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“Movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn,” Smith says, “because they were trying to duplicate what was done in real theaters. They had beautiful carpets and rugs and didn’t want popcorn being ground into it.” Movie theaters were trying to appeal to a highbrow clientele, and didn’t want to deal with the distracting trash of concessions–or the distracting noise that snacking during a film would create. - So Why Do We Eat Popcorn At The Movies Anyway
? (Smithsonian Mag)
posted by The Whelk
on Oct 4, 2013 -
Today marks the 75th anniversary
of the German zeppelin Hindenburg
bursting into flames as it attempted to dock at a US Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ. The Hindenburg was inflated with hydrogen, due to the United States' practical monopoly on helium, and its fabric skin was coated with a mixture of iron oxide and aluminium--both elements have been linked to the rapid fire, but the ratio of responsibility continues to be debated to this day
The explosion of the zeppelin was documented by a film crew, and more famously, by WLS radio reporter Herb Morrison
. Such documentation has allowed for the Hindenburg
disaster to be a well-known event that has been referenced in popular culture over the years, from such disparate means as the famous "Turkeys Away"
episode of WKRP In Cincinnati
...to MeFi's own Spatch
having a fever dream approximately 15 years ago that led to, well, just watch it for yourself
posted by stannate
on May 6, 2012 -
Did you happen to see those "making-popcorn-pop-with-a-cellphone
" clips that showed up at the end of last month on the toobs? Well, WIRED
wrote about it, and a kajillion copycat clips showed up in about the time it'd take to, you know, make some popcorn. Turns out it was a viral, natch, as a cursory search will reveal. But just today a clip appeared that explains how the actual stunt was pulled off
. Well, anyway, as you've probably guessed by now, this is all just an excuse to link to Popcorn
. Yep, Popcorn
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jun 20, 2008 -
Hear them all......
The most famous version of the early synthesizer hit "Popcorn" was played in 1972 by a studio group called Hot Butter
, led by legendary session musician Stan Free
. Few people know that the song was actually written by electronic music pioneer Gershon Kingsley
. If you'd like to hear excerpts of Kingsley's original version, along with scores of cover versions, here ya go.
posted by metasonix
on May 30, 2007 -
Fifteen tons of popcorn
is not a murder weapon. It's just evidence in a completely seperate crime. But, one has to wonder.... did he need fibre in his diet that badly?
posted by dwivian
on Mar 6, 2002 -
Now here's a product who's time has come.
I spied a bag of this on the shelf of the local supermarket yesterday and an impulse buy was born. I'm munching some right now and it's quite tasty, grease, cheese, salt, serious heat, all your junk food needs in one package. This and other recent snack products like Wormz in Dirt(gummi worms rolled in Oreo crumbs) lead me to believe the food companies are hiring stoners to work in product development.I'm sure you guys can cite other examples to prove my point.
posted by jonmc
on Dec 2, 2001 -