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Who said you can't coin your own term? What is "Boning the Fish"? It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite TV Show, Celebrity, Movie Series or Music Group has reached its peak. That instant you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it a climax of sorts. We call it "Boning the fish". From that moment on things will simply never be the same.

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Quantum Leap - TV Shows
This show darn came near boning the fish once: I once remember reading in TV Guide (back in '92, I think it was) that an animated episode was in the works (in which Sam would have leapt into a cartoon character). No, I am NOT making that up--this web page also mentions it: http://stason.org/TULARC/art/anime-faq/53-What-S-This-About-Quantum-Leap-And-Akira.html -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 24, 2009, 11:26 pm

WCW Monday Nitro - TV Shows
FYI I also voted for the "Fingerpoke of Doom" because that undermined the credibility of WCW's creative team long before David Arquette came along. I'd like to add that WCW's high point came in September 1998 (the reunion of the Four Horsemen in Greenville, SC) when Ric Flair proceeded to shoot on Eric Bischoff, one of a number of greedy, selfish ego-maniacs who took his turn running WCW into the ground. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 24, 2009, 11:16 pm

3 2 1 Contact - TV Shows
It's a shame PBS hasn't found a way to revive this show; it did for science what Square One TV did for math, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego did for geography and The Electric Company did for basic English: It made learning about science fun. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 24, 2009, 11:03 pm

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - Celebrities
What happened to these two? Pretty obvious: PUBERTY. They milked the "twins" gag of its last drop, and grew up from undersized kids into adult midgets-- then they went CRAZY... like ALL child-stars. -- Submitted By: (SarahGoodwich) on October 24, 2009, 5:42 am

Verizon - Random Topics
That nerd. Someone shoot him already. -- Submitted By: (FlxibleMetro9150) on October 24, 2009, 5:04 am

Ice Cube - Celebrities
Are we there yet? Need I say more? -- Submitted By: (FlxibleMetro9150) on October 24, 2009, 4:58 am

Drew Carey Show, The - TV Shows
This show was too self-indulgent to watch, and the plots were too unbelievable-- i.e. Mimi getting a job by threatening to sue if she didn't, etc. No one would work with that insufferable bitch, and she isn't as funny as they seem to think she is, while Drew is a wimp with stupid friends. The main problem, however, is that the show was just a Sitcome version of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and they treated the "Fourth Wall" like a revolving door, constantingly going into stupid audience-segments, and song-and-dance routines right out of "Fame." By getting ahold of the old shows, I was able to watch the entire series in a matter of days, and it wasn't that funny; every episode was so devoid of content, that I couldn't possibly watch one episode a week like I could with something like "Frasier" or "Just Shoot Me--" particularly since they used a sequential story-arc rather than the more independent format of the other shows. The story was also implausible; first Drew's just a loser-geek, but then he becomes a successful band-leader right off the bat, then he gets accepted for a job at Six Flags as manager-- oh, but Mimi lies about him and he can't get ANY job! The whole thing was just stupid and made no sense. -- Submitted By: (SarahGoodwich) on October 24, 2009, 12:50 am

Dexter's Laboratory - TV Shows
DL didn't BTF with Season 2-- it ENDED. Season 3 was just GRAVE-ROBBING; the animation and writing both went to CRAP! Christine Cavenaugh does "Dexxx-TER!" like no one else possibly could; it was bad enough when Kat Cressida took over for the voice of Deedee, but when CC retired, you KNEW it was history. The key word in "Last but not Beast" is LAST-- and it should have stayed that way, but the vultures at Cartoon Network just had to beat that dead cash-cow dry of its last nickel, instead of letting it die with dignity. They dould tie some strings to Michael Jackson's dead body and make him dance a few more shows like a puppet, if it made a buck. -- Submitted By: (SarahGoodwich) on October 24, 2009, 12:37 am

Family Guy - TV Shows
This used to be one of my favorite shows it used to clever and original and the characters had morals, then they had to change them Peter from a good-natured fool with a kind heart to an abusive asshole who's mentally retarded, Lois went from a kind but annoyed woman to a rude nymphomaniac, Stewie went from a super intelligent homicidal megalomaniac to whimpy, effeminate, and less intelligent, Brian from the voice of reason to a liberal atheist, douchebag, dog who has sex with human women, and Meg went from average teenage girl with average problems to an abused and hated by everyone individual, and the new episodes are filled to the brim with too much graphic adult humor, long pointless cutaway jokes, and dead baby comedy. -- Submitted By: (comic_guy87) on October 23, 2009, 11:44 pm

Boondocks, The - TV Shows
Racist, my foot. The show skewered Black Entertainment Television (BET) on a number of occasions, such as the Peabody Award-winning episode "Return of the King." Its main character (Huey Freeman) hated any media that pandered to stereotypes about African-Americans being materialistic, extravagant and/or ignorant. If you wanted me to point out a black-oriented show that was racist, I'd point out "Homeboys From Outer Space" and "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" (both UPN sitcoms from 1996, both of which were severely and justifiably criticized). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 4:27 pm

