Ambitious Failure and the Knights of the Sci-Fi Ghetto

Hoo! and Ha!! Mysterious Universe gives us an appreciation of the flawed masterpiece that was the movie adaptation of “Tank Girl”.  “Ambitious failure is worth a hundred mediocre play-it-safe blockbusters”.  

And, yeah, speaking of Malcolm McDowell, nominations are open for the  “Knights of the Sci-Fi Ghetto“. Does anyone else remember David Warner’s “Quest of the Delta Knights“? Or Donald Pleasence in “The Mutations“? Films like these make you a working actor!

This Is Chest Hair. In The Shape Of A Cat. Oh, the horror!

This Canadian Mountie fights for the right to smoke (medical) cannabis in uniform. Nothing to see here!

Published in 1547, A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursetors describes the complex hierarchy of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells in 16th century England. Dark Tongues: The Art of Rogues and Riddlers, by Daniel Heller-Roazen, is a much later work taking a crack at the cryptolects (secret languages) of beggars, rogues and other tradesmen.  For instance, a specialized dialect of Jewish cattle-traders called Loshen-Koudesh, appears to have persisted into the 20th century Orange County, N.Y.

Paleofuture looks back on how newspapers wrote about the Internet in 1988. The rear-view mirror effect, reversed sorta.

The Satanic Temple is planning to donate a monument for the Capital grounds in Oklahoma City, next to the 10 Commandments rock. Hey gang! I’ll chip in! We sacrifice to Thee, Oh First Amendment!!

Faith, baby! Almost naked, with no food or fresh water, Harrison Okene survived almost 3 days inside an air pocket in a sunken tug boat under 100 feet of water.

2,000 dead mice equipped with cardboard parachutes have been air-dropped over a United States Air Force base in Guam in order to poison brown tree snakes.

Who you gonna call when you need a really artistic, custom cave carved by hand?

U.S. fast food workers strike for higher, living wages. The executives giggle and order another round of champagne.

Merry Zappadan, all!


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