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Friday, September 14, 2007

suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp...

ever speculate about the contents of that '64 malibu's trunk in repo man? now, i understand. the strib reports that a big yellow radioactive box was stolen from a pickup truck today in forest lake, minnesota.

To the thief who stole the yellow box out of a pickup truck in Forest Lake late Wednesday or early Thursday: What's inside of that box is hot, indeed, but not just because it's stolen.

It's radioactive.

On Thursday, Minnesota health officials issued a warning regarding the stolen device, which is used to measure the moisture content in soil and construction materials... The radioactive elements are Cesium 137 and Americium 241,

dang. just don't open the trunk. the life of a repo man is always intense.

aside: the trailer reminds me how often folks will trot out a li'l iggy whenever they seek an edgy vibe. i heard the passenger in a kohl's commercial tonight, a recent cadillac ad uses punk rocker, and, of course, lust for life pops up in both a cruise commercial and trainspotting. i'm eagerly awaiting the now i wanna be your dog humane society commercial, the m&m's candy ad and haggar slacks' commodification of funtime. the juxtaposition is so bizarre in each case that it never seems like a sellout. it just seems like mutant art, as well as a remunerative and hard-earned retirement plan.


At 7:00 AM, Blogger Dave P. said...

The scene in Repo Man where Emilio Estevez goes off on the guy singing the 7-Up song has always been one of my faves.

And yes, the Iggy soundtracked ads are fascinating. There's a classic clip on YouTube of The Stooges playing in Cincinnati in 1970, complete with old, whitebread news reporter describing "the scene."

At 10:47 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

i love that clip, dave: iggy and TV eye are iconic, but so is the announcer-from-another-generation/dimension.


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