Thursday, May 06, 2010

Teatime in the Battlefield

Links of note!

Marge Simpson as the continent of Europe

Something amazing: the “annoying descriptions” tag on Regretsy.

That’s a very intent expression you have there, Jenny Lewis.

Pamela’s Prayer, a pro-abstinence video that warns teens about the dangers of kissing.

Tim Gunn critiques superhero fashion: part one and part two. I am both surprised and impressed that anyone got him to do this.

From Dina: Not only does a video game have the title What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?, but its Japanese title is Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? And that is amazing.

Via Adam Norwood, an interesting post on forbidden words in video games. According to the entry, most can be categorized as one or more of the following: obscene words, vulgar slang, drug references, racist epithets, medical terms for anatomy, political terms that the Chinese don’t like and phrases that have no real bad meaning in English but which might have some obscene connotation in Chinese.

The best worst names in the world

The On Language column on Corporate Etymologies. Synopsis: Businesses will lie about what their names mean and where they got them to make you like them. In addition: Contrary to what Jamba Juice may have said in the past, that word jamba translates as “elephant” in Umbundu and “to fart” in Swahili. A new term learned: etymythology.

“The Little Grass Is Sleeping. Please Don’t Disturb It.”

How the horses in this year’s Kentucky Derby got their names.

The creator of Kamen Rider attempted to redefine the word manga by “spelling” it with a different Kanji character — the symbol that represents a large number instead of the one for the one that represents randomness — in order to give the genre a more positive connotation.

Pixie Hollow, Disney’s Tinker Bell-themed online world for kids, has decided to allow its users to make male avatars, mostly because little kid gender warriors were doing so anyway by creating their own makeshift boy fairies. But the male ones don’t officially get called fairies — they’re sparrow men.

Things the New York Times learned about Saturday Night Live from the new documentary by James Franco. (Poor Casey Wilson.)

Do actors exist in the movies they appear in? An interesting question. Like, as a rule, does a world-famous and very recognizable actor necessarily not exist in the universe of a movie he or she appears in? Maybe yes, if only because they’d never accomplish anything, since literally everyone they see would be saying “Hey, did anyone ever tell you you look exactly like…?” At the same time, there are exceptions to this, like Last Action Hero and Ocean’s 12.

Morbid good fun: Wikipedia’s list of unusual deaths.

Eager beavers outdo the Hoover Dam.

So the Donner Party did eat the dog but did not eat each other. Maybe.

Thanks, Japan! Now I no longer have to wonder what a Dalmatian riding a bicycle looks like.

“There’s a better way!” (Via, via, via.)

And, finally, a disturbingly Furby-like bird, the Malay Owl:

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  1. I remember an episode of The Critic with Jay Sherman mentioning Jon Lovitz, but I'm not sure cartoon voices really count.