FOD Saying of the Day
He knows nothing; he thinks he knows everything – that clearly points to a political career. — George Bernard Shaw
FOD Trivia Question of the Day
What was the first secret message Ralphie from A Christmas Story decoded using his newly acquired Little Orphan Annie secret decoder ring?
Previous FOD Trivia Answer
Which two planets, depending upon their orbit of the sun are known interchangeably as the “evening star” and the “morning star?” Answer – Mercury and Venus
“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”
I trust every Friend of FOD had a great Christmas and enjoyed unrelenting or at least 24 hours of dog dares; watching of the classic Christmas movie, A Christmas Story. It’s a 1983 movie set in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s in which the adult story teller is reminiscing on one particular Christmas when he was nine years old. Ralphie Parker wanted only one thing for that Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie’s desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Santa Claus at Higbee’s department store, all giving him the same warning: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Ralphi’s Dad, the Old Man, wins a “major award” in a contest. The major award turns out to be a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg wearing a fishnet stocking. It was derived from the logo for Nehi (pronounced “knee-high”) pop, a popular soft drink of the period. The Old Man is overjoyed by the lamp, but Ralphie’s Mom rejects the major award as being the ugliest lamp she has ever seen and a feud begins — referred to by adult Ralphie as “The Battle of the Lamp”. It develops and results in the lamp’s “accidental” destruction. I have the working replica of that major award lamp and the Red Ryder Carbine 200 shot Range Model air rifle because you never know when Black Bart may show up in your backyard. Early in the movie, Ralphie, tells us, “Some men are Baptist, others Catholic; my father was an Oldsmobile man.” Although the Olds, a 1937 four-door sedan, is seen throughout the movie, usually covered in snow, its biggest role was during the family outing to pick up a Christmas tree. After the Old Man skillfully negotiated the price of the tree, and it was tied to the top of the car, the family began their trek back home, singing Christmas Carols along the way. However, the merriment is interrupted when the Oldsmobile blows a right front tire. The Old Man’s prediction, that he would change the tire in record time (four minutes), unfortunately this wasn’t realized, when the lug nuts, held by Ralphie, were knocked into the air. Without thinking, Ralphie says, “Ooooooh fuuudge!” He, of course, didn’t really say the word fudge. He says the big one; the queen mother of dirty words, the f _ _ _ word. Eventually Raphie receives the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle; the greatest Christmas present ever. OK, here’s some car trivia: What engine was in that ’37 Olds? Answer: Why the straight six of course as distinguished by the front horizontal bar grill. The eight cylinder model had a mesh grill design. The film earned two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984 and in 2012 was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In November 2012, A Christmas Story: The Musical, based on the film, opened on Broadway. The musical was then adapted for television as the three hour A Christmas Story Live!, which aired on the Fox network on December 17, 2017 and again this year. Sorry it’s not very good. I don’t like the story as a musical and the television version added some extra scenes and changed others to make it more politically correct than it needed to be in 1983.