Jeopardy! - TV Shows
I don't like how the "answers" increasingly give away clues as to what the correct "question" is. Like if the question is "What is Alaska?" then the answer will be something like "Sarah Palin, 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, hailed from this, the largest of the 50 United States." As for Alex Trebek losing the mustache, as time goes by it's easier to understand. In 1984, a lot of people did (watch a tape of that year's World Series for proof). Today, who wears just a mustache anymore? Mainly people over 50 who got used to it when they were in their 30s. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 4:17 pm

Tic Tac Dough - TV Shows
I agree that the Wink Martindale era was the height of Tic Tac Dough and his departure (to do a game show he created called Headline Chasers) pretty much left TTD with Texas-sized shoes to fill. I'll always remember how he said "yesss!" every time a contestant got a question right, and of course, the Friday hat days (I remember this one time he really hammed it up with this hat designed after the dragon from the bonus round). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 4:11 pm

Married with Children - TV Shows
Some of the earlier episodes of MWC were among the best comedy ever in the '80s (e.g. the one where Santa fell off the Bundys' roof, and the one where Buck, the Bundys' dog, got a credit card and Al proceeded to use it as if it were money). Then at some point, Al went dumb and got into depressing situations, Buck got a voice, and MWC depended far more on curvy women in short skirts or tight dresses for its ratings. I stopped watching the show long before that "Seven" kid showed up. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 4:00 pm

Jackass - TV Shows
Jackass was at its best when the cast members did certain funny stunts (e.g. the BMX Joust with Brandon Dicamillo and Bam Margera, or the shopping cart stunts) or pulled pranks at each other's expense. When you involve other people, regardless of how much they dislike it or don't want to be involved (e.g. Johnny Knoxville loading up on beans and then farting in yoga class, or Knoxville going to a convenience store with no pants on in order to poke fun at the "no shirt, no shoes, no service" sign), then it's not funny. The "no pants at the convenience store" bit was when it boned for me. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 3:43 pm

Super Why! - TV Shows
I'm not sure if this show belongs here. It's inoffensive, bland and repetitive, although it does an ok job of balancing education and learning. At least according to my cousins (well not in those words of course). Still, it's hard to jump a shark when the quality of the program can't really slip, or rise for that matter. -- Submitted By: (trytoguess) on October 23, 2009, 1:47 pm

Tyler Perry's House of Payne - TV Shows
I've watched some episodes and I find the characters to be annoying and idiotic. I did enjoy one scene where Curtis dreamed he was married to Madea, but that's only because the bratty girl in the show finally got disciplined for her atrocious attitude. -- Submitted By: (trytoguess) on October 23, 2009, 1:41 pm

Westboro Baptist Church - Random Topics
I agree with you both! Some Christians the Westboro "Baptist Church" members are. What about "judge not lest ye be judged"? What about "let he who is without sin cast the first stone"? The Jesus I know preaches love, tolerance, and forgiveness. As he was being crucified, Jesus pleaded with God to forgive those putting him to death. The only thing this so-called "church" is doing for the world is reinforcing the negative stereotypes anti-religious people have against people of faith. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 23, 2009, 11:45 am

Hell's Kitchen (U.S.) - TV Shows
Initially, I couldn't stand Gordon Ramsay's berating his chefs, but once it became clear that it was how he most effectively got the best out of them, it was easier to sit back and laugh at some of his comments ("Even the dirtiest, scummiest Italian restaurant in Venice Beach cooks spaghetti to order, you donkey"). What I don't like is when certain people are cast more for their personality and/or probability of clashing with Chef Ramsay than for their cooking skills. Let's have an HK season where eliminations are tough from the get-go! I'd also like Scott Liebfried to get his own HK (I call him America's Culinary Cop because every time he gets on a chef's case, he sounds like he's about to arrest him for some "culinary infraction"). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 9:12 am

BattleBots - TV Shows
Comedy Central cancelled the show due to declining ratings, because it was becoming evident that two kinds of 'bots would win every time: The kind with the spinning blades (e.g. Ziggo, my personal favorite--I'll never forget how it trashed Scrap Daddy LW55) and the wedge-shaped kind with the actuated arm that could flip opposing 'bots (e.g. Vlad the Impaler, from the heavyweight division). After a couple of years, it was getting to be the same thing over and over. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 7:36 am

MADtv - TV Shows
I'm split between "Will Sasso leaves" (his Kenny Rogers' Jackass skits were the ONLY funny skits in the history of that show) and "sucked from the start" (because I saw the first one hoping it would be like MAD magazine--parodies of TV and movies, animated and/or live-action reenactments of Dave Berg's and Don Martin's cartoons, and so on). The only parts worthy of the MAD name were the animated Spy vs. Spy cartoons) and the aforementioned Kenny Rogers' Jackass skits. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 23, 2009, 7:20 am

