It’s always interesting to ask my child for help on the MS-QOTD, especially when she’s been hanging out on TikTok or Instagram all day.  Today, her suggestion was “Who would you see if somebody showed you your worst nightmare?”  I won’t elaborate on my answer, which caused her to sigh and tell me “It has to be a MADE-UP person, Dad!”, but suffice to say that the strength of her concept is undeniable, especially if we focus specifically on a pop-culture nightmare.  Indeed, it’s such a good idea that it shall serve us well as today’s subconscious query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would expect to see either Maximilian from ‘The Black Hole’ or Atmos, asking: Which character would you expect to see if someone showed you YOUR worst pop-culture nightmare?

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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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