That joke is not nearly as inside as it used to be, of course; today, nearly everybody is in on the joke. For twenty to thirty years, however, Hollywood’s most famous inside joke went right over the heads an unsuspecting public.
The rather dim-witted airplane mechanic on “Wings” manages to come into ownership of a run-down wax museum after hitting it big with a trust fund. One of the figures in the wax museum is that of Marcia Brady. This is an especially funny reference to “The Brady Bunch”
This line from “Meatballs” has arguably even more resonance on the day I write it than it did on the day you first heard it.
Troll dolls used to be called Dammit Dolls. If you want to find out why, check out my article. Troll dolls began popping up in the 1950s, but didn’t really take off until JFK was cheating on his wife with Marilyn Monroe. Or thereabouts. An episode of “Gomer Pyle, USMC” reveals that Gomer kept a troll doll. Bobby Hill on “King of the Hill” has a troll doll collection that his dad, Hank, arranges be disposed of permanently by a man who has come to inspect water damage inside his house.
It takes a stupendously fecund imagination to make the kind of intellectual leap from the mention of a Lear jet to the possibility that Glinda the Good Witch wishes she had a Lear jet instead of a bubble to travel in, don’t you think?
After more than eight decades, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally decided to recognize a woman with an Oscar as the Best Director of the Year. They waited too long and the winner was undeserving of the honor, but nobody ever accused Hollywood of being ahead of the curve.
Yes, Linda Evangelista proved that models really do not have the single slightest idea what life is like under the terms of reality we have all agreed to sign. And if Ms. Evangelista’s bottomless well of idiocy and ignorance don’t do the trick for you, then perhaps some of these other classic dumb quotes from stupid supermodels will convince you that one supermodel discussing another supermodel’s intelligence is roughly as useful as one Geico caveman discussing another Geico cavemen’s good looks.
Left without access to his inheritance, Dagwood was forced to enter the working world, where he fell into his complicated relationship with an exemplar of American capitalism, J.C. Dithers, who persists in his belief that ownership of a business invests him with the powers of a despot. The adventures that take place between Dagwood and Mr. Dithers stand as a history lesson of the American labor movement.
Most attempt to implicate a religious subtext to Superman have stayed clear of his more mainstream appearances on TV and in the movies. This may be partially due to the distinctly Jewish overtones of Superman as messiah created very much in the image of the type of hero that his young Jewish creators likely knew quite well through their shared Semitic heritage.
The predominant literary device at work in this strip is satire, but of a particularly cutting intended to ridicule society’s obsession imitating pop culture celebrities on a specific level and with confusion that just because something is wildly popular it must be a good idea on a more expansive level.