The Jack Factor
MB has a theory that people named Jack are inherently badass. Clearly, there are a few bad apples in every bushel, so I'm sure there are Jacks out there that are wimpy, obnoxious, or just plain assholes. However, there is some promising evidence indicating that his theory might be true:
Jack Burton: Almost disqualified due to his mullet (oh, the pain!), but reinstated as a show of good faith since Kurt Russell also played Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. I wonder if Doc Holliday's given name was Jack...
Jack Skellington: He IS the Pumpkin King!
Dr. Jack Shepherd: And a Jack shall lead them...or at least have a lot more sense than most of them.
Jack Ryan: but only when played by Harrison Ford. Sorry, Ben Affleck.
Jack Bauer: No explanation needed.
"Captain Jack Sparrow, if you please."
Now it seems that a new Jack has stepped up to protect the reputation of Jacks everywhere:
"Jack, a 15-pound orange-and-white cat, sits under a treed black bear in a backyard in West Milford, N.J., Sunday, June 4, 2006. When the bear climbed down, the cat chased it up another nearby tree. Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat. The cat's owners called it away and the bear ran off. (AP Photo/Suzanne Giovanetti)"
New Jersey Star-Ledger
A quote from the neighbor who took the photograph: "Sometimes, I fear him," Giovanetti said, half-joking. "Now, I think I fear him more."
Reading: Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
Playing: Reckoning by the Grateful Dead