Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Year 2012: Failed Apocalypse, Foundering Twinkies, and Falling Frogs

As 2012 ends, we did come through the alleged Mayan Apocalypse, not unexpectedly.

But what didn't?

Amazingly, we've known we all would survive since the broadcast of this Chevrolet Silverado 2012 commercial played during the last Super Bowl game (XLVI), in February 2012. Did that one ad give hints to other events and endings?

Unfortunately, Twinkies didn't fare as well as we did. 

Twinkies' company, Hostess, disappeared in 2012. Can we be assured that their revival through another owner will ever be as good? The survival of Twinkies after an apocalypse is a well-known allusion to the movie Zombieland.

The loss in 2012 is resulting in some future events, such as the tribute occurring on 1-3-13 in Austin, Texas.

But how about some other things?
Newspapers? Newsweek?

Drive-in restaurants? Like Big Boy?

How are the volcanoes?

UFOs? Seems more people are talking about Bigfoot, humm?

Then there are those Twinkies.

The ad ends with falling frogs. If we view the year by its Twinkies, why not its frogs?

The Year 2012 saw a rather well-documented report of falling frogs in the United Kingdom:
An actual fallen frog, Norwich, UK. Photo: ITV Anglia News 22 March 2012.
Reports of frogs raining down from the sky over Norwich have baffled weather forecasters at the Met Office. A viewer told Anglia News that she had been hit on the head by a frog while she walked along Prince of Wales Road, and that several more landed on the ground nearby. Source: ITV.

Of course, the falling frogs are a Fortean phenomenon and reference the movie Magnolia.
Magnolia, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999 (the year of the feared Y2K Apocalypse)

One of the actual frogs from Magnolia

Terrified horses, up on their hind legs, hoofing a storm of frogs.
Frenzied springboks, capering their exasperations against frogs that were tickling them.
Storekeepers, in London, gaping at frogs that were tapping on their window panes.
We shall pick up an existence by its frogs.
Wise men have tried other ways. They have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But, if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere. ~ Lo!, Charles Fort, 1931


I'll spend some future time reviewing the rather incredible year of bloody, red dawn events, other than on today. For now, wish for lighter moments.

During December, hoping everyone enjoyed or will enjoy their Hanukkah (beginning sundown on 8th), Human Rights Day (10th), Wright Brothers Day (17th), End of the World Day (21st), Winter Solstice (22nd), Christmas (25th), Kwanzaa begins (26th), and New Year's Eve (31st).


Red Pill Junkie said...

I read on the Reforma newspaper the other day, that Mexican company Bimbo is considering acquiring Hostess.

You're welcome, America ;)

Anonymous said...

This information is quite startling. It's now September 26, 2013 and the Twinkie crisis has now blown over and Hostess has been bought out with the Twinkie saved.

"Twinkies, along with other famed Hostess Brands, were purchased out of bankruptcy by Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co for $410 million.[16][17] Twinkies returned to US shelves on July 15, 2013" -Wikipedia.

From Forbes.com - http://www.forbes.com/profile/c-dean-metropoulos/

"With Leon Black's Apollo Global Management, Greek immigrant C. Dean Metropoulos paid $410 million to buy part of Hostess out of bankruptcy and returned Twinkies to grocery shelves in July after a 9-month absence. He previously paid $250 million in 2011 for Pabst Brewing Co., North America's largest privately held brewer. Over the year's he's also revamped Chef Boyardee, Pam cooking spray, Bumble Bee tuna, Perrier-Jouët champagne. Metropoulos moved from Greece to Watertown, Mass. with his family at age 10.

Holy crap, this man who is worth 1.3 billion dollars and is Greek, moved to WATERTOWN, MA when he was 10 years old?! Boston Marathon Shootings anyone?