Archive | July 3, 2012

Red Herring

Commenting on “bane-herrings” as an Icelandic kenning for “swords,” Ben Waggoner quietly drops into his translation of The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, among the otherwise serious scholarly endnotes, this one (p. 114, n. 4):

For more on the early medieval use of herrings as chopping tools, see Monty Python and the Holy Grail, scene 19.

Atlas Shrunk, Part 12: A Screen of Rays Calculated Against Everything

“One of the lessons we learned from Part 1 is that we need to use, in addition to the online media where we had that success, we also need to do more traditional media marketing.”
Harmon Kaslow, producer on Atlas Shrugged Part II.

No kidding. A movie for which I never saw a single tv ad, and which had one of the most boring posters ever created, did badly at the box office? Who coulda seen that coming?

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