Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A-Z: Jon Stewart - Smarts & Mancandy
Rolled Into One

Jon StewartJon Stewart (Image via I love Jon Stewart and the talented cast and writers of The Daily Show.  Catching up on past episodes is one of:

My 26 Favorite Ways to Piss Away Time Do Valuable Research on the Interwebs.

Sure, the show makes fun of political figures - which pisses some people off when their fav politicians are outed as, well, buffoons.  Hypocrites.  Pompous windbags.

They actually satirize people from all ends of the political spectrum, but someone who doesn't watch the show might not be aware of that.  Or that they take on the ridiculous, period.

Like this early morning "news" program where some producer (undoubtedly no longer employed) came up with, or at best, allowed the brilliant idea of doing on-air prank-y calls at 5:00 a.m.

Yeah.  Maybe waking up somebody who happens to be in your Rolodex to ask them about their famous assassinated father for morning giggles, not such a great idea, huh?

I also got my hands on and loved Earth (the Book) Written as a guide to the aliens who will discover the planet after we humans manage to eliminate our own population. (Method of our annihilation, TBD.)

It explains continents, nation-states, reproduction, food:  
A late innovation, the fork was conceived as a way to hurt food one last time before eating it.

This on a page where the Five Food Groups are depicted on a large white plate where 1) meat is represented by a SlimJim; 2) dairy by an individually wrapped piece of string cheese; 3) fruits and vegetables by a Fruit Roll-Up; 4) grains by an individually wrapped stick pretzel; and 5) fried shit by a greasy onion ring.

Yep, it looks just as appetizing as it sounds.  Bon appetit!

On the pages explaining our children, there are action figures like GI Joe, Elmo, and Dora the Explorer.  There are explanations for childhood fears, like ghosts, bogeyman, and not being overmedicated. 
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African children lived in terror of The White Witch, a shapeshifting banshee who stole them from their parents.

(Yep, this was tagged to a picture of Madonna.)

On Middle Aged Men:
Some middle-aged men wore ponytails to prevent the early onset of dignity.

On Disney Theme Parks

Mickey greeting guests at Disneyland ParkImage via WikipediaAcross the globe there were a half-dozen city-sized locations where humans could visit Mickey Mouse, a beloved fictional rodent who lived in a Magic Kingdom.  Despite the dedicated places of worship and the rodent's exalted status, the love of Mickey Mouse should not be confused with a religion.  Like God, the creators of Mickey Mouse were ubiquitous; but unlike God, they were vindictive and litigious.

Earth (The Book) is primarily photographs with satiric text attached.  When Earth says:
Some Muslim sects wore bow ties to honor their founder, The Right Honorable Popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher.
it's meant as a joke, boys and girls.  Along with the photo of a column of smiling Orville R. himself badly Photoshopped into a column of Nation of Islam members.

Earth contains thousands of photos, some original, some clearly altered, with accompanying short text.  I highly recommend it, if you need a good laugh now and then.

Or catch a short clip, if not the entire Daily Show.  Even if I feel upset about the stupidity of the human race, I always have a good laugh and feel better about the stupidity of the human race, after I catch a clip or two, if that makes any sense.  

And I feel more au courant with what's currently going down in the news, without the deep depression that comes from actually watching the news.

Sometimes I just need a little monkey business.

My A-Z theme is My 26 Favorite Ways to Piss Away Time Do Valuable Research on the Interwebs.

Truly, sometimes an idea from a "pointless" fun site or post or photograph does result in pages and pages of writing. Or at least a blog post or two.

Does The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tickle your funny bone?
How about Earth (The Book) - have you read or browsed it?
What did you think?  Got another fun "J" site?
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