Things were different in the 80s.  (Yes, I know I say that a lot, but that doesn’t make it any less true.)  One summer evening after my first year of college, I happened to catch a late-night Cinemax airing of a movie called ‘Heathers,’ which perfectly captured a cynical zeitgeist for my twenty-ish mind, and stuck with me forever.  Notable for early performances from Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, the film prefaced Joss Whedon’s work on Buffy by creating a full teenage sub-culture and language, knowing that trying to capture the ever-changing real vernacular would be a waste of time and effort.  I happened to catch that movie again this weekend (yeah, it still holds up) and found that it contained a scene that contained a perfect QOTD, a scene that might even be the ur-example, leading to today’s Big Fun query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that when teenagers complain that they want to be treated like human beings, it’s usually because they are being treated like human beings, asking:  You win five million dollars from the Publisher’s sweepstakes, and the same day as that big Ed guy gives you the check, aliens land on the Earth and say they’re going to blow up the world in two days: What are you gonna do with the money?

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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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    • Actually, I suppose it makes more sense to charter a plane. Won’t have to worry about baggage and security; more time to see stuff.

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