Westboro Baptist Church - Random Topics
I just call these jerks "The Westboro Mob of A-holes." They don't deserve to be referred to as Baptist or as a church. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on October 23, 2009, 7:11 am

Degrassi: The Next Generation - TV Shows
This is actually a pretty good show. I should be too old for this but the characters are interesting and the subject matter is more realistic than other teenybopper shows. The show has always been ripe for BTF with new characters and deaths and people leaving but it never quite reaches that level yet. -- Submitted By: (JamesO) on October 22, 2009, 7:40 pm

Emergency! - TV Shows
Someone must really hate Dawn Lyn. They made a big deal about it on the Wonder Woman thread too because she fell in love with the character that was played by her brother (which I must admit does not look good). Anyway it seems someone has an obsession with this actress and trying to get all the posters to focus on her. Anyway, I liked Emergency! as a kid. -- Submitted By: (JamesO) on October 22, 2009, 7:32 pm

Knight Rider (2008) - TV Shows
I wish this remake got more of a chance. It sucked that it was a Ford commercial but could have been an interesting show since they were re-tooling it to be more like the original w/ Michael more on his own than an entire team helping him from what looked like the bridge from the Starship enterprise. -- Submitted By: (JamesO) on October 22, 2009, 7:25 pm

Keith Olbermann - Celebrities
I had nothing against Keith. He had a good style in regards to sports but in opinion he is sorely lacking and this is coming from someone closer to his politics then his arch-rival O'Reilly. He BTF to be when I realized that he never engages people with opinions different than his. If he doesn't want arguing on his show that's fine but he should man-up and debate someone and we can see if he can back up his strong opinions. If he can do that I will have more respect for him. -- Submitted By: (JamesO) on October 22, 2009, 6:15 pm

Tom and Jerry - TV Shows
Sometime between the classic 'Hanna Barbera' and the later 'Chuck Jones' cartoons, something strange happened. MGM decided to revive Tom & Jerry by giving it to a Czechoslovakian producer - Gene Deitch. The results were badly animated, and even worse-sounding cartoons which bizarely are still shown occasionally today. They might have been just about watchable if it wasn't for the weird noises and music played throughout - which made them sound like being in the middle of a nightmare. Tom & Jerry never recovered in my opinion, and even though the Chuck Jones shorts were much better than the Deitch ones, they couldn't touch the genius of the Hanna Barbera / Fred Quimby cartoons. -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on October 22, 2009, 3:49 pm

Parenting - Random Topics
That is an interesting point. I suppose the question is, why is this happening? What's changed in the past however many years to influence kids to behave this way? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 22, 2009, 1:00 pm

Robocop - Movie Series
Robocop 3 is worser then Robocop 2, first, 3 is PG-13 wheras 2 was R. -- Submitted By: (Matthew6248) on October 22, 2009, 11:16 am

Public Libraries - Random Topics
Ah, card catalogs -- memories of my youth. In all of the public libraries and school libraries of my youth (just after the invention of fire ), this was the only way to look anything up. Fortunately, when I got to University, they had just introduced computerized searching, and while they still had the card catalog, it was a dusty relic that was consigned to oblivion in a year or so. I wouldn't have relished having to do all the research I had to do at a huge University library on a conventional card catalog! I used to have fun with the computerized searching system, trying to generate search strings that would crash the system (such as requesting a list of all publications in the library with an 'e' in the title). -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 22, 2009, 6:05 am

Nintendo Wii - Random Topics
I remember Mega Man 2. I loved that game. Even to this day, its music is still fun to listen to. However, I think we need to remember that the race to make games that have better graphics, sound and game play, games that are bigger, longer, more epic etc is something that has always been with us. Remember back when the SNES was coming out and they got us all excited over what at the time felt like the amazing graphics it was going to have? Even during the development of the NES, they were always improving on the gaphics etc of the games. I admit that I never had a Nintendo 64 or a Gamecube. I got into PC gaming around the time the N64 came out and was getting popular. I'm not 100% sure why I didn't get into N64. Rather then risk a lot of incorrect guesses, I'll just leave it at that. Yes, I definitely get that feeling of nostalgia when even just seeing SNES or NES games I loved back in the day. Sometimes it really can feel only like yesterday that I played them. Yes, in some ways, the newer (well, not so newer any more, really, it started with the N64 in general) 3D games just aren't the same. Yes, I miss the simpler days of being able to plug a cartridge into the console and to just play. I think that just because one enjoys the new games doesn't mean they didn't love the old games. Yes, it some (perhaps many) cases it won't be the same. I understand that, but at the same time, I think what we're just seeing a natural progression that's been going on since day 1. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 22, 2009, 2:11 am

