Thursday, October 22, 2009
Here at the Quick 10, we’re taking a break from our regularly-scheduled Halloween posts to bring you this public service announcement: it was 51 years ago this week that The Smurfs were first introduced to our pop culture vernacular. I thought it seemed like a pretty worthy reason to break the spooky string of posts, and anyway, I bet at least one of you _flossers spent a Halloween or two slathering yourself in blue paint to portray one of the sapphire shorties (you’ll let us know if you did, right?).
1. The Smurfs were invented as a result of a silly conversation over dinner. Pierre Culliford, a Belgian artist known as Peyo, was dining with a friend when he had one of those momentary lapses of vocabulary that we all experience from time to time – he couldn’t remember the word for “salt” and asked his friend to pass the “schtroumpf.” Mocking him, his friend responded with, “Here’s the schtroumpf. When you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back.” This sparked an idea, and “les Schtroumpfs” were born in comic strip form shortly thereafter. This, of course, was translated to “The Smurfs” when they hit the American market.
2. The cartoon series was created when an NBC executive spied his daughter playing with a plush Smurf doll. After observing how much she loved the doll, he decided that the Schtroumpfs might be a good fit for his Saturday morning cartoon-fest. It was; it aired for nine seasons.
3. The Smurfs are specifically “three apples” tall.
4. The white hat the Smurfs all wear have been around for ages and are called Phrygian caps. They’re often considered symbols of liberty and were once found on the tops of Liberty Poles. You can see one on the seal of the United States Senate as well.
5. Because the Smurfs shared all of their possessions, some people thought this was a barely veiled attempt to brainwash children into Communist ways. Of course, some people also thought the Phrygian hats meant that the Smurfs were a sect of the Ku Klux Klan, and others claimed the Smurfs were neo-Nazis promoting an Aryan race because of the lone, blonde female in the group. In fact, none of those things were true. Peyo’s son has stated that the Smurfs had no political undertones at all, and the only messages his father wished to impart were those of friendship and love.
6. Karenna Gore’s Secret Service code name was Smurfette, which she has apparently regretted ever since. In 1997, she said, “Ever since I was put on the spot and told ‘two syllables’ and ‘It has to start with an S,’ I have been cringing in the back seat when identified as ‘Smurfette’.”
7. The answer to the age-old question “What color does a Smurf turn when it’s choking?” is purple. At least we can assume it’s purple, based on the episode where a Smurf decides to hold his breath.
8. The Smurfs showed up at a bunch of Kings Entertainment amusement parks in the mid ’80s. King’s Island near Cincinnati had a boat ride that took people through the Smurf village, King’s Dominion had Smurf Mountain, Great America had a little roller coaster called The Blue Streak, and Carowinds had a children’s play area called Smurf Island. Since then, they have all been replaced with different rides.
9. There are some Smurfs from the original comics that never made it to the cartoon. These include Alchemist Smurf, Timid Smurf, Enamored Smurf, Finance Smurf (whoo-hoo! How fun for kids!), Mango Smurf, Lumberjack Smurf, Pastrycook Smurf, Submariner Smurf and Navigator Smurf.
10. The World Record for People Dressed as Smurfs (I can’t shake the feeling that the plural should be Smurves. I know. So wrong.) was set just this year in Swansea, Wales. More than 2,500 people crammed into a nightclub dressed in blue and white and weren’t allowed to have any natural skin showing in order to count toward the record. The previous record had been set just a year earlier, with 1,253 Smurfs gathered in Castleblayney, Ireland.
Oh, and I’ve had this stuck in my head ever since I got the idea for this post, so in hopes that passing it along will get it out of my brain, here you go:
|Apparently, this Girl Scout couldn't afford clothes, either, so she improvised!.|
The Boynton Beach Police Department has arrested Magaret Ann Willett, a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America, on suspicion of credit card fraud after a victim picked out Willett from a surveillance video.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Willett is suspected of having gone on a shopping spree with a credit card that belonged to Mary Ann Paris of Boynton Beach. The card was used at Ross Dress for Less, WalMart, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Target. (A real "frugalista," isn't she?) She scooped up some pet supplies at Pet Supermarket. And then she apparently needed groceries, so she made stops at Publix and WalMart. In all, she spent about $700.
The affidavit says that after confronting Willett, she admitted that she had found Paris' credit card at the office for Girl Scouts of America where they both worked. She blamed the theft on financial trouble.
by:// Alex Moaba
Late last week, a drunk man walked into a convenience store and tried to buy some more beer. It didn't go so well...or did it? Because now the internet has bequeathed us many, many remixes of the footage, and they're pretty entertaining. Before we get started here, I'll just break the news up-front that I couldn't find a version mixed with Yakety Sax. I'm as disappointed as you are. Get on that, Internet.
