Wednesday, March 13

 

Wednesday, February 20

The Trivial Eye: TV Workplaces

by Jason Toon

As our Cubicle Fever Woot-Off grinds on, here's another piece of work-related (but not that way) frivolity to provide a few minutes of relief from your salaryman anomie. Below you'll find eight workplaces from television programs, some with their names blurred. Can you identify the shows, and the fictional workplaces where their characters punch their imaginary timeclocks?

eight TV workplaces

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Wednesday, February 13

 

Wednesday, February 06

 

Wednesday, January 30

 

Wednesday, January 23

The Trivial Eye: 90s Movies Based on Old TV Shows

by Jason Toon

OK, maybe the '80s got it started with Dragnet, but we really have the '90s to blame for the plague of Hollywood remakes of old TV shows. If it was on the Nick at Nite lineup, you can bet some producer was trying to convince Judge Reinhold or Kelly McGillis that it would be a perfect family-friendly comeback vehicle. Can you endure the awful memories long enough to remember these eight '90s movies based on much earlier TV sources?

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Wednesday, December 05

The Trivial Eye: Beer Labels

by Jason Toon

Breweries have traditionally spent a lot of time designing distinctive, elaborate labels, which is weird because it's not like people need a lot of encouragement to drink beer. Just look at that plain can Archie Bunker drank: he knew it's what's on the inside that matters, not the outside. Anyway, if you've spent a lot of time locked in a lonely stare with a vessel of suds, you'll have no trouble identifying the beers and brewers associated with these visual chasers. Congratulations?

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Wednesday, November 28

The Trivial Eye: James Bond Novels

by Jason Toon

James Bond: the man who saved the Trivial Eye. Yes, for my visual-trivia column's return after a two-month hiatus, what better subject than the deathless British agent's various visual (re)incarnations? Over the last 60 years, 007's cover artists have taken full advantage of their license to depict. Do you know which Ian Fleming novels are interpreted in the cover illustrations below?

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Wednesday, September 12

The Trivial Eye: Are You Ready For Some Kind Of Football?

by Jason Toon

In the beginning, there was the ball. Then came the kick. Or maybe the carry. Or, in some cases, the throw. Then maybe the ball turned oval, or somebody put lines on the field. In some places, the pants got shorter. In others, helmets entered the picture. The eight sports below all share the same ancient ancestors. But they've evolved separately to the point where "football" means something completely different depending on where you're saying it. Can you name these eight branches on the football family tree?

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Wednesday, September 05