Classical music - Random Topics
Always a genre you can revisit and revisit all generations of your life and feel at peace. And I do appreciate a classical concert the occasional time I attend one. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 21, 2009, 8:53 pm

Dell - Random Topics
1st laptop -- motherboard problems after 1st year, difficult tech support to understand, sound card defective after less than 1st year. 2nd laptop -- a motherboard replacement 1st year and 2nd year, power adapter replacement, hard drive replacement 2nd year, finally power adaptor slot no longer worked so could not recharge. -- I also got repair money back because my model was a winner of a class action lawsuit on defective parts. Too much experienced proof that Dell laptops suck! -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 21, 2009, 8:50 pm

Public Libraries - Random Topics
Still a wonderful institution. Borrowing DVDs is a good thing and honestly kept me a loyal library goer. How else can you see loads of movies esp when you can't afford to? (I don't think I would recommend Netflix or another monthly service if you're unemployed.) Library catalog kiosks and web sites over the years also made searching for periodicals easier than ever. (Yes, I remember the card catalog days and believe me, I definitely don't miss them!) -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 21, 2009, 8:43 pm

Pirates - Random Topics
Ever since the Somalia accounts of real-life pirates, the pop culture fantasies had faded off for me. I don't even think I can see the next Pirates of the Carribean movie the same anymore. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 21, 2009, 8:38 pm

Just Shoot Me - TV Shows
This show was hilarious! The funniest episode, IMHO, was the ones with Elliot's brother. This guy was a total con-artist, who had fallen out of a tree when he was a kid, and for his entire life since then, pretended to be very "simple" from the head injury, so people would be nice to him. If anyone asked him a question he didn't want to answer, he'd just say "Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot PIE!!" He had everyone totally convinced. Then, he had to come clean because he thought Maya was hot and was wanting to hook up with her and did'nt want her to think he was an idiot. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 21, 2009, 11:27 am

Tony Awards - Random Topics
The biggest collection of drama queens in one room all accepting awards like they are doing a scene from "Macbeth". -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 21, 2009, 8:55 am

Parenting - Random Topics
I am not so sure about that...yes, a lot of complains about "Kids today" can mostly chalk up to the normal generation conflict. Kids have a different idea about politness aso. And that is okay. But I don't even understand people who are only five years or less younger than me. When I was in school, it wasn't unusual for the boys in my class to scruffle sometimes. But they had some kind of codex. Watching the younger kids shortly before I left school I noticed that they didn't follow this codex anymore. For them it was totally normal to kick a fallen opponent in the face. The children in my class begann to experiment with alkohol and smoking around the age of 14. Later there were eleven years old in front of the school, having a smoke. When I began to attend university I had to sit in the first 10 rows to made sure that I could follow the course undisturbed. Later I had to sit in the first two rows, or it was likely that I wouldn't understand anything what the professor said. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on October 20, 2009, 8:56 pm

Alvin and the Chipmunks (Live action/CGI film) - Movie Series
The ONLY thing worse than the Jonas Brothers (well, maybe not THAT bad) is this pile of garbage that dares to ripoff the once-legendary trio. The songs sound awful, the chipmunks look NOTHING like the originals (they're probably impostors), and there is ABSOLUTELY NO HUMOR. What a horrible way to revive a once-famous fictional trio. -- Submitted By: (Idontlikefails) on October 20, 2009, 8:11 pm

Westboro Baptist Church - Random Topics
These sickening a-holes may wish to actually crack open a Bible some day to find out what being a Christian really means. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on October 20, 2009, 7:53 pm

Nickelodeon - Random Topics
I'm afraid you are wrong, quimbyt. NOTHING on that network is even worth a small glance. -- Submitted By: (Idontlikefails) on October 20, 2009, 4:27 pm

Ed, Edd N Eddy - TV Shows
By far, this show pwns all others. Great animation, great voices, & (of course) GREAT humor. Certainly better than CN's newer cartoons, as well. -- Submitted By: (Idontlikefails) on October 20, 2009, 4:03 pm

Parenting - Random Topics
I would seem that in any era, kids are kids and teens are teens. Just like adults are adults. It's easy forget that we were once that age and no different (in manor of speaking). Yes, it's ironic that as adults, we may well find ourselves acting the same as the adults of our time as kids and teens. While people do seem more vocal in this day and age about 'the kids of today', consider that nowadays people have a lot more venues to express that concern. The Internet allows us to express (and to see others express) what perhaps before we could only express in letters to the editor and among friends or co-workers. In short, I think we're seeing so much more of it now simply because increased communications have allowed us to. It also allows us to (via the activities of kids and teens online) to see perhaps unfiltered access to their thoughts and feelings about things. The same thoughts (at least in spirit) that again, people have probably always had. I'm sure that if the Internet existed 20 years ago as it does now that people would have been saying the same things. That's not to say that I'm blaming the problems with "the kids of today" on the Internet. It's more that it's showing us problems that have always existed via the increased communication that it's created. In the end, I think this is a problem that isn't going to go away because it's an issue that's always existed. While that may seem pessimistic, remember that they *will* grow up. Just as we look back and remember some of our bad behaviour and cringe, they will too. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 20, 2009, 2:42 pm

