These days, LeBron James is the household name of the world of basketball. However, there was a time when the LA Laker was struggling to get the green light to join the NBA. The car that plays a huge part in this chapter of his life is now going up for auction.
When he was a high school senior, LeBron James drove a 2003 Hummer H2, which ended up sparking an investigation by the Ohio basketball officials. The reason for this was because his mother had taken out a $50,000 loan to buy the car.
The car was a present for his 18th birthday and LeBron was soon cleared. However, four days later, the Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled the young man as ineligible, seeing that he had posed for photos so that he could receive two throwback jerseys worth $845.
Nevertheless, It wouldn’t take too long before LeBron’s eligibility was cleared and he could continue his education at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and put himself on the path to NBA success.
James went on to win the appeal. After that, he helped his school win a third state championship in four seasons. When the 2003 NBA draft came around, he was the number one pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Since then, the car was purchased for an undisclosed fee back in 2013. Despite being on display at the Greater Cleveland Auction for the last five years, the Hummer will be put up for auction by Goldin Auctions.
According to GA’s president Ken Goldin, the car is “definitely a six-figure piece.” When you take into consideration the three TVs, the PS2, and the custom sound system that LeBron had installed, this valuation makes a little bit more sense.
However, the Kelley Blue Book currently values the Hummer at $18,000. Time will tell, but we have a feeling that everyone in attendance will be in for a big surprise.
30+ Times Humanity Dropped the Ball on Naming Something
Let’s be real, people — just because there’s already a name for something doesn’t mean that there isn’t a better way to refer to it. Keep scrolling to check out just how many times humanity dropped the ball on naming something…
Our spidey senses are tingling and they’re basically calling @ObiWanPunobi a genius. Considering just how detailed their creations turn out, it’s only fitting to call these arthropods web designers. After all, actual web designers are just as creative and technically inclined when they build or redesign websites.
Whether or not you’re a writer, there’s no doubt about the fact that you’ve heard the term ‘writer’s block’ before. A condition in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown, writer’s block is a real thing and can be super frustrating. With that being said, @FredNietzky couldn’t have come up with a better name for it than ‘textual frustration.’ A play on words, this term perfectly describes what it’s like to experience writer’s block.
We can all admit that we’ve been here before. You lean or sit on your foot the wrong way for too long and BAM — there’s a tingly, pins-and-needles sensation running through your foot. While we’d normally say that our foot has fallen asleep, Twitter user @chuuew has the right idea. If we’re being honest here, ‘coma toes’ is a pretty clever and accurate description when your foot just can’t sleep to wake up. We might give this one a whirl and see how people react…
Twitter user @jodienado basically just killed it with the double entendre. Not only do dating applications require you to swipe through thousands of photos and profiles in order to meet the person of your dreams but many of the pictures on these said profiles are heavily photoshopped, or edited. You can never be too sure what kind of person you’ll be getting with each swipe. Still, some people are just willing to take the chance, even if that means there’s a chance they’ll be catfished.
Alexander Graham Bell
Okay, this is by far the best one yet. If you don’t really understand it, perhaps you should brush up on your history a bit…or we can just tell you in a few words. Alexander Graham Bell was an engineer, scientist, and inventor who happens to be credited for inventing the very first practical telephone. And what does a telephone do, people? It rings hence ‘lord of the rings’ — the perfect name for an ingeniously talented man such as Alexander himself.
While ‘faux pas’ is technically defined as an embarrassing or tactless act and/or remark in a social situation, @lordoftheshibs might actually be onto something. Think about it, people — when kids reach a certain age, they find anything and everything their parents do humiliating. Step-dads are really no exception especially if they’re the kind of guy that enjoys making the occasional dad joke. With that being said, ‘faux pa’ actually makes perfect sense for ‘step-dad’ so perhaps we should switch up a little…
Resisting a Rest
Ha! This one is truly a piece of gold. Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you can have trouble falling and/or staying asleep due to a number of factors including stress and anxiety. People that have insomnia, or insomniacs, struggle with being able to turn their thoughts off when it comes time for sleep. Considering that your brain just won’t shut off and your mind continues to race, it’s almost as if your body is really ‘resisting a rest.’ Even if you don’t plan on using this term instead of ‘insomnia,’ you cannot deny that it’s a great play on words.
