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What We Can Learn from TV and Movies


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Do you ever turn on your television mainly to learn things? ETV has all sorts of great, educational programming, but in our home we try to be careful as we sift through the information and misinformation available there. I would contend that we actually are constantly learning as we watch TV and movies. We are exposed to values and attitudes that, if we thought about them carefully, we would not otherwise give our time to or allow ourselves to be manipulated to embrace.

As a parent and now as a grandparent watching Bugs Bunny with my grandson Drew, I have been amazed at how much of the humor in the cartoons I loved as a child went right over my head. But even in those seemingly innocent cartoons, as I have later watched them more critically at times, I have found lessons like dishonesty is all right, unkindness is normal and appropriate, etc. We need to be discerning about what we allow to shape our thinking.

On the lighter side of that, though, today I'm posting some humorous and at times bizarre lessons that we learn from what's portrayed on TV and in movies.

What We Can Learn from TV and Movies

When you arrive at a home and the front door is slightly ajar, you can plan on finding a dead body in the living room.

If there is more than one or two of an alien race, they are always roughly the same size as humans.

All members of alien species wear the same outfits, including clothing, hairstyles, and jewelry. This makes them readily identifiable.

Bad guys will always get killed by a snake, while the hero simply reaches out and picks it up with his bare hands.

Deadly reptiles will always attack a woman first, even if she's in the presence of thirty men.

Dogs always know who's bad, and bark at them.

Whenever someone looks through the binoculars, you see two joined circles instead of one.

A villain will always commit murder right in front of the window when someone with binoculars is watching.

Eyeglasses never steam up when someone comes inside a house from the cold.

When there are identical twins, one is born evil.

Interbreeding is genetically possible with any person or creature from anywhere in the universe.

Newborn babies can babble, crawl, and hold their heads steady.

Large, loft-style apartments in New York City are well within the price range of most people — whether they are employed or not.
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Signs from All Over


People know that I enjoy funny signs, and they kindly send them my way so that I can share them with everyone else. Here are the ones that have accumulated since my last post of signs.

I'll start off by telling about a sign I saw recently when I didn't have a camera at hand. It's common for children to set up lemonade stands in the summer to try to make a little extra money. I had a strong reminder recently that I live in the South when I saw some children in our neighborhood had set up a little stand in their driveway with the sign "Sweet Tea."

Another enterprising young man set up the following stand, apparently near a golf course where lots of golf balls go missing.

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My son Mark sent the following picture of a sign he saw in a store.
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It All Began with an iPhone…


I mentioned in a recent post that I would like to get an iPad. A reader sent me a funny e-mail and I knew I wanted to share a version of it as a blog post. I don't know who wrote it, and so the I's and my's are not referring to me. Anyway, here it is, with a little family news at the end of the post.

It all began with an iPhone….

March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday and I got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn't?

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I celebrated my birthday in July and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.
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Rules of the Road


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Summer vacation is in full swing, which means lots of people traveling lots of miles (or kilometers). As a special service to any of my readers who might be joining those on the roads, here are some of the rules that are apparently the "code of the road" for many other drivers out there.

Rules of the Road

Turn signals will give away your next move. Never use them, just to maintain the element of surprise.

Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. This space will just be filled by another car, creating a hazard, and you'll have to slow down to create another safe space, which will be filled by yet another car. You'll have to slow down again and will never reach your destination on time.

It is assumed that police cars traveling at a high speed – especially with their sirens on – may be followed safely, allowing you to make up for time lost by constantly slowing down to achieve a safe zone between you and the car in front of you.

Crossing more than one lane at a time marks you as an expert driver and feels dangerously cool. Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane change is considered going with the flow.

Never get in the way of an older model car that needs extensive body work. He has nothing to lose.
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