Did you know St. Nicholas was the patron saint of pawnbrokers? You'd never know it by the way he lets stuff go for free.
Somewhere in its show-tuney middle, Disney's animated musical Frozen throws a bone to the young monster geeks in the audience. Elsa, the magically (and literally) frigid young Queen who can freeze fjords and cause climate change and sculpt ice palaces out of the brisk air with a few waves of her hand, conjures up a personal bodyguard: "Marshmallow," a formidable giant made of snow and ice.
He's cool, no pun intended, but only the latest in a long list of terrifying pop-culture monsters confined either to wintry seasons or chilly climes, or both. Some are just grotesque version of arctic or Antarctic fauna, or aliens comfortable at equivalent temperatures on their own planets. A few are actual snowmen, monstrous supernatural versions of Frosty, as in the low-rent 1997 horror favorite Jack Frost or the even creepier wholesome "family" film of the same title that came out a year later. You may recall that even the slow-witted "Abominable Snowman" that affectionately plagued Bugs Bunny melted when he got below timberline.
But most of what falls into the category of "Abominable Snowmen," sometimes known by their Himalayan name of Yeti, are shaggy, burly giants that haunt the cold places, and are generally quite content to be left the hell alone. They're rarely a danger to humans so long as we're sensible enough to stay where it's warm.
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By which I mean, of course, REBECCA Black Friday...Mwahahahahaha! Does the fact that Patrice Wilson followed this up with "Thanksgiving" means he perceives time backwards?
Whatever you spent today went to better use than the money involved in that video. And if you worked today, you did something more worthwhile with your life than Patrice Wilson.
Small blessings. Always count 'em.
The unnamed author of the blog The Happening Book recently recovered his old second-grade journal, and is posting each entry online, 35 years to the day since it was written. His adult self adds significant events and context to each drawing and vintage thought. For example, under the image above: "Like Han would ever let R2 pilot the Falcon. Pfft."
As he puts it, "Leafing through the now-yellowed pages, I was immediately struck by waves of nostalgia, but also recognition -- so much of what I cared about then are things I still care about now."
I feel like maybe we were the first generation that had that cultural permission to keep those same interests. I'm a little younger, but even in the words from that era of somebody I don't know personally - I too feel recognition.
Hope, according to Emily Dickinson, is the thing with feathers. But for some people, fear can be a thing with feathers, too. Put simply, birds can be scary as crap. Napoleon Dynamite clearly felt it, when he anxiously asked his employer "Do the chickens have large talons?"
This being Turkey Month, so to speak, and with the amusing, imaginatively silly Free Birds now in theaters, it seems like a good time to pay tribute to a few of pop culture's more memorable beastly birds. A pre-emptive note, however: I've chosen to omit The Birds, Hitchcock's near-masterpiece of 1963, not because it isn't a classic, but because its feathered fiends are experienced in the aggregate, as a massive collective menace, and I'm after big-ass birds, preferably with individual personalities. No disrespect intended. Please don't peck my eyes out.
Bringing you abbreviated highlights of the best reader tips from the weekend open thread (minus gifs, copyrighted images and some other stuff like that).
And yes, I realized that different keywords each week, actually describing the content, are a good idea. Web genius me.
-Grumpy Cat versus Oscar the Grouch (SlyDante777).
Julia thought I should post this. It's not that new but it might be new to you...
What else is happening around our geekosystem?
Collecting highlights from the best reader-submitted tips in the weekend thread. A lot of duplicates this week, so I went with the first in most cases...I think.
It's 11-11. Make a wish!
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