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Happy Halloween


Here it is: the photo to instill chills in you. MIMES. Even worse: mimes full of teenage angst. I am among them. Woooo.

As for why “blank eyes, automatons, masks and ventriloquists’ dolls” instill fear, here’s an explanation. Zombie faces: why are we afraid of them?

[T]he empty eyes of a zombie figure in an otherwise human face is highly disconcerting. And it explains why the faces of dolls, clowns and dummies are used so regularly to frighten audiences.

“A consistent finding of the survey was people’s reactions to images where the face was convincingly human but with lifeless eyes or where eerily human eyes appeared in a non-human face.”

Look on our pancake makeup, humans, and creep yourselves out. Happy Halloween!

Sunday links: movie poster messages, misunderstood mimes

First: Wonderful stuff — and fun. Bonus: Father Ted clip.

Thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies.

Second: What is wrong with these people?

“It’s hard out there for a mime.”

A masked teen who took to the streets Tuesday night to pay homage to his favorite hip hop dance group was mistaken for a mime and asked by police to leave because “some residents apparently find mimes disconcerting,” according to police reports.

Sorin Dumitru of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was dancing on a street corner. Just for fun.

But not used to seeing street performers in a residential neighborhood, some neighbors were confused and called police.

When police arrived at around 5:30 p.m., they told Dumitru that he might be dancing too close to the street, particularly as it was getting dark, he said.

“Dancing too close to the street, particularly as it was getting dark.” See synonyms: (1) fear, (2) stupidity, (3) demands for conformity, (4) humorlessness (5) Get off my lawn, you kids!

And what’s wrong with street mime?

(Thanks to Rich for the link.)

Sunday links: Mimes fight crime, turkeys drop, Amish feud

Weird stories for a placid Sunday.

Rich writes: “A practical use for mimes… or a clever way to get rid of them?”

Mimes tackle traffic chaos in Venezuela.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A part of Venezuela’s capital is giving dangerous drivers the silent treatment, sending mimes into the streets to do what police alone have not: tame the lawless traffic.

About 120 mimes dressed in clown-like outfits and white gloves took to the streets of the Sucre district this past week, wagging their fingers at traffic violators and at pedestrians who streaked across busy avenues rather than waiting at crosswalks.

Next, some Amish folks wig out.

Four arrested over hair and beard attacks on Ohio Amish.

Police in the US state of Ohio have arrested four men suspected of assaulting a 74-year-old member of the Amish community.

He is one of several Amish people in the state who have had their hair and beards forcibly removed in apparent efforts to humiliate them.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdallah said two more people were being sought.

Suspicion has fallen on a breakaway Amish group rejected by the mainstream community.

A splinter cell. The Amish have a militant wing — who knew?

UPDATE: The suspects in the hair cutting case have been named. They include Lester and Johnny Mullet. Yes, that’s their name.

Finally, WKRP in Cincinnati’s most iconic episode comes to life.

FAA says it’s ready for Arkansas turkey drop.

YELLVILLE, Ark. – No one in the northern Arkansas town of Yellville will say if they expect wild turkeys to fall from planes for this year’s Turkey Trot festival. But the Federal Aviation Administration says it is watching.

Organizers of the festival long ago disavowed the tradition of letting wild turkeys fall from low-flying airplanes as spectators watched them glide to the ground…But someone continues to drop the turkeys.

The FAA is on alert. “If a plane flies over and a turkey comes out of it, we’re going to be talking to somebody,” a spokesman says.

As God is my witness, people are nuts.