Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Odd trivia bits

Mostly geaned from that paragon of the odd moments in the week's news: Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me (why yes, I am an NPR nerd).

1. NASCAR and Harlequin Romance have teamed up for a licensing agreement. Why not? NASCAR (and really, most sports) always struck me as a bit of a soap opera anyway..

2. Bush is against human/animal hybrids (first paragraph). That's nice.

3. This one is from This American Life: Do you remember that "Chocolate city" broohaha from New Orleans Mayor Nagin. Apparently, he's down with the funk, 'cos that was a Parliament quote:
"Ah, blood to blood
Ah, players to ladies
The last percentage count was eighty
You don't need the bullet when you got the ballot
Are you up for the downstroke, CC?
Chocolate city
Are you with me out there?"
(see also the Wiki entry. Not that I endorse Wiki, but I'm not doing anymore research on this little piece of trivia).

4. Because this one is the best one of all: In his former career, Jack Abramoff was a Hollywood producer. He produced (and co-wrote!!) that Dufus Lundren shlock-fest (ok, I didn't see it. Maybe it was great. I don't know. I don't really care.) Red Scorpion. Yep. Rippling muscles, blonde brush cut fightin' them evil commies in Angola. What's not to love? Better yet. The studio fired him because he used South African (Apartheid) army as a source of extras and equipment.

5. It seems like there was at least one other thing, but I don't remember what it was

1 comment:

Viva le Carrot said...

S'worse than ya think:

"Human/Animal hybrids" sound like abominations, but what W is referring to are lab animals with partial human DNA injected into them for medical testing. These critters are destroyed, just like their non-modfied brethren. I have mixed feelings about animal experimentation in general, but singling out this type of work as taboo is just stupid. Like his position on stem cells, it abandons life-saving research on the basis of a totally inconsistent "moral" stand.

And Abramoff's "Red Scorpion" (& it's sequel) were specifically developed as anti-communist propaganda BS, and thats why the Apartheid gov't chipped in. Abramoff didn't make any $$ off these bombs, but that was never the point.