Quickies: Hedy Lamarr, the extinction of guinea worms, and bicycle face



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  1. July 10, 2014 at 9:02 am —

    It’s not *Hedy*, it’s *Hedley*. Hedley Lamarr.

  2. July 10, 2014 at 11:29 am —

    “I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists. “–Hedley Lamarr, Blazing Saddles

    • July 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm —

      What’s actually funny is, I’m sure Mel Brooks playing a Sioux chief was parodying how a lot of Indians in the 30s were actually played by white actors. What changed that was Tonto. So you can imagine, Johnny Depp as Tonto was…a punch in the gut.

      Or maybe because Lakota just has a bunch of postalveolar and velar fricatives. Or a shot at the Mormons, who have probably exploited that little fact at some point.

      Cracked had Hedy Lamarr a while back.

      Anyway, I won’t be sad to see the guinea worm go.

  3. July 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm —


    “bicycle face?” Now I’ve heard everything.

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