Reality Television - Random Topics
The only reality shows I could somewhat tolerate, were the ones that actually HELPED people, (Extreme Home Makeover, Biggest Loser) but now, even those are all about fake drama. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 20, 2009, 2:23 pm

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Random Topics
The ACLU maintains that they are against all forms of censorship. I guess someone never told them that banning prayers in public places and trying to eradicate a war memorial in the shape of a cross is exactly that: CENSORSHIP. And now, (thanks to Travoltron for pointing it out!) they have no problem with censoring the display of flags. AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union, my ass. Yet they fight for the rights of hate groups, terrorists, pederasts, and criminals. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 20, 2009, 11:36 am

Twilight - Movie Series
I'm beginning to see why so many people think vampires suck... -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 20, 2009, 11:20 am

Transformers - Movie Series
T2 out today on Blu-Ray. Woot! -- Submitted By: (Hikariu) on October 20, 2009, 7:47 am

AARP - Random Topics
Should be rename American Association of Retired Liberal Persons. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on October 19, 2009, 10:35 pm

Hooters (restaurant) - Random Topics
Sex doesn't always sell, some times it go be a tip off they are hiding mediocre food and service. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on October 19, 2009, 10:32 pm

Dixie Chicks - Music Groups
You do not mess with God, Country, the Republican Party and expect to play Country Music. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on October 19, 2009, 10:26 pm

Whoopi Goldberg - Celebrities
I remember Whoopi at her first attempt at stand up comedy, she look like somebody dragged a drugged out, homeless two bit prostitute to the stage and gave her a mike. There were movies she shined like The Color of Purple but she soon returned to the Hollywood cesspool. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on October 19, 2009, 10:18 pm

Family Guy - TV Shows
Family Guy Bone the fish from day one, starting with the same joke different week shtick. The show was funny at first but soon became annoying. Male bashing on the show did not help. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on October 19, 2009, 10:00 pm

Barack Obama II - Celebrities
He's losing his popularity, but I don't think he's had a true BTF moment yet... no "That's it,I've had it!" moment like when Bush ended up with no WMDs. I'm sure he will BTF though, all the Presidents in my lifetime eventually did. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 19, 2009, 9:37 pm

Onions - Random Topics
Earlier today I was using the computer when someone was making onion rings! Sure, I love them, but although I was sitting far from the kitchen, my first thought was, "was my conscience hurting?" The stench from onions that make you cry was so strong, it traveled to where I was sitting! I thought I was gonna go blind! I did everything from run outside for fresh air to wetting my eyes in the bathroom sink! This was my first such experience. All in all, onions boned the fish because of that awful feeling! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on October 19, 2009, 9:31 pm

Bing.com - Websites
Bing is just MSN trying to be a better Google than Google, therefore it boned the fish from the start. -- Submitted By: (Idontlikefails) on October 19, 2009, 6:44 pm

Jonas Brothers - Music Groups
WORST. BAND. EVER. The only way they could get worse is if Alvin & the Chipmunks (the ones you see NOWADAYS) covered of JB's songs. -- Submitted By: (Idontlikefails) on October 19, 2009, 6:38 pm

Barack Obama II - Celebrities
I don't get why so many people are voting for the Nobel price...yes, the thing was riddiculous, but he isn't the one who made the decision about that, is he? I think, he was as surprised as everyone else...and the fallout from the whole episode is not welcome. Talk about a man who got caught between a rock and a hard place. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on October 19, 2009, 3:06 pm

Nanny, The - TV Shows
This show had one of the BEST supporting casts! Daniel Davis (Niles), Renee Taylor (Sylvia Fine), Lauren Lane (C.C.)and Ann Guilbert (Yedda), brought an intelligent humour to this sitcom that otherwise, would've gotten old with the "will they or won't they?" between Fran and Maxwell. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 19, 2009, 2:39 pm

Vikings - Random Topics
Vikings make me think of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song": "I come from the land of the ice and snow..." -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 19, 2009, 2:33 pm

Yardbirds, The - Music Groups
So true, Brewmaster! They are totally exempt. "Five Live Yardbirds" is one of my favorite live albums. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 19, 2009, 2:28 pm

Parenting - Random Topics
Exploding Console has just made the suggestion I was about to make - that part of the problem is parents who want to be *friends* with their kids. I don't think this is practical - kids need to have limits, parents have to impose these limits, and as a parent that means sometimes you have to be the heavy, rather than buddy-buddy. I guess part of the problem is that when both parents get home from work, they're stressed out, and the last thing they want to do is exercise some control on the kids. Mind you, I think there has always been a certain amount of nostalgic "these kids today aren't anywhere near as well behaved as we were when WE were kids!". Here's an example: "I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint" (Hesiod, 8th century BC). -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 19, 2009, 6:27 am

