Bourdain visits Narnia

“I’m crammed into a burrow so small that my knees are up around my ears and the boom mike keeps slamming into my head, inhaling the potent scent of toffee-apple brandy and trying to drink a talking mouse under the table. But is it really the boom mike that’s making my head pound? I know for sure that my camera man doesn’t usually have two heads. I have to face facts. The mouse is winning.
Yesterday, I thought I knew what to expect from Narnia: good solid English cooking spiced up with the odd unusual ingredient, and good solid English people spiced up with the odd faun. And centaur. And talking animal. I’d longed to visit Narnia when I was a kid, but every time the notoriously capricious entry requirements, such as the bizarre and arbitrary lifetime limit on visits, relaxed the slightest bit, it would get invaded, get conquered, get re-conquered by the original rulers, or get hit by some natural disaster. The “Hundred-Year Winter” put the kibosh on the one time my parents even considered it.
When, by some bureaucratic miracle, my crew and I were permitted entry, I wondered if I was too old and jaded for Narnia. Maybe I’d been too old and jaded by the time I was twelve. Narnia is supposed to a land of clean living and old-fashioned values, where men are men and women are women and you have to go to Calormen to find anything more spicy than mulled wine. Not my kind of place at all, really.”

Fan fiction at archiveofourown.org

Where did the *record scratch* / *freeze frame* joke originate?

I know the trope. It seems familiar. Can’t think of any examples though.

reddit thread regarding the issue.

It’s a pretty popular trope in 80s and 90s movies. A lot of them would start en medias res with the character in some ridiculous situation. There would be a record scratch and a freeze frame of the character’s face, followed by the character saying something like “You’re probably wondering how I got here,” only for the story to rewind and explain from the beginning. I can’t think of a classic example off the top of my head, but Deadpool did a parody of it, if memory serves.

Pretty popular trope which nobody can remember a single example of?


Mandela Effect?

Psychologists call the phenomenon confabulation. The term is used clinically to refer to memory defects experienced by patients with brain damage, and also to describe everyday phenomena like embellishing the truth when recounting events and inventing facts on the fly to fill in gaps in memory. We’ve all done these things at one time or another, though we’re rarely conscious of it when we do.

Car wash as ritual cleansing

“I took the Buick to a carwash yesterday. There was a steady flow of cars entering it, and I noticed that almost all of them were perfectly clean. The institution of the carwash in California really has very little to do with the washing of cars. It’s more of a ritual — a ceremony of self-purification. It is not your car but you, its owner, who feels cleaner and better as it emerges gleaming from the assembly line, to be polished by the Chicano staff. For an extra dollar (which I spend) you can send the car through a device that subjects it to a boiling spray of Carnuba wax. This represents the annealing fire through which the soul must pass if it is to be purified. I always climb back into my cleansed car feeling, as I am sure Catholics must feel after Confession, a better man.”

The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan, edited by John Lahr

What is going on? Non-English version.

Groovy reddit on reddit level news.

What’s going on on the non-English parts of the internet that we’re all missing out on? from r/AskReddit

Here’s a subreddit along similar lines –

Global Talk is a “softcore” news about various things happening in different countries. While large news posts are allowed, the aim of this subreddit is to share things that aren’t typically considered large news in other countries, rather just things people are talking about.