Sunday, November 13, 2005

The 100 Funniest Jokes of All Time
  • "L.A. is so celebrity-conscious, there's a restaurant that only serves Jack Nicholson -- and when he shows up, they tell him there'll be a ten-minute wait."


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Probably WAY more than you'd ever want to know about Aquaman


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Mariah Carey Wins Big at Vibe Awards


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Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori is plotting his next presidential campaign from a jail cell in Chile


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AFI's 100 YEARS...100 HEROES & VILLAINS
  • They picked Atticus Finch as the top hero, followed by Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Ric Blaine.
  • They chose Dr. Lecter as the top villain, followed by Norman Bates, Darth Vader, and the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • The page also includes links to their other Top 100 lists.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn. Who cares.

 

The trailer for Hoodwinked, "the true story of Little Red Riding Hood."
  • In the re-telling of this classic fable, the story begins at the end. Chief Grizzly (Xzibit) and Detective Bill Stork (Anthony Anderson) investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny's (Glenn Close) cottage, involving a karate-kicking Red Riding Hood (Anne Hathaway), a sarcastic wolf (Patrick Warburton) and an oafish Woodsman (Jim Belushi). The charges are many: breaking and entering, intent to eat, wielding an axe without a license, but these unusual suspects have their story to tell first.


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WTF? "Cardboard Box Added to Toy Hall of Fame"


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Family Guy shows the outtakes from the Osama bin Laden tapes.


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Fans of nature cinematography should enjoy A Magical Fall, a three minute tribute to Autumn.


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Fascinating, obscure WW2 vestige: The Thames Estuary Army Forts


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THEORY OF DUMB DESIGN MAY EXPLAIN PAT ROBERTSON ... Televangelist's Brain, Mouth Elude Other Theories, Experts Say


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WWE Rasslin' Star Eddie Guerrero Dies, aged 38.


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18 free video clips of Jaime Pressly nekkid.


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Best exam answer ever


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Weekend box office results, Nov 11-13.
  • Chicken Little really kicked ass. It took in more than the next two films added together, lost only 20% of its audience from last week, and finished about 20% ahead of predictions.
  • While the three major releases had tepid results, Pride and Prejudice was received warmly in arthouse distro. It finished in the top ten, despite being limited to 215 screens, by taking in an impressive $13,000 per screen.
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin' finished a disappointing fourth, well below the range of expectations established by the predictions.
  • The second place spot, and the rule of the new releases, went to the kiddie sci-fi flick, Zathura.
  • Zathura, however, was a tepid performer and finished at the lower end of its range, despite good reviews, although ...
  • ... Derailed finished at the upper end of its range, despite bad reviews. Go figure.
  • Overall, the weekend finished 15% below the same weekend last year. Industry observers feel that this may be the last negative weekend for a while, based on their hopes that the boy wizard will work his magic on next weekend's box office.




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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop, I really enjoy these analyses that you do. Just wanted to let you know, since I'm guessing they take you a lot of work.

 

High IQ in childhood tied to longer life, thus explaining why Mozart died at 35.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get the Mozart joke. Mozart died of rheumatic fever, not something choosing healthy habits could have prevented.

 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps you haven't thought to far into the facts behind your logic?

Sucks to be you, according to this article, you'll be dead soon.

 


Blogger Uncle Scoopy said...

First of all, there is no "logic." It is simply an ironic footnote to the study that the man who is reputed to have had the highest childhood IQ died at 35. Anecdotal evidence is essentially no evidence at all. Mozart's intellectual peer in terms of childhood IQ, John Stuart Mill, lived to be 67, which is probably equivalent to about 80 today. The ultimate anti-Mozart, at least in terms of long-lived child genuises, would be Goethe, who lived to be about a thousand. He may still be alive for all I know.

Second, the scientific evidence suggests that high childhood IQ is related to longevity, but does not suggest why. The "healthy lifestyle" is simply a conjecture, which may be anything from fully explanatory to insignificantly contributory. In truth, the same genetic structure that confers superior IQ from conception may also confer superiority in other ways not yet understood. We just don't know this. If I remember correctly, the Terman studies show that "gifted" children tend to be taller, healthier, more co-ordinated, superior in leadership, and more skilled at social adaptability. (As I recall, the brightest kids were even better at sports, in stark contrast to previous and in some cases enduring preconceptions to the contrary.) The advantages occured at very early ages, and were independent of social status, thus suggesting the possibility of a purely genetic contribution, as opposed to something related to their environments or reasoned choices. That, however, would be conjecture.

Third, Mozart's cause of death is still unexplained. If I remember correctly, the only explanation that perfectly matches all of his symptoms and all circumstances in his life is trichinosis.


Finally, no matter what his cause of death, Mozart was certainly not a "healthy lifestyle" kind of guy, which strikes another ironic minor chord in his unwritten self-requiem, in counterpoint to the conjecture of the authors.

 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christ, Scoopy. Take a chill pill.

 

Ah, the little ones. How they grow! Steve Dallas is 50 years old?


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I wish Berkeley Breathed would either (1) retire or (2) draw his strip on a daily basis again.

 

Al-Qaeda calls Queen an "enemy of Islam," especially "We Are The Champions."


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Kansas Education Board requires flat earth curriculum


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Astro Pic o' the Day- Lunation seen in animation


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MIT grads write a computer program that predicts the success of pop music.
  • "If it sounds far-fetched, consider this: the system has been predicting Billboard hits with surprising accuracy over the past several months. While people may think their musical tastes are unpredictable and whimsical, they are actually quite traceable, Mr. Whitman says."



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A man's Google Searches are used to establish his intent in a murder case.


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Bazooka Joe? U.S. Army developing combat chewing gum.


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