Sometimes you hear or see something and it just completely takes you by surprise. For instance, this morning I was riding the subway to work, trying not to let the rather portly woman to my right rub up against my leg, when an automated voice came over the loudspeaker and nonchalantly said, "We ask that all subway riders please refrain from riding on the outside of the subway cars when they are in motion, as this may result in serious injury. Thank you and have a nice day." Now, the information in this statement is not what's surprising. What is jaw-droppingly shocking is that there are actually people out there who DO NOT know that riding on the outside of a moving train in a confined space is hazardous.
Equally surprising -- but in quite a different way -- is a rumor I heard from a friend today that there may be movement on the long-gestating sequel to the 2003 hit 'Old School.' Now I'd already heard the rumors about original cast members Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn reprising their roles in a flick that would have the grown-up frat brothers heading to Daytona Beach for spring break. But the new word on the street -- which is still at this point completely unsubstantiated -- is that a possible sequel would feature the original trio duking it out with a rival fraternity founded by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. And here's the kicker: Steve Carell would step in as the new dean of the school. Talk about a comedy dream team. Yeah, no pressure for that movie to be funny. Anyway, while I wait for confirmation of this rumor, I'm gonna head to Home Depot ... and maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond. I don't know. I don't know if I'll have enough time.