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Entries from October 2008

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 27 Comments

….from the Rifftrax crew AND the stars of NBC’s Today Show:

A sincere question: was Al Roker’s lower blue, um, button really necessary?
UPDATE: Thanks to our friend Ben below, we have more on the whole Rokerball situation:

CONOR’S UPDATE:   Hint to everyone at home.  If your costume requires you to wear a shirt that [...]

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Football Readiness Level

October 31st, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 22 Comments

I confess to you I have not been as ready as I ought to have been. My level of readiness for football has hovered around a pathetic 13% (12.7% 30 day avg., +/-3, IFRI*). But just today I stumbled across something that has totally turned that around.

*International Football Readiness Index

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October 30th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 55 Comments

The geniuses who brought you Bacon Salt, have listened to the cries of the masses. Launching today is Baconaise: The Ultimate Bacon Flavored Spread.
Yes, spreadable bacon has arrived.  We’d like to reiterate that this is spreadable bacon.  This is not designed for direct jar-to-mouth-via-spoon consumption.  Once they put it in an EZ Cheez style spray [...]

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R.I.P. American popular culture.

October 30th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 52 Comments

When future historians write of this time, they may well pinpoint the video below as the precise moment when U.S. pop culture gasped its last. Oh sure, there will be countless other candidates for final-nail-in-the-coffin, and even radical theorists who insist that pop culture never really died — it’s just resting. [...]

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October 29th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 49 Comments

Though you won’t read about it anywhere else, the RiffTrax blog is all over the upcoming Halloween holiday. Today we expose a blight even worse than those people who demand of trick or treaters, “Where’s my trick?”: namely “healthy Halloween snacks”.

If this fried yam bat sandwich catches on it will do more to end the [...]

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Ironic Meta-Costumes, now with Snark!

October 28th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 49 Comments

Halloween is fast approaching and you don’t want to be caught wearing something macabre. That would be so straightforward. Consider these alternatives:

Just sexy? Or is it smirking at a 60’s version of sexy? Or is it circling back to make fun of the Laugh-In, cartoon-y send-up of sexy? Or is it a snarky meta-commentary on [...]

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Song Fu-Hoo Hoo!

October 28th, 2008 by Kevin Murphy · 21 Comments

After a four-round battle against some wonderfully talented masters and contenders, aided by the regrettable early departures of two of our nemisiseses, and having endured a hailstorm of  hurt-mail the like of which has gone unseen since the Great Flame Wars of ‘93; and having dragged ourselves over the finish line, panting, much in need [...]

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Ironic Internet Halloween Fever!

October 27th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 21 Comments

Halloween fever is upon us! And much like every other real life activity we have, real life Halloween now has a healthy amount of ironic internet related activity mixed into it.  For example, the results of a pumpkin carving party I attended on Sunday, complete with youtube annotations.

My Pumpkin – Homestar Runner
(NOTE:  So as I [...]

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You make the call!!

October 26th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 24 Comments

Which works better as a video for Linkin Park’s song “Numb?”
A) The official video to Linkin Park’s “Numb?”

B) This footage of a little Japanese robot with Albert Einstein’s head, which someone decided needed a touch of Linkin Park’s “Numb?”

More on little Japanese robot with Albert Einstein’s head:

(Apologies, I could find [...]

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Song Phooey!

October 25th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 31 Comments

Though it’s quite rare to find over-the-top outrage from anyonmous commentors on the Internet, we RiffTones seem to have made some such people angry in our latest round of Song Fu. Seems we didn’t take the assignment seriously enough. We apologize to those we hurt…

…and we realize it was entirely unpredictable [...]

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And a hey nonny ho!

October 24th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 25 Comments

The other morning I left a message on a friend’s cell, hopped in my car and began to sing along, loudly, to an album of English Art Songs by Gerald Finzi. (Chances are you are not familiar with English Art Songs, and that speaks well of you. Congratulations. To explain, they are the gayest things [...]

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To P. Cole, Re: The Cowboys

October 24th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 23 Comments

Has anyone got back in touch with Paula Cole about this? I’ve been busy for the past 11 years and just assumed someone else was on it – but then I saw that she still had her plea up on YouTube. Well, I had a few minutes this morning and was able to find one [...]

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Why American children hate vegetables.

October 23rd, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 36 Comments

It started in the mid-1950s, when the Evil Grey Hellspawn Jolly Green Giant first appeared to sponsor the Mickey Rooney Show:

The association between vegetable and leering plant-demon* was forever etched in the young American mind.
And then, for the final nail in the vege-coffin, came THIS.
(* did someone say plant-demon?)

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Cats & their lemon related questions

October 22nd, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 30 Comments

Lemon Drink fever continues at RiffTrax!  I made some new lolcat images to commemorate our Happening Riff.  Again, these won’t make any sense unless you have watched The Happening, a rare ’so bad it’s good’ kind of trainwreck that was an absolute pleasure to Riff.  So watch it now!

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Final FU!

October 22nd, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 37 Comments

Here’s the challenge we RiffTones were given for our final Song Fu challenge, against the talented and scrappy Jason Morris:

THE SONG FROM (aka 70’s Cinema Pop): For this final duel between Master and Challenger, you must envision a world in which composer John Williams was never hired to write the now-iconic scores for the [...]

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