Friday, April 28, 2006

Fear Not the Future

I know most of us clear thinkers are worried about the future in this age of indifference to global warming and genocide, countries arming themselves with nuclear weapons with no intention of using them "responsibly" as all WMD should be used (do i have that right, President Bush?), civil rights stripped from our laws, the majority of the U.S. population confusing "excess" with "necessity", Britany bringing another Federline into this world, and Denise Richards stealing Heather Locklear's husband because hers is off his rocker.

BUT: if movies have taught us anything (which my book club turned movie club doth believe), the future will not leave us Taco-Bell-less (see definition of "necessity"). Seb directed me to wikipedia's site, to read more about this movie, Demolition Man, in which Taco Bell is the only fast food franchise of the future. I had NO idea this movie, which i'd scorned simply because of the name, had such a redeeming quality!

Wikipedia's description:

The Hollywood futurist movie Demolition Man has several references to Taco Bell as being the only restaurant franchise in the future after the franchise wars; presumably there are different levels of Taco Bell restaurants but "all restaurants are Taco Bell". However, in the German-language dub of the movie, all references to Taco Bell were changed to references to "Pizza Hut"; scenes displaying the Taco Bell logo or signs were either replaced or digitally edited to show a Pizza Hut logo instead. The most likely reason for this change is a cultural difference; in German-speaking countries, Taco Bell is hardly well-known or established, meaning that few viewers would understand the joke about Taco Bell, a modern-day fast-food chain, becoming the high-class exclusive restaurant of the future. For the purposes of the movie's joke, Pizza Hut was apparently chosen as a more representative well-known fast-food chain for the target demographic.

So now i can't move to Tokelau or Germany.

Another fun fact from Wikipedia which exhibits the website's ability to laugh at the world:

under "Notable Employees":

José Padilla, suspected terrorist

Yeah, he probably spit in the food.


Blogger Ashley said...

Wow - no wonder you are tired today Lizard... this is a lot to take in.

1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

yes, it was very taxing. thank you for your sympathy.

1:35:00 PM  
Blogger anne altman said...

in-depth reporting. i expected nothing less.

do they eat taco bell in iran?

2:33:00 PM  

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