Thursday, June 14, 2007

Popping off

Leaving a trail to find the way home? Or to lead someone from outside in? Or a lure for squirrels or crows? No one knows.

Reminds me of Hansel and Gretel, another one of Grimm’s Fairytales in which there is an evil mother or stepmother AND an evil witch. Of course, a kind, but powerless father. Makes you wonder about the Grimms’ relationship to their mother and women, in general…

In the news: Astronomers now see evidence that Mars had two major oceans. In Berlin, a squirrel went on a rampage and attacked three senior citizens before being brained by a crutch (perhaps the evil stepmother had something to do with it). Kellogg’s announced they will make their food products healthier for children (Sugar Frosted Flakes, anyone?) And Thomas the Train and his friends are being recalled because some may have been decorated with lead paint.

In addition:
* The world's largest popcorn ball was unveiled in October 2006 in Lake Forest, Illinois. It weighed 3,415 pounds, measured 8 feet in diameter and had a circumference of 24.6 feet.
* The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave in New Mexico in 1948 and 1950. The oldest Bat Cave ears are around 4,000 years old. (That prompts a question: Just how old is Batman, anyway?)
* is the "popcorn authority" on the internet. Along with games, projects and popcorn facts, the site includes a recipe for Popcorn Witch’s Hat and Broomsticks. (Perhaps this is what the evil witch used to build her house: Nibble, nibble, little mouse; who is nibbling at my house?).

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The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.
* W.C. Fields

Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.
* David Gerrold

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