Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Frayed Color of Ice

Notable links, brightening what is likely a meteorologically fierce Thursday.

The history of hello.

Polyamory is wrong — but purely on a linguistic level.

Crazy person names Winona Ryder and Depeche Mode frontman are named in a lawsuit filed against World of Warcraft.

Pregnancy bump-hiding tactics on How I Met Your Mother.

“Elmer in Drag”: See Ren & Stimpy creator John K’s attempt at concept art for the Tiny Toons character Elmyra. Freaky stuff.

The Telegraph: “Baby flamingos ‘scared of pink.’”

“Gaming archeologists” restore nudity censored from the American release of the Game Boy title Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, specifically to a hippo and a mermaid.

Also for hardcore Nintendo folks: Critical Gaming Network’s evaluation of New Super Mario Bros. Wii in comparison to previous two-dimensional side-scrolling titles according to various series staples. It’s quite in-depth. Here’s the list of entries so far.
Because “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” apparently isn’t a universally understood proverb, those tasked with translating Kubrick’s The Shining had to find something else to put on Jack Torrance’s pages of crazy person typing. Horror blog Final Girl shows what the translators chose, thankfully translated into English.

Wikipedia’s list of speculated names for otherwise nameless characters appearing in the Bible.

A most disturbing dishwasher ad form 1966.

A neat history of Dr. X — an obscure Disney character along the lines of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit — which in turn led me to look up the surprisingly freaky 1933 Disney short “The Mad Doctor.”



And, finally, the original Jetsons version of “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (And That Means ‘I Love You’).” I have to say that I find the back-up singers immensely appealing, even it’s strange to hear the song being sung by a band other than The Violent Femmes.



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