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Thursday, November 22, 2021

This has nothing at all to do with Thanksgiving. But it’s a remaindered YouTube search result from my recent “Sesame Street” post, and I cannot get enough of it.

So, by way of Martin Scorsese’s “Casino”, here’s Ernie (as Joe Pesci) giving Bert (as Robert De Niro) an expletive-filled earful:

The best part is definitely toward the wrap-up, when Ernie/Joe leads off with “you Jew motherfucker, you” and starts poking his fingers all over Bert/Robert’s face, with coincidental extreme closeup on Bert, and wrapping up with an appropos “you motherfucker you” lobbed at Bert as he walks offstage. Gets me every time.

Actually, although I thoroughly appreciate the abundant cursing, I don’t buy Joe Pesci’s sounds coming out of Ernie’s mouth. But Bert channeling De Niro? That totally works. I think it’s the surprisingly-expressive monobrow. Maybe the v-neck sweater, too.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/22/2007 10:46:55 AM
Category: Comedy, Movies, TV
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In a clever color-coordination designation with Black Friday, the widening trend of Thanksgiving Day retail openings is being dubbed “Gray Thursday”.

I like it. Especially the implication that the preceding days of the year are somehow pure/white, with the impending blackness of hardcore consumerism seeping in on Turkey Day to create some preemptive dinginess.

I should point out, though, that while the “gray” syncs well with the “black” syntax-wise, it veers off the true ledger-book definition. The “black” in Black Friday refers to traditional accounting terminology, where black ink was used for profits while red ink was used for losses. The underlying theory behind Black Friday is that it’s the first day of the year that retail businesses get in the clear of deficit or break-even, and make their annual profit — out of the red and into the black (hopefully).

So based on this — a blending of red and black, instead of white and black — I guess the proper color to signify a big-sale Thanksgiving Thursday should… Some sort of dark red? Maroon Thursday? Let’s stick with “gray” instead…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/22/2007 09:56:39 AM
Category: Business, Wordsmithing
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