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I feel really bad for people who have a peanut allergy. Peanuts are delicious and to not be able to enjoy them must suck. It's particularly bad for people who can have a reaction to even the smallest exposure.
But really, where the hell did peanut allergies come from? It seems like until a couple of years ago you never heard of anyone with a peanut allergy. I mean allergies don't become epidemic do they? I mean, were there hordes of peanut allergic folks doing the nasty and they just had a bunch of kids? I have no idea.
Just something I was thinking about.

The Worst of the Best

I am a huge, huge fan of horror movies and as a kid (and even now) I devoured horror films. And like many, I loved the Freddy and Jason movies. But they got me to thinking. Every series has an entry that is the absolute worst. Which are they? Well, here they are.
– A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge- I think that in this movie not only did Freddy want to kill all the teenagers, he wanted to romance the male ones. This movie was suspiciously homoerotic.
– Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday- The worst because you only see Jason at the beginning and the end of the film. Stupid!
– The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation- It wouldn't even have been released had Matthew McConnaughy and Renee Zelweger not been in it. The Sawyer family has a member with a cybernetic leg and they are affiliated with a perverted pierced Illuminati member. Huh?
-Halloween: Resurrection- The one with Busta Rhymes. And it accomplished the impossible. It made me not care when Michael Myers was on screen.
– Child's Play 3- Chucky at a military academy. With one of the kids from Adventures in Babysitting.


Today I was thinking about GI Joe (particularly my lingering childhood crush on The Baroness, whose glasses, dark hair and accent made me hit puberty like four times when I was 12). And it struck me that there were some really bizarre things going on with the Real American Hero.
– If Destro's head and face are made of metal then why do his lips move? They never said it was liquid metal or anything.
– If all the other Joes get neat superhero-esque costumes that are definitely not standard issue, why is Shipwreck just wearing standard issue Navy blues?
– Along that line, what was up with Bazooka? His costume was a helmet and football jersey.
– Was the GI Joe Sgt. Slaughter the same person as the pro wrestler Sgt. Slaughter? I mean did he join GI Joe after his wrestling career was over?
– Why was Major Bludd never fired if his every battle ended with him ordering a retreat?
– Who paints the grenades? Many Joes had grenades on their uniform that were colored to match their uniform (for example, Roadblock had an orange grenade). Seriously? Who gets this job?
– Whatever happened to Big Lob? He was the rhyming basketball playing recruit in GI Joe: The Movie. Did they just realize that it was silly to have a guy whose only skill is playing basketball be a member of GI Joe?

Buffy Buffy Buffy

Having caught an episode of Buffy on TV the other, I was thinking about just how much I love this show. So many memorable characters, great dialogue and awesome monsters. So I got to thinking about each season and what I like about. So here are my favorite Buffy episodes by season.
Season 1- "Prophecy Girl"- The season 1 finale was a hint of things to come. A showdown with the Big Bad. Plus Buffy dies for the first time.
Season 2- "Becoming"- The two-part season finale (I promise they aren't all season finales). Buffy sends Angel to Hell. It brings a tear to my eye.
Season 3- "Band Candy"- A stand alone episode that featured magically enchanted fundraiser candy reverting adults to their teenaged mindsets. Highlights include Buffy's mom crushing on a very punk rock Giles and Principal Snyder showing that he was as much a weasel as a kid as his was as an adult.
Season 4- "Hush"- I love every season of this show but this was probably the weakest season. "Hush", however, stands apart for it's stellar performances, introduction of Tara and creepy villains The Gentlemen.
Season 5- "The Body"- A very non-supernatural Buffy. The one where Buffy discovers her mother's dead body and the grief that follows. It tore me up at the time.
Season 6- "Once More With Feeling"- The musical episode. As a musical fan I really dug this episode. Plus it served as a great showcase for the singing talents of James Marsters, Anthony Head and Amber Benson. Not to mention having some of the funniest Anya moments ever.
Season 7- "Conversations With Dead People"- Almost picked 'The Storyteller' here for showcasing Andrew but 'Conversations' was an emotional firecracker. Dawn think she is talking to her dead mom and Willow thinks she is talking to her dead girlfriend Tara but both turn out to be mind games played by the season's Big Bad, The First.

Obviously there are other great episodes- "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", "Dopplegangland", "Buffy vs. Dracula", "Fool For Love" and "The Storyteller" just to name a few.

First Class

I am sort of getting psyched to see X-First Class. The very idea of an X-Men film set in the 1960's gives me fanboy giggles. Seeing Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and The Beast as younger characters is fascinating, as is the inclusion of such characters as Belasco (I am assuming that's who the red devil guy is supposed to be), Havok, Banshee, Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw.
I envision that if this film is successful it can become it's own sub-franchise. Carrying the story into the 70's, 80's and 90's before catching up with main continuity. And the plethora of untapped X-Men characters and stories leaves a lot of ground to cover. Maybe they could bring in such great unused characters as X-23, Dazzler, Psylocke, Boomer, Mirage, Magik, Mister Sinister and Mimic.