Matthew Perry Found Dead After Reportedly Playing 2-Hour Game Of Pickleball

A former top-ranked junior tennis star killed by two hours of pickleball? His health had to have seriously deteriorated. I guess he drowned in his hot tub after the pickleball, but the real cause of death (that is to say what caused him to pass out in a hot tub) has not been revealed. It sounds like heart failure, but who knows? Perry had experienced multiple health issues in recent years, many of them more or less self-inflicted by years of substance abuse.

Matthew was a very talented, funny guy. During the COVID lockdown, I binge-watched Mr. Sunshine, which wasn’t difficult since there were only nine episodes aired (+ four unaired). Although it never caught on, I found it to be an amusing, underrated comedy series, with excellent lead performances by Perry and Allison Janney. (While Matthew was solid, the comedic star was really Allison Janney, who stole every scene she was in.)

A study conducted by Visit Sweden in the US found that half of the respondents were not sure if there was a difference between the two nations.

And while they’re at it, they might make up a quick brochure on Switzerland vs Swaziland. (Swaziland was renamed Eswatini a few years ago, probably to avoid the disappointment of Americans who arrived there to ski the Alps. I’m willing to bet that, rounded to the nearest percent, zero percent of Americans know that Eswatini is a country. If you give us a multiple choice, we would probably identify Eswatini as an Italian cocktail. “Vodka Eswatini. Shaken, not stirred.”)

When I was in the Netherlands, the locals there told me that visiting Americans were convinced the locals were Danish, not Dutch. Ah, we Americans, always ambassadors of ignorance. You have to give us different first letters or the words look the same. Most of us probably can’t even tell Poland from Peru.

Also, Czechia and Chechnya might at least tack up a few flyers for us.