Hi, welcome to 10 Minutes of Brilliance.
STAN: It’s more like 20 Minutes of Boredom.
HARRIET: Shut up, Stan! Jack’s just getting started.
I think we’ve got a very interesting blog for you today.
STAN: Jeez-us, what a $%!%&!
HARRIET: Stan, watch your language! What’s the matter now?
STAN: Just once I’d like Goldberg to say, “Sorry, readers, today’s blog sucks. It’s a piece of $#&! Go home now. There’s nothin’ for you to see here.”
HARRIET: You’re pretty opinionated for an imaginary character, aren’t you? Cause one more interruption and maybe Jack will write you out of the blog.
STAN: He wouldn’t.
I would! And I will if you don’t let me finish. Now I lost my train of thought…
STAN: That train derailed years ago!
JACK LOOKS IN THE DIRECTION OF STAN, BUT DECIDES TO GO ON.
Oh, I remember now. We were feeding the animals, right? No, no, we were eating soup? No, that wasn’t it.
Oh, I was welcoming you to the blog. You know, we’re approaching 10,000 Readers at 10 Minutes of Brilliance and although this blog is way too long for me to write and for you to read, we both keep coming back. So thanks for showing up.
Today we’ll cover 7 subjects:
- The Three Best Halloween Pumpkins of 2013
- The Single Best Halloween Costume of 2013
- The Five Worst Halloween Costumes of 2013
- Goldenberg Chosen Official Ghost Writer of Halloween
- Brilliant Idea for a Restaurant
- Another Day in the Life of New York
- John Stewart Interviews Smokey the Bear about the Recent Government Shutdown
If you get this blog to your email inbox, you’ll miss seeing the video I post here, like the one for the single best Halloween costume of 2013. We’re working on a way to fix that, but in the mean time, CLICK HERE so you can read 10 Minutes of Brilliance as it was meant to be read.
Now on with the show.
The 3 Best Halloween Pumpkins of 2013
Thanks to my friend, cartoonist extraordinaire Wally Littman for bringing these to my attention. He didn’t carve them, though. So let’s give credit to Master Pumpkin Carver, Ray Villafane.
The Best Halloween Costume of 2013
I’ve been a judge in a few advertising awards contests in my career, including the national ADDYs, and I have to admit, there isn’t always a clear winner. Sometimes the runners-up are just as creative and innovative as the entrants who walk away with the coveted Gold Prize. Well, that wasn’t true for the judges from 10 Minutes of Brilliance who were chosen to pick the Best Halloween Costume of 2013.
STAN: Liar. Liar. Pants on Fire. Goldberg’s lying again.
HARRIET: Stan, you’ve been on this blog for almost two years now. When will you learn Jack’s name? It’s Goldenberg. Jack Goldenberg.
STAN: I don’t care if it’s Iceberg, Harriet. The man’s a two-faced liar.
HARRIET: And what do you think he lied about this time?
STAN: He said there were judges from 10 Minutes of Brilliance, Harriet.. Judges, Plural. When really, he’s the only one there.
HARRIET: It’s called Creative License, Stan. Now be a good imaginary character and let Jack continue.
Where was I? Oh, I remember. I was saying there was one clear winner for the Best Halloween Costume for 2013. This pre-Halloween video of a 22-month baby wearing a costume that incorporate LED lights was by far the Coolest Costume of the Year. The sight of this toddler barely walking across a dark room in her costume won the hearts of all the judges.
HARRIET: Let it go, Stan.
Of course, the Runner-Up costumes were even more intricate. Here’s Mashable’s take on The 26 Most Amazing Halloween Costumes of 2013.
The 5 Worst Halloween Costumes 2013
I have to admit it, these really aren’t the worst costumes of Halloween 2013. But I can explain. I just couldn’t bring myself to publish costumes that were so evil, rauchy, nasty, hurtful, sexist, disgusting, well, you get the idea. These are just their lighter cousins.
Still, these five Halloween costumes are Not ready for Prime Time. Dressing a kid like serial killer Hannibal Lecter? Not so bright! Or like a Trojan condom. These are the kind of funny thing you might say in a moment of irreverent humor, but you hopefully you wouldn’t be stupid enough to embarrass your own flesh and blood by making them wear it.
I take some solace that most of these costumes come from another Mashable story entitled: 10 Kids Unaware of Their WTF Halloween Costume
Here are five I was brave enough or stupid enough to show you.
These next two wieners, I mean winners, of 5 Worst Halloween Costumes for 2013 demonstrate, surprise, surprise, that men can be boobs about women’s breasts.
And here’s one more that was panned as being a terrible idea on many Web sites, but I thought it was pretty cool. It’s not real, you know.
Goldenberg Chosen Official Ghost Writer of Halloween
Then again, I guess I have no room to complain about bad puns and a bad costumes. Believe me, this was a funny idea when I first thought of it. Just don’t tweet it around the Internet, OK?
Brilliant Idea for a Restaurant: The Conflict Kitchen Serves Food and Thought
Not counting the Tea Party and most senators and representatives from the 113th Congress, a fast food restaurant is the last places on Earth you’d expect to find a little Brilliance. But that’s exactly what you’d find if you went to the Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.
STAN: He’s joking, right. Golberg’s just making that up, right?
HARRIET: No, Stan, the Conflict Kitchen is real. Just Google it.
The Conflict Kitchen changes its menu, name, décor, events and even its food wrappers every three months depending on who the US is in conflict with. The United States doesn’t have to be at war with that country, there only has to be agitation, disputes and conflict.
It doesn’t even have to be a current conflict either for the Content Kitchen to take on a whole new persona. President Kennedy established the Cuban embargo on goods and services a little more than 53 years ago. Since the embargo is still on, the Conflict Kitchen recently took on a Cuban personality to highlight the conflict.
Customers were greeted with Cuban food, Cuban culture and the thoughts of people living in Cuba and those that have immigrated to the U.S. The restaurant isn’t anti-American or pro-America. It just shed light on how both sides view a conflict.
Hard as it may be for gung-ho, America’s Always Right conservatives to appreciate, but there are often two sides to a conflict.
The Conflict Kitchen uses the social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, and people that they might know little about outside of “The Daily Show” or conservative talk radio.
A Day in the Life of New York
(Sorry, postponed by popular request)
John Stewart Interviews Smokey the Bear about the Government Shutdown
(Note: This Smokey Bear interview is not appropriate for children and Tea Party members with no sense of humor.)
Well, Brilliant Readers, thanks for stopping by. We’ll be back again soon with more pop culture, a little metaphysics, a look at my next business photographed by my friend E and anything else that my ADD-addled brain decides to bring to your attention. A-river-dirchi, as they say in Italy.