Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Because Kitchen Confidential Wasn't Funny, It Used a Hit By a Bus Gag

I've been watching Kitchen Confidential on Hulu (to see what the big deal was) and I was completely unprepared for this:



And I guess that's what makes it funny? But no one does it as well as Mean Girls (warning, she gets hit by a school bus):



Which isn't to say that it's OK, but if we need to pick someone doing the gag well, I nominate Mean Girls. (At the very least, it is substantially less infuriating than anyone else.)

(Searching for that clip I found a "montage" of hit-by-a-bus clips (Mean Girls, Nip/Tuck, Lost). Which seems kind of crude. The commenter seem concerned that Final Destination wasn't included, which is a silly game to play, since the "hahaha a quick hit by a bus" is fairly common and was "pioneered" long before the horror film stepped in. The commenters are also concerned with realism, and things spiral pretty quickly, so click that link at your own peril.)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Via Gawker (who yanked WaPo), it's been learned that former Post ombudsman Deborah Howell has died as the result of her injuries from an auto-pedestrian accident. Howell, 68, was on vacation in New Zealand when she was struck. From WaPo:

Howell was traveling in New Zealand on vacation with her husband, C. Peter Magrath, at the time of the accident. Her stepson Nick Coleman said Howell suffered fatal injuries when struck by a vehicle. She lived in Glen Echo.

Howell is credited for leading the way in journalism for women and holding the position as the first woman to lead a newspaper (so as a female journalist myself, she's somewhat of an icon).

This is my favorite part, yanked from Gawker's remembrance:

In 2006, her Ombudsman tenure, not four months old, got pretty interesting when she noted that Jack Abramoff had made contributions to both Democrats and Republicans; she later corrected herself as noting that Abramoff had "directed" contributions to both political parties. After a drawn-out brouhaha involving hate speech, shutting down comments, corrections, and the exact kind of thing editors at majors newspapers never want to have to deal with, Howell infamously noted then:

To all of those who wanted me fired, I'm afraid you're out of luck. I have a contract. For the next two years, I will continue to speak my mind. Keep smiling. I will.

It's the DC way of having said "suck it."

Howell was awesome and she will be greatly missed.