Thanks to our recent discussion of live-action anime adaptations, I have been thinking about my childhood interactions with ‘Speed Racer.’  Aside from the fun mockery of American dubbing, I vividly recall the cliffhanger on one of the episodes with the Mammoth Car, wherein that selfsame vehicle is seen to drive straight at and OVER the camera, giving the impression that we, the audience, were being run over by it’s massive wheels.  Frankly, it left me scarred for life and terrified of every giant-car-made-of-gold I’ve encountered since, leading us to today’s GRX query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also has terrified memories of the Vermicious Knid illustrations in ‘Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, asking: What seemingly innocuous moments of pop culture have somehow left you scarred for life?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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