You’d think that because Rashida Jones is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton that she would have had sort of a special childhood. Probably one full of sips of champagne and big cigars and sunglasses, and fancy, I don’t know, pens? Lots of fancy pens when she went to school? Who knows. But that’s the general idea that always came to mind whenever I thought about Rashida Jones’ childhood. But it turns out that she actually had a childhood not unlike many of ours! Just totally normal. Pretty BORING, actually, if you ask me. For example, here is an anecdote about hanging out with Michael Jackson, from her interview in Playboy:

Later, we’d go out on the town together. He always wore those surgical masks. Once, my sister, Michael, ­Emmanuel Lewis and I got in a car with Super Soakers and went by a movie theater and supersoaked the hell out of people waiting in line. They had no idea they’d just been supersoaked by the King of Pop.

Yep, that sounds about right. Except sometimes we’d use water balloons, but they never really worked as well as the Super Soakers. Michael would always be like, “Aw, c’mon, just let’s try the balloons one more time.” And I’d be like, “MICHAEL. You remember what happened last time? They didn’t really work that well!” But Emmanuel would be like, “I don’t know, I kind of like the idea of a water balloon — it’s just classic, you know?” And I’d just have to be like, “FINE.” Feel free to share your MJ water prank memories in the comments. (Via Huffington Post.)

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  1. Well, I remember Michael called it a “Super Soaker” and he made me pump it, but it certainly didn’t look like any gun I’ve ever seen.

  2. One time MJ and I were hanging out down at the community pool and he pulled out a spray-can of Pam and was like “Dude we should grease down the diving board.” And I was like “Michael! People could get hurt!” And just looked at me and said, “Yeah you’re probably right.”

  3. I stopped reading when I read the interview was in Playboy.


  4. Everyone picture Michael Jackson giggling after spraying people with squirt guns.

    pretty great right?

  5. She’s pretty.

  6. Uh, we are actually just reading Playboy for the articles now?

  7. her childhood memories ARE just like mine…b/c we’re both old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was still somewhat normal and movie theathers were free-standing buildings where people had to wait in line OUTSIDE b/c you couldn’t buy tickets in advance on the internet.

  8. I don’t have a Michael Jackson water prank memory to share, but I do have a Rashida Jones water prank memory! One time, when she and I were much younger, we were driving around town looking for a Taco Bell to go to, because I was really craving a MexiMelt (remember the CHICKEN MexiMelt?! Ahh, sigh.) and Rash was like… (that’s what we called her, “Rash” I don’t know if she really liked being called that, but what are you going to do? We’re teenagers right? Nicknames are gold when you’re teenagers! But they don’t always stick. I digress.) Anyway, Rash was like “we should go get Super Soakers and drive by the local theater and spray people down with them! They’ll never know what hit them! Right? Hahaha!” And I was mortified, because “Who does that, Rash?” She tries to tell me that her and Michael Jackson and Emmanuel Lewis do. I tell her “Oh yeah right, like you know both MJ and Webster! You are just a normal teenager just like me. No way in hell you know these people!”

    Turns out, she does. Huh.

    Now I’m craving MexiMelts.

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  10. “Wait, Stephon. What’s a ‘Prince Drive By?’”
    “You know. It’s that thing where three half-black people and a midget supersoak people in a theater line.”

  11. I just remember the time, oh about 9-10 months ago now, where I was watching Twin Peaks for the first time, and episode after episode I kept gazing longingly at Peggy Lipton. “Who is this magical, gorgeous lady?” I wondered aloud to myself.

    So I hopped on a popular search engine and looked her up.
    “Oh! would you look at that! She was in the Mod Squad! My dad once said he liked watching that show back in the day. That’s neat. Hey, what’s this? It says she was married to Quincy Jones. That’s crazy. We all know his daughter is Rashida Jones. That’s a fun little bit of trivia not at all related to this search I’m doing for Peggy Lipto— WAITAMINUTE!”

    That was the day I found out Rashida Jones was Peggy Lipton’s daughter. Since then I’ve gotten much enjoyment seeing Peggy’s features on Rashida’s face on Parks and Recreation, which is another show about quirky characters in a small town. Parks & Rec = spiritual seccessor of Twin Peaks? Hmm. At least the upstairs DMV department is, amirite?

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