Before any of us heard the term "graphic novel", we all loved books that told their stories through a combination of words and pictures. Do the eight images below, each taken from the cover of a classic children's book, stir any long-lost literary memories of your own?
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?
Open your heart to the Valentine's Day edition of the Trivial Eye, which gets to the heart of the holiday with all the hearts and Harts your heart could desire. Look into your heart and identify these eight hearty homonyms, homophones, and namesakes. It's not for the faint of h(e)art.
Here are portraits of eight classic mixed drinks - well, OK, some more classic than others. Until we can send flavors through the Internet, pictures will have to do. Your palate would recognize them, but what about your eyes?
Is the gaming controller an endangered species? Between motion-sensing and touchscreens, the need for a joystick, keypad, rollerball, or gun-shaped intermediary might be waning. So let's take a look back at the controllers that filled our sweaty little hands with fun for the last thirty years. How many can you name?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Rejoice, TV snobs! MTV's new remake of the uproariously vulgar British teen sitcom The Inbetweeners (reviewed on this very blog) gives you a new opportunity to sneer "the original British version was better." Here are shots from eight British shows in that grand tradition. Can you name them, and/or the American series they spawned (inferior or otherwise)?