It may be the most notorious Thanksgiving promotion of all time. It is the 40th best television episode of all time. It's available in (semi-)entirety on HULU
. And the classic TV blog offers an oral history
. Happy thanksgiving, and, as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
posted by Bunny Ultramod
on Nov 21, 2012 -
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 -
For the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley (yesterday in most time zones), here is an Elvis Impersonator doing famous TV theme songs: The Flintstones
, The Partridge Family
(opening theme, wish he'd try the end theme), Danger Man
(Secret Agent Man, the full-length Johnnie Rivers version), The Brady Bunch
, The Love Boat
(maybe next time Frasier's 'scrambled eggs song'?).
Other wacky musical repurposing from the same silly singer
includes David Bowie (celebrating his 62nd birthday on the 8th) doing Elvis' Viva Las Vegas
posted by oneswellfoop
on Jan 8, 2010 -
A web-based sidebar to the recent passing of WKRP Manager and Maytag Repairman Gordon Jump
: the 'dot-com' address with his name (as well as those for living and dead celebrities including Jack Palance
, Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan
and Flip Wilson
) are owned by Richard Shumaker of "Wilmerding World Wide", who, on each homepage, editorializes against "Celebrity Name Cybersquatting", declares he has "captured" the names for "safekeeping", and promises "At no charge, I will be more than honored to transfer domain name ownership."
posted by wendell
on Sep 26, 2003 -