With all the news in the press about the forthcoming Monty Python reunion I thought that it would be appropriate to do a post about the Pythons. I’m sure that any fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus will be very familiar with the classic catch phrase from the show; “And now for something completely different“. However did you know that the phrase was coined by 60s Blue peter presenter Christopher Trace and later taken up by the Python team?
Did you ever wonder why Doctor Who‘s TARDIS was externally a UK Police Box? well wonder no more; apparently the TARDIS (which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space) was built with a ‘chameleon circuit‘ which enabled it to blend in with its surroundings. However that circuit broke in the 1960s in Shoreditch, London. So now it will always be stuck as a Police Box.
The first Police box was installed in 1877 just a year after the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. Until the 1960s most of them were coloured red. Blue was introduced in the early 1960s. They were phased out around 1970. Although some UK cities have experimented with bringing them back in some form during recent years.
Apparently all the characters in the Simpsons have four fingers on each hand except for one; that’ll be the one and only God, he has five fingers on each hand. I wonder what the likes of Richard Dawkins and Charles Darwin would make of that. I also wonder whether God had a (five-fingered) hand in the show becoming the longest running cartoon show in TV history?
Lionesses have rather excellent taste in my opinion, largely because they apparently prefer the less hirsute kind of Lion. So take pride in the fact that the Main man of the pride doesn’t have to have the biggest mane. So does that mean that if I was a lion I would attract lots of big ferocious pussies? In which case I just can’t wait to be king!
I guess that naming a street in your town after someone famous is commonplace. But how about naming it after a fictitious character? Even worse perhaps using the fictitious character’s name as part of a pun. Well it has happened on more than one occasion with just one character alone. Yes there are apparently 23 streets in America that are called Lois Lane. Do you know of any other names used in that way? I would love to hear about them if you do!
Firstly a big thank you to the classic horror comedy film ‘Shaun Of The Dead‘ for providing the title of this post. It is a post about blood, well fake blood to be precise. The 2007 vampire film ‘30 Days Of Night‘ used a paltry 4,500 litres of stage blood. Why paltry I hear you say. well largely because the recent remake of ‘The Evil Dead‘ used more than 5 times as much; a whopping 25,000 litres!
Don’t worry the Pope hasn’t eloped, but wouldn’t that make a great headline? I think it would, but I must confess it has nothing to do with this post at all. It is simply a great headline that will never be.
In fact I’m bored with all the hullabaloo around the election of a new Pope; are you? OK so if I’m bored why am I typing this? Well there has been an interesting little fact that has arisen as Pope Francis, an Argentinian, is the first non-European Pope for more than 1,000 years. The last Supreme Pontiff to come from outside of Europe was Pope Gregory III who was the Catholic Head Honcho from AD731 to AD741 and he came from Syria.
Interestingly (well I think so) one of his first decisions after donning the Papal robes and the pointy hat was to ban the consumption of horsemeat. I can see a potential parallel here with this modern age can you, especially as Argentina is a big beef producer? Can we assume that Pope Gregory’s second decision was to continue to turn a blind eye to the buggering of choir boys and their equivalent from the 8th Century.