In all honesty, @WheezyNurse, that’s a great question. Although we’ve never thought of this ourselves before, you bring up a great point. After all, ‘car repair’ does make perfect sense but so does ‘autocorrect’ — because you can literally bring in your damaged automobile to be corrected. On second thought, though, perhaps we should just leave things the way they are. ‘Car repair’ can pertain to fixing a car while ‘autocorrect’ can refer to any time that your iPhone corrects ‘dear’ to ‘dead.’
This one actually makes more sense than you think. Why? Well, the word ‘lunatic’ comes from the Latin ‘luna’ or ‘moon’ with the belief that changes of the moon cause intermittent sanity. In other words, it said that people go crazy during a full moon and that more crime happens because of our animal-like instincts to hunt at night under the light of the moon. With that being said, we’re right there with you @awuafreshXTREME — why call it a ‘moon enthusiast’ when ‘lunatic’ is so much more fitting?
There’s a reason why this account is called Shower Thoughts because let’s be real — we all have them while we’re scrubbin’ and dubbin.’ While depression is known to run in families, why can’t we call it something just a tad bit lighter than ‘hereditary depression?’ ‘Blue genes’ is the kind of name that just has a way of making you feel better; that things will be okay in the end even if the going gets a little rough along the way. Now, that’s something we can stand behind…
There’s no denying that receding hairlines, a hereditary trait, is one of the worst things about getting older. Luckily, with today’s technology, people can now get procedures done in order to restore their hair follicles. Hair plugs — an outdated and fairly barbaric process that was popular back in the ’80s — have been replaced with newer and safer options. In any case, though, Twitter user @CroonsterMcGree brings up a fair point. Considering that you’re essentially reseeding or restoring your hair follicles, we really should just call it ‘reseeding hairline.’
And @WheezyNurse is back with another punny firecracker. Still, while ‘trip advisor’ is pretty darn amusing, injury lawyers do a lot more than simply advise a person who took a fall. Injury lawyers provide legal services to those who claim to have been injured — physically or psychologically — as a result of the negligence of another person, company, or any entity. With that being said, we think it’s safe to say that ‘trip advisor’ just doesn’t cover it in this case.
Back in the day, a ‘dad bod’ was defined by an untoned and slightly plump male physique. In recent years, though, many fathers have changed the name of the game. Gone are the days that you can tell who’s a father and who isn’t depending on the size of their belly. With that being said, @tpope’s tweet makes even more sense. Being that these younger generations of dads have taken more of an interest in fitness and health, they’re truly setting a good example for their kids, which is what we call a good father figure.
Well, @GabbyEpstein1 — while you have a point here, and a clever one at that, veterinarians treat a lot more than just dogs. While we can totally understand your love for canines, we can’t discriminate against the other fluffy animals of the world. Plus, the word ‘veterinary’ does make sense considering that it comes from the Latin veterinae meaning ‘working animals.’ ‘Veterinarian’ was first used in 1646 by Thomas Browne, an English polymath and author of varied works in diverse fields including science and medicine.
Some of you may find this to be a little surprising but it turns out that Jet Ski doesn’t refer to the motorized vehicle itself but instead, is just the brand name of a personal watercraft manufactured by Kawaski, a Japanese company. In reality, this motorized watercraft is usually called a waverunner. With that being said, we’re sure that other companies need a name for their personal watercrafts, and we can only hope they choose to go with ‘boatercycle.’
