WHO WILL STOP THE ZAYDE KILLERS?

We were having what we thought was a sweet, significant family conversation the other day, about illnesses and diseases in our extended family, when the kids asked about our own dad, Freelance Grandfather:

"Is he always going to be in his wheelchair?" Tiny asked us.
"Yes, he will. But he doesn't have to sleep in it."
"So he could DIE in his wheelchair?"
"Well, I suppose, but probably not really IN the wheelchair."
And then Fellow chimed in: "Of COURSE he could die in his wheelchair!"
"How?" Tiny asked.
"Someone could SHOOT him while he's in the wheelchair!"

COMING TO SCREENS IN 2018 (WE CAN ONLY HOPE): "TRANSFORMERS VS. SMURFS: REQUIEM"

SmurfTransformersoptimusprimetheme682The baffling blue Smurfs are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their ongoing experiment in communal toadstool living and to celebrate, Paramount is planning a big-screen Smurf movie, satisfying the long-held desires of absolutely no one.

ONE THING WE KNOW FOR SURE: THE SLEESTAKS WOULD SCARE THE PAKUNI OUT OF SMALL FELLOW

Sleestak1io9, the new sci-fi site from Gawker, offers a detailed analysis of why "Land of the Lost" is cooler than "Lost," to commemorate our own favorite Sid & Marty Kroft series' debut on DVD. And maybe they're right, but the Others, for all their faults, never gave us nightmares like those damn Sleestaks used to.

HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE, INDIA

They're translating "High School Musical" into 17 languages. Can't wait to find out how to say, "GETCHA' HEAD IN THE GAME" in Tagalog.

ITUBE, YOU DON'T TUBE

Interesting poll in this month's issue of Parenting, which asked Moms, "Is it OK for parents to upload a video of their child on YouTube?"

63% said No, including this mom from North Carolina who brought everybody down by sharing her uniquely dispiriting daily affirmation:

"Whenever I'm tempted to post a video, I remember that YouTube is international, and that there are plenty of perverts out there who look for videos and images of children."

GOOD LORD

Autism-inducers could become as popular as Provigil among the geek set by 2020. . . . Over the past year, researchers have demonstrated several times that they can turn mice autistic by messing with brain chemistry -- and then "cure" them using the same techniques. . . . It might also lead to recreational autism, where people who want to take a break from having messy emotions about other people decide to unplug and enter a state where human relationships are no more important than inanimate objects.

Baglunch_russiaWE'RE NO FAN OF BORSCHT BUT WE HAVE TO ADMIT, IT SURE BEATS THE BLUE-PLATE SPECIAL AT THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA

Edutopia, the only education reform magazine funded by George Lucas, takes us on a tour of public-school cafeterias around the world, to find out which is the most nutritious. (Spoiler Alert: It's not the U.S.!)

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