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.
When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your bedroom will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.
If you are blonde and pretty, it is possible to become a world expert on nuclear fission at the age of 22.
Honest and hard working policemen are traditionally gunned down three days before their retirement.
Should you decide to defuse a bomb, don't worry which wire to cut. You will always choose the right one.
Radiation causes interesting mutations — not to your future children, but to you, right then and there.
Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communications system of any invading alien society.
It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts — your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.
Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their archenemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses, lasers, and man-eating sharks, all of which will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.
All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
It's easy for anyone to land a plane, providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
Once applied, lipstick will never rub off — even while scuba diving.
When paying for a taxi, never look at your wallet as you take out a note — just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
Mothers routinely cook eggs, bacon and waffles for their family every morning, even though the husband and children never have time to eat them.
Any problem of life, no matter how complex, can be solved in 3 hours or less, but always in a period of time divisible by 30 minutes.
Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.
A single match will be sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.
If a killer is lurking in your house, it's easy to find him. Just relax and run a bath, even if it's the middle of the afternoon.
Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.
One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at one.
Creepy music coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.
If a phone connection is broken, communication can be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying, "Hello? Hello?"
Most people keep a scrapbook of newspaper clippings — especially if any of their family or friends have died in a strange boating accident.
During a very emotional confrontation, instead of facing the person you are speaking to, it is preferable to stand behind him and talk to his back.
Action heroes never face charges for manslaughter or criminal damage, despite laying entire cities to waste.
No matter how badly a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
If there is a deranged killer on the loose, this will coincide with a thunderstorm that has brought down all the power and phone lines in the vicinity.
You can always find a chain saw whenever you're likely to need one.
Many musical instruments — especially wind instruments and accordions — can be played without moving one's fingers.
It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.
Guns are like disposable razors — if you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. You can always buy a new one.
Make-up can safely be worn to bed without smudging.
All telephone numbers in America begin with the digits 555.
If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St. Patrick's Day parade — at any time of the year.
Any lock can be picked by a credit card or a paper clip in seconds — unless it's the door to a burning building with a child trapped inside.
The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.
You're very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.
A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.
Any person waking from a nightmare will bolt upright and pant.
It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations.
Even when someone is driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.
All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.
A detective can solve a case only after he has been suspended from duty.
Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.
An electric fence, powerful enough to kill a dinosaur will cause no lasting damage to an eight-year-old child.
Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally, at that precise moment.
If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.
When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.
Maybe you can add some lessons you have discerned from TV or movies.
"Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home." — David Frost
I used to watch golf on TV but my doctor told me that I need more exercise. So now I watch tennis.