Corner Gas - TV Shows
This show stayed consistently good from season one through season six. Not all the episodes were equally great (nothing is perfect), however there were plenty of laughs all the way through. -- Submitted By: (azdbackfan) on October 18, 2009, 10:19 pm

Hugo Chavez - Celebrities
Did he imply Bush was a devil before or after Bush called him a thug? I am not a fan of either person and am not defending Cahvez, but would anyone just let people call them names? Let's put some things into perspective. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 18, 2009, 4:29 pm

House - TV Shows
I am kinda liking this season. I wasn't digging the past 2 -- Submitted By: (MaggieWessel) on October 18, 2009, 3:59 pm

Jon and Kate Plus 8 - TV Shows
Why isn't their 15minutes up yet????? -- Submitted By: (MaggieWessel) on October 18, 2009, 3:58 pm

Wife Swap - TV Shows
This stupid show spawned the Balloon Boy family. We need legislation to outlaw reality shows forever. I think it could be possible to pass a law that prevents children from appearing in reality shows. That would at least eliminate the most obnoxious ones. (Like Jon & Kate types) -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 18, 2009, 3:57 pm

Weather Channel, The - TV Shows
When is this channel ever political? -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 18, 2009, 12:22 am

Twilight - Movie Series
Just another of countless media products which are riding on the vampire wave. I actually don't get, why a walking blood drinking death body is supposed to be sexy, especially not one who is emo on top of this. Nobody wants to be with an Alive Emo, so why should a death Emo more interesting? But even if I got it, the theme is simply overdone. After Buffy and Anne Rice there isn't anything new you can make out the "emo-vampire"-theme anymore. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on October 17, 2009, 7:40 pm

West Wing, The - TV Shows
I've missed the first two seasons of the West Wing but the show went off the rails after Rob Lowe left the show. Not so much because he was the main character who held the show together but because the show developed increasingly implausible story lines after his departure from the show. The show had an obviously left leaning but the last couple of seasons were an insult to the intelligence of people of any political persuasion. -- Submitted By: (azdbackfan) on October 17, 2009, 5:02 pm

Gong Show, The - TV Shows
The genius of Chuck Barris, plus juicy Jaye P. Morgan, the unknown comic (with a paper bag over his head), stagehand Gene Gene the Dancing Machine. What's not to love? -- Submitted By: (JohnWest) on October 17, 2009, 11:57 am

Charlie Rose - TV Shows
Charlie has a long, lugubrious face, like one of those big Royal Doulton ceramic mugs. He interviews people around a wooden kitchen table, and everybody talks in that hushed PBS drone, you know, like somebody in the next cubicle has cancer. Charlie always reminds me of the old joke about how the most important quality in Hollywood is sincerity, and if you can fake that you've got it made. Gets a lot of A-list media and business people and asks what seem to be the tough questions, but not so tough they won't come back again. -- Submitted By: (JohnWest) on October 17, 2009, 11:49 am

Ovaltine - Random Topics
I don't know why but Ovaltine always made me a bit queezy after drinking it. Give me Nestles Quick instead! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:39 am

Archie Comics - Random Topics
I could always take or leave them but never really felt like going out of my way to read 'em or see the cartoons. Lucky you had Archie Comics in your doctors' waiting room as a kid. ALL I got to read were "Highlights" magazines at my pediatricians (anyone else get tired of 'Goofus and Gallant'?)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:38 am

Schoolhouse Rock! - TV Shows
Stephanie, I know lots of folks who know the Preamble ONLY from this show. One friend told me that someone started humming it during a Civics test and soon the whole room was humming -and the teacher let them pass but said next time they hummed a tune from the series, she'd consider it cheating! Guess she was mad that the series TAUGHT the kids what her dry teaching methods had failed to do! Oh, I REALLY liked how they did funny satires on historical events (even if it was somewhat simplified and not always completely accurate)! I feel bad for today's kids who don't get the chance to LEARN so much from these spots but instead get to learn all the words to Hannah Montana songs via osmosis with endless promos! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:35 am

Twilight - Movie Series
I haven't seen it and have no interest in it- yet I've been bombarded enough from the media hype to get the gist of this. I find it quite disturbing that the leading lady in this series eagerly embraces the idea of killing herself to separate herself from all her family, friends and regular life just to be with an emo dude! Why is that being considered romantic by so many teen girls- and how many of their parents are actually considering the series' context and trying to at least attempt to get their daughters to rationalize that self-destruction is NOT a positive thing? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:30 am

