February 2nd, 2005

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I got you, babe

The wonderful thing of my old-time radio habit is the number of odd jokes in old cartoons that suddenly make sense as pop culture references (``Sounds like Inner Sanctum!'' ``Lyoove that man!'' ``Ain't I a mean widdle kid?''). The maddening thing is when they start making further references I don't know the context for. Several shows on the American Council for the Blind's Treasure Trove this week have referred to the same thing ... Fibber McGee and Molly griped that their sponsors (Johnson Wax) make products that don't spell anything backwards; Red Skelton quipped about reading a label backwards because he's so used to that nowadays. The third reference escapes me right now (Was it Duffy's Tavern?), but I'll think of it when it's too late.

So what company made whatever made was with ``the product name spelled backwards'' as an advertising theme? I don't even know where to start searching for an explanation. It's one more thing to go slowly mad pondering.

Such listening can add nasty new mental puzzles, too. In an Our Miss Brooks a character is doing a crossword puzzle; the clue is a six-letter word meaning ``hobby''. I can't think of any word that fits unless you misspell it. This could occupy more brainpower unproductively than figuring the present tense of ``wrought'' did.

Trivia: When first shipped from Palmdale, California, to Kennedy Space Center in 1979, the Space Shuttle Columbia had just over 24,000 heat-resistant tiles; over six thousand remained to be installed. Source: Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System: The First 100 Missions, Dennis R Jenkins.

Currently Reading: Giants Unleashed, Edited by Groff Conklin.