In all honesty, we couldn’t help but think of Parks and Rec after reading this tweet. In any case, there’s no denying that Michele makes a pretty good case. Still, considering that jurassic does pertain to the period of the Mesozoic Epoch, when dinosaurs actually existed, it makes sense as to why they went this name for the film. Ironically enough, Chris Pratt — who plays Andy in Parks and Rec — has portrayed Owen Grady in the last two most recent Jurassic films, a role that he’ll be continuing in 2021’s Jurassic World: Dominion.
We don’t know, @chetporter, but that’s a great inquiry nonetheless. Unlike other creatures, such as humans, crab’s legs are attached to the side of its body. As a result, its joints bend outwards, enabling the crab to only move or walk sideways. With that being said, don’t ‘sidewalks’ seem almost more fitting than ‘crabs?’ After all, they’re the only type of animal that actually walks sideways so we don’t think it makes that much of a difference to rename them.
Trick or Treatment
We have to admit — Twitter user @ACflurane does have a point. After all, he did get 125 thousand likes and 30 thousand retweets for this tweet. Still, while ‘trick or treatment’ is quite catchy and does make things easy to understand, we all know that medical and professional terminology is here to stay. Perhaps, though, ‘trick or treatment’ can be a layman’s term for anyone that has trouble grasping what a ‘randomized clinical trial controlled with placebo’ actually is.
Third time’s a charm for @WheezyNurse here. It turns out that the term ‘mugshot’ is an informal name for what’s officially called a ‘police photograph’ or a ‘booking photograph.’ Mugshots — which include both a front view and side view of the arrested person — is a nickname that comes from the informal meaning of mug, ‘face.’ Still, we have to admit that ‘cellfie’ is pretty ingenious considering that after snapping the photo, the suspect ends up in a jail cell.
Ha! That’s a good one, @bikinidiaper. Space food is a type of food product specifically create and processed for astronauts to consume during missions to outer space. The food has specific requirements in providing balanced nutrition for individuals working in space. Considering that Neil Armstrong — one of the greatest American heroes — was the first person to ever walk the moon, it’s only fitting that space food be renamed to ‘Meal Armstrong’ to honor the late and great astronaut.
For those of you that may be unfamiliar with it, jousting – the first extreme sport in history — was a type of martial sport between two mounted knights or horsemen using a variety of weapons, including lances. Although it basically fell out of fashion by the time the Middle Ages came around, we can’t help but agree with Twitter user @daemonic3. Why not call it ‘poker knight’ when that is essentially what the contestants have to do — poke their opponent or fellow knight.
The word ‘mirror’ derives from the Old French ‘mireor’ (reflecting glass), which sprang from earlier French ‘miradoir’ or ‘mirer’ (to look at). The world also comes from the Latin ‘mirare,’ ‘miror,’ and ‘mirari’ — to wonder or admire. Now that you have this information, doesn’t it make a little more sense as to why we do call these reflective objects mirrors? While ‘self-checkout’ does technically fit the bill, perhaps we should just refer to that term when we decide to use the self-checkout counter at Target or Walmart.
Known as the busiest shipping area in the world, the English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England from northern France and links to the southern part of the North Sea by the Strait of Dover at its northeastern end. Clearly, @hayley_daragon was making a funny by referring to the famous channel as the BB Sea instead of the BBC — the British Broadcasting Corporation. While we have to admit that this gal is pretty clever, we think we’d better stick with the English Channel.
It’s believed that ice skating was probably developed in Scandinavia as early as 1000 BCE with the first skates were made from shank or rib bones of elk, oxen, and reindeer among other animals. The term itself comes from the Proto-Germanic word for ‘ice’ and the Old North French word ‘escache’ meaning ‘stilt or trestle.’ Considering, though, that polar means frozen or arctic, @nice_mustard actually makes a fair point. After all, we already have rollerblading so why not ‘polar blading?’
