35 Ways To Keep Elvis Alive

August 16th marked the 35th anniversary of the King’s death in his Graceland Mansion. There may be a gravestone with his name on it, but Elvis LIVES. Here are 35 ways to keep him alive.

1. Buy a ticket to Coachella 2013

Elvis is alive and well and has the same manager as Tupac: First name Core Media. Last name Makes Holograms. Looks like the guys behind this years mind-blowing performance in the desert are jamming to different tunes and are bringing Elvis back to the stage. Lets hope its in Indio, California and please let Snoop Dogg introduce him.

2. Watch King Creole

So many reasons. 1.New Orleans 2.there’s a love triangle 3.Walther Mathau (aka Oscar from the Odd Couple) 4. Elvis singing 5. Elvis kicking ass, etc.

But mainly because Elvis always said that this was his favorite movie of his career. Means a lot from a guy that made 31 movies. Also, little known fact: the role was originally meant for James Dean, but was given to Elvis after Dean’s tragic death.

3. Paint your nails

Now THIS is nail art. The rest is just a bunch of glorified manicures.

4. Play Yahtzee.

This was Elvis’ favorite board game. Looks like the board game industry found out and acted accordingly.

5. Kick Kurt Russell in the shin

Kurt Russell made his big screen debut in this 1963 Elvis movie “It happened at the World’s Fair” by kicking him in the shin. Then in 1979 Russell went on to play Elvis in a TV movie. THEN he played an Elvis impersonator in the movie “3,000 miles to Graceland”

Leave him alone already. Somebody kick him in the shin.

6. Go to Norwalk Community College

This fall Norwalk Community College is offering a three-credit course titled “Elvis Presley and the American Dream.” THAT’S how you prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

7. Watch some Monty Python

Elvis was OBSESSED with Monty Python. He watched “The Holy Grail” over 50 times at Graceland, would rent out movie theaters to watch their latest movie, and would memorize and act out their skits.

8. Send a letter

This stamp came out in 1993 and has been declared as the U.S. Post office’s most popular of all time. 124.1 million of them were saved by fans as collectibles. Get an Elvis stamp, send a letter, spread the love, and help out the Post Office. Everybody wins.

9. Rock these

Elvis hated denim. He preferred leather and shiny things, but you cannot argue against these jeans.

10. Save the Chimps

Long before Michael Jackson had Bubbles, Elvis had Scatter. Elvis loved to give Scatter alcohol, but he really loved that chimp.

11. Never turn him off

A 24 hr Sirius radio channel is dedicated to Elvis. Having a channel to himself is an honor he shares only with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and The Grateful Dead, who also have 24 hr channels. Listen to the king non-stop, airing live from Graceland.

13. Burn your bacon

That’s how the man liked it.

14. Read 1,300 pages

There is a whole genre referred to as Elvis Lit. But this two-tome biography by Peter Guranlick is considered the best. Drop the Hunger Games and read this.

15. Root for the Browns

Football was his favorite sport and he was a Cleveland Browns fan. Not sure why a Mississippi kid was doing rooting for the Browns? Do not question the King.

16. Practice Karate

Elvis was a black belt in karate. He also gave his karate teacher $50,000 to open a karate center in Memphis. It still exists and it is the perfect fusion of karate and Elvis. Try and think of something cooler.

http://www.elviskarate.com/

17. Nick Cage

So Nick Cage sings his own rendition of Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” at the end of “Wild at Heart.” If Elvis only knew that his daughter would end up marrying Nick Cage…

18. Go Skydiving (preferably with Nick Cage)

The Flying Elvi is a real skydiving troop that jumps out of planes together dressed up as Elvis. Because that is so necessary. And since Nick Cage had not done enough to honor Elvis’ legacy by singing “Love Me Tender” and boning Lisa Marie, he also skydived with The Flying Elvi in the movie “Honeymoon in Vegas”

19. Listen to what the Boss says

There are a lot of famous quotes said about The King, but no one puts it quite like The Boss. Here are a few of his winners:

“There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.”
-Bruce Springsteen

“…it was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.”
-Bruce Springsteen

20. Sweat

The man knew how to sweat. Here are 42 examples of how it’s done:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/suggestedbuzzfeedarticles/elvis-presleys-42-sweatiest-moments-6u1g

21. Keep your 90s toys

Apparently they all went through an Elvis phase.

22. Vote for Obama… or just Photoshop him onto Elvis’ body.

It is disturbing how many of these exist. The internet does it once again.

23. Eat this

His favorite snack/craving/binge eat : the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. (include bacon at your own will)

24. Cook this

I’m gonna judge a book by it’s cover and I’m gonna say YES

25. Go to Tupelo, Mississippi

Memphis gets all the credit. They get Graceland. They get Elvis Week fest. If you call yourself a real fan go to Tupelo and visit the home where Elvis was born.

26. DON’T do this

ever.

27. DO black leather on black leather

This is why. This 1968 TV performance, known as the “Comeback Special” is widely regarded as Elvis’ career high point. After leaving the army in 1960 his career had suffered and he was being out sold by the new guys in town: The Beatles. His amazing performance and the black leather tux shut everyone up. He was still the King.

28. And some more leather

There are over 50,000 Elvis impersonators in the world. You rarely see them rock this outfit. They just don’t dare

29. If you only listen to one Elvis cover song….

Make it this Cheap Trick rendition of “Don’t be Cruel.” So weird that it’s good.

30. Go to the circus

This year is your last chance to catch the Elvis themed Cirque de Soleil show in Las Vegas. Whatever happens in Vegas literally never leaves Vegas.

31. This is what Bill Clinton should be doing.

Its a fact that he won the 1992 election because he played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone.

Also, Bush kept comparing Clinton to Elvis in a negative way. To which Clinton said “You know, Bush is always comparing me to Elvis in sort of unflattering ways. I don’t think Bush would have liked Elvis very much, and that’s just another thing that’s wrong with him. ”

An that’s how you win an election.

32. Stalk him

There is an Elvis app. It has a lot of things. Only thing you need to know is that it has a 24 hr live webcam of Graceland.

33. Give someone your car

Elvis’ first car was a pink Cadillac, but he is more famous for the cars he gave away than the ones he owned. There are so many incidences of his notorious car gifting that there is no official count. He gave a Cadillac to a bank teller in Memphis named Mennie L. Person because he saw her admiring it. So people, be nice and give away cars.

34. Embrace all religions

Elvis was into Christianity, New age philosophy, Numerology, bacon, etc.

He wore a Catholic cross and a Jewish star around his neck, which he famously defended by saying “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality.”

ELVIS SAVES

35. …and make more Elvis gifs

The world needs more of this.

Since you probably weren’t at Elvis Week go to: http://www.elvis.com/elvisweekonline/

The 8 day festival was recorded and documented in painstaking detail like only a true Elvis fan could do. Pretty much every Elvis thing you can imagine happened.

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