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NEW YORK (AFA Fashion NewsWire) The hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, that swept this year's Tony Awards (winning a total of nine awards, including Best Musical), has also kicked off an unexpected — and unlikely — fashion trend among urban hipsters.
Within hours of the musical's Tony triumph, young men in the trendier precincts of Manhattan were seen sporting the characteristic short-sleeved white shirts, narrow tie (preferably clip-on), black slacks and black shoes polished to a high sheen favored by Mormon missionaries.
The style has been dubbed the "Look of Mormon."
"Admittedly, there's only a fine line between the delicious camp of 'The Look of Mormon' and 'Fashion-Challenged Neo-Nerd'," concedes fashion consultant Trent Fowler, "But there are rules. First: no white socks — they're earnest, these missionary boys, not idiotic two: no plastic pocket protectors. If you see someone wearing more-or-less this ensemble, but with either white socks or an old-fashion pocket protector in their shirt, what you've got is either a middle school math teacher, an FBI intern or a NASA engineer magically transported here from 1967."
While knapsacks and ironic glasses (non-prescription lenses) are popular accessories, so far name tags or sincere, deeply-held religious convictions have not caught on.
8) No, no, no, that's when As the World Turns ends.
7) It was supposed to be a surprise, but once word got out, God changed the date (he can do that, you know).
6) Really curious how they'll pull off Ashton Kutcher's replacing Charlie Sheen.
5) Just not feeling all that "raptury."
4) Haven't sold all of the "It's the End of the World and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" t-shirts, yet.
3) Couldn't find a sitter.
2) Wanted to see what kind of crazy stunt Donald Trump pulls next.
Before Rand Paul was even a twinkle in Ron Paul's eye (much less a bong-toting frat boy), men — famous, important, successful men — were part of a select, semi-secret possibly even ancient brotherhood of those who sought the guidance and wisdom of the Aqua Buddha. Men of such caliber* as Burgess Meredith, Norman Rockwell and Major George Fielding Eliot.** They, as so many before them and not much more than a handful since, have followed the Aqua Buddha's path to roused circulation and braced skin, the kind everyone enjoys looking at.
** Look him up in wikipedia; do I have to do everything?
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The commotion began when the 4th graders, on a field trip from St. Michael's School in Red Bank, New Jersey, stopped to look at the early Renaissance painting Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna.
"It's the face of the Blessed Virgin. Clear as day!" exclaimed Hester Rickle, the children's chaperone, "Right there! It's a sign from above, I tell you, a miracle — a miracle!"
By the time museum personnel stepped in, Ms. Rickle's annunciation of her vision had drawn a sizable crowd. While museum guards kept additional onlookers at bay, Ms. Rickle and several of the children knelt prayerfully, some clutching rosaries.
Ms. Rickle refused to leave her vigil, despite associate curator of European paintings Gale Lilio's assurances that, "Well, yes, it is the face of the Virgin Mary you're seeing in the painting because it's a painting of the Virgin Mary," adding, "That face has been there for 700 years."
Ms. Rickle took this news as further proof of the divine nature of her vision, "Saints be praised!" she shouted, "They see it too! All can share this wondrous gift from heaven!" Ms. Lilio sighed deeply and, as she went for help, was heard muttering, "For this I got a Ph.D. in art history?"
At least one of the students, however, was neither moved or surprised by Ms. Rickle's vision. Said Thomas Dougherty, age 9, "It's like our field trip to the Pepperidge Farm factory when she saw St. Francis of Assisi on a burnded Goldfish cracker."
Museum officials' immediate concern was the danger posed by an impromptu shrine of votive candles and offerings of flowers, photographs and teddy bears in front of the painting. "Any more candles and they'll trigger the sprinkler system," said Ms. Lilio, perusing the growing pile of devotional ephemera, "This stuff didn't even come from our gift shop. I don't know how it got in here."
HOLLYWOOD California (Ant Farmer's Almanac Newswire) — Stephen King, Thomas Harris and Anne Rice are under consideration for the job of penning the novelization of Mel Gibson's hit movie The Passion of the Christ.
"With a celebrity name like Mel Gibson's attached to it, we expect this book to do quite well," said a spokesman for Newmarket, "It's a great story. It's got everything: action, suspense, suffering, betrayal, bad guys, good guys, one very good guy and an inspiring, uplifting ending. Real mass appeal stuff," he enthused, "We're talking worldwide bestseller, here. This could be the Bible of novelizations. "
Newmarket also announced today its deal with HBO to produce a mini-series spinoff of The Passion that will chronicle the post-Christ lives — but especially the gruesome, martyred deaths — of the apostles. Tentatively titled A.D. The Lives of the Saints, the series will focus on one apostle per episode with each installment filmed by a different director. Quentin Tarentino, John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Brian De Palma are said to have signed on to the project.