Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cracked Diversions for the Weekend

I'm not in the Cracked demographic. Read enough of the web site of that brand and it's obvious that it's written for people under the erroneous impression that the world began around 1990, rather than when it actually did, around 1970. Also, I seldom looked at Cracked back when it was a paper magazine and imitation Mad, even though I was part of the demographic in those days. Cracked was Hydrox cookies, Mad was Oreos.

Be that as it may, the site has some funny lists. Such as "11 Movies Saved by Historical Inaccuracy," which makes that solid case that hewing too closely to historic fact gets in the way of the cinematic entertainment -- though few moviemakers are tempted to go down that road anyway. Regarding Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: "You will be happy to learn that the Chinese cannot fly, despite what you have seen in every single martial arts movie made in the last 15 years."

This list was fairly interesting. I didn't know that Hugo Boss designed SS uniforms, but then again I'm woefully unschooled in the history of fashion. Regarding later Boss designs, it says: "Even if you're too poor to afford Boss' goods, you can recognize Boss ads from a mile away. They always feature serious-looking men who, despite having enough money for expensive suits, appear to be addicted to heroin."

This one was recommended by my brother Jay. I have to agree with their number-one choice for least-inspiring flag, one created for the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic: "Simply put, this is not a flag. This is, at best, a letterhead. We don't believe anyone in this short-lived republic understood what a flag was."


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