Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers. ... The character appeared in 27 books over a 33-year period beginning in 1960... A movie series was made in the mid-to-late 1960s starring Dean Martin... the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton's original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.
- Wikipedia (links may be mildly NSFW) [more inside]
"One more murder, and he's earned himself a detention."
Were the movies, the books, the fan-fiction, and the squealing not enough for you? Then perhaps it is time to see Stephanie Meyers's tour de force
parodied in musical form.
Previous Twilight posts here
Let's Panic About Babies!
"Fortunately for everyone in the whole wide world, Alice Bradley
and Eden M. Kennedy
have created the only website that accurately explains the journey from morning sickness to third-degree tears to keeping that baby alive for a year–or more! LET’S PANIC ABOUT BABIES will serve as a salve to the mystery and degradation of this most female of challenges. Its authors may not have 'science' on their side, but what they do have is far more valuable: a heady mélange of female intuition, sentence-forming know-how, and the achingly vivid memories of their own gestational journeys and unending motherhoods. So join Alice and Eden as they tell you exactly what to think and feel and do on every one of your 2,681 days* of pregnancy. They know everything!
* 'Science' would tell you that human gestation is actually, on average, 266 days. This is one of many ways in which science is terribly wrong." [more inside]
In a similar vein to Progress Quest
, but (slightly) more interactive, is... Linear RPG
. [more inside]
--it's like listening to Wikipedia on the radio--is also available on the web
(for those of you whose radios do not support multiple-voice broadcasts).
Why bureaucracy, like gas,
fills up all available space. From the archive of The Economist
, 1955 [via ArchiveDigger
You Only Live Once
- Happy Belated Flash Friday.
"Slather the holy hell out of the thing with a semi-ironic Beach Boys vocal pad."
What if, every time you got stuck writing your next big power-pop hit, you could just call the Fountains of Wayne hotline to get you over the hump? Country singer Robbie Fulks imagines it, and records it, resulting in the best Fountains of Wayne song Fountains of Wayne never wrote. Meanwhile, the original Fountains of Wayne is no more
. (No, not the band.)
David Sedaris delivers a pizza.
Pitch-perfect parody at youtube from the comedy group Weak Nights
Internet nasties affecting network freshness? Try Censordyne! [more inside]
Total Eclipse of the Heart (Literal Version)
). This video has a cracktasticness-surreality quotient that's through the roof. [more inside]
LOST Parodies using toys. [warning: stupid]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 [more inside]
Given all the attention the new Star Trek movie is generating, it's not surprising that the porn industry is attempting to cash in
(SFW). What is surprising is that the production team clearly knows their Star Trek
(SFW). Hustler's "This Ain't Star Trek XXX"
appears to be a send-up of the classic Trek episode "Space Seed
," (heh... space seed). In addition to the reasonable-for-porn casting of Kirk, Spock, and Bones (heh... bones), Hustler takes the effort to be faithful to even the minor characters and costumes
, a new company that is taking microblogging to the next level with 26-character limit. [SLYT]
Trailer for Brüno
, the upcoming film by Sacha Baron Cohen, formerly known for his characters Ali G
, Chris Elliott
, Kathy Griffin
, Bobcat Goldthwait
and others spoof Madonna in Medusa: Dare To Be Truthful
: Part 1
After the Crisis
Once this economic crisis blows over, a lot of companies will need their logos redesigned. Here's a dozen or so.
The latest Mad Men parody... Meshugene Men
. (with cameo by Amy Sedaris)
, a self-anointed
solution engineer and life hacker
, shows you
how to beat the traffic system
at its own game.
In 1982, the comedy team of Zucker
, Abrahams, and Zucker
introduced Police Squad!
to network TV viewers. It lasted six episodes before being cancelled. What, you missed it? You weren't even born? Here are episodes two
, and four
. [more inside]
Perhaps the finest Doctor Who/Benny Hill/Eminem mashup
ever produced. (Collegehumor.com, possible NSFW sidebar ads)
Division: Work it out!
- these girls be spittin the math.
SatiricalCzechArtFilter: A massive art installation
at the European Council building in Brussels has raised hackles. Bulgaria, in particular, is not pleased at being represented as a "Turkish Toilet
." [more inside]
What if Akon
) was from the Middle East? How about 50 Cent
? Maybe Britney
, The Pussycat Dolls or Shakira
Hey, what ever happened to Julie Brown?
( not that one
) She was a hit in Earth Girls Are Easy
with her number, Cause I'm a Blonde
. She had another hit with the Dr. Demento staple The Homecoming Queens' Got a Gun!
Then she faded into the cultural-artifact twilight ... [more inside]
Play board games during the holidays? Try an updated version
of an old classic
. You can indulge in as much sex, drugs, crime, and rock and roll as your health will handle, just don't roll a 1 on your first turn or you'll be aborted before you get started. [more inside]
Enter the wonderful world of Wonderglen Productions
Concise, bite-size summaries of the wisdom of the BBC's pure and godly Platitude of the Day
presenters. With original text and speech.
You guys! Psyched about that whole Watchmen movie thing (previously, we've touched on Watchmen briefly, like, once or twice?
), kinda wanna read the book
, but you just can't see fitting a 400-page comic into your busy, busy schedule? Fortunately for you, there's The Condensed Version.
(Via the often NSFW Journalista
A cry went up. The Audacity had pulled astern of us, and dropped anchor, and pinned us with her swivel guns. I heard a snap of cording, and a thump, and then the man Obama stood on our deck, still gripping the rope he had swung over on. [more inside]
Something to make the inner geek
that is inside your inner geek
do the boogie
-woogie: "Weird Al
" Yankovic announces
that thanks to digital distribution, he will begin releasing songs as he records them, while the parodied song is still fresh in the public's mind, instead of waiting for an album release every three to four years. The first one will come out on October 7. iTunes will have first dibs on the new singles for the first 14 days, after which they'll go to other online music retailers. (via /.)
In the wake of The Scarlet Pimpernel
, countless figures have flamboyantly stalked the night. Among them were the scofflaw Arsene Lupin
and his more violent contemporary, Fantomas
. So influential was the latter that imitators soon arose, plying their merciless wiles on others. Among them were Fu Manchu
, the nefarious Dr. Mabuse
, the hooded Diabolik
, and Matt Wagoner's Grendel
. Not even Donald Duck
was immune from the seductive lure of crime. [more inside]
.via Dark Roasted Blend, by way of Gizmodo.
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