I missed posting yesterday, because I was getting ready for a concert. Actually, what I was doing was putting together my late submission for the The Eleventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, graciously hosted by Neil at Citizen of the Month. Go check out all the songs and photos! (And look for my stop-motion video doodling, accompanying a recording of “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” )
With the excitement building for the new episodes of Dr. Who to start¹, there has been a lot of who-buzz. But Dr. Who is not the only Who who is out there. I offer you this list of whos: a sort of Who’s Who of Whos.
Who’s got more whos?
¹Season 7, part 2 starts this Sunday, March 30th
² Prescriptive grammarians will say that who is only to be used in cases where the pronoun/interrogative is in the subject, or nominal, position, and that whom is what you must use in object positions. However, contemporary usage allows for use of who in object positions.
³ I’ve never enjoyed this game.
⁴ I care.
Whose whos are whose? (image credits):Horton Hears a Who!, Whoville from the 1966 animated movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas (based on the book), Who Dat, The Guess Who Greatest Hits album cover, The Who logo, Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?, Who’s On First? screenshot from youtube clip from The Naughty Nineties,Tardis, World Health Organization logo, and Introspective Pug.
James Bond: Do you expect me to chop?
Auric Goldfingerlings: No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to dice. And then panfry with some onions.
The Bond Franchise meets the fast food franchise in these lesser-known action movies. Hold on to your seats and grab your ketchup.
- Licence to Peel
- From Russia with Latkes
- Quantum of Solanaceae
- On Her Masher’s Secret Service
- Dumplings Are Forever
- The Living Homefries
- Dr. Gnocchi
- Live and Let Fry
- The Hashbrowns Are Not Enough
- A View Tuber Kill
- The Man with the Golden Spud Gun
- You Only Bake Twice
- Tuber Never Dies
- Kartoffel Royale
- Yukon Goldeneye
- The Spud Who Loved Me
- Fry Another Tater
- For Your Eyes Only
No time to include synopses this time, as I’m beat and need to get my synapses some rest. Please feel free to contribute any plot summaries in the comments.
It’s autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere. Fall. Here in New England, the leaves are changing colors. And falling.
But leaves aren’t the only things falling.¹ Gravity appears to have been at work in many areas, as evidenced by the fallen items below.
- Humpty Dumpty: He had a great fall. (Actually, it didn’t turn out so great for him, what with the breaking up. Maybe his summer was better.)
- Jack (of Jack and Jill): Fell down. Broke his crown.
- The sky: It’s falling. (At least according to Chicken Little.)
- The cradle: It will fall. Out of a tree. With a baby in it. (I’m not sure why a song about a baby falling out of a tree is supposed to help bring on sleep…)
- London Bridge: It’s falling down. (Falling down, falling down.)
- Falling Down (1993): A Michael Douglas movie
- “Falling:” a song by Julee Cruise that was well known as the theme song for the TV series Twin Peaks.
- The Fall: a “post-punk” band
- take the fall: to take the blame for something
- fall guy: someone who takes the fall, a scapegoat
- The Fall Guy: An 80s TV series about a stunt man starring Lee Majors (better known for his 70s role as the “bionic man.”)
- to fall short: to not meet expectations
- fall asleep: to enter a sleeping state
- fallout: consequences, especially those that aren’t immediate
- fall in: to get into line
- fall in love:an expression meaning, um, to fall in love. Crap. How do I even paraphrase that? I guess “become enamored of, usually in a romantic way.”
- fall for someone: an expression meaning “be won over by someone,” or sometimes “start to like someone”
- fall for something: to be tricked
- fall into the pudding: this isn’t actually an expression²
- “Fall on Me” A song by R.E.M.
- When I Pretend to Fall: an album by the Long Winters, and a line from the song “Stupid.” She laughs when I pretend to fall…
- Ring around the rosie³:
Ring around the rosie
Pocket full of posie
We all fall down
And there it is. We all fall down.⁴
¹ Clearly I’ve been falling down on the job with my ThThTh posts, seeing as the last one I posted was in December.
² There are loads more real idioms involving falling
³Apparently there are many different versions of this, some of which don’t even involve falling down. Theo has been reciting a version of this lately. Mostly what I hear is “Asses, asses, we fall down.” I don’t recall seeing that one on the Wiki page.
⁴ Often on our asses.
Cradle falling image from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies, by Munroe & Francis, 1833, found on the Gutenberg Project.
The Pants Institute proudly presents the Pants Cinema Film Festival: Masterpieces of Pants Drama.
Here are some of the films on the schedule:
The Unbearable Tightness of Pants: A young woman feels increasingly uncomfortable in her pants, while her husband seems unable to keep his own pants on.
What’s Eating Gilbert’s Pants: A young man is disturbed to realize that clothes moths have gradually overtaken his family’s closets.
My Own Private Pants: Two misfit young men in misfitting pants embark on a journey to find pants that fit them more comfortably.
The Last Pants of Disco: A pair of young women struggle to adapt to the changing pants fashions at the start of the 80s, and must bid their bellbottoms goodbye.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Pants: When a man picks up his clothing from the drycleaners, he finds the pants that are returned to him to be hauntingly familiar, yet he can’t remember ever wearing them.
The Remains of the Pants: An aging butler reflects on his life of service, and notices how threadbare his trousers have become.
Pants in Translation: A young American woman visits Tokyo, and is unhappy to find that she can’t find the Japanese word for “pants” in her phrase book.
The Pants Hereafter: A town struggles to cope with the gap left by the closing of a prominent pants retailer.
Pants Labyrinth: A young girl tries on magic pants to escape the dark realities of her family life.
Pants of a Lesser God: Not all pants are made the same. See label for care instructions.
Pretty in Pants: A teenage girl runs into conflict when she announces that she wants to wear tuxedo pants to her high school prom.
Edward Scissorpants: I can’t even go there. Ouch.
I’ve been keeping these pants packed up for ages, and it seems a fine time to air them out.
It’s the 5th of November. Which makes me remember some things about remembering.
I’m fascinated by memory, and clearly I’m not alone, judging from the large number of movies, stories, songs and such that feature themes of memory. Or loss of memory. Here’s a ThThTh list of some things I can remember: