Tuesday, May 30, 2006

False Adage

Does the fact that brevity
Is the soul of levity
Make this ditty
In any way witty?

- Thomas Jay Cubb

Alternate title: The Soul Of Wit

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

10 NINE 8 7 SIX

At the start of old British films, the pre-title countdown sequence leading up to the actual start of the film would go: "10 NINE 8 7 SIX 5 4 3" in one-second intervals.

The 6 and 9 were spelt out to avoid confusion in case the film is put in upside-down!

The countdown ends at three so that the countdown isn't shown if the film is put on screen a little earlier than intended.

+I: Countdowns were used for the first time in the context of launching rockets in Fritz Lang's movie Frau im Mond.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Sign Of Life

To not respond to happenings around you is equivalent to being dead.