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Friday, 27 July 2007

Meet the Furry Grim Reaper

Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live. Nursing home staffers aren't concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying. Read more here.

I'm hoping to see the Simpsons Movie tomorrow morning hoping (foolishly) that the cinema will be child free at 11.30am. I've high hopes for this film. It's make or break time for me and the Simpsons (as I've already posted). The signs are looking good on Metacritic. It should have an average score of 82/100 because I don't care what Empire say. It's only them being controversial ass bandits. My reason for posting a picture of Bartman: apparently, there will be a new Dark Knight trailer screened before the film in a few days after it's premier at the ComicCon festival sometime soon.

In other comic related news, how about this for an example of chronic diarrhoea in article form? An idiot, who goes by the name of Sarah Churchwell (a senior lecturer in American literature and culture at the University of East Anglia, apparently) posted an article on describing Heroes as "a myth about power, made by a country in the midst of a serious identity crisis". Pants, I say. First of all, she based all of this on seeing the first two episodes of a 23 part series which aired on BBC2 last night.

She goes to great lengths trying to find the symbolism behind the heroes stories including the loveable Hiro ("geddit?" haha- well spotted you jackass) only to come up with "Enamoured with superiority but worried about elitism, this is a story in which hitherto ordinary people discover that being special may not be all it's cracked up to be". Ya think? A man is on the verge of exploding and you think he might like the up side of that? Oh, that's right. Two episodes.

She might as well have written "The characters seem real, but when I reach out to touch them, I am stopped by the plastic cover of this television box set . I am perplexed by this." The comments made on the article are pretty spot on in most cases. Except the guy who thinks it's all very Harry Potter even though he hasn't seen the show and only managed to read the first book of seven.

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