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Hey! You kids! Get off my clean floor! - Diary of a Necromancer
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Hey! You kids! Get off my clean floor!
The half-year total for Media Consumption of 2007 comes out to 73 books and 31 films, which is apparently more than most people's whole-year goal and probably a good indication that I've been slacking off about the getting-out-of-the-house-more thing. But at least I'm keeping on top of the Learning New Things Every Day Initiative, and since I'm done scrubbing all the floors I can uncover at the moment (Mum's room needs some special attention, as in renting a backhoe to find the floor), I'll take this moment to update through yesterday, so I can clear stuff out of the mental RAM and make room for more:

  • New Thing Learned for 23 June: Britain has opera-singing cellphone salesmen, we get a guy who can break things with his butt. Can I defect? [Source: America's Got Talent.]

  • New Thing Learned for 24 June: Shakespeare invented assassination, or at least coined the word, as the usage in MacBeth is its first known appearance in English. [Source: Inventing English : a portable history of the language, Seth Lerer.]

  • New Thing Learned for 25 June: A director once saw fit to cast Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as a gay couple, with results that are exactly as "...WTF?" as you're picturing. So much for ever being able to watch Cleopatra with a straight face... [Source: Turner Classic Movies.]

  • New Thing Learned for 26 June: The circuit-breaker marked "guestroom" also controls the outlet we've got the telly plugged into and the light in the entry hall, for some reason. [Source: switching things off as a precaution during floodwater cleanup.]

  • New Thing Learned for 27 June: The lead vocalist of Swing Out Sister is female, which surprised me nearly as much as discovering Jimmy Somerville wasn't. Altos confuse me. [Source: VH1 Classic.]

  • New Thing Learned for 28 June: Cellulose gum is an ingredient in Twinkies and rocket fuel. [Source: Nightline.]

  • New Thing Learned for 29 June: The part of Marilyn Munster was recast 14 episodes into the show's run, and nobody noticed. Incidentally, the reason the son of a Frankenstein and a Dracula can end up being a werewolf is that Grandpa Munster had the vampiric ability to turn into a wolf, just so we're all clear on that one. [Source: Biography channel.]

  • New Thing Learned for 30 June: Caterpillars produce a surprising amount of poop. [Source: prisoner-of-war captured munching on one of our tomato plants.]

  • New Thing Learned for 1 July: Styrofoam can be made in any color required, as evidenced by the big black chunk of it in the shape of the inside of our front bumper that was left lying in the street by the Midnight Sideswiper. [Source: a color-coordinated car accident.]

  • New Thing Learned for 2 July: The local Starbucks closes at 9 on weeknights, which is embarrassing when it's your knitting group that's closed the place down. [Source: manager of same.]

  • New Thing Learned for 3 July: The reason Charles Guiteau was a disappointed office-seeker is that James Garfield had embarked upon an ambitious program to curb the patronage excesses of his immediate predecessors in the office. I've just lost all but three or four of you, haven't I. [Source: History Channel, "the Presidents".]

  • New Thing Learned for 4 July: "Royalties" were originally a percentage that the monarch claimed out of assets owned by the Crown but under development by private parties, as in Spain's exploitation of the New World: "It's my [gold mine/country/manuscript], but you have my permission to exploit it for commercial gain so long as I get a cut". [Source: Empire, James Laxer.]

  • New Thing Learned for 5 July: The Olympic torch relay was first instituted for the Berlin games of 1936, which is kind of creepy if you think about it too hard. [Source: Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936, David Clay Large.]

None of which has actually advanced my day's goal of getting the July WCKG newsletter done before the next meeting, unfortunately. {goes to rummage around in email pile, whimpering at the size of the job ahead}


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green_knight From: green_knight Date: July 6th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Britain has opera-singing cellphone salesmen,

He's Welsh. And when he walked onto the stage and said he'd sing opera, I knew we'd get something special, and found it rather amusing that the judges weren't prepared at all.

Then again, I've lived in Wales and heard several imprompty performance in pubs.
ter369 From: ter369 Date: July 7th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The part of Marilyn Munster was recast 14 episodes into the show's run, and nobody noticed.

I noticed.

::is old enough to have been watching The Munsters in original broadcast::

..... saw fit to cast Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as a gay couple

I remember my parents seeing Staircase on one of their leave-the-kids-with-the-babysitter/movie's-too-adult nights out. Back when parents actually used babysitters. Though mine weren't afraid to take me to Doctor Zhivago or Lawrence of Arabia. I think they figured if historical elements were involved, they could explain the context of the adult elements.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 9th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, as opposed to, say, the Great Darrin Switch, which became a much-remarked pop-culture legend. :)
ter369 From: ter369 Date: July 10th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
.....the Great Darrin Switch

That was freaky. Nowadays, a series would write the recasting into the show's events, especially in a story world with magic.
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robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 9th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That sounds... pointy. :)
From: rabid_chemist Date: July 7th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Seconded on the caterpillar thing. I once worked with an elementary school class(1st/2nd grade). Their class science project was to raise caterpillars to butterflies, observing them every day. By early second week, they'd produced more than their body weight in crap, and by the fourth, ugh. The kids thought it was hilarious, of course. "It's dookie! Is that dookie? I think it's dookie!"

Of course, the situation wasn't so funny when we transplanted the cocoons to an enclosed box with sugar water, left them for a weekend, and came back to find that over half the butterflies had drowned themselves.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 9th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
This little guy produced his body-weight in crap in the first couple days, he did, and then coccooned up in an apparent act of passive resistance to his conditions of imprisonment. Fortunately for us, he used the bottom of the jar as part of his frame, so we're getting to watch as he turns to mush inside his skin... {Mad Scientist Cackle}
From: rabid_chemist Date: July 11th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Sheesh, what is it with caterpillars and butterflies and suicide?

And just because the subject line reminds me of it, "Hey! McLeod! Get off of my ewe!"
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 12th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
And last night I went to look and he'd turned into a moth -- is that cool or what? {beams like proud parent}
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