– Inhaling helium from balloons at a party is still funny when you’re in your thirties.
– It is unfair for the karaoke to end just as you realise this.
– Steak is still tasty when served on a stick.
– The quality of a movie can not be predicted by its opening shot.
(No Country for Old Men and Alien vs. Predator 2 both begin with a shot of a hunter looking at a deer through a rifle sight. One of these two films goes on to be good good movie; the other turns into a bad bad movie*. Guess which is which).
– People will laugh at you when you try to tell them that using wooden pencils is more environmentally friendly than using plastic pens.
(C’mon! Renewable resource, biodegradable / compostable shavings, no toxic ink, minimal end-of-life garbage consisting only of wood, rubber and metal… and yet they still laugh. Maybe it’s because I always carry 3 pencils with me in order to avoid sharpening them mid-meeting).
*Movie classifications, adapted from something I read somewhere a long time ago:
1) Good good movie: something that’s worthy, hyped up, wins or is nominated for lots of awards, and is actually good, e.g. Last King of Scotland, Sideways.
2) Bad good movie: something that’s worthy, hyped up, wins or is nominated for lots of awards, but is actually a bunch of pretentious tosh, e.g. The Piano.
3) Good bad movie: terrible movie with ridiculous story and 2-dimensional characters that’s still immensely enjoyable, e.g. Jurassic Park, Evolution (extra bonus point for containing the often-underrated comic talents of David Duchovny).
4) Bad bad movie: terrible movie with ridiculous story and 2-dimensional characters that’s just awful, e.g. Star Wars episodes 1 and 2. (The other 4 are good bad movies).
Many arguments occur over whether a given “good” movie should be in category 1 or 2. See The English Patient episode of Seinfeld for illustration.