Category ►►► Tumescent Trivialities
February 24, 2010
My Soul Mate?
My favorite car-related television show -- well actually, the only car-related television show I've ever watched -- is the BBC's Top Gear, where three witty and acerbic Brits, ordinary blokes for the most part, get to test-drive hideously expensive autos (like the Bugati Veyron, base price €1,223,679 -- that is, £1,063,826 or $1,700,000); they either praise them to the heavens... or else make arch and sarcastic sneers.
One of them, Jeremy Clarkson, seems to be the head Brit; for one thing, he's the tallest. In this week's episode (broadcast on BBC America, probably weeks or months after its broadcast in the UK), I learned three things about Jeremy:
- He's a fan of the Simpsons TV show; he called the French "cheese-eating front-wheel-drive monkeys."
- He's a fan of Fawlty Towers, John Cleese's follow-on show to Monty Python; he said, "I made a reference to Agincourt, but I think I got away with it."
- And when he was urging another host, James May, to win a race in order to stand up for the "prog-rock generation," the very first band he mentioned was... King Crimson!
Now I know why I like Jeremy so much. Well... that and this.
April 1, 2007
The End of a 28-Year Era
The point is only of academic interest, and only interesting to weirdos who thrive on a diet of historical anomalies, but...
Has anybody else realized that the upcoming presidential election will be the first one since 1972 to have neither a Bush nor a Dole on the Republican ticket?
Careful now, don't topple over with astonishment. Just think through every election from 1976 on, and you'll see what I mean: eight in a row.
(Slight corrections made to make the post clearer... thanks, SeanF and myself!)
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