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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2009, 06:40:51 pm »
Never run down a dark hallway in a house with cats...

Speaking of being startled, when I was a kid my sister had a cat named Max. Max was rather a timid cat, and he didn't much care for me--timid cats never did. Well, in our house we had a long hallway, and one night I was running through it (as kids are wont to do) with the lights turned out. Unbeknownst to me, poor Max was in that hallway. All three bedroom doors were shut, so the only way out was in the direction of the enormously scary human running straight at him at maximum speed. Human eyesight being what it is in the dark, I didn't notice him until I was practically on top of him. Do you know what happened next?

Oh, yes, there was hissing, and growling, and clawing. That much is a given. But the truly remarkable bit is that he jumped. Cats will do that when faced with an imminent attack, but I never knew just how high they can jump in these circumstances. That poor cat propelled himself with Rocket Power off the ground, soared a full ten feet, hit the ceiling--and I don't mean that he brushed it; I mean he would have kept on going if it hadn't been there--and literally bounced off the ceiling. I can still remember hearing the thud. By the time Max was on his way down, I had already closed to zero range, so as he descended he showered me with scratches. It was like he was in three places at once. He hit the ground, ran past me, and fled down the hallway, lightning swift.

Normally I don't appreciate being scratched by cats, but this time I figured right there on the spot that Max had come out of it a lot worse than I had.

Poor thing never trusted me again...

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #31 on: November 25, 2009, 12:41:31 am »
I find it amusing when forums/blogs are runned by either people who are retarded and don't know how to properly manage their blog or who are Facist and LOVE to edit the slightest comment.

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2009, 12:43:42 am »
It's "run."

...when forums/blogs are run by either people...

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2009, 04:18:04 am »
My hobby: Mixing metaphors, and getting them intentionally wrong in the process.
Example: "No amount of lipstick will change that pig into a pumpkin."

I could so be a Hollywood teleplay writer.

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2009, 02:32:15 pm »
J, I keep wanting the original phrase to be "No amount of lipstick will change that pitbull into a hockey mom," but I have a feeling I'm unfortunately way off base. But was it a Sarah Palin quote originally, or something else?

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #35 on: November 25, 2009, 02:37:24 pm »
If you're talking about the "lipstick --> pig --> pumpkin" one, I came up with that on the spot for illustration. If you're talking about "lipstick on a pig" generally, it's a pretty old metaphor. There was a bit of media foaming last year when it came up in the course of the presidential campaign, but none of it was original.

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #36 on: December 03, 2009, 11:03:53 am »
The disconnect between prescription drug commercial video and prescription drug commercial audio continues to become more surreal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG1hdWb8yBM

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #37 on: December 03, 2009, 01:43:31 pm »

My hobby: Mixing metaphors, and getting them intentionally wrong in the process.
Example: "No amount of lipstick will change that pig into a pumpkin."

I could so be a Hollywood teleplay writer.

My example: "Not the sharpest pickle in the socket."

Hop on board the teleplay wagon.  Primetime TV has suffered long enough without creative people like us.


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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #38 on: December 04, 2009, 01:49:10 pm »
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man get the worm.

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #39 on: December 04, 2009, 03:35:38 pm »

Now, this meme can catch on.  Jumbled sayings and maxims.

"An apple a day is worth two in the bush."

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #40 on: December 04, 2009, 03:43:44 pm »
Sorry guys, The Boondock Saints already gave the mixed metaphors dealio a starting point.  You're about 10 years too late.

"This mixed metaphor shit's gotta go!"  XD

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #41 on: December 04, 2009, 03:53:27 pm »
Sorry guys, The Boondock Saints already gave the mixed metaphors dealio a starting point.  You're about 10 years too late.

Yeah, except the film went through pre-development hell, was received extremely poorly, and was a box-office bomb.  Cult followings don't count because any die-hard fan will defend a movie (no matter how loose the plot and how it's "all style and no substance") to the death.

It's never too late to revive a good concept that got dragged down by a sorry production.

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« Reply #42 on: December 04, 2009, 03:55:25 pm »
I wasn't defending it or even making a comment about the quality of the film.  I just gave mention that mixed metaphors played a minor role in the beginning.  That has nothing to do with how well the film was received.

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #43 on: December 04, 2009, 03:58:16 pm »
I am glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of the Boondock Saints when this topic was brought up.

As the saying goes, "Loose lips shouldn't live in glass houses."

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Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« Reply #44 on: December 04, 2009, 03:59:22 pm »
It wasn't even metaphors that I was portraying.  It was maxims and sayings.

I can't imagine how one could confuse the two.

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