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This cracks me up

I don’t know. Maybe you have to live here. But I can totally see the monster pausing his rampage for a refreshing cup of tea and a slice of toast (from a Daily Mail feature on horror movies on break).

Christmas is a week from today. Feel free to be unserious!

Or, you know, feel free to continue being serious, if you’d rather. And if the unserious comments and the serious comments bump up against each other in an awkward, embarrassing way, we can deal with that. Together.

Comments


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 18, 2012, 10:55 pm

What do Weasels and Badgers eat for Christmas dinner? Does Uncle Badger have a traditional mustelid treat? (not mice) :)


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:01 pm

Turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce. Pussy rolls. A small ham.

The usual.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:27 pm

This is the new girl in Bob Mulroy’s life. She has no name. ‘Nuff said.


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:29 pm

Comment from Bob Mulroy Time: December 18, 2012, 10:47 pm
Maybe we could name the hedgehog I got saturday? That might be fun.
Bob, I have never touched a hedgehog, but permit me to suggest “Milward” for your new little friend, honor of the great English needle company.

Ok. Girl hedgehog: Milly Ward. Oh—so adorable. I want one just like her.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:39 pm

A name for a new hedgehog, Bob? Is it male for female?

How about Ace or Erin?

(Hedgehogs are of the order Erinaceomorpha – but you knew that!)


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:41 pm

…or perhaps Boris. There’s something about that coiffeur…


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:44 pm

Sorry, Uncle Al. Not sure why the filter objected to your first try.

It’s got a bit of an itchy trigger finger after dealing with Oceania all weekend.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 18, 2012, 11:48 pm

The one I found in the garden was a sweet little beast, but not as cute as the African pygmies they sell for pets.


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 19, 2012, 12:21 am

Mildew.

‘Cause she looks like it.

Well…a little bit….

Sea Anemone?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 19, 2012, 12:49 am

The mascot of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina is Mildred the Bear, a mangy old black bear. The original Mildred is dead now…long dead…but they’re still calling her successors Mildred.

Anyway, when he was little, my nephew called her Mildew the Bear. And then he broke into peals of laughter.

It was good.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 19, 2012, 12:52 am

Anemone is good. Annie for short.


Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: December 19, 2012, 1:20 am

Dinsdale.


Comment from Oceania
Time: December 19, 2012, 1:25 am

Oh you still have Hogs? Sick looking hogs too! You can tell by the prickles – and their lack of direction.

Sort of Frankenstein like, just like your government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gZn-Pq38B_Y


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 19, 2012, 2:05 am

RE: horror movie characters.

I’m much more interested in scifi and have Babylon 5 on DVD. In one of the commentaries, it was said that Ambassador Mollari, in character, off camera while on the set would wander around trying out different was to shout ‘Garibaldi!’. Meanwhile The Narn Ambassador G’Kar, in character, full makeup and costume would hang out with the crew out back during smoke breaks, smoking a cigarette.

I also loved the Adams Family movies.


Comment from AliceH
Time: December 19, 2012, 2:06 am

I dunno. To me, hogs, hedge- or otherwise, suggest the name ‘Harley’. Then again, I suck at names.

Four years ago, got a cat and named her after a vaguely-remembered heroine of a favorite sci-fi/gothic novel I’d read as youngster. It was not a name of anyone I knew ever. When the fourth person asked if she was named after some ‘Twilight’ character, I looked into it and discovered I’d named my cat the most popular, faddish, doofy some tween vampire or vampire-girlfriend ever: Isabella. I’m embarrassed to call her by name now.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: December 19, 2012, 5:48 am

There were some amazing actors in Babylon 5, unknowns in America that were given an amazing shot at making something special and they truly did.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:00 am

Alice – If the cat is black or black-ish, you could rename her SITH. Cat Sith is a being from ancient lore, and is put to GREAT use in the latest Jim Butcher Novel. A TOTAL Faerie badass….

“Slicing your spine into coasters would cheer me. May I?”

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121208151730/dresdenfiles/images/8/84/Tumblr_m4a1diFxXM1rn4tc0o1_400.jpg


Comment from Oceania
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:24 am

Achtung!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1209/S00555/the-mystery-of-the-nazi-submarine-in-nz-solved.htm


Comment from Oceania
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:28 am

Rumour has it that she is being recovered.


Comment from Becca
Time: December 19, 2012, 12:19 pm

How about Fuschia? Because she’s, you know, not that color and I’m re-reading the Gormenghast trilogy right now.

I love Peake’s character names. Prunesquallor, Steerpike, Sepulchrave, Flay, Swelter, Sourdust, Nannie Slagg…


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 19, 2012, 1:53 pm

Gormenghast made me suicidal when I was about fifteen. Haven’t read Peake since.


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: December 19, 2012, 4:03 pm

Cat names . . . I named one little Siberian female Tatiana Romanova, for the heroine of From Russia with Love. One of the two current feline thugs is Chekov, spelled like the Star Trek character, though Miss Linda keeps wanting me to amend it to Chekhov the author.

My big black rangy cat I named Wolf, because wolves do come in black, and how unoriginal is “Midnight” or “Inky” for a black cat? Plus he was “hungry like the wolf” (remember Duran Duran?).

Linda’s colorpoint Siberian, who looks like a dish of fudge ripple ice cream with blue eyes, got dubbed Angelique. Ironic, considering the cat’s near-demonic personality. . . .


