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Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking -- did you know that in the old days, cars didn't have brakes?
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For years, airlines have provided complimentary seatback copies of the SkyMall catalog for passengers who don't know what to do with their used chewing gum. They also come in handy to remind you that there are millions of people eager to spend their hard-earned money on garbage. For the guys in the Kasper Hauser comedy troupe, the SkyMall catalog serves a third purpose: fodder for a howlingly funny parody.
In 2006 I reviewed the first SkyMaul catalog: SkyMaul: Happy Crap You can Buy from a Plane. Today marks the release of SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff, an equally funny followup to the first catalog. The copy for the fake products is pitch perfect. I wish the Camping Coma Pills were really for sale - I'd take them.
Sesame Street parodies starring Cookie Monster are always a good bet (c.f. Monsterpiece Theater) but even by those standards, "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur" (with Cookie Monster as "Cookieness Evereat") is a standout. Bravo, Sesame Street!
Jus Reign explains:
Waltaar, an avid lover of Mithai (Indian Sweets) finds out that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which constrains him from consuming any more Mithai due to the high sugar content. So as a solution, Waltaar, alongside his former student Jassi, begin cooking fat free, low sugar, healthy Mithai and begin selling it on the streets... which leads to all sorts of drama. BREAKING BARFI. DUN DUN.
[HT: Carl Hamm]
David sez, "Did the children's book "Goodnight Moon" help put you to sleep as a little kid? Not anymore. Especially after watching its dark reimagining in this gritty movie trailer. I'm afraid the family-friendly search results for this children's book are going to be ruined as this video makes its rounds. Made by the Gritty Reboots team who most recently brought you Calvin and Hobbes as a dark Hollywood blockbuster."
Finally, the truth revealed. On the other hand, Spider-Man would be a lot more interesting if these editorial suggestions were taken to heart by the good people at Misney.
SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE SPIDER-MAN | ADHD (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
You know what's better than the nerd-classic 1985 teen comedy Real Genius? How about the Real Genius trailer recut in the style of M. Night Shyamalan, by YouTuber dondrapersayswhat (creator of the Breakfast Club/Avengers mashup and this this insanely great Baby Got Back mashup?
Real Genius by M. Night Shyamalan: Trailer Recut (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
This shuffled into my music player this morning, and delighted me as it ever does: Allan Sherman's When I was a Lad, a lovely bit of Mad Man-style period parody from the album My Son, the Celebrity. You probably know Sherman's work from "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," but it's well worth exploring his whole catalog -- especially since there's a fabulous box set.
Rob Kutner and the Levinson Brothers (and friends) released It's OK To Do Stuff, an album parodying Free to Be You and Me. Guest vocals include Steven Page from Barenaked Ladies and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos (featured here singing the album's themesong). It's a $6 MP3 download on Amazon.
"A giant planet with a liquid interior full of liquid beef and pork, into which a thousand earths would fit."
Darren Cullen of Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives and friend Mark Tolson edited together this 'lost episode' of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, about a fabled Meat Planet, with details of its famous pork volcano, Mount Sustenance, "well-known to astronomers since the time of Galileo."
If NASA would focus on the important planets, the delicious bacon-y ones like this, perhaps we'd have a real future in space exploration. Astronomy-gastronomy!