These days, the posters for Hollywood movies usually look pretty much the same everywhere, except for the language. But there was a time when it was more common for local distributors and exhibitors put together their own posters to appeal to local audiences. And their re-imaginings can be more interesting than the movies themselves. Sometimes they'd interpret the movie's theme symbolically. Sometimes they'd latch on to some detail that the American producers considered secondary. Sometimes they'd take a completely different tone or visual style. And sometimes they'd make some crap up and hope it got people in the door. Can you recognize any of these well-known Hollywood flicks from their foreign posters?
The only good wars are the ones fought around a table with your friends. No casualties, no shattered cities or burned fields or starving refugees, and it's all over in a few hours. Here are eight game boards where millions of us have discovered the pleasures of phony wars. Some were total global conflicts, others mere skirmishes. Do you recognize these play battlefields?
Even leaving out the figure skaters, the over-the-top fabulous outfits are one of the most entertaining things about the Winter Olympics - and extra funny this year, given Russia's backwards attitude toward those of the flamboyant persuasion. Which countries are shown here stepping out in their Sochi best?
Different actors, different personas, but most significantly, different hair: so goes the evolution of the character we insist on calling Doctor Who. (We're masochists for outraged, pedantic lectures from geeks.) For a time-traveler, the Doctor sure has followed the hairstyle trends of his time, hasn't he? Keep that in mind as you try to match the hair with the Doctor.
For all their cheap, mass-market ubiquity, the boxed costumes of the '70s and '80s manufactured by such outfits as Ben Cooper and Collegeville were pretty avant-garde in their way. Rather than attempt versimilitude, they splashed logos across kids' torsos with total disregard for what the subject of the costume looked like, thus turning the wearer into a walking billboard in a bold commentary on the commercial nature of such commodified celebrations.
Or maybe they were just really crappy. You tell us. And tell us who these eight disturbing costumes were supposed to represent.
On this third day of our Heavy Petting pet week over on Sellout.Woot, let's remember that TV pets aren't all like Lassie, Eddie, or Toonces. Recognize any of these weirder companions that TV characters have cuddled up with?
Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.
The days are long gone when the national airline was a powerful source of national pride and identity. But some air carriers still use the tail graphics on their planes to express a distinctive cultural style or symbol. Can you identify these eight airlines from their tails alone?
Most state capitol buildings look like they were built with the same Neoclassical LEGO set as the U.S. Capitol. A white dome, some white columns, a flag on top, maybe some local flora on the lawn... ho-hum. But a select few take their own idiosyncratic path, from jazzing up the dome to departing from the whole pseudo-Acropolis trip altogether. Can you tell where these eight unusual state capitol buildings stand?
Computers do not naturally make for compelling fictional characters. It's hard to convey a rich inner life with dialogue like "20 GOTO 10". Nevertheless, in honor of our PC-crazy Computer Takeover at Sellout.Woot, we've assembled a networked array of fictional computers from screens both big and small. How much of this hardware can you name?
We move them. We count them. We flip them. We treat them as little pieces of ourselves, our little proxies in an abstract world of fantasy. And then they're gone, lost under a dresser or dropped down a heating duct. They are game pieces. They are us. Do you know the games to which they belong?