American South, The - Random Topics
I'm also from the south and, while I don't embrace the redneck thing, I'm sorry to say that it's true that there are many here who do- including a few in my extended family(and, yes, there are Confederates in the attic but also at least one African-American branch)! I prefer however to consider the many contributions our area has made to the US and the world. First of all, many colonies were started here with the Spanish establishing St. Augustine, Florida in 1565, the English establishing Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 , French Canadians establishing New Orleans in 1712 Moreover, our region was where the Native American Mound Builders lived before that- and the Cherokee are from here the only tribe that became literate in a generation from an alphabet known to have been entirely the creation of one person- Sequoyah . Secondly, we've had writers as diverse in style and context as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner ,Harper Lee Alex Haley and Alice Walker come from here! And let's not forget the many national leaders we've had (good and bad) from here. I'd like to point out that many of our nation's Founding Fathers were southerners including George Washington (and,yes, I know he was also a slaveholder) yet his memory was so revered by both sides in the US Civil War (AKA War Between the States) that his estate of Mount Vernon was scrupulously kept untouched despite its incredibly strategic position of being on a steep bluff overlooking the Potamac River which all shipping bound for Washington,DC must to pass by! Yes, I know there have been many rather sad and shameful events that have happened here yet I don't think anyone should dismiss our region without considering the positive contributions! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:24 am

Jessica Alba - Celebrities
Just a pretty face (and ass) with NO talent- wow she is BAAAAAAD -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 17, 2009, 6:21 am

Twilight - Movie Series
This Is the definition of a chic flick. -- Submitted By: (JBird) on October 16, 2009, 8:57 pm

Nobel Peace Prize - Random Topics
Come on people, what about Henry Kissinger? Didn't political satire become obsolete when he won the prize? According to Tom Leary. Had to add that one. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on October 16, 2009, 7:07 pm

Designing Women - TV Shows
This was one of the funniest shows on television...EVER! When Delta Burke left, it just wasn't the same. It lacked that certain "southern charm" after Suzanne Sugarbaker was gone. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 16, 2009, 3:36 pm

Schoolhouse Rock! - TV Shows
"Conjunction junction...what's your function?" and "Lolly lolly lolly get your adverbs here" will forever be stuck in my head until I'm old and gray. In 5th grade, I memorized the Preamble to the Constitution from this show. Seriously. Got an A on the test. Schoolhouse Rock, rocks! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 16, 2009, 3:35 pm

Parenting - Random Topics
I suppose my next question is why that demographic is that way. I think part of the problem is that the cost of living went up in the 90s. Suddenly, you needed two incomes in order to be practical. Two parents meant the kids spent more time in day care or more the parents spent less time with the kids (among other issues of course). I do also tend to agree with the idea of people having kids for the wrong reason(s). I do agree that people should not have kids if they'll be doing so because they feel it's cool to be parent, because all their friends are getting married and having kids or because they feel obligated to get married and have kids. I admit that I can't help but think of Elaine's friend from Seinfeld. (ie, the 'you gotta have baby Elaine' one). Having a child(ren) should indeed be one of life's greatest gifts. However it should also be one of life's biggest and most important responsibilities. Another issue seems to be that the parents of today (although I wonder if people have been saying this for generations in the same way they've been referring to the "kids of today" for thousands of years) want to be cool. Now, I'm sure lots of people have grown frustrated with adults that seem out of touch and/or uncool. However, as some say, you need to be your kid's parent first and their friend second. I think that's definitely part of it today. People are so worried about being cool that they forget that to be a good parent (or authority figure) that you can't always be cool first. I know that's not the entire issue but I do feel that's part of it. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 16, 2009, 12:02 pm

American South, The - Random Topics
Hey, I'm from the south and don't embrace that whole Redneck thing at all. It's embarassing! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 16, 2009, 6:49 am

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Random Topics
There was a case a few days ago where an Oregon landlady was prohibiting tenants from displaying the flag on the building or tenants' vehicles. An invasion of free speech, right? But guess who the ACLU sided with? The landlady. WTF? -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 15, 2009, 2:16 pm

Olympics, The - TV Shows
Eugene, Either I misread the number of years or my math was more whacked than usual! Anyway, thanks for setting me straight re Montreal's debt! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 15, 2009, 10:13 am

American South, The - Random Topics
The food is great and it's fun to visit, but I don't understand the whole "proud to be a redneck" thing. I would think every Southerner would want to reject that stereotype but instead it seems many embrace it. That's off-putting. -- Submitted By: (JLer2562) on October 14, 2009, 7:17 pm

Whoopi Goldberg - Celebrities
I couldnt stop laughing when she said Polanski did actually rape that girl because QUOTE: "It wasnt Rape RAPE" pure class Whoopi. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 13, 2009, 6:43 pm

