Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27th, outsourced

I've got a lot of links to share. Let's get started.

Honestly, I'd never thought of The Sound of Music quite like this. But it's kind of true, isn't it?

From alert reader Carrie G in a comment on last week's Outsourced post comes Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things.

The sharpest articles from The Onion are those that tell the absolute truth embellished in only the sparest manner to disguise it as humor. Here's one that made me laugh...and then shake my head sadly.

Have you had trouble finding your kid's name on a souvenir license plate? Here's why. Side note: I think in my entire childhood we only ever found 'Bridget' on one souvenir license plate (at the BYU), even though we searched every place we went. Then when we were living in Arizona, my brother stumbled upon another, for a grand total of two 'Bridget'-stamped items of merchandise.

This article about the minutiae of the highest-grossing summer blockbusters since 1996 was fascinating, and also like a time machine. Reading about the most popular movies of my teen, young adult, married, and then mothery years really took me on a little trip through my life since 1996. Even if I didn't see all those movies, I certainly remember being aware of them, you know?

The first person to tell me that this article is a big fat joke wins the prize of restoring my faith in humankind at large. Please, please don't let it be legitimate.

Now for the videos.

Searching for those magical golden days of yore with The Daily Show.

This video (and others by the same guy) is hilarious.

I love the Japanese. I really do.


Jeremy Palmer said...

Daily show clip was hilarious. I might use it in my class about national identity and language. We have discussed the past as the preferred point of departure for nationalists. It is easy to manipulate the past.

Jen said...

I've never been prouder of my Japanese heritage.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Am I missing something?

"her son Jazz was having "intense" experiences with his own gender"


"she's not giving up the crusade against the tyranny of assigned gender roles."

Either this is a clever fake, or there's something wrong with someone, and it isn't me. I've never had "intense experiences w/ my gender," nor am I sure the meaning of "tyranny of assigned gender roles." Does it mean that when the boy Jazz, who wants to be known as a boy, dresses like a girl, then complains because people don't know he's a boy? Oh brother.

Liz Johnson said...

I am positively befuddled by that Japan video. ???

Jen said...

Side note:

I've never properly assessed the Baroness' eyebrows.


robin said...

i always love your friday posts.

i have to say, i don't think that article is a joke. our good friends saw a family at the park in ithaca (i know, shocking) who was raising their child to be gender-neutral. it's true. so weird and sad...

Merkley Jiating said...

That Japanese video was ridiculous! What in the world?! Is that a sport?


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