Pieces of Laughter
a) This Onion A.V. chat with a chap called 'Zodiac Motherfucker' is quite possibly the greatest interview ever. Yes, better than Truman Capote doing a number on Marlon Brando. Much better. This fan of RAWK! made such an impression in the comments section that he was deemed worthy enough to be talked to by the nerdocracy that runs the A.V. club. They probably did so because they were scared of him; his block capital, punctuation absent writing style was enough to terrify them and make them all a-quiver. And it has to be said, he is only being asked for his views on the hottest, bad assest snacks out there - next time they could just chat about how awesome he is and how he makes them feel like wusses of the highest order. It is a thing of beauty. Are your eyes MAN enough to take the hilarity? Go on then. Makes me fancy a splash or two of the Death Rain.
Sample answer: "SPICIEST THING I EVER EATEN WAS PROBABLY THOSE BLAZING WINGS AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS. THOSE ARE NO FUCKING JOKE EVEN IF THAT PLACE IS WACK AS FUCK BUT I KEEP HEARING ABOUT HOW HARDCORE INDIAN FOOD IS. LIKE THIS ONE CHICK IS ALL TELLING ME THAT SOMEDAY WHEN I GET A FUTON SHES TAKING ME OUT FOR INDIAN FOOD. I WAS LIKE FUCK I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THEY HAD FOOD IN INDIA"
Savant genius right there...
b) For sheer randomness, this is one of those clips that flies over your head when you are very young and green in the gills. I must have been barely nine years old when I saw the glory that was Back to School via the medium of the Sky Movies. The plot: Rodney Dangerfield - whose greying, milky eyes still freak the hell out of me when I just think about them - goes to college at the same time as his immensely embarrassed son. They party. They party hard. Professor Sally Kellerman butts heads with Rodney - natch. Cue non-stop laughs and brilliant 80s nonsense. But when the real Kurt Vonnegut turned up to do Rodney's paper on Kurt Vonnegut I must have thought who's that moustached twat in the hat? I mean, he doesn't even say anything except his obviously made-up name. Yet now I realise. Now I understand why his kid was so gobsmacked when he answered the door to the aforementioned author. In time you always do.
1 Which independent Hollywood motion picture production company was created in 1932 by Joseph Schenck, the former president of United Artists, Darryl F. Zanuck from Warner Brothers, William Goetz from Fox Films, and Raymond Griffith?
2 Generally considered to have been discovered by Walter Noddack, Ida Tacke, and Otto Berg during the mid-1920s, what was the next-to-last naturally occurring element to be discovered and the last element to be discovered having a stable isotope?
3 What is the popular English name of the legend of Liang Zhu, concerning the tragic romance between Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, and which is sometimes regarded as the Chinese equivalent to Romeo and Juliet?
4 The first car bomb may have been the one used for the assassination attempt on which Ottoman Sultan in 1905 in İstanbul by Armenian separatists, in the command of Belgian anarchist Edward Jorris?
5 From a Latin word meaning "provisions for a journey", what term is used by the Catholic Church and some Anglo Catholic Anglicans for the Eucharist (Communion) given to a dying person?
Answers to FE: XVI
1 Twentieth Century Pictures 2 Rhenium 3 The Butterfly Lovers 4 Abdul Hamid II 5 Viaticum