Parenting - Random Topics
I would say in the last 20 years, because the late baby-boomers and early GenXers began reproducing. This demographic (born late 50's...mid-late 60's) are so "Me Me ME", that kids were spawned almost as a status symbol. Almost a competition in a way...everyone else was starting a family...so typical late Boomer/GenXer wants to start a family, just to keep up! Then, when the blessed event is harder to care for than, say, a puppy, they resent it because they are too selfish to see that parenting is the greatest gift and most important job of all. Suddenly, Stay-At-Home-Soccer-Mom is "unfulfilled" and wants a "career" and resents being a mother. She throws the kids in every extra-curricular activity possible, so she can her her "me" time, the kids are inundated with practice, rehearsals, school, plus with school and homework the kids end up on Ritalin. It's so sad. *This does not refer to ALL late baby boomers or GenXers..just many I've observed.* -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 13, 2009, 6:56 am

Nobel Peace Prize - Random Topics
My thinking is that Obama got the Peace Prize for not being George W. Bush. I like Obama, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ultimately does things that are prize-worthy. But awarding it to him now is absurd. To his credit, he seems to realize this. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 13, 2009, 6:28 am

Keanu Reeves - Celebrities
Years ago, when I saw Keanu Reeves in "Much Ado About Nothing", I thought "It's too bad that they don't make silent movies any more". Reeves looks great, but spoils it when he starts talking. (In "Much Ado", I kept waiting to hear "dude!" after the Bard's immortal lines!). -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 13, 2009, 6:18 am

Olympics, The - TV Shows
Actually, it took Montreal thirty years to pay off the Olympics. The final payments were made in 2006. So much for "the Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby" (Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau, 1970). -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 13, 2009, 6:03 am

Calvin and Hobbes - Random Topics
Chubby - My guess is that C & H is slipping a bit from the public conciousness after not being in the papers for 14 years. I haven't seen too many of the stickers lately, and that's just fine with me. As for the marvelous work of Bill Watterson, in my home it's working its magic on a new generation (in book form). -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 13, 2009, 5:59 am

Parenting - Random Topics
I think, it began much earlier, and that three different factors came into play: 1. Parenting used to be a family matter. There was not only two parents, there were Grandparents, aunts, uncles, who would look after the children. Today, it is often only one parent who has to do everything alone and can't rely on the suggestions of other parents when he or she gets presented with a problem. 2. Families used to be larger. If you are growing up with siblings, you have more social interaction from the very beginning. And children used to play on the streets, with each other, so they had lots of social contacts outsite of the familie. Children today are spending to much time in front of the TV or the Computer (nothing against a TV or a Computer, but not for hours a day). 3. With the 68 came the trend to think that discipline is something bad. Which is utter nonsense...and with discipline I don't mean spanking or similiar, I mean that you can expect from a four year old that it can sit still in church for half an hour insteat of letting it roam around free between the benches. Now, two-three generations later we have parents who have no idea how to disclipline a child. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on October 13, 2009, 4:39 am

Parenting - Random Topics
One question is, people have been raising kids since humanity has been around. What's changed in the past 20 years or so? Why the sudden problems with kids and teens (other then the issues that have been around since humanity has been around)? I seem to recall the 90s being when a lot of these problems started. Or was it just that I was getting to be old enough to notice these things? I mean, people always refer to the 'kids of today' when they speak of these sorts of issues. There is that quote I used in my initial post so I'm not so sure this is a new thing. But if it is a new thing, what's causing it? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 13, 2009, 12:10 am

Archie Comics - Random Topics
I hated having these comics as the only thing to read at the doctors office or barber as a kid- and now Archie is getting married- and apparently to cave to whatever lunatics are fans of this awful comic they did a marrige issue with Veronica, then one with Betty- wow way to have some courage on an already horrible concept and comic- Archie has boned, bones and will continue to bone- who reads this stuff? -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 12, 2009, 4:02 pm

Anime - Random Topics
The otaku have forced the industry to become so inbred that new material is more often than not very in-accessible to new fans and the mainstream. While there are still some great anime if you look the industry is on a downward trend. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 12, 2009, 4:00 pm

Whoopi Goldberg - Celebrities
RAPE: noun. Unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 12, 2009, 11:53 am

JumptheShark.com - Websites
Hey, even the "New York Times" is ticked about the Jump the Shark change: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/shark-week-or-jump-the-shark-week/ Hint: It's the 5th paragraph! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on October 12, 2009, 8:49 am

Dungeons and Dragons - TV Shows
Edison- that made me laugh my ass off, I never really even thought of that odd angle to the show- but dammit, what were they thinking! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 12, 2009, 5:57 am

Roman Polanski - Celebrities
If you really want to see it for free, your local library probably has it. If not, there's always other ways of getting movies without paying for them... -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 11, 2009, 9:47 pm

Life Goes On - TV Shows
I still remember the episode where Tyler died. In one scene, Corkey goes to the scene of the accident and some kid looks at the tree Tyler hit. The kid starts crying about how the tree will never be the same. I remember being in disbelief at the kid and how insensitive he seemed. Granted, the kid probably didn't know Tyler died. Looking back, they probably intended the scene to be symbolic. However, the way it played out just didn't set well with me. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 11, 2009, 9:43 pm


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