VOTD: Airplane! vs Zero Hour!

I’m sure like me you enjoy comedies and by now you must have seen either scenes from or the entire movie, Airplane! It’s a spoof comedy starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays and Lloyd Bridges, amongst others. It’s one of my all time favourite comedies and it’s in my DVD collection.

Some of my favourite quotes are between Leslie Nielsen’s character, Dr Rumack and Julie Hagerty‘s character Elaine Dickinson:

Dr. Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Elaine: Surely you can’t be serious?

Dr. Rumack: I am, and don’t call me Shirley.

Dr. Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.

Elaine: A hospital? What is it?

Dr. Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.

The quotes themselves are funny, but what makes them even funnier is seen in context, the actor’s facial expressions and the things that went on in the background of most scenes. It’s pure genius – yes, comedy is subjective but if you’ve not seen it yet give it a go.

But I digress – what about this Zero Hour you mentioned in the title, I hear you ask.

Glad you asked – did you ever see a movie titled Zero Hour! before? I sure didn’t. And an even lesser known fact is that Airplane was in fact a re-make of the original Zero Hour movie, except that it was turned into a comedy. I too, can’t help but sit with a smile on my face while looking at some of the scenes from the original movie.

Take a look at the clip below showing comparisons of scenes out of both movies. [via BoingBoing]

New addition to the family: Shadow

So we’ve been um-ing and ah-ing since Christmas last year about getting another dog. Someone to keep Max company during the day and to play with. We wanted to get a big dog but also one that’s got a peaceful personality and good with children. Which was why almost six years ago we decided on getting a Golden Retriever, Max.

We’re not interested in having to hassle with breeding and puppies, yes they’re cute but a lot of work too so we decided we wanted another male.

Dina did some searching on Gumtree and came across a few posts with various puppies for sale. Then we came across the following entry – just look at that face? He’s a cross between a Siberian Husky (mom) and a Golden Retriever (dad).

We saw the advert on Monday already but I had meetings on Monday and Tuesday evening so couldn’t go and see the puppy earlier. So I arranged to go and meet the family and see the puppy this evening. The idea was to go and have a look and see if we liked him and decide whether to purchase him or not – well, just after seeing the photo alone it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that he’d be added to the Baroutsos Farm.

And so, welcome to the family, Shadow!

Here’s Max with his new buddy, Shadow

VOTD: Octopus 1, Shark 0

I posted a video not too long ago I found of an octopus stealing a diver’s camera. Today I spotted another fascinating clip of an octopus.

Curators at an aquarium were perplexed as to why there were often shark carcasses at the bottom of the aquarium. They investigated further only to find the sharks had a predator in the aquarium, the octopus. Take a look at this video footage from National Geographic (you might want to enjoy the video with muted sound as the cheesy voice-over is very irritating). [via BoingBoing]

Update: 14 May 2010 – For those wondering, the Spiny Dogfish Shark in the video below is smaller than your average shark. Measuring about 3′ to 5′ in length, while the Giant Octopus pictured, can measure up to 23′ in length and weigh up to 156bls (73 kg) so it’s a tad bigger than the shark. But still, you wouldn’t think of them as common adversaries.