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What We Can Learn from TV and Movies, take 2


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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.

First as a parent and now as a grandparent watching Bugs Bunny with my grandkids, 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. I did a post with some other lessons about 3 years ago. If you like the ones in today's post, you can click on the link at the end of the post to see the post from 3 years ago.

What We Can Learn from TV and Movies

A cup of black coffee or a splash of cold water in face is enough to render the most inebriated person stone cold sober in a split second.

A hacker can easily get into the most sensitive computer in the world and guess the secret password in two tries.

All computer hackers are either handicapped or under 18 years old.

All computers are connected. You can access the information on the villain's desktop computer, even if it's turned off.

All dogs understand everything a human being is saying but simply cannot impart information as easily, especially in a time of a crisis.

All men are basically perplexed until a wiser female assists in resolving the dilemma with her intuition and natural insights into human nature.

All monitors display 2 inch high letters.

All single women have a cat.

All technology is plug and play — every computer can have any piece of technology attached to it with no problem.

All 20-year-old women are attracted to men three times their age.

Car engines cease functioning upon entering or exiting residential driveways.

During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a night club at least once.

Everyone has a guest room, two bathrooms, and a garage.
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A Little Fun with Downton Abbey


We had some very nice family times during the Christmas break. Megan, Jim, and the kids came to spend a week with us. In spite of all the various maladies, we were able to get everyone together several times. Becka has put together a very nice blog post about some of our activities, if you'd like some details and pictures.

With the dust settled from our visitors and from our trip to Ohio, we were ready to watch the first episode of the new season of the PBS series Downton Abbey. There have been lots of teasers on all fall. It really ramped up during PBS's pledge drive that I lovingly call their "Beg-a-thon." I love the following cartoon I saw about it on Facebook.

PBS Pledge Drive

One of the features of some of the various teasers PBS has run this fall was short interviews with some of the cast members not in costume or makeup. It's been almost shocking to see what some of the characters look like in real life — some are almost unrecognizable! Those of you who are unfamiliar with Downton Abbey won't enjoy today's post as much as do the dévotés, but you might find it interesting from an artistic standpoint, seeing what makeup and costuming can do to change one's appearance. You fans who haven't seen the teasers on PBS might really get a kick out of this.

I'll start off with some of the male characters. It's hard to make men look as radically different as women can look with altered hair colors/styles and makeup, but it is interesting nonetheless to see how some of the male characters look in real life. I'll go from what I think are the most recognizable to the least.
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Survivor – Texas Style


Pink Toyota

I know I have several long-time readers from Texas, and so when I saw this I thought they would enjoy it especially. But even if you're not from Texas, I think you'll chuckle as you read this if you know a little bit about Texans.

Due to the popularity of the "Survivor" shows, Texas is planning to do one entitled Survivor - Texas-Style!

The lucky contestants will all start in Dallas, drive to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, then over to Houston and down to Brownsville. They will then proceed up to Del Rio, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo. From there they will go on to Abilene and Fort Worth and finally back to Dallas in this vehicle:

Pink Prius

Ah yes, each contestant will be driving a pink Prius. And if that's not potentially lethal enough, each Prius will have a dozen bumper stickers which will read:

1. "I'm A Democrat"

2. "Amnesty For Illegals"

3. "I Love The Dixie Chicks"

4. "Boycott Beef"

5. "I Voted For Obama"

6. "Re-elect Obama In 2016"
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What We Can Learn from TV and Movies


picture of educational TV

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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Rednecks in the Summer


picture of famous woman

Do you recognize the woman in this picture? Some of you may know right away who she is; but for those who don't, here are a few clues. The picture was taken when she served as Grand Marshall in a parade in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in 2007, though her home state is Louisiana. She starred in one of the all-time longest-running TV series from 1962 to 1971, a series that made her one of the most popular television stars of the 1960s. Her name on the show is much better known than her real name. Her love for "critters" is not just a part she played in the series.

I'm sharing this because my wife saw in the paper recently that this woman will turn 76 (!) next month. If you haven't figured out yet who she is, I'll tell you — she's Donna Douglas, a.k.a. Elly May Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies. Here's a picture of her when she starred in the series.

picture of Donna Douglas - Elly May Clampett

Why, oh why, don't they make good, clean shows like The Beverly Hillbillies any more?! I loved that show, and even though some of the humor was a little corny, I LOL'd so many times watching that show ... and reruns!

Recently several people have sent me redneck pictures that came to mind as I thought about The Beverly Hillbillies. Two of them are pictures readers took with their cell phones.

Here's the first of those "cell phone camera moments." The car proclaims the owner to be a redneck, not only because of the letter decals on the back window, but also the repair job on the bumper.

picture of a redneck car

One of the great things about rednecks is their ability to "make do" with what they have, showing great ingenuity. During the summer months, especially here in the South, air conditioning in a vehicle is a blessing that is considered by some the only viable option. Here's a picture of one redneck's way of having much-needed AC in his car.

picture of redneck AC

That picture with the window air conditioner and generator may seem far-fetched, but my son Mark was at a grocery store near his home recently and captured the following picture on his cell phone. Notice the placement of the AC unit and the heavy use of various materials, held together with duct tape and rope.

picture of a redneck van with AC

Who needs to spend big bucks to protect the car when you can have a car alarm system like the one below?

picture of a redneck car alarm

Summer is a great time to cook out. If you can't afford an expensive grill, just improvise. Here are several styles of redneck grills. Speaking of grocery stores....

picture of a redneck grill

I guess this grill wasn't needed as a decorative flower planter in the yard.

picture of a redneck grill

This redneck is planning to grill and serve "possum in the half shell."

picture of a redneck grill

Look carefully at that last picture — it looks as if it may "smoked" armadillo. (What's that in the critter's mouth?)

For those who prefer an open fire, here's a great idea for cooking hotdogs!

picture of a redneck hotdog cooker

Summertime is when lots of baby "critters" make their appearance. Here are two little redneck girls excited about their new "kittens."

picture of redneck kittens

A lot of people can only dream of having a riding lawn mower. Here's one made by a creative redneck.

picture of a redneck lawn mower

If the summer heat makes that one undesirable, here's a riding mower that would be a lot less work.

picture of a redneck riding lawn mower

Summer is the best time to enjoy the races. Guess which driver this redneck fan is pulling for....

picture of a redneck race fan

I'll bet other fans can't wait for cooler weather when that guy might put his shirt back on!

I have plans for sharing more redneck pictures in other thematic ways in future posts. If any of you would like to be my "reporters," keep your cell phone or digital camera handy, snap some pix, and send them my way!

Did you immediately recognize Elly May in that first picture? What are your favorite memories from The Beverly Hillbillies? Any comments on today's redneck pix?

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"Don't go for flashy excellence; just be competent." - Dr. Ted Miller, paraphrasing O. B. Hardison

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Rob

Some people are wise, and some are otherwise.


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