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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Name That Tune

Wesley Morris reviews The Simpsons Movie for the Boston Globe:
While the movie allows for moments of comedic dead space, its asides are often funny. A sequence of Bart skateboarding naked through town cheekily mocks standards of nudity. A song Homer makes up for his new pet ("Spider-Pig") is set to the tune of one of the TV versions of "Spider-Man." It deserves to rival Rihanna's "Umbrella" as the song of the summer.
"The tune of one of the TV versions of 'Spider-Man'", that's what it says. Wonder which one? There've been at least three such series. How ever will we guess?

Just kidding.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Throw Your Money Away!

This seems like a terrible marketing use of a common expression, doesn't it?

"Holy crap! My dollar went so far, I can't even find it with a telescope!"
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Something for Everyone, Somewhere on the Web


(By the way, you'd agree that if you buy a pair of shoes with leather laces, the laces shouldn't break within a month, right?)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Greatest Lyndon LaRouche Fact Ever
"He was very strange. He would show up at meetings of his own organization to hand out leaflets denouncing it.”


Forty years ago today, July 11th 1967, I picked up a copy of Marvel Collectors Item Classics #11. That was my conversion to Marvel Comics, and I've been buying comics ever since.

Twenty years ago today, I picked up the long-awaited Watchmen #12. Noticing the date, I considered declaring myself done with comics, on the theory that everything from then on was likely to be superfluous. Looking back, I may have been right. Although I wouldn't want to have missed seeing Zombie Spider-Man eat his own leg, or whatever.
Monday, July 09, 2007
I am told:
I found this in Wikipedia, I was looking up (out of boredom) the article: Himno
Nacional Mexicano, the National Anthem of Mexico. There is an obvious joke in
the entry. This is from early on in that entry:
On November 12, 1853, President Antonio López de Santa Anna
announced a competition to write a national anthem for Mexico. The
competition offered a prize for the best poetic composition espousing
the virtues of low-riding.
Silly! Here's the truth, google-lated from the Spanish version of Wikipedia
In 1853, president Antonio Lopez of Santa Anna
summoned an aid for the creation of the National anthem. The call
offered a price “to the best poetic composition than it can serve as
letter a truely patriotic song”.
That's better.

Sunday, July 08, 2007
They've Got Branches Everywhere!

Man disguised as tree robs bank.

Sketch to which post title is punchline.

Really, I'm just posting this because I love the joke.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Impassive Voice

On WBZ's coverage of the Boston Pops July 4th concert, ending as always with the 1812 Overture, Jack Williams just referred to the Overture "celebrating the victory over Napoleon". For some reason, he forgot to mention whose victory.

(On the other hand, it's not exactly a secret. Here's a piece from the 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette addressing the Americanization of the 1812.)

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