John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk

World of weird

"It's a strange world."
"Let's keep it that way."

(Elijah Snow and Jakita Wagner, Planetary #1)

I've encountered a few things in the last few days that struck me as rather bizarre, so I thought that I'd share them with the rest of you fine people...

1) The song "Summer Girls" by "The lyte funkie ones". This was shown on the "Smash Hits" music channel, in their "20 worst ever boybands" segment, and it's a cross between a stream of consciousness and some kind of sponsorship/endorsement contract. Sample lyrics:

"New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits,
Chinese food makes me feel sick,
I like girls who wear Abercrombie and Finch."

Say what?!

2) There's a tanning salon in Croydon town centre, and the advertising board outside says "As seen on Friends!" The only relevant episode I remember was the one where Ross wound up with about 10 layers of tan on his front and nothing at all on his back, which doesn't seem like a great endorsment. On the other hand, I've never felt the urge to spray paint my entire body, so I may simply not be the target audience.

3) There are people who go into robotics to reshape the world as we know it; there are others who build rather silly robots. Apparently it's impossible to tickle yourself, but people at UCL have invented a tickling robot (operating on a random delay), which does allow you to tickle yourself by remote control. More recently, someone has had success at creating a walking robot; I was amused by the "poking robot" which tries to push the walking robot over. I'm sure you could do that testing more cheaply with the aid of a stick, but that would be a cool thing to have on your CV.

4) There was a trailer on TV tonight (advertising a forthcoming program) which had a picture of Kylie Minogue. More specifically, it was a close-up on her rear end while she was wearing gold lame hotpants, and the voiceover said "Let Sky Arse take you behind the scenes of the Kylie exhibition!" I was sure that I must have misheard that, but they said the same thing again, so I assumed that this must be some kind of joke, for a Viz-themed evening. Then they put some text on the screen: it turned out to be Sky Arts, which makes a bit more sense than an "All bums, all the time!" channel.
Tags: baffling, music, tv

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