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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Morbus Iff tagged culture

"Let's pretend for a moment that zombies are real (as if half of you weren't already daydreaming about that very thing). Have you noticed how most zombie movies take place only after the apocalypse is in full-swing? By the time we join our survivors, the military and government are already wiped out, and none of the streets are safe. There's a reason the movie starts there, and not earlier. It's because the early part, where we go from one zombie to millions, doesn't make any sense. If you let the creeping buzzkill of logic into the zombie party, you realize the zombies would all be re-dead long before you even got a chance to fire up that chainsaw motorcycle you've been working on. Why?"

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"In thirty-eight years, The Price is Right never had a contestant guess the exact value of prizes in the Showcase showdown. Until Terry Kniess outsmarted everyone — and changed everything … He looked into the audience for a moment, leaned into his microphone, and said his bid as though he were reading it from a slip of paper: $23,743. … "Wow," Drew Carey said. "That's a very exact bid. We'll be right back, folks," Carey said. "Don't go away." And then the show just stopped."

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"I periodically post about “games and names,” or etymologies and explanations of names and words that appear in video games. Over time, I’ve come across various bits of information that I didn’t feel deserved their own post but that might be interesting to readers. I began collecting these bits in what was at one point a short list of odds and ends but which now exists as a bigger-than-planned list of name etymologies, translation oddities, and my own geek theories — with footnotes, no less." Includes the Legend of Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, Wario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter and other Capcon titles, Final Fantasy, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Castlevania, Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Mega Man, and more.

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"Some of the characters we know and love were recycled from other TV shows and commercials Jim Henson worked on, while others were invented by using whatever materials were around." Covers Cookie Monster, Elmo, Telly Monster, Count von Count, Kermit, Swedish Chef, Missy Piggy, Rowlf the Dog, Oscar the Grouch, Gonzo, Statler and Waldorf, Beaker, Fozzier Bear, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Sweetums, Rizzo the Rat, Pepe the King Prawn, and Herry Monster.

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"Know Your Meme: Documenting Internet phenomena: viral videos, image macros, catchphrases, web celebs and more." The RSS is ancient on this one, so manual catchup. Still a decent reference. I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time (sadly, the "Ate My Balls" meme is poorly documented).

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"Click, tweet, e-mail, twitter, skim, browse, scan, blog, text: the jargon of the digital age describes how we now read, reflecting the way that the very act of reading, and the nature of literacy itself, is changing. The information we consume online comes ever faster, punchier and more fleetingly. Our attention rests only briefly on the internet page before moving incontinently on to the next electronic canapé ... The internet has evolved a new species of magpie reader, gathering bright little buttons of knowledge, before hopping on to the next shiny thing."

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