Showing posts tagged with “silliness”

10 Romantic Novel Heroines With Delightfully Silly Names

(A sequel to my list of romantic novel heroes with silly names. All are from real books that actually exist and are apparently not parodies.)

1. Submit Channing-Downes
2. Swann Triplett
3. Juniper Killibrew
4. Serenity Hoffenduffle
5. Crickitt Day
6. Joyous MacQuarrie
7.
Welcome Venable
8. Innocence Lescuer
9. Lady Thrift Lindly
10. Desire Guildford (I’m not sure anyone has ever desired Guildford)

Honorable Mention: Lady Chastity Ware (who has the ideal brand name for a range of constrictive lingerie)

10 Romantic Novel Heroes With Sillier Names Than Benedict Cumberbatch

(All are from real books that actually exist and are apparently not parodies.)

1. Chance Quarrels
2. Steed Dare
3. Tweed Brown
4. Breed Grayhawk
5. Lord Phineas Trimble
6. Thorne the Relentless
7. The Honorable Brixton Smythe-Medway
8. King Vandergiff
9. Zurich Kingdom
10. Sir Marmaduke Strongbow

Above, you see a genuine ad from Popular Science (1968), courtesy of newhousebooks. Below is the image that popped into my mind when I first saw it. Perhaps there IS an upside to sexist retro advertising after all?

Amid all that is false and specious and irrational and sentimental in this ailing and morally compromised world, Benedict Cumberbatch’s face shines forth like a glowing beacon of the purest silly.

(Also, he’s pulling that middle face at me, which makes it even better.)

Is choosing a trick-or-treating outfit a chore? Then why not try one of these Halloween Costumes That Sound Like Benedict Cumberbatch?

Is choosing a trick-or-treating outfit a chore? Then why not try one of these Halloween Costumes That Sound Like Benedict Cumberbatch?


"Life’s Mystery, Why Does It Happen?" Ad detail from Fate, True Stories of the Strange and Unknown, October 71

A good question. Choose from the following responses:
Because of reasons.
It wouldn’t if you didn’t keep scratching it so much.
Not sure, but if you stare at pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch for long enough, you won’t care any more.
MOFFAT!!!!
All of the above.

"Life’s Mystery, Why Does It Happen?" Ad detail from Fate, True Stories of the Strange and Unknown, October 71

A good question. Choose from the following responses:

  1. Because of reasons.
  2. It wouldn’t if you didn’t keep scratching it so much.
  3. Not sure, but if you stare at pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch for long enough, you won’t care any more.
  4. MOFFAT!!!!
  5. All of the above.
Self-Portrait With Pyotr Konchalovsky (1910) by Ilya Mashkov
Hello and welcome to another episode in my occasional series Mighty Moments In Slash History. Now, I’d love to tell you what is going on in this slightly peculiar image, but it tends to defy sensible explanation. The Russian gentleman on the left with the violin is the artist, and his chum on the right was also an artist. Both of them were enthusiastic followers of an early physical fitness movement, which is why there are weights on the floor and why they’re dressed (or not) in such a distinctive way.
At around this point, you may be wondering about the nature of their relationship. According to official art history, the pair were just good friends; in fact, the paintings on the wall behind their heads, which look like strange women made of fruit, were once portraits of their wives. However, their wives decided they’d rather not be in the painting. Hmm. Perhaps this was because they didn’t want to be seen condoning underpants and socks as a good fashion look?
In conclusion, I believe this picture teaches us two things:
The embarrassing selfie is definitely NOT a 21st-century invention.
If anyone wants to make a show about two weightlifting violin-playing Russian artists who drink a lot of tea and fight crime in their capacious underwear, it would quite possibly be the greatest thing ever…

Self-Portrait With Pyotr Konchalovsky (1910) by Ilya Mashkov

Hello and welcome to another episode in my occasional series Mighty Moments In Slash History. Now, I’d love to tell you what is going on in this slightly peculiar image, but it tends to defy sensible explanation. The Russian gentleman on the left with the violin is the artist, and his chum on the right was also an artist. Both of them were enthusiastic followers of an early physical fitness movement, which is why there are weights on the floor and why they’re dressed (or not) in such a distinctive way.

At around this point, you may be wondering about the nature of their relationship. According to official art history, the pair were just good friends; in fact, the paintings on the wall behind their heads, which look like strange women made of fruit, were once portraits of their wives. However, their wives decided they’d rather not be in the painting. Hmm. Perhaps this was because they didn’t want to be seen condoning underpants and socks as a good fashion look?

