December 9, 2012 |
The Kiwis aren't the only airline workers with a sense of humor. In the last few years, Air New Zealand has produced several quirky airplane safety videos featuring nude flight attendants, fitness guru Richard Simmons and characters from the "Lord of the Rings" movies. Quiz: Test your knowledge about airport security Last month, Delta Air Lines unveiled its own humorous safety videos, apparently the first by a major U.S. airline. The Delta videos include a robot passenger that turns itself off before takeoff, a warning sign prohibiting playing squash onboard and a passenger with two left feet, among other gags.
March 5, 2013 |
It's got to be said that while wine folks are wonderful people, in general (and frequently in specific), they often seem to lack a sense of humor about themselves. I don't know whether you've noticed that. But way back in the day, a guy named Bob Johnson created some of the wackiest wine cartoons ever as covers for Mike Lynch's old San Francisco Pacific Wine Co.'s trade catalogs. These started in 1980 and continued through 1996. But they're just as funny as ever, and now many of them are available for enjoying on Behance . These days Johnson is busy running his gallery in Healdsburg, Calif., (where signed editions of some of the posters are available to purchase)
August 31, 2012 |
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Joey + Rory's "His and Hers," the third album from the husband-wife duo Joey and Rory Feek, is a balanced blend of traditional country deep emotion and good-humored irreverence that turns the spotlight more often on hubby Rory's modestly engaging voice after this collection's two predecessors chiefly showcased Joey's sparkling singing. The opening track, “Josephine,” is set against the Civil War but skillfully probes the multiplicity of emotions all soldiers go through not knowing if or when they might come home.
July 30, 2012 |
At Cherry and Martin, a three-artist show takes visitors back to school. But rather than educating us about anything, “Bush of Ghosts” treats the pranks students play as an art form. No one does this better than Nathan Mabry, whose life-size bronze sculpture of a cowboy astride a bucking bronco would be right at home in any collection of Western art, except that the cowboy's head has been replaced by that of a ferocious monster, its fang-filled mouth open wide. Nearly 12 feet tall, Mabry's statue makes Frederic Remington look as hip - and significantly more ambitious - than many young sculptors, who seem to want nothing more than for their work to be accepted as "unmonumental.
January 4, 2012 |
It was a bittersweet homecoming of sorts when John McCain returned to this picturesque town on Wednesday. Peterborough was the site of one of his very first presidential campaign rallies in his unsuccessful 2000 bid to be the GOP presidential nominee, and the site of one of the last before he lost the 2008 general election to President Obama. McCain returned to endorse and campaign with Mitt Romney, with whom he fought a fierce primary battle four years ago, and who is a front-runner to win this year's Republican nomination.
December 3, 1989
Concerning the Nov. 26 review of the rap album "Arsenio Hall Presents Chunky A--Large & in Charge": Dennis Hunt writes, "Some women, though, won't be able to see the humor for the sexism." In this one sentence, Hunt makes at least three facile and inappropriate assumptions. 1--Fortunately for all of us, Hunt would not have been able to make the same cavalier comments in this context: "Some blacks won't be able to see the humor for the racism." Hunt and his editors are wrong to assume that offensive and degrading references are generally more acceptable when applied to women.