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August 30, 2007

The Invasion: just not the same without pods

There's something creepy about pods - milkweed pods, okra, pea pods, alien pods. Sadly, pods are absent in the film The Invasion, and so is any discernable accent between either Daniel Craig or Nicole Kidman. Plus it's directed by Joel Silver, so it sucks. But of course the film has plenty of unnecessary explosions and a car chase. The only redeeming quality of the movie was to try and spot where the scenes in DC were filmed. "OMG that's my MetroRail station where the crackhead pees every morning!"

In reference to the Larry Craig scandal, Patrick asks: "I'm sometimes a little behind the times...why is bathroom crusing called "tearoom?" I forwarded the question to tearoom historian JoeMyGod, who responds:

"Some say that "tearoom" originated in England as a polite way of not saying "toilet room" and that the proper way to write it would be "T-room". That's sort of right, but while the expression IS English in origin, it comes from the archaic English reference to urine as "tea", therefore a place where one urinates is a "tearoom."

Thanks for clearing that up, Joe!

I think the inclusion of both Scary Spice and Marie Osmond on "Dancing with the Stars" is totally unfair to competing rap stars, football players, and people like Jerry Springer who have no previous professional dancing experience. But I'm gonna watch it anyway.

Posted by jimbo at August 30, 2007 10:52 PM


Joe's etymology is interesting, but if "tearoom" is derived from English slang why do the English use "cottage" as both noun and verb?

Posted by: jeem at August 30, 2007 4:53 PM

You're right about the pods. I told Darren, "What kind of remake of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' doesn't have pods? Then he made me feel old--he hadn't seen the original movie or the 1970's remake with Donald Sutherland.

Posted by: Sean at August 30, 2007 5:38 PM

Veronica Cartwright and the small neighbor boy were the best parts of that movie.

Posted by: homer at August 30, 2007 6:22 PM

Large parts of "The Invasion" were filmed in Baltimore as well.. and near Rob's and Mine house. For 3 months parts of Calvert Street, Charles and St. Paul were blocked off. Made for getting home a pain in the ass. I did see her near the Citibank near the Inner Harbor... dammmm she hot in real life

Posted by: Dax at August 30, 2007 7:27 PM

I always like discovering little tidbits like this. So how did we come up w/"Tea-dance"?

Posted by: moby at August 30, 2007 8:38 PM

so why were Sunday afternoon bar events called "Tea dances"? Wait... do I really want to know?

Posted by: Andy at August 30, 2007 9:53 PM

Tea dances got their name because they start (or used to start) at "tea-time", typically 4 or 5PM.

Posted by: Joe.My.God. at August 30, 2007 10:59 PM

Wikipedia says: A tea dance or thé dansant is an afternoon or early evening dance. The function evolved from the concept of the afternoon tea and is a common cultural reference in early 20th century fiction, as a staple of genteel society notably in resort towns such as Brighton.

I believe this is correct. The English are always doing crazy things like dancing in the afternoon. It's common knowledge.

Posted by: Homer at August 30, 2007 11:39 PM

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