Archive for Random oddities

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park

Happy Spring! From the satirical genius Tom Lehrer:

Have had this stuck in my head for two days… it won’t leave 🙂


I admit I have rather strange tastes in cartoons. There’s nothing better than sitting back, turning my brain off and watching some ridiculous animated serial that involves recycling or satirizing some serious comic book or classic television superhero cartoons. All that with some obscure pop-culture references, adult themes, and random weirdness thrown in for fun. Lots of giggles to be had.

In this seeming ever expanding genre, I floated around from Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and more recently Archer (to which I have tasted only one episode).

None of these can hold a candle to my favourite: The Venture Bros.  I swear this stuff is GENIUS.

I’ll spare you the premise (which can be had from the above link and a million other places) and submit exhibit A:

Truckules! In all his glory!


Who the fuck is this guy supposed to be? Apparently the love child of Optimus Prime and Hercules as far as I can tell. The show has featured him in a number of episodes in minor roles to the point where I can’t figure out what this guy’s super power is supposed to be. Does he just … run over people? What happens when he runs out of diesel? Does he stink up the house? Can he tow a building down or something?

Only the creators know.

All I’ve seen him do so far is mix at super villain socials, making grandad jokes about truckiness.

The mere thought of this guy has had me in giggle-fits for the last three days. The name is enough, just say “Truckules” in my presence and I’ll rolling around the carpet in hysterics. It is the most lovingly demented idea for a cartoon character I’ve ever seen, and that’s counting Japan’s menagerie!

Applause to the creators. You guys broke my brain in the best way possible.

For those who haven’t seen the show, see it all ready, you have four seasons to catch up on.

Best of all: it’s scheduled to return May 19, 2013 for season 5, after an agonizingly long hiatus.


Bone Vampire

So last night I was watching Futurama with my lady-love and came across this lovely fellow:

Bone Vampire

Bone Vampire

Cute isn’t he?

This was the episode “Fry am the egg man” where Fry hatches an egg to reveal… this. A horrid monster who uses acid to liquify and consume the bones of its prey leaving fleshy left-overs.

It is mentioned in the episode that Prof. Farnsworth consults the “Gygaxicon” which I immediately recognize as an obvious D&D reference.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the episode, and still having that cute monster’s image burned into my brain, I consulted my actual (as in vintage dead-tree) Monstrous Manual (AD&D 2nd Ed) to try and find this “bone vampire”

Sadly, none were to be found. Shame, would have made a great D&D monster…

Still wish I had one as a pet.