Mark Frauenfelder at 9:20 am Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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The favorite party game of Ernie Kovacs - Common Scents
Mmm, Fritos Cream Cheese Salami Wedges* and Hot Tea.
That’s exactly what I was looking at… how did these people survive eating the kinds of recipes churned out back then? Was all the cig smoking really that effective in killing off taste buds?
“I’m not sure… does this bag smell like mustard, or lilac?”
They must have been smoking pretty heavy.
“*Recipe on page 11″?
What is this? A 12-page Fritos newspaper?
Ernie Kovacs takes the number one slot on my list of “People Living or Dead You Wish You Could Have Dinner With.” Man, that guy was light years ahead of everyone else on TV.
He was a visionary. He was one of the first people to really try to stretch what could be done with television in ways that nobody is doing even today. He died tragically young.
Also had great taste in movie roles. Bell Book and Candle and Our Man in Havana are two of my favorite movies, and while the star of neither he steals both of them.
I’ve seen enough Ernie Kovacs shows and read enough about him to know there is NO WAY this was his favorite party game. Not even close.
I would be very interested to learn what WAS his favorite party game, however.
“Name That Hungarian Composer!”
“How Many Dutch Masters Can You Smoke in An Hour?”
“Television Network Musical Chairs.”
“Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?”
“Eww, what is this… Camembert? Limburger?”
“No,” said Kovacs, smiling menacingly whilst twisting one end of his moustache…
forget the party game – where is the recipe for Fritos Cream Cheese Salami Wedges?
A brown paper bag? It smells like dog business. It all smells like dog business.
This is actually a variation on incense smelling games played by the ancient Japanese aristocracy and which evolved into the formal practice of ritualized incense burning called Kōdō, one of the three ritualized ‘high arts’ in traditional Japanese culture, the others being flower arranging and the tea ceremony. Instead of a bag, the original game used a small ornate box with cloth-covered holes passed around a room. The objective was to identify and describe as many different characteristics of a particular kind of incense, much like wine tasters do.
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