In conclusion, I believe this picture teaches us two things:

  1. The embarrassing selfie is definitely NOT a 21st-century invention.
  2. If anyone wants to make a show about two weightlifting violin-playing Russian artists who drink a lot of tea and fight crime in their capacious underwear, it would quite possibly be the greatest thing ever…
Dante and Virgil in Hell (1850) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Hello, and welcome to an occasional series I’m calling Mighty Moments In Slash History. This rather startling painting is inspired by a scene from Dante’s Inferno. Although Dante and Virgil are named in the title, they probably not the figures you noticed first; they are actually the guys standing on the left, with all their clothes on. The anatomically improbable gentlemen in the middle are called Gianni Schicchi (the biter) and Capocchio (the bite-ee). If you want to know what in hell (pun intended) is meant to be going on, this page should explain things.
What I find most interesting about this work is its precise depiction of the exact moment that Dante and Virgil started shipping it. Meanwhile, the winged demon with the big smirk is desperately waiting for Dante to start writing fic and has folded his arms to stop himself flailing in anticipation.
Of course, any similarity between this and the entire Hannibal fandom is purely a fascinating coincidence…

Dante and Virgil in Hell (1850) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Hello, and welcome to an occasional series I’m calling Mighty Moments In Slash History. This rather startling painting is inspired by a scene from Dante’s Inferno. Although Dante and Virgil are named in the title, they probably not the figures you noticed first; they are actually the guys standing on the left, with all their clothes on. The anatomically improbable gentlemen in the middle are called Gianni Schicchi (the biter) and Capocchio (the bite-ee). If you want to know what in hell (pun intended) is meant to be going on, this page should explain things.

What I find most interesting about this work is its precise depiction of the exact moment that Dante and Virgil started shipping it. Meanwhile, the winged demon with the big smirk is desperately waiting for Dante to start writing fic and has folded his arms to stop himself flailing in anticipation.

Of course, any similarity between this and the entire Hannibal fandom is purely a fascinating coincidence…

Well, they said season 3 would be full of surprises, but nobody was expecting Sherlock to be reincarnated as a vengeance-seeking carnivorous fish…

(The top gif comes from this post: many thanks to the talented gifmaker!)

Are tribble crowns a thing in the Star Trek fandom? Well, they are now…

Are tribble crowns a thing in the Star Trek fandom? Well, they are now…

Fandom Quiz Time! When you find human body parts in the fridge, how do you generally feel?

A) Horrified, B) Queasy, C) Exasperated, or D) Peckish?

Oh dear, Hannibal is making me do all kinds of silly things. Like this, for instance.

Oh dear, Hannibal is making me do all kinds of silly things. Like this, for instance.

First there was The Social Network. Then Grumpy Cat got a movie deal. Now I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood comes knocking at my door, desperate to turn Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch into a cinematic blockbuster. So I thought: why not start the ball rolling with a bit of pre-release hype?Now all I have to do is think of an actual storyline, write a script, blackmail sweet-talk Benedict Cumberbatch into signing on, and train a thousand otters to do exactly what I tell them. How hard can it be…?

First there was The Social Network. Then Grumpy Cat got a movie deal. Now I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood comes knocking at my door, desperate to turn Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch into a cinematic blockbuster. So I thought: why not start the ball rolling with a bit of pre-release hype?

Now all I have to do is think of an actual storyline, write a script, blackmail sweet-talk Benedict Cumberbatch into signing on, and train a thousand otters to do exactly what I tell them. How hard can it be…?

OMG, I’ve discovered some EXCLUSIVE LEAKED FOOTAGE from season 3 of Sherlock! I know that some of you are technically avoiding spoilers, but I thought that this was IMPORTANT FANDOM NEWS and you’d want to know about it IMMEDIATELY. Just don’t let Moffat and Gatiss hear about it. They might get annoyed that we know their secret plan.

(Alternatively, the whole thing may just be a sloppily constructed fake based on a famous movie scene. I’ll let you make up your own minds…)

The image on top comes from the Webster Workbook of Language (1946), courtesy of the fabulous Newhouse Design. If you ask me, it displays a rather intolerant attitude to linguistic creativity, and the bottom image is simply the first reponse that sprang into my mind…