One: Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty tells a story in his book, Courage to Stand: An American Story, about his swearing in following the Minnesota administration of former Seal, wrestler and actor Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Pawlenty claims that he asked The Bod if he had any advice for him. What was Ventura’s response?
Two: The movie Predator (1987) is thought to stand alone in the history of film because of a political factoid. What is that factoid?
Three: What is the second “connection” of Governor Pawlenty to professional wrestling – beyond his succeeding Ventura?
Four: Give an absolutely undeniable fact from 2010 indicating that too much government actually ends up in total silliness.
Five: In June of last year, Brits were somewhat surprised to see a Daily Mail reproduction of a photo of one of their most famous political leaders altered for the sake of political correctness. (The photo was actually distributed first in another publication.) What was done to it by the correctness cops?
#1: When asked by the in-coming gov if he had any advice for him, Ventura said, “Nope.” Silly Timmy. He should have known that if Blain had no “time to bleed” in Predator, Blain’s “creator” would not have any time for such pro forma chit-chat.
#2: Predator stands alone as the only film in history (we’re pretty darned sure) to feature two future U.S. state governors: AH-nold Schwarzenegger of California, and Ventura. For good measure, Predator also features the guy who beat the boogers out of Rocky, Carl Weathers.
#3: The ghostwriter for Pawlenty’s current book was Mark Dagostino, who also ghostwrote Hulk Hogan’s memoir, My Life outside the Ring.
#4: The San Francisco Department of Environment guidelines include the following directives: among the substances that do not have to be disposed of in mandated composting bags is human semen; among those that do is “snot.” News of the Weird’s source here is the SF Weekly, 7/16/10.
#5: The famous photo of Winston Churchill in a military uniform, flashing a V for victory and chomping on a cigar, was rendered cigar-less…if not, a “bad example” for children. The editors of the Mail commented by altering other photos for the sake of current “correctness”: James Bond (Sean Connery) was given a Coke and a squirt gun instead of a martini and a real pistol; Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) was given a protective vest, and Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) had his famous briarwood replaced by a bubble pipe.
Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) had his dangerous digits topped with corks.
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Duray, Dan. “Hulk Hogan Ghostwriter Teams with Tim Pawlenty for Campaign Book.” 2 Dec. 2010. Observer.com. 12 Jan. 2011.
“How much political correctness is too much?” 19 June 2010. 2leep.com (Artsy Spot). 12 Jan. 2011.
“Predator.” IMDb.com. 12 Jan. 2010.
“Week of January 9, 2011 (Suspicions Confirmed).” News of the Weird.com. 12 Jan. 2011.