Screencap from Myths & Monsters, Netflix

“The tales have been told since man first gathered around the fires of prehistory.”

It was cold as shit outside as the US was going through a second ice-age. I shook my boots, brushed my coat and hair in a futile attempt to rid it from all the ice crystals, before they turned me into a cold, damp mess. As I put my gloves, hat, scarf and everything else on the radiator, I decided it was the perfect day to watch Netflix.
Myths & Monsters was the first item on my list of recommendations. Having to battle the elements outside made me adventurous and I decided to give it a try. After watching the first five seconds I already knew I was going to love this show. That is extremely rare, but what can I say? It really hit home.

The show

Myths & Monsters is a documentary series that explores the history of legends, what they were influenced by and how they turned out the way we know them today. The main subject is European mythology with a focus on Greek and Roman cultures. Each episode starts with a story, presented by the narrator and brought to life by talented artists who made wonderful paintings and animations for it. The music elevates the fantasy to a whole new dimension, wrapping it together with a nice little bow. Each story is unique in its purpose; not all of them are cautionary tales. They teach us about certain ideas, values, the structures of society and the restoration of social order. They challenge the listener with very serious social and ethical problems that allow us to peer into the minds of people that lived thousands of years ago.

What else?

In my humble opinion, it’s worth watching even if all you do is listen to the music and look at the artwork. The entire series is like a Pandora Journey video, but with an actual story being told.

The Power of Epic Music – Full Mix Vol. 3, Pandora Journey

It’s worth a watch even if all you do is look at the artwork and listen to the music. It’s informative and you can definitely learn something from it, although your experience may vary based on where you grew up. If you are from Europe or you are more versed in European mythology, you might find it frustrating that after a while they focus too much on Greek and Roman mythology. Having learned about some of these myths when I was younger, I found that they weren’t that interesting to me, because I already knew what was going to happen in them. For me, this marked the weakest point in the series. I would have loved to see a wider selection of cultures. On the other hand, I understand that most of the legends were necessary examples because of their importance regarding the history of story telling, especially if shown to people who might have zero exposure to any of these cultures.

Personal favorites?

I really liked the first two episodes, especially the second one, The Wild Unknown. It focused on the conflict between nature and men and it really gave me a sense of understanding about how terrifying, raw, untamed nature appeared to our ancestors. My least favorite episode is the last one, because I felt that it was lacking in some way. It wasn’t bad by any means but it was a bit anticlimactic. The main story that was read by the narrator wasn’t strong enough to carry the entire episode. It was kind of boring, even though there was plenty of action in there. I think there was just so much material regarding the subject that they couldn’t focus on it properly. Either that, or I was just really tired.

[…] every corner of the Earth has its legends to tell.

I hope you give it a watch and let me know what you think! I really hope there will be a second season; I can’t wait to watch it!

love, Alice

Special thanks for Miandelam for her continued support and sense of humor.

 

 

 

 

 by: Alice morgan

 

My super power

I see things other people don’t…
and sometimes,
I capture the moment.

Enjoy!

 

The Unicorn Trophy

Are you looking for new ways to brighten up your child’s bedroom? Flowers, pictures and balloons just won’t do it anymore? Well, how about adding the severed head of a unicorn? It’s a guaranteed child pleaser!
Comes especially handy when you can’t afford a pony.

 

I have been pumping that weight since before you were born

Does this qualify as fake advertisement? 😀
There is not much else I can add here. I wonder how long  it would take to get that ripped with a weight like that.
(find product here)

 

The Double Sinner

The first sin is more conceptual. There is nothing wrong with the doll itself, my issue is with how little thought was put into it. According to packaging, the doll’s name is Apple White and she is Snow White’s daughter.
Riddle me this: How likely it is that Snow White would name her daughter after the very thing that almost killed her? That’s the equivalent of naming your daughter Cyanide. Also, what kind of moron would name their child “Apple”?

from nameberry

Oh. Well, anyway…

Snow White was named SNOW WHITE because her skin was white as snow. APPLES ARE RED.
Well, the one that almost killed her was red. They are certainly not white.

There is also a typo on the back of the package, making “Apple White” into “Apple Whited”. It’s not an improvement.

This could happen

While most marketing materials regarding fire safety are satisfied with urging you to be cautious about throwing away burning cigarettes, this calendar goes the extra mile. Hell, maybe this happened after someone threw away a burning cigarette. Or perhaps the picture depicts a new super hero who just discovered his power. He is swatting at the camera to keep the eyewitness from filming. He has to safeguard his secret identity after all.

Conclusion: please be careful, never, ever to get incinerated, wherever you go.

 

What kind of bread is it?

If you are looking at this and have no idea what is wrong with it, don’t worry! Think about the fact that major brands with a group of designers didn’t get it right either. I’m saying “brands” because this is a common mistake. It’s true! Keep an eye on it in the future, it will be worth it. Let me give you a hint!

Get it now? No? It’s actually part of a game that I call “What does the Italian flag look like?”

Now, to their credit, they got the colors right. So there is that. Unfortunately, when it comes to flags, you can’t just flip them around in whatever direction you want, in this case, upside-down. The first color should be green. If the first color is red, well, that’s actually the Hungarian flag. Now, the bread on the second picture has the green on the left side. That’s ok, because traditionally, the flag is a vertical tricolor. That’s how it should look. Problem arises when it’s depicted in a horizontal position, often mixing the red and green. I wrote a short poem in order to help people remember.

The Italian flag:
If the first color is red,
You fucked up.

Solution:
I propose that they change “Italian” to “Hungarian”, for the sole purpose of it being hilarious. Thank you!

My personal favorite

Ah, the legendary twenty-cent quarter. I wonder how many of these were printed before someone realized it was wrong. I thought that maybe it wasn’t meant to represent actual currency, making it a more symbolic representation of money… except that they got the scale right. The dime is smaller than the nickle, just like logic dictates.

 

This concludes my short list of errors in the fabric of the Matrix. If I find new ones, you will be the first to know!

May your bacons remain crispy!
Alice

alice@cozyloft.us

 

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