First up, check out the original video and then all the wonderful Drunkest Guy Ever remixes below.
- Mixed with Daft Punk's 'Around the World'
- For the ladies -- mixed with 'He Ain't With Me Now Though'
- 'Ol' English' by The Game
- This one weaves between Swizz Beatz' 'It's Me B*tches,' 'Too Hot To Stop Pt. 1' by the Bar-Kays, and a Redbirds' cover of Willie Nelson's 'I Gotta Get Drunk'
- 'Drinking Alone' by Hanibal. Remix via Sunspeik
- 'Should Have Taken Acid With You' by Neon Indian
- "2001 -- A Beer Odyssey"
- UPDATE: We have found our Yakety Sax Version, and it is glorious. Thanks to Digg commenter NickSalvo and Comedy Funhouse
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Motherboard heads deep into the bowels of Moby’s Manhattan apartment-studio, where he unveils his prized assemblage of rarified gadgets, bizarre synthesizers, and outré drum devices.
Posted by gjblass at 1:45 PM
It really doesn't get any more awkward than this: Phillips had a fling with a 22-year-old girl, and then broke up with her. When Phillips split up with her, Hundley decided to make contact with both his wife and teenage son, whose name has been redacted in this letter that was printed by The Post today. Some highlights from the letter, if you don't have time to read the whole thing.
-- She gives details to prove her intimate relationship with Phillips, including details about a vasectomy and birthmarks in private areas.
-- The whole middle paragraph is really talking a lot about Phillips' son, which I'm sure struck a nerve with Marni Phillips.
-- She details numerous romantic liaisons (and future meetings, too) in the letter.
-- She somehow manages to try to spin some reason in this whole thing by playing the "I'm Catholic" card, which was pretty amusing.
Steve Phillips told police he has "extreme concerns about the healthy and safety of my kids and myself." Phillips did not pursue charges against Hundley, but he is being sued for divorce by Marni Phillips.
The Post also reports Phillips has been suspended one week by ESPN for the scandal. (You've got to wonder what Harold Reynolds thinks of that light one-week slap on the wrist after he was bounced from the network for misconduct falling in a similar category.) There has been no comment from ESPN, Hundley or Phillips on the matter.
Where this goes from sort of comical and embarrassing to just scary is the encounter on Aug. 19:
Marni Phillips, a stunning, green-eyed blonde, told cops that on Aug. 19, she drove home with her 7-year-old son and spotted a woman walking down the driveway to a parked car.
"I knew instinctively this was the woman Steve was involved with and I was terrified," Marni told cops. "I immediately called 911. She got in her car, put it in reverse and smashed the rear end of her vehicle into the stone column."
Marni then found the letter stuck in the door.
UPDATE 1: Excellent (and now erased) Wikipedia entry on Steve Phillips' page.
UPDATE 3: Phillips is taking an indefinite leave of absence from ESPN. No big surprise after the storm this has kicked up today.
UPDATE 4: Statement from Phillips now available.
After over three months of dormancy, Trent Reznor’s Twitter page was resurrected last night as the Nine Inch Nails frontman celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut album Pretty Hate Machine. “Happy birthday, old friend. Pretty Hate Machine turns 20,” Reznor wrote, his first tweet since quitting Twitter following a July 17th message that read, “I believe I’ve done all I care to do here at this point. Flesh and reality and silence are calling.” Reznor’s call out to his first LP helped make #PrettyHateMachine a Twitter Trending Topic last night.
Pretty Hate Machine was released on October 20th, 1989 on TVT Records, introducing music fans to hits like “Head Like a Hole,” “Down In It,” “Terrible Lie” and other synth-goth classics. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded PHM four-and-a-half stars, crediting Nine Inch Nails for being “on to something that no one else had quite figured out yet” and labeling Reznor as “an artist already near the top of his game.”
If you’re looking to celebrate Pretty Hate Machine’s 20th anniversary by downloading the album off a digital service, you’re out of luck: The official NIN Twitter announced yesterday that a legal download isn’t available since the band doesn’t own the rights to PHM, but import copies of the CD are available. (The rights issue has always made finding a physical copy of PHM in stores quite difficult over the past decade.) Reznor retired NIN as a touring band last month, capping the band’s live run with an epic final gig in Los Angeles.
Fittingly, the same week we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of a song called “Ringfinger,” Reznor married Mariqueen Maandig in a ceremony this weekend, Rolling Stone reported.