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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
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    The Avengers done up as epic fantasy characters. I really dig the Iron Man one.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
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    The lawsuits between Samsung and Apple take a comedy turn here in the UK, as the court decides that the look of the Samsung doesn't infringe on the iPad because it's clear that the Samsung isn't 'cool'.

    So on the one hand, Samsung win. But if that's not a phyrric victory I don't know what is...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.43)
    Fraggle Rock’s Doozers are getting their own TV show

    Man, I used to love the Doozers, back in the days...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.44)
    @Wood

    You know something that kind of weirded me out?

    The kindly-old man who lives in the shop the fraggles' world is connected to?

    He's Doc from Boondock Saints and he looks exactly the same. My wife and I recently picked up the complete Fraggle Rock collection for when our son is a little older and we watched the first episode. I kept expecting him to shout "FUCK, ASS!" at any moment.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012 edited
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.46)
    Hampsters SMIRK?
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.48)
    Ok, one should never feel their arteries shiver in fear. It's a very disconcerting feeling.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012 edited
     (10751.49)
    That hamster analogy reminds me of this bad analogy contest Washington Post did, except instead of it having it's tongue firmly in cheek, there's just a giant hole in the cheek and the tongue is slithering about as if trying to escape.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.50)
    Thunder and lightning send primitive people scattering, for fear of their god's wrath.
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    I'd eat that burger. Just the once mind...
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012 edited
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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.53)
    omg omg omg

    Gilbert Gottfried reading 50 Shades of Grey
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
     (10751.54)
    @Argos

    FTW
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    @Ren Thing - you want to hear something even more mind-blowy? The "kindly old man" in Fraggle Rock is different depending on which country you watched it in. Here in the UK it was a crotchety old lighthouse keeper, in Germany it was a mad inventor, in France a floury baker.
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    @ Horrible Warning Si: Unfortunately the repeats they show on satellite and cable channels in the UK only seem to have the American version. I fear Fulton MacKay and the guy from 'Brookside' might be lost to us.


    Will
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2012 edited
     (10751.57)
    @Ren Thing - you want to hear something even more mind-blowy? The "kindly old man" in Fraggle Rock is different depending on which country you watched it in. Here in the UK it was a crotchety old lighthouse keeper, in Germany it was a mad inventor, in France a floury baker.


    The crotchety old lightkeeper was Fulton Mackay who was better known as Mr Mackay, the main prison warder in the prison comedy Porridge, if that ever made it over to the US.

    (I think we had this conversation before...)

    [Edit] Will beat me to it. That will teach me to open a page and then go to A&E for an hour to have a scalpel stuck in my face before replying[/edit]
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2012
     (10751.58)
    I'm from France, and I watched a lot of Fraggle Rock as a kid in the 80's and i don't remember any floury baker. We're talking about the old man who lives in the house where the entrance to the cave is, right ? Where gobo has to go to get the postcard from his travelling uncle ? It was just an old man in a house with some kind of grey long-haired dog.
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    Quoth the 'pedia:

    - In the German version, the action takes place beneath the workshop of the inventor Doc (played by Hans-Helmut Dickow).

    - In France, the wraparound segments take place in a bakery with its version of Doc (played by Michel Robin) and a French alter-ego for Sprocket called Croquette. Doc inherited the home from his eccentric Uncle Georges (who was a noted inventor). Thus, when the frame story required the use of a mechanical device, Doc would merely find yet another of Uncle George's machines. Plotlines also frequently involved the elegant but unseen Madame Pontaven (who Doc repeatedly attempted to impress and invite to dinner with no success).
  5.  (10751.60)
    From the Wiki

    The producers made the series with the intention of it airing in various forms internationally. That concept grew out of Duncan Kenworthy's experience adapting Sesame Street to the requirements of foreign markets. The human "wraparound" segments were produced separately in several countries, with the intention that the child viewer would always be able to relate to the world of the program. The series has appeared now in over ten countries and languages. Head producer was Wesley James Tomlinson.
    The main version that was filmed in Canada features an inventor named Doc (played by Gerard Parkes) and his dog Sprocket. This wraparound was also used in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scandinavia, Spain and Eastern European shows. Dutch, Scandinavian, Spanish and Eastern European shows were dubbed in their respective languages.
    The British inserts were filmed at the TVS Television Theatre in Gillingham, Kent (since closed) and presents Fraggle Rock as a rocky sea-island with a lighthouse. It used as an actual shown location St. Anthony's Lighthouse located near Falmouth in Cornwall. The lighthouse keeper is The Captain (played by Fulton Mackay), a retired sailor who lives with his faithful dog Sprocket. In the third season the role was filled by John Gordon Sinclair as P.K. (the captain's nephew) and in the fourth Simon O'Brien as B.J. (the captain's son). 84 of these British wraparounds are now missing believed wiped. Only 12 are known to remain.
    In the German version, the action takes place beneath the workshop of the inventor Doc (played by Hans-Helmut Dickow).
    In France, the wraparound segments take place in a bakery with its version of Doc (played by Michel Robin) and a French alter-ego for Sprocket called Croquette. Doc inherited the home from his eccentric Uncle Georges (who was a noted inventor). Thus, when the frame story required the use of a mechanical device, Doc would merely find yet another of Uncle George's machines. Plotlines also frequently involved the elegant but unseen Madame Pontaven (who Doc repeatedly attempted to impress and invite to dinner with no success).