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In Misc. on September 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Tourist spot which is traditional to pee off, like Blarney stone is traditional to kiss.  Fathers hold up their sons to pee off it if they can’t reach.  People get photos.

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In Movies on September 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

French movies, like American ones, are often changed post-production depending on test-audience responses: “It wasn’t nihilistic enough”…  “The ending made too much sense…”

In Misc. on September 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Official State happy hours, along with bird, flower, flag, etc.

In Misc. on September 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm

College course: “Signs Of The Apocalypse In Popular Culture.”

“By examining such cultural productions as ‘Rock of Love’, etc … this course will attempt to better understand the ways in which our society views, anticipates, and hastens the End of Days…”

In Movies on September 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Movie or book inspired by the premise of The Da Vinci Code, among others, that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children.  Here, however, these children, like so many offspring of the great, were utterly ordinary.  Their descendants continued the tradition of averageness as the family moved through the Middle East to Europe and the New World.  Most of them now live in Cleveland.  They know that they are descended from JC, but in a family-lore kind of way, not thinking it’s very important.  They have “heirlooms” which to others would be the holiest of holy relics.  Jesus’s wedding ring, etc.  They go about their business, bothering no one, until one day, perhaps because of one of these heirlooms, they are drawn into a terrible plot of world-historical importance involving the pope, illuminati, rosicrucians, etc.

In Food and Drink, Products on September 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Product: “Glacialis”, bottled water from melting glaciers.

“90 Farenheit?” [close-up of actor wiping sweat off face] “Pretty hot.”

“90 North?”  [helicopter shot of ice-blue glacier]

“Pretty cool.”

In Products on September 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Attractive extension cords/wires. You have nice coffee cups, lamps, pillowcases, etc., why settle for ugly cables in plain white or black? Instead, these could be in many fun colors, zebra-striped, polka dotted, paisley.

In TV on September 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

New trend in tv: historical sitcoms.  This is a great way to spice up an old form.  Like MASH, or That 70’s show, only ranging freely over time and space.  For example, “Savage Garden”, a show about a wacky family of French aristocrats from some era of extreme decadence when everyone wore wigs and fake moles.  Or “The Pembertons”, about a family of British colonials in Rangoon.  Or a show, kind of like The Brady Bunch plus Gilligan’s Island, set during the cold war: for some (preposterous) reason, the US and the Soviet Union have one nuclear sub that they share.  The crew is half-Russian, half-American.  Hi-jinx, both personal and geopolitical, abound.

In Movies on September 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

Scene in a movie in which a dying man’s last words are some little trivial phrase or word that was on the tip of his tongue, frustrating him, and that he only remembers in the last moments of his life.  He cries, “Frank Lloyd Wright!” or “an alpaca!” or “F. Murray Abraham!” and then falls back, dead.

In Food and Drink on September 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

New trend: instead of wine/cheese pairings, alcohol/art pairings.  Beaujolais and Botticelli, for example, or chilled vodka or dry martinis with various high modernist/minimalist paintings, or Jeff Koons and blueberry daiquiris, etc.