The embedded video at the bottom of this post consists of an entire feature-length film titled Four Jills in A Jeep. It recounts the based-on-truth activities of four female stars on the USO circuit during WWII. You are kindly invited to watch the whole thing if you wish: there's some good singing, and a few laughs amidst the corn. But if you only have three minutes to spare, please do this:
1) Allow the whole video to load, with the sound off if you wish. It'll take a little bit, depending on your connection, natch.
2) Push the slider to the one-hour-and-nine-minutes mark. That's when our gals arrive at a North African village.
3) Wait patiently until, at the mark of 1:11:27, Kay Francis says "They brought us in on a camel caravan."
There's only one problem. Francis had a famous lisp, so the line becomes: "They brought us in on a camoo cawavan."
Watching this at home, we almost fell out of our seats, and had to replay the line several times to make sure we had heard right, laughing harder each time. I can guarantee you will not witness a funnier line-reading for a long time.
A combination clotheshorse/workhorse, Kay Francis made 67 films from 1929 to 1946. Her life and career are a splurging record of indulgent consumption and extravagant dissipation....She usually drank a tumbler of gin for breakfast, got bored very easily, and slept around indiscriminately [with both men and women], racking up a high number of abortions... Kear and Rossman's book quotes liberally from Francis' diary, even using pull quotes from it on many of the pages, so that you feel their subject is talking directly to you. Kay repeatedly calls herself a bitch and a slut, proclaims her pooped-out boredom, and runs down her list of conquests. "Had merciless afternoon with Maurice (Chevalier)," she reports. "Four times in two hours." Her taste ran to talented directors too, like Goulding, Mamoulian, Lang, and Preminger. She could be generous: "Had to sleep with her because she wanted me," says one entry.
On May 21st 2008 Wii Fit came out. Ever since then there's been a lot of sites saying this is Nintendo's first exercising game. It's not. Back in 1986 a game in Japan came out called Family Trainer and in 1988 it was released in North America as Family Fun Fitness. It didn't use a small mat like Wii Fit did, instead it used a mat that looks like an early version of Dance Dance Revolution called the NES Power Pad.
Due to lack of interest from players and developers most of the games never made it out of Japan.
Joseph Northington robbed a bank in Columbia, SC last January while visiting a friend. Said friend saw his picture on surveillance video and turned him in to police. But hey don't blame the friend for turning him in, after all he did post it on his myspace page as well. 'On tha run for robbin a bank Love all yall.' Cops don't have computers, do they? Read the whole story here- http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090529/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_myspace_confession
Back in 1952 Tom Cranston invented the world's first trackball which used a 5 pin bowling ball. It was used for a military project called DATAR. It was never patented because DATAR was a secret military project. You can read about it here at wikipedia The Story
I'm sure some of you (if not most) know who Werner Herzog is and I thought I'd share the trailer for his next film with you. This film is not really a prequel/sequel of Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant" with Harvey Keitel, but I guess more of a reworking. I don't know, but it looks like a lot of fun. If you're at work, you might want to keep the volume down.
And if you can buy one at a tax sale,it might be an especially good investment. How about when after buying that funeral home you discover four bodies that have never been buried and the building has been unoccupied for three years?
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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