I got through one episode of House of Cards.
I wouldn’t know which Game went to which Throne. I might get to Legends of Tomorrow – tomorrow. I did watch Arrow for a while. When Felicity Smoak *sigh* started to act less nerdy-funny and more vixeny-funny. (I like the glasses and awkwardness, thank you. Hi, Felicity.)
I’m not exactly the trendy TV watcher.
My show of choice: M*A*S*H*. As a friend asked last night, “you mean, that show from when we were kids?” Yes, that show. It came on at 11 p.m. when we were kids. We’d hear the first strains of that theme song, and knew we were on borrowed awake time.
(It’s called Suicide is Painless. Did you know that?) What Generation X kid doesn’t have a memory that goes with that song?
I’m not totally stuck in the past. I’ve been known to binge on Malcolm in the Middle and even Orange is the New Black. Hi, Pipes.
1. How many seasons of M*A*S*H* are there?
Ignore the fact that Two and a Half Men also reached that benchmark.
M*A*S*H* switched commanding officers and Hawkeye Pierce’s bunkmates and lasted 11 seasons. Cool shows such as Happy Days and The Jeffersons also lasted 11 years. Ignore the fact that Two and a Half Men also reached that benchmark.
M*A*S*H*, the show documenting the antics of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, lasted seven years longer than the actual Korean War.
Other cool M*A*S*H* facts
- Alan Alda, who played Hawkeye, wrote 13 and directed 31 episodes. He won an Emmy for acting, directing, and writing on the same show – the first ever to do it.
- Gobs of actors passed through the doors of the 4077th before they became stars, including Patrick Swayze, Ron Howard and John Ritter. Teri Garr, Rita Wilson and Shelley Long also made appearances before their stars rose.
- One M*A*S*H* spinoff had a run of exactly one pilot episode, shown once. W*A*L*T*E*R told the tale of Walter “Radar” O’Reilly’s post-M*A*S*H* life as a St. Louis police officer who’d lost his farm and wife, and had attempted suicide. Dark, man, dark.
2. Why is it Alvin and Chipmunks? Theodore is cuter.
It’s a great debate for any fantastic ensemble – who’s the leading man? Or, chipmunk?
Yeah. There’s always a fan of the bit player.
George Harrison fans know. Or who’s the kid who left One Direction, Zayn? Yeah. There’s always a fan of the bit player. You know, like Felicity Smoak. *sigh* Pinterester Tiffany Glazer compiled her own online shrine to the forgotten chipmunk. Check it out.
It’s a nod to the shorter, less prominent mammal with not so much game as other ‘munks. I hear you, T. I hear you.
3. How can you tell how old a buck is?
It’s not all in the antlers.
Deer, like the rest of us, fall victim to that middle-age spread. A pro can estimate a buck’s age by how his belly sags. Doesn’t sound majestic, does it? Look for these clues:
Small racks not wider than a buck’s ears, 4×4 or more points, slender torso = 1 ½ years old
Still slender, more muscle tone, swollen neck during the rut = 2 ½ years old
Rump and chest jutting out, lean and flat gut = 3 ½ years old
Neck and chest seamless, heavy rear, common line between chest and stomach = 4 ½ years old
Big-time chest, bulbous Roman nose, gut and back line begin to sag = 5 ½ years old
By age 7 ½ to 8 ½, a buck becomes a senior citizen, with diminished antler size and physique. They don’t often make it to this golden age in the wild.
4. How do they come up with dinosaur names?
Dinosaur names come from three sources, generally:
WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE | The root words come from the Greek and Latin, although some are Chinese. Example: Ankylosaurus (a favorite dinosaur of mine, since Marie did a project on him years ago) means ‘fused lizard’ in Greek.
Fused bones in his skeleton made him a rugged prehistoric tank.
WHERE THEY WERE FOUND | The Utahraptor speaks for itself. Lots of dinos make their splash in Utah. Not every state has that kind of track record. No one’s dug up a Hawaiiraptor or Southcarolinaraptor, for instance, as of press time.
FOLKS | They don’t even have to be real folk. Sauroniops comes from Sauron, of Lord of the Rings fame. Gagadon, a diminutive hoofed mammal, bears a name from Lady Gaga. Obamadon needs no introduction.
This skittering lizard didn’t do much with an executive pen, either.
Some names are just cool, like Gigantoraptor, Anzu, and Daemonosaurus. Others, well … Pantydraco, Dollodon, and Piatnitzkysaurus … they’re all fierce, at least. Kinda.
5. Is lazing a word?
Lazing is the gerund or present participle of laze. If you spend time in a relaxed, lazy manner, you’ve been lazing.
If you’ve witnessed Trapper’s entire stint with the 4077th without so much as a potty break, you’ve been lazing. If you’ve tried to plop one dinosaur’s head on another’s skeleton to make your own dinosaur discovery, you’ve definitely been lazing.
If you read this post instead of feeding your toddler Goldfish, or instead of reviewing the Johnson Report, or taking notes in biology class, well, you’ve been lazing, too.