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Wednesday, January 28, 2004


Update Dept. 2: Electric Boogaloo

YESTERDAY, I TOOK a bold step in officially killing off the tired "Place Anything Here 2: Electric Boogaloo" joke.

It occurred to me that it's easy to tear down, but so very hard to build up.* So in place of the "Place Anything Here 2: Electric Boogaloo" tiredness, I submit a new way to sequelize something and illustrate diminishment. (I'm not claiming to have made this up, as I'm sure it's sprung out of the collective unconscious of...somebody.)

So here it goes:

Just add the "2", a colon, and then increase the adjective (where applicable) to a comparative.

The new form is best illustrated by this example:
Cold Mountain 2: Colder Mountain

This also has the added benefit of the implied tagline, "This mountain just got a whole lot colder."

And you know what happens if it rounds out into a trilogy:
Cold Mountain 3: Coldest Mountain

Try it, it's fun!

Of course, this won't work for everything the way that "Electric Boogaloo" did. But we do our best in such an imperfect world.

[*This update has been incorporated into the original post. I'm saving some regular readers from the onerous task of "scrolling down" to read it again. And, on another note, I've gone right batty with the footnoting lately, haven't I? I can't help it, I've been jerking off into a copy of Infinite Jest for the past few days.]

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