There are many reasons Arrested Development continued to stick around in the cultural zeitgeist after its unceremonious cancellation, but one of them has got to be the fact that people wouldn’t stop quoting every damn line all the damn time. It’s a testament to Mitch Hurwitz’s writing team that nearly every second of the show was filled with a joke, reference, or callback that was not only funny enough to remember and quote later but continued to build on the universe surrounding the impossibly dumb Bluth family. This new video from Ideas At Play takes a look at how Arrested Development managed to perfect the running joke and cram so many of them into each episode. Unlike an average sitcom catchphrase, which serves to remind the audience of a character’s traits and is funny simply because of its repetition, the repeated lines in Arrested Development build on each other as they transfer from scene to scene. Whether it’s “I’ve made a huge … [Read more...] about Here’s why we’re all still quoting
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When Beth Macy moved to Roanoke, Virginia nearly thirty years ago, a newspaper colleague told her about the best story in town, one that had then gone unwritten: in 1899, the Muse brothers, African American and albino, had been snatched from the tobacco fields of Truevine, Virginia by a promoter and exhibited in sideshows against their will. Known as Eko and Iko, the pair traveled across the United States as a sideshow act in numerous circuses including, eventually, the Ringling. Thousands of Americans flocked to gawk at the two brothers, eager to see the two men whose skin color was a curiosity, particularly in the era of Jim Crow. And yet, in their first decades of work, the brothers saw none of the money. Back home, their names were whispered warnings to young black children—warnings more about the dangers of white people as much as anything else. It took Macy over twenty years to track down the story. The brothers, who retired in Roanoke, were under the care of their niece, … [Read more...] about A Conversation With Beth Macy About the Untold Story of 2 Unwilling Sideshow Stars
Everyone feels something when they're in a really good starry place a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this: Advertisement Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old "existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour." But everyone feels something. Physicist Enrico Fermi felt something too—"Where is everybody?" A really starry sky seems vast—but all we're looking at is our very local neighborhood. On the very best nights, we can see up to about 2,500 stars (roughly one hundred-millionth of the stars in our galaxy), and almost all of them are less than 1,000 light years away from us (or 1% of the diameter of the Milky Way). So what we're really looking at is this: When confronted with the topic of stars and galaxies, a question that tantalizes most humans is, "Is there other intelligent life out … [Read more...] about The Fermi Paradox: Where the Hell Are the Other Earths?
Dragging himself—like some sort of relentless, attention-fueled Terminator—from the trash heap of two dozen news cycles ago, former Breitbart mouthpiece Milo Yiannopoulos has emerged to sue book publisher Simon & Schuster for $10 million over a book deal gone south. Yiannapolous’ complaint centers on the the publisher’s decision to cancel his book, Dangerous, after the company came under heavy media scrutiny for giving Yiannapolous a fresh new platform for his “Aw, shucks, I’m just talkin’” approach to right-wing hate speech. Yiannapolous’ book deal—for which he’d already been paid $80,000 of a $225,000 advance—was shut down shortly after he finally managed to find a topic capable of pissing off his conservative followers just as much as he’d already ticked off the left, when audio of him talking positively about sexual relationships between teenagers and older gay men surfaced online. But the 83-page … [Read more...] about Milo Yiannopoulos is suing Simon & Schuster for $10 million
Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! They actually banned candy from valentines at my kid’s school this year. I assume this is because at least one child in the class has a deadly LOVE allergy. Regardless, the candy ban instantly rendered Valentine’s Day meaningless to every student. They’re now as indifferent to the holiday as I am, which is highly amusing. Take away candy hearts and your kids turn into full-blown nihilists in five seconds flat. Okay, here are your letters: Derek: How many squares of toilet paper do you use on an average wipe? My brother and I got in an argument when I found out he used about 10 squares per wipe. I said 3-4 works fine. Advertisement Three to four? Is your toilet paper made out of beach towels? That’s way too low, especially for the first wipe. That first wipe could be a full Category 5 cleanup job, and you’re going in with just four squares of flimsy toilet paper? I’ve never heard of such recklessness. All … [Read more...] about How Many Squares Of TP Do You Use Per Wipe?