If you’re looking at this, you probably clicked the link from www.bloggerbeware.com. As explained on the link from there, this explains a few of the references (at least two from Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place) on the blog, as well as some completely obvious ones that only newborn infants with learning disabilites and no eyes wouldn’t already know. If you didn’t come directly from there and haven’t started projectile vomiting yet, use the link up there to read it first and not the one at the bottom of this page, because this is a seriously awful page format I mean why would it put the blogroll/link section at the very bottom of the page that’s usually reserved for stuff like legal disclaimers.
New explanations not already mentioned in the comments section that you may want to re-read:
Monster Blood III, I Am Your Evil Twin, Still More Tales To Give You Goosebumps, and It Came From Beneath the Sink.
#20 Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid!
“Costa-Gavras would be proud, as the book is a celebration of “Z”
Costa Gavras is a renowned and highly political Greek director, best known for his conspiracy thriller Z, a satirical comment on the political climate at the time in Grrrrrrreece.
“They’ve stopped turning, they’re there.”
“Could have been worse, it could have been an excitable Dorf”
Comedian Tim Conway, former second banana of McHale’s Navy, created a series of films about the character Dorf, a Swedish dwarven golf instructor; four words that should never follow each other in sequence.
“In a terrifying scene lifted directly from the very similarly-themed Robin Williams film, one of the kids draws the dreaded Enema Bulb As Clown Nose card.”
One of Troy’s patented switcheroos. Sounds like a reference to Jumanji, but then your expectations are twisted with a whimsical reference to a scenario from Patch Adams!
“Connor decides not to tell his folks about who caused the mess, though as big Hoosiers fans, surely his parents would have believed a story about an angry Knight.”
The Indiana Hoosiers coach, Bob Knight, is notoriously b.i.g in professional basketball circles for his public outbursts, both near the court and away.
“Mr. Zarwid shows up in a Gorton’s fisherman jacket and tells Conner he knows what he did last summer”
The Gorton’s Fisherman is the advertising mascot for Gorton’s of Gloucester, a seafood company. He wears a bright yellow raincoat with a plastic hood and you’re expected to trust him. In I Know What You Did Last Summer, the teenage hooligans are tormented by a vengeful killer who dresses like the Gorton’s Fisherman.
Hilarious card gag. A victim is asked if they want to play “52 Pickup”. If they naively answer “yes”, a deck of cards is thrown to the ground, and they’re instructed to pick them up. This is the kind of thing that inspires school shootings and Rip Taylors.
“Connor proclaims that he’ll only play Go Fish from that point on.”
Another card game. Players begin the game with a certain amount of cards, and each ask another player if they have a card that matches one they were dealt. If the asked player has the card, they hand it over. If not, they tell the askee, “Go fish.”, who then takes a card out of the top of the pile.
“Connor keeps the card in his shirt pocket in case he ever has to stop a really really really really really really really really weak really bullet.”
Cliché scenario and urban legend, usually about a deck of cards, a Bible, or a speech.
“Mr. Zarwid interrupts their B+Eing by being mildly annoyed at their trespassing.”
Breaking & Entering, baby.
“I mean, I always knew Mr. Wizard had something malevolent going on”
Don Herbert, best known for his role as Mr Wizard on his educational shows Watch Mr. Wizard and Mr. Wizard’s World, blinded his audiences with science, winning a Peabody award for his work. Due to reruns, Mr Wizard’s World is the longest running programme in Nickelodeon history, which sounds like more of an accomplishment that it really is! He died in 2007.
“discover a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell them no, or where to go, or say they’re only dreaming (Although…)”
A reference to the song A Whole New World, originally from the Disney movie Aladdin. Troy knows his audience. We’re from Ohio, George. Let the man fool with it.
“”How am I supposed to suspend belief long enough to accept that someone who looks like Olivia Wilde would ever go through the work of becoming a doctor?””
On the forensic medical show House, starring Hugh Laurie, a recent character, “13”, played by Olivia Wilde, entered the show as a contestant to become part of the title character’s medical team.
“If he drinks the poison and dies, he’s telling the truth about being a “kid.” If he floats, he’s a witch.”
During the Salem Witch Trials, one of the primary methods of determining witchihood was by drowning suspects. It was thought that witches would be saved by the Devil by making them float.
“The book ends here. Sort of. See, and this is what some of you were warning me against, on page 86 (Which is too clever to have been intentional)”
86 is slang for a few different things, but mostly used to mean “kick out abruptly” in bars in regards to troublesome patrons. It probably dates back to the Prohibition.
“Um, don’t they realize that nobody beats the Wiz?”
If you didn’t click the link, it’s a link to a clip from the Seinfeld episode The Junk Mail, where Elaine becomes briefly infatuated with the mascot for the New York electronics store The Wiz with that catchphrase.
“I know, Frasier’s on later.”
Frasier, starring Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce, was a long-running sitcom spin-off from Cheers about the radio psychiatrist Frasier Crane and his family, set in Seattle.
“the Platonic Boy-Girl Relationships:
Internet abbreviation for “Too long, didn’t read.” There is an unbelievably and suitably long article about it on that Encyclopedia Dramatica wiki!
“Inherit the Wind Alert:”
The second-best film based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial at the beginning of the 20th century (the first being Bedtime for Bonzo)