So, here’s an announcement that might be unexpected: I spend a lot of time watching The Food Network.  Between my days spent locked in a bunker with nice grammas and my wife’s love of ‘Chopped’, there are a lot of hours of random folks cooking in my week, and I can’t figure out why 60% of the network’s output features the inexplicably famous Guy Fieri.  Is he a compelling dudebro presence?  Sure, but five weekly series just seems like too much Guy, and I’m still unclear why exactly he became notorious, leading us to today’s psuedo-celebrity query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) usually has to ask who the sports stars in commercials are, but knows all the Real World kids up to about 1999, asking: Based on your understanding of the world at large, what pseudo-celebrity is the most inexplicably famous of all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. August 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm — Reply

    I’m not sure if she counts as pseudo celebrity but Felicia Day. She’s lovely and many people know her but I can’t name a single thing shes been in right now.

    • August 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm — Reply

      Well, I’d categorize Felicia as an actual celebrity, but… I’ve had people say that about me? So, it can be pretty subjective. :)

  2. August 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    That weird giant rodent they found in New Jersey that tries to imitate human behavior. I think it is called a Snooki or Snookie or something?

  3. Frank
    August 23, 2016 at 7:19 am — Reply

    Any reality TV participants that make news for the behavior off camera.

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