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June 28, 2020


8:05 p.m. The golfer on the sixth green at a local course turned out to be a black bear.

(Thanks to Stan Ruth)


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What are “brodies”?

Golfing bears aside, I really need to know, WTH is a brodie (sp?), and how do you spin it? And is the singular Brodie or brody. Are morning brodies any different than the late night version?
12:34 a.m. A man was spinning some late-night brodies.

The only definition I could find of a "brodie" is a man deserving of admiration. However if they were spinning a man I doubt they admired him very much unless he asked for it. Maybe they were trying to distract the bear.

Often associated with the Lviv Oblast Ukrainian city of Brody, (home of Brody Castle) the name has been used both as a surname and a given name. Within the United Kingdom, (Scotland is the home to Brodie Castle The original castle was built in 1567 by Clan Brodie but destroyed by fire in 1645 by Clan Gordon. It was greatly expanded in 1824 by the architect William Burn who turned it into a fortified house. The castle is now in the care of National Trust for Scotland and open to the public) and Ireland, it is used frequently used as both a surname and given name connoting nobility. The name originated with the noble families of Ireland and later Scotland when it was colonized by Irish settlers during the late 6th and early 7th centuries. ...so basically a bunch of rowdy drunks?

Golfing Rule # 1: Always let bears and alligators play through.

8:13 pm.-Someone heard a huge "kaboom" in the sky.

---Caller was advised that loud booms in the sky often accompany thunderstorms such as the one going on.

When it comes to mistaking a bear for a golfer---let's just say there are some mistakes you don't make twice.

I believe they're confusing Tiger Woods the golpher with either Bear Bryant who had some connection to football or Max Bear who played Jethro on the Beverly Hillbilles?

Well, Jack Nicklaus was well known as the "Golden Bear."
Not known if there's a connection but I understand he answered the question "Does a bear chip in the woods?"

Brodies is doing donuts with your car.
To spin a brodie or pull a brodie is to spin a doughnut in a car. The term derives from the name of Steve Brodie, who allegedly jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886. To do a brodie, originally meaning to jump or fall, came to mean any kind of stunt

Jack Handey:

When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle Caveman. After school
we'd all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one
of us. It wasn't until later that I found out that Uncle Caveman was a

Relieved to hear the definition of pulling and spinning a brodie is not as I imagined, although given that "doughnuts" is the more familiar term it explains why the police were so eager to investigate.

Not much of a golpher myself, but I'v been told that if you want to chip onto the green a wood will not work nearly as well as a sandwich.

...so the new receptionist notices that whenever the boss returns from lunch he places two golf balls in the ash tray on her desk. When she asks him why he explains that he prefers to shoot some golf and skip lunch. A few days later he informs her that tomorrow he'll be returning from the lunch break with a very important client and asks her to be on her toes "as we need to impress the client". The next day after lunch the boss shows up with the new client and places the two balls in her ashtray to which she comments: "I see you shot another golf today, well done, sir!"

Paul Harvey once told of a golf course up in Alaska where they suggested carrying bells and pepper spray because of all the bears. Also to be on the lookout for bear crap, which would indicate bears were nearby. You could tell it was bear crap because there were bells in it and it smelled of pepper spray...

The term 'Brodie' was born in Flathead County.
It was started by Tate Brodie, a local watchmaker. The Brodie company could never make reliable watches so he changed the company name to "Tate's" and switched to producing compasses.

The Tate compasses were so unreliable people heading for California often wound up in Mexico. Since then all Brodie family products have come to mean spinning around in smoking circles from one failed product to another.

However, the Tate compass did us the old saw: "He who has a Tate's is lost."

Q: What's the bear's handicap?
A: He doesn't have opposable thumbs.

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