On "Your Complete Guide to Historic Undergarments"

@atipofthehat Dr Strangelove ref FTW!

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:53 am 0

On Smoking: The Pros and Cons (Excluding All Health Risks)

"Smoking cigarettes doesn’t have any immediate side effects. You can smoke 10 cigarettes at a party and still drive yourself home."

Um, no. When I turned 40, my bf took me out for a sushi night. Wasabi-and-sake high, I said when we got home, 'I want to smoke a cigar!' Having only ever smoked weed before that, I took a HUGE drag straight to the lungs with the immediate effect that I got dizzy, fell over clutching the toilet, and vomited up a really expensive birthday dinner.

Long story short: I would not have been able to drive myself home after that little birthday treat.

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm 0

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Ava Gardner, the Second-Look Girl

@Clare LOVE that sketch. We actually burned it to a disc from DVR so we could watch it again, as with the other "Sinatra Group" sketches. "Kick his ass, Steve!" "Well okay ... "

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm 0

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Ava Gardner, the Second-Look Girl

"I really don’t understand why we don’t wear asymmetrical dresses at all times. "

Because the Go Fug Yourself girls would make mad fun of you -- you should hear what they say about one-sleeve dresses.

Also, the studios "dubbed" her the "second-look girl" --- when you "don" something, you put it on, as in "donning a hat."

I only mention that last because trying to think of the right word threw me for a loop for a good 3 minutes.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm 0

On Death by Amoeba

@Tragically Ludicrous As one of our local weathermen announced in June, "The water is warm enough now so that it doesn't send shocks from your ankles all the way to your teeth." And that's about as good as it gets in Maine -- we walk in the surf with numbed feet even when the air is 90+ degrees.

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm 0

On Cancer and Rashes

This story made me laugh out loud. Hey, less chance of cancer! Now just have to deal with an overactive immune system that reacts to those all-natural insect repellents with little blisters. Life is good!

Cue George Carlin: "Well Jim, there's no reason why you shouldn't live another twenty to thirty years. However, you will be bleeding constantly from both eyes."

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm 0

On "The Children of Men," P.D. James

@Gnatalby Not alone at all, not at all. I think it was one of the most embarrassing movies to have watched, not missed -- and we wound up popping the disc.

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 11:04 am 0

On Make Your Own Pleasant-Smelling Natural Insect Repellent

I second the neem oil recommendation. You smell like a clove of garlic, but it definitely keeps bugs away -- and I'm the kind of person who gets bitten by everything (chiggers, fleas, blackflies, greenheaded flies) including mosquitoes at high noon in full sun. I've used all kinds of 'natural' repellents and the three that work best for me are neem oil, cedar oil (cedar bark mulch has volatiles in it that will keep mosquitoes away from your house), and geranium oil --- although for some reason the last one seems to attract Japanese beetles, to the point where they will LAND ON YOU looking for foliage to munch. UGH.

Posted on July 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm 0

On Make Your Own Pleasant-Smelling Natural Insect Repellent

Listerine is made with thymol (from thyme) which is a powerful antimicrobial and also very aromatic. On the other hand, it also has alcohol in it, so might damage furniture finishes ... ? plus it's expensive.

Posted on July 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm 0