I saw a McDonald’s cup on the ground today (damn litterers 😒) and had to do a double-take because the new design uses an all-lowercase sans-serif font and breaks the name McDonald’s across three lines and looks an awful lot like it says “mcd on aids”. 🤦 Who thought of that? How did they miss it? Did they get fired? 🤔

"md/on/alds" looks like "mcd on aids"
New McDonald’s design is very easy to misread

Hollywood recycles actors in recycled plots

It’s no secret that Hollywood is loathe to do anything novel and is obsessed with remakes, but they also make “new” movies by recycling plots as well, even if they’re not direct remakes. But they’re so loathe to do anything new, that they’ll even go so far as to reuse the same actors when they recycle plots.

In 2003, Dennis Quaid starred in the movie Cold Creek Manor, in which he played a man who bought a house that was foreclosed on by the bank and seized from Stephen Dorf’s character, but Dorf’s character wouldn’t accept it and refused to leave and terrorized the new owner and his family.

In 2019, Dennis Quaid starred in the movie The Intruder in which he played a man who sells his house to a man (played by Michael Ealy) and his wife, but then refuses to leave and terrorizes them.

I expect Michael Ealy to star in a movie in 2035 as a man who refuses to leave his old home and terrorize the new owners. ¬_¬

Screenshot from “Cold Creek Manor” with Dennis Quaid and Stephen Dorf
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Screenshot from “The Intruder” with Dennis Quaid and Michael Ealy
The Intruder (2019)

Was that in the job-description? 🤔

When I was a child, I remember going to the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. It was exciting to go to the big city, and to go to a museum. I don’t remember too many specific things from the visit, but I do remember two.

One was the big funnel exhibit that “simulates” a black-hole where the balls roll around the funnel for a very long time until they eventually fall down the hole to be cycled back up.

The other thing I distinctly remember were the banks of microscopes that lined the wall right at the start at the entrance-doors (inside the foyer). I’m sure we looked through several of them to see various microscopic things, but there’s only one that I actually remember: the sperm. I remember looking through the microscope to see the sperm wriggling around. While I already knew about sperm (my mother had given us the birds-and-bees talk by then), it was interesting to actually see them.

What’s more interesting is that many (maybe 30) years later, it suddenly occurred to me to wonder where they SOURCED the sperm. It suddenly dawned on me that sperm don’t last very long, so they’d have to replace them at lease once per day. Whose job was that? I doubt they’d have a supplier, they likely just had one of the employees provide it. Was that in the job description? Would HR be involved? So many questions. 🤔

Condemned: Criminal Origins beat Doctor Who by two years

The Weeping Angels from the “Blink” episode of Doctor Who (June 9, 2007) instantly became one of the most iconic characters on the show, almost on par with the Daleks and Cybermen. They’ve been pretty popular and referenced in all kinds of other media since then. However, the game Condemned: Criminal Origins did that same concept two years earlier (November 22, 2005). At one point in the game, you investigate a derelict store and come across a bunch of mannequins which move when you turn your back on them.

For the record, SCP-173 was first posted to the /x board on 4chan on June 22, 2007, a couple of weeks after “Blink” aired, clearly inspired by it.

No doubt there have been other similar creatures imagined before the mannequins in Condemned. The concept is hardly unique or extraordinary. Feel free to mention some older ones in the comments.

Condemned: Criminal Origins released in 2005
Condemned: Criminal Origins had weeping-angel like mannequins in 2005
Doctor Who "Blink" episode released in 2007
Doctor Who’s weeping-angels were in 2007
SCP-173 was made right after the weeping-angels