 

Quick programming note: Starting at noon on Sunday, we'll be celebrating Canada Day (and a Half)! Lots of great stories and quizzes and photo round-ups featuring the Great White North. Our loyal Canadian readers deserve 36 hours in the spotlight! One of these Canada Days we'll pile into an RV and get up there.