InASense, Lost… My Sensibilities Are Waning

The older things get, the more faded they become.  Take these two instances as examples of my fading mindset.

  • I thought this was funny.

Apparently, there’s a company named this:

Getrag is an automotive supplier that makes transmissions.  I never heard of them prior to driving past one of their plants, and I found their name to be humorous in a juvenile way, but if you asked me to explain why, my answer would be fuzzy at best.

  • I thought this was creepy.

This all might have happened on the same day, but one of these pulled up behind me, and I thought it looked evil:


Hyundai Santa Fe


It’s not like I had seen one before (maybe I haven’t), but the design is intimidating.  At least it was in person.

Man, was I off my game that day… or just hung over…

In My Brain While Sleeping… A Surprise Impersonator

If one day I break down to the point of requiring psychiatric help, please direct my caretakers to these blog posts about my weird dreams.  I’m sure the answers to curing my mind can be found somewhere here.

What clues this might provide, I don’t know, but I was boarding a plane and there was a big kerfuffle about someone on board.  The rumor had it was a celebrity, but the facts were unclear.

As I made my way to my seat, I was greeted by this:

(Fairly) Artistic Representation

As it turned out, I was seated next to the celebrity – the world’s best Billy Joel impersonator, Guinea Joel.

It seems like a punderferul stretch for my subconscious when this would have been so much easier:

Billy Goat

A Handful Of… Food Items I Should Have Thrown Out Long Ago

One of the benefits of having my house broken into for the second time in two months (yes – this happened, and yes – there is a benefit) is cleaning up old shit.  In this case, it’s food that I should have gotten around to throwing out a while ago.

Sorry that the pictures below are not that clear.  This is because my phone is two years old, and in the world of technology, it’s out-dated… just like this food.

It’s a shame about the Sean’s Irish Cream Liqueur… I’ll never know how tasty the 17% alcohol concoction could have been.  That is, unless my sibs buy it as a Christmas present for me again.  (Me and the booze have the same name!)

The Rice Krispies box made me laugh because of its screaming promotion for Monster’s, Inc.  Jigglypuff elicited the same response (that’s the Pokémon on the Kraft’s Mac & Cheese).

And I have to be honest about one thing… provided I have a weekend with no plans, I will probably still try to eat the Campbell’s Soup and the Laffy Taffy.

Maybe I can sell The Simpsons can on eBay


So, Duh! Pop Quiz… Candy Name Origins Edition

Soda comes in candy- and bottledy-forms...

Halloween is here, and it’s time to test (or bone up on) your candy history.  Yummy!

1) Baby Ruth

    a) New York Yankee Hall of Famer, Babe Ruth
    b) President Grover Cleveland’s daughter in infant form, Ruth
    c) inventor Ruth Baby
    d) it’s really a) but b) is the cover story

2) Snickers

    a) The Mars Family’s dog
    b) The Mars Family’s cat
    c) The Mars Family’s horse
    d) The Mars Family’s hamster’s poop

3) Mike and Ike

    a) as a result of a company-wide contest
    b) after a 1937 song titled “Mike and Ike (The Twins)”
    c) after a Vaudeville act “Mike and Ike, We’re Just Alike”
    d) after the founder’s family friends named Mike Greene and Ike Johnson
    e) who knows?

4) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

    a) a former dairy farmer named Reese
    b) a former peanut farmer named Reese
    c) a former chocolatier named Reese
    d) a former wrestler named Reese

5) Everlasting Gobstoppers

    a) the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
    b) the film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
    c) the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
    d) it’s all a big Coinkydink (or Coinkydonk)

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Musical Musings… “Like A G6” And Other Songs About Transportation

The wheels on the bus go round and round and Far East Movement’s Like a G6 has my head spinning round and round like those wheels.  If you’re unfamiliar, take a taste:

Are they singing about this?

An electric blue 2008 Pontiac G6 GT Coupe?

Nope.  It’s about this:

The line "fly like a G6" is all the more clever now!

So in celebration of (quickly) getting to the bottom of this Musical Musing, I thought I would celebrate even more songs about transportation devices.

I’ve neatly broken up the methods into groups.  Add more in the comments!  (I know no one will do this, or maybe one person only, but I keep trying!  I love comments!)

The Sugar Ray Travellers that Fly

  • Aeroplane – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Airplanes (Parts I and II) – B.O.B. (and Hayley Williams with Eminem)
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul, and Mary or John Denver
  • Paper Planes – MIA (kinda)
  • Bennie and the Jets – Elton John (okay, not really)

The Incubus Travelers that Drive

  • Little Red Corvette – Prince
  • Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell, Amy Grant, or, um, Counting Crows
  • Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen or Natalie Cole
  • Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
  • Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  • Bitchin’ Camero – Dead Milkmen
  • My Hooptie – Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Drive My Car – The Beatles
  • Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla
  • Piece of Shit Car – Adam Sandler
  • Ignition – R. Kelly (heh heh)
  • Honorary shout-out to Ric Ocasek and The Cars

The Christopher Cross Travelers that are Sailing

  • Come Sail Away – Styx
  • The Downeaster “Alexa” – Billy Joel
  • Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  • Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival or Ike & Tina Turner
  • Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation
  • The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
  • Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
  • In the Navy – The Village People

The Train Travelers that, um, Travel by Track

  • Crazy Train – Black Sabbath
  • Love Train – The O’Jays
  • Peace Train – Cat Stevens
  • Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
  • Last Train Home – Lostprophets
  • Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees
  • Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips
  • The Metro – Berlin
  • Rollercoaster of Love – The Ohio Players or Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Oleta Adams Travelers that Get Here (If You Can)… Whatever Way You Can

  • Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith
  • Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  • Rocket Man – Elton John
  • Airstream Driver – Gomez
  • Convoy – C.W. McCall
  • Bicycle Race – Queen
  • Black Horse and the Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall
  • Beer for My Horses – Toby Keith
  • Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, or The Sundays

The Traveling Proclaimers that Walk (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles

  • Walk like an Egyptian – The Bengals
  • Walk like a Man – The Four Seasons
  • Walk this Way – Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C.
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • Walking on a Thin Line – Huey Lewis & the News
  • Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

The Shoe Crew (A Subsidiary of The Traveling Proclaimers)

  • My Adidas – Run-D.M.C.
  • The Vans Song – The Suicide Machines
  • Air Force Ones – Nelly
  • Louboutins – Jennifer Lopez
  • Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – Paul Simon
  • Goody Two-Shoes – Adam Ant
  • Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
  • These Boots are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra or Jessica Simpson

Let’s be honest… Jessica Simpson never looked better than she did in this video (and let’s be more honest… never will again):

Awful Battle… A 5tup1d Tr3nd R3tr05p3ct1v3

We all Scream 4 I Scre4m!

Scream 4 won’t be out until next year, but that hasn’t stopped them from advertising it already.  As you can see, the marketers have opted for 2 Fast 2 Furious-style campaign (image in gallery after the jump) that Tron Legacy and The Final Destination abandoned prior to looking, well, fucking idiotic (original images also below).

So if this “stupid trend” finds new life again, I may scream.  But imagine the confusion if this method of advertising held true for other previous movies.  We would have had:

  • Seven Part 7

  • Thirteen Ghosts Part 13

  • Cradle to the Grave 2

  • The Nines Part 9

  • Three Part 3

  • Menace to Society II

  • Lucky Number Slevin 7

  • Simone Part 10

  • Layer Cake Part 43

  • Leonard Part 6

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Hibbidy-Wah?! From Hiccup Girl To Hit Girl

I have to admit I’m rarely surprised anymore, even though I do run these Hibbidy-Wah?! posts fairly often.

But you have to realize, there is a big difference between finding out they make moustaches for cars, and finding out Jennifer Mee, who is more famously known as Hiccup Girl, has been arrested for murder.

I’ll let this Florida newscast fill in the rest:

JusWondering… Can Music Stalk You?

He doesn't look at all like the stalking type...

Can music stalk you?

This was a question brought up by my friend Chris.  You see, within one week (six days actually), he encountered not one, not two, not three but three songs by Roger Miller.  I was not aware I was aware of him and his music, and neither was Chris, but for some reason, he decided to investigate.

On Tuesday, during an episode of the excellent Raising Hope (which was originally called Keep Hope Alive – a much funnier name),  there was a song featured as a recurring joke.  It was called, Do Wacka Do and it went a little something like this:

Then on Friday, while he was oot n’ aboot (that’s Canadian for “out on the town”), he heard King of the Road, a tune we were each already familiar with, but did not know the performer:

Then on Sunday, while watching the excellent Jackass 3D (which should have been called Keep Johnny Knoxville Alive), a bit was built around this ditty called You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd:

So can music (or in this case, musicians) stalk you?  All I know is it’s happened to me before.

Coinkydink Or Coinkydonk? No Ordinary Cast

I don't think that house-shaped "A" made the final cut. Also... is this really an effective opening image? It makes me think someone jumped out the window.

The jury’s still out on ABC’s new superhero drama(?) No Ordinary Family, but despite my borderline indifference towards it, I’m still regularly watching it.  To me, executive producer Greg Berlanti knows as much about superheroes as Heroes’ executive producer Tim Kring did (I’ve ranted about him once before).

Let’s take a quick peak at their hist-heroes:

Tim Kring

  • Chicago Hope
  • Providence
  • Crossing Jordan

Greg Berlanti

  • Dawson’s Creek
  • Jack & Bobby
  • Everwood
  • Dirty Sexy Money
  • Eli Stone
  • Brothers & Sisters

Sure, Berlanti is producing next summer’s Green Lantern movie, but an expert that does not him make (did that sentence sense make?)… But that’s neither hero nor there-o in regard to what this post is actually about.  What I’ve noticed is that the cast is composed mostly of cable show ex-pats.  To begin…

  • Michael Chiklis
    • Now: father Jim Powell
    • Then: Detective Vic Mackey on FX’s The ShieldJulie Benz
      • Now: mother Stephanie Powell
      • Then: Rita Bennett on Showtime’s Dexter
    • Romany Malco
      • Now: friend George St. Cloud
      • Then: Conrad Shepard on Showtime’s Weeds
    • Autumn Reeser
      • Now: lab assistant Katie Andrews
      • Then: Lizzie Grant on HBO’s Entourage
    • Guillermo Diaz
    • Stephen Collins
      • Now: potential bad guy Dr. Dayton King
      • Then: Bruce Mathis, biological father of Dennis & Deandra Reynolds, on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    • Kay Panabaker
      • Now: daughter Daphne Powell
      • Then: Debbie Berwick on Disney Channel’s Phil of the Future
      • Then: a guest spot, Coinkydinkily, on Showtime’s Weeds
      • Then: also extra Coinkydinkily, a guest spot on 7th HeavenStephen Collins’ former show