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Friday, September 28, 2007

Observations of the Week: TV

Observation number 1: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

On the show, adult contestants pit their wits against the minds of Fifth Graders, who are - according to the premise of the show - smarter than the average adult. This is of course, not true, they are merely much more versed in the useless trivia that is taught in grade school. And we all know that trivia-
savvy and intelligence are not the same thing.

The show is amusing nonetheless. The contestants are allowed to choose one of the five Fifth Graders at a time to assist them with answering the trivia questions. More often than not,
I've noticed that contestants will begin the game by choosing the Fifth Grader who most resembles themselves physically. Maybe this is the same reason that dogs often resemble their owners, and lovers often look like kin -- maybe we are naturally drawn to things that resemble our reflections. Perhaps we are all a little narcissistic.


Observation number 2: Fox 13 News Quickcast

For a couple nights in a row, Ian and I were tricked into watching Fox 13's evening news program, even though it's completely useless. It's funny how those damn shows can just suck you in. In fact, I'm convinced that the only business these people are in these days is the business of sucking in viewers. It's an art form that they've managed to mind-numbingly perfect.

Each of Fox 13's fluffy little "news" stories is told a minimum of three times during the show, depending on how many commercial breaks it takes to get to the actual story. Just like how the plots of some movies are completely spoiled by their previews,
each news story is pretty much told in its entirety during the pre-commercial teases.

Turns out the stories are so fluffy and light of content that a little 10-second blurb is all it takes to report all the worthwhile details of the story. In fact, the entire hour-long newscast could be entirely condensed down to the five-minute
Quickcast at the end of the hour, during which time they rehash everything they've already reported. No details are lost, but the fluffy filler is trimmed down. You get the same stories, only packaged more efficiently. If only they would condense the fluffy feel-good stories into a segment called Fluffy-Feel-Good-Stories-in-a-Minute, and then give the World-in-a-Minute stories the reporting they deserve, then Fox 13 News might actually be worth watching.


Observation number 3: Jodie Saeland

On a related note, Ian and I suspect that Jodie
Saeland (aka "The Weather Troll" in our house) is actually played by identical twins. Why? Because one day she'll be pregnant, the next week not, and then two months later she's pregnant again! There's got to be two of them! It's local TV's best kept secret.


Observation number 4: Maruchan/Toyota

Ian pointed this one out to me, and if you haven't payed attention to the ending screens of Toyota ads, you probably won't know what I'm talking about.

But first recall if you will the little oval-shaped face on the
Maruchan Cup-of-Noodle packages. This face bears a mighty resemblance to the little oval-shaped Toyota face at the end of Toyota commercials. You know the one? It touches a pointed finger to its head and then morphs into the standard oval-shaped Toyota emblem. I guess that's what you get when you hire your ad consultants right out of college. They are so used to eating the Cup-of-Noodles that they have visions of Maruchan Man floating in their heads.

Where's the trademark infringement suit on this one?



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6 comments:

L&H&Q said...

We were just watching Fox 13 News and wondered if Jodie Saeland was preggers. I googled "Jodie Saeland" and this blog popped up second on the list. Priceless! You've nailed it. Now we know.

Sra said...

Ha ha! I'm glad my little theory rings true with someone else ;)

Thanks for visiting!

b. said...

jodie is a wonder at our house too. Like your previous commenter....I looked her up and here you are.

EXCELLENT OBSERVATION!!

You are so right, there HAS to be two. There can be no other reason for the on again, off again pregnancies!

BRILLIANT!

b. said...

jodie is a wonder at our house too. Like your previous commenter....I looked her up and here you are.

EXCELLENT OBSERVATION!!

You are so right, there HAS to be two. There can be no other reason for the on again, off again pregnancies!

BRILLIANT!

Sra said...

Ha ha! I'm glad my little theory rings true with someone else ;)

Thanks for visiting!

L&H&Q said...

We were just watching Fox 13 News and wondered if Jodie Saeland was preggers. I googled "Jodie Saeland" and this blog popped up second on the list. Priceless! You've nailed it. Now we know.

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