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then this one’s for you. Diagon Alley refers to is a cobblestoned wizarding alley and shopping area located in London right behind a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. Inside the alley are tons of different restaurants, shops, and other sights. Voldemort — which literally translates to ‘the theft of death’ — is the main antagonist in the whole Harry Potter series. With that, naming Diagon Alley after the Dark Lord would only give him that much more power…
Back in the day, ‘skin’ originally referred to the hides of animals and was only later applied to humans in the 14th century. The largest organ of the body, the skin makes up a total area of about 20 square feet. It protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and even permits the sensations of touch. Considering that our body is made up of genes that we inevitably inherit from our parents, ‘gene jacket’ does make sense but perhaps we should just use that when we’re referring to the article of denim clothing.
Believe it or not, but the ‘bee’ in ‘spelling bee’ descends from the Middle English word ‘bene.’ It’s an alteration of a word that meant to ‘voluntary help given by neighbors toward the accomplishment of a particular task.’ So, although you’re sitting there thinking that ‘spelling bee’ really shouldn’t be the name of this type of competition, think again. While ‘wordbuilding’ — the act or process of spelling out words (as in a contest) — also works in this case, why should we fix something that ain’t broken?
The word ‘hug’ is actually believed to come from the term ‘hugga’ — meaning ‘to comfort’ in the Old Norse language — and first appeared in Scandinavia around 450 years ago. And while hugging is a comforting activity, we have to admit that we like where @biorhythmist is going with this. It’s likely, after all, that if you give someone with certain vibes a hug, that energy will rub off on you like a contact high. Plus, hugs are another way of saying ‘hi.’
Gangsta rap is a style of hip hop characterized by themes and lyrics that generally emphasize the “O.G.” or “Thug-Life” lifestyle. Although Twitter user @ThomasKRiley did make a funny here considering that you can technically rap a verse, ‘vice-versa’ is a term that just wouldn’t make sense in this situation. After all, you’re really only supposed to use it when you want to express that something you just said or wrote is true even in the opposite order.
Oh, Charlie — this is honestly pretty brilliant if we do say so ourselves. Although ‘estimated delivery time’ does is perfectly okay to use in this context, ‘Eaty-A’ is a piece of gold. Being that it’s so undeniably catchy and cute, we can almost guarantee that you’d crack a smile if you saw that on one of your many food delivery applications. We can only hope a company like Uber Eats or DoorDash notices this tweet and ultimately changes EDT to ‘Eaty-A.’
If we’re being honest here, Twitter user @WilliamRodgers made quite a solid pop culture reference. Still, even with that being said, we don’t necessarily think that naming their smartwatch — which connects to your iPhone to deliver notifications, make calls, send texts, and run apps — after A Clockwork Orange would be Apple’s brightest of ideas. Let’s also not forget the fact that most, if not all, of Apple’s products have an “i” in front of them so why exactly should their iWatch be any different from the rest?
Sure — ‘dog park’ is a totally legitimate term considering what we’re talking about. Don’t you think, though, that it would be fun to spice things up and call it a ‘bark park?’ After all, dogs are known for barking, especially when a bunch of them are running around and playing together. Well, people, it turns out that a few parks with this exact name already exist! With that being said, it looks like @_lanaloo isn’t as original as we thought.
Just because @Reverend_Scott is referencing a film doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a point. When Mufasa’s spirit shows up in the clouds, he says to his son that he has “forgotten who you are, and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become…” In all honesty, ‘Mufasa’s image in the clouds’ works perfectly fine, but is it really as brilliant as ‘simbalism?’ The obvious answer is no. Not only is this moment of the movie the very definition of symbolism but the main character’s name is actually Simba so it only makes perfect sense…
Don’t lie, people. We know you laughed at this one, too. While French dressing — a creamy dressing made of oil, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, and other flavorings — doesn’t actually come from France, you have to admit that it is quite a fitting name for Paris Fashion Week. Not only is it clever but it also made us giggle…a little too much. In any event, we can only hope that @tomdale’s tweet reaches the eyes of the committee that plans the annual events that take place in the fashion capital of the world.