Comment from surly
Time: December 19, 2012, 4:45 pm

How ’bout…Hedgey. Dunno, cute, obvious


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 19, 2012, 6:00 pm

@AliceH—you could call the cat “Tibby” since that is a very old-fashioned nickname for Elizabeth, Isabella, et cetera.


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: December 19, 2012, 6:18 pm

I haven’t noticed much personality yet. She likes to eat, sleep, and hide under my beard.


Comment from Oldcat
Time: December 19, 2012, 6:33 pm

Spiny Norma for the hedgehog.


Comment from Oldcat
Time: December 19, 2012, 6:35 pm

Alice H –

Shorten Isabella to “Sabby” rather than “Bella”


Comment from Oldcat
Time: December 19, 2012, 6:39 pm

Linda’s colorpoint Siberian, who looks like a dish of fudge ripple ice cream with blue eyes, got dubbed Angelique. Ironic, considering the cat’s near-demonic personality. . . .

The SF series with the Stainless Steel Rat has a character “Angelina” that is a mass murderess, who he marries after a more or less successful personality workover.

I named a girl cat with a borderline personality after her.


Comment from mojo
Time: December 19, 2012, 7:13 pm

Definitely Dinsdale.


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 19, 2012, 8:21 pm

I am so dim—but two people have suggested the name Dinsdale, for the little hedgehog and I don’t know why. Please explain.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 19, 2012, 8:44 pm

Dinsdale Piranha was a British gangster in a Monty Python skit, who was convinced that a giant hedgehog named Spiny Norman was following him. Spiny Norman lived in a hanger at Heathrow.


Comment from AliceH
Time: December 19, 2012, 8:51 pm

All very good suggestions for alternate nicknames – thank you – but I’m afraid it’s too late. Too many people (not to mention the cat) know her as Bella; my prior effort at a do-over already failed. Oh well. Next time I get a pet, I’ll come here for suggestions instead of foolishly thinking I can responsibly accomplish something so weighty on my own!

btw – she’s a calico.


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 19, 2012, 9:14 pm

Thank you SCOTTtheBadger.
I know it sounds heretical, but I have never watched Monty Python. When the show was first broadcast in the US, it came on in the wee small hours, and somehow I never found it available at a better time. Maybe someone in my family will give me Amazon bucks for Christmas, and I will buy all the Monty Python DVDs, and laugh myself silly.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 19, 2012, 9:30 pm

Here you go,Deborah, this is Part 1, the others should cue up in order.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygg2KlicnOQ

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Comment from Carl
Time: December 19, 2012, 9:31 pm

I picked up a hedgehog once. I didn’t realise that they are usually infested with fleas. I felt the fleas hopping onto my bare forearm. Ugh!

Deborah, I watched several episodes of Monty Python after hearing how fantastic it was. I found that it was a curious mixture. 20% of the sketches were brilliantly funny. The rest were totally unfunny.

I did enjoy Life of Brian though.


Comment from mojo
Time: December 19, 2012, 9:59 pm

I think the Piranha brothers were based on the Krays, but I could be wrong.


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:06 pm

SCOTT! Thank you. I won’t get my chores done today, that’s certain :) I had to watch the first one twice to catch all the dialog!


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:20 pm

I was at Barnes and Noble, and saw a book on raising hedgehogs. In the chapter on breeding, I read a sentence that has stayed with me, ” The male carefully mounts the female ” . Yes, I imagine does.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:26 pm

You are very welcome, Deborah! Badgers are not just cuddley, we are helpful, as well.


Comment from Redd
Time: December 19, 2012, 10:41 pm

Firearms sales increased dramatically with Obama in office then again when people thought he would win his second term. Now, stores are selling out of semiautomatic rifles.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: December 20, 2012, 3:26 am

Redd – Furthermore, NRA memberships have jumped an additional 8 thousand per day on average..

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/12/19/nra-sees-surge-in-membership-after-newtown-tragedy-average-of-8k-new-members-a-day-since-shooting/


Comment from Tibby
Time: December 20, 2012, 4:11 pm

I like Thistle as a name…I know it’s obvious, so!?


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 22, 2012, 9:38 pm

Cat name. Once had a cat, offspring of our other cat. Jet black, born in our closet at zero dark 30 on Friday the 13th. Had to have an appropriate name, so he became bête noire. Literally “black beast” but colloquially “pet peeve”.

Subotai Bahadur


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2012, 11:48 pm

My mother and I had a tradition of naming our cats after serial killers. Her last cat was Jeffrey. My last cat (while she was alive and I maintained the tradition) was Andrew.

That last one is a bit of a serial killer trivia question.


Comment from RealMc
Time: December 23, 2012, 12:28 am

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2012, 11:48 pm

Andrew Phillip Cunanan (August 31, 1969 – July 23, 1997) is the dude that killed Versace and 4 others…….


Comment from Redd
Time: December 23, 2012, 12:56 am

Cunanan was a spree killer — not that I personally distinguish between the two.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2012, 1:03 pm

Good guess, but I think my Andrew was dead by then. In this case, Lizbeth Andrew Borden. Though she technically wasn’t a serial killer either.


Comment from RealMc
Time: December 23, 2012, 1:53 pm

Ah….Nope, I’d have never guessed that one.

I do remember the cops chasing Cunanan to the boat where he saved the taxpayers $$.


Comment from Redd
Time: December 23, 2012, 3:09 pm

So, what really set Cunanan off? I always thought it was a homicidal hissy fit.

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