KTXL-TV [Sacramento, CA]
23 May 2019
Oakdale Man Arrested for Halloween Candy Hoax
OAKDALE — A Northern California man was arrested after investigators determined he lied about finding metal objects in his kids’ Halloween candy. Last year, Mathew Blackcloud claimed he discovered small metal objects in five pieces of his children’s trick-or-treating candy. He told detectives he didn’t know how the objects ended up in the commercially packaged pieces of candy. […]
[For a roundup of reports of tampered Halloween treats from last year, see my Halloween Candy (2018) file.]
The new Aladdin movie inspires a journalist to revisit rumors of a subliminal message in the 1992 version. See also Lisa Bannon, “How a Rumor Spread About Subliminal Sex in Disney’s Aladdin,” The Wall Street Journal, October 24, 1995, A1, A6, republished here.
24 May 2019
Why Everyone Thought Aladdin Had a Secret Sex Message
If you were a kid in the ’90s, or even if you weren’t, the rumors were as familiar as a white vinyl VHS case: Did you know there’s a hidden phallus on the cover art for The Little Mermaid? And by the way, the minister definitely pops a boner during the wedding scene. Oh, and there’s a cloud spelling S-E-X floating over Simba in The Lion King. Perhaps most iconically of all, in Aladdin, as the titular prince tries to woo Princess Jasmine for a magic carpet ride from her balcony, he secretly whispers some lascivious words to the adolescent audience: “Good teenagers, take off your clothes.” […]
Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine, 22 May 2019. Inappropriate use of LOL.
According to popular belief, the initialism LOL can lead to misunderstandings, especially across generations. For another comic strip take on this theme, see
John Deering and John Newcombe, "Zack Hill", 12 January 2009
John Deering and John Newcombe, "Zack Hill", 13 January 2009