Merlin Mann has been on a bit of a That Mitchell And Webb Look-posting tear recently and, as such, he brought up two of my favorites, well worth posting (or re-posting, even).
First, “Bronze Age Training Day”:
Have you seen the BBC’s Top Gear[*]? No? Then you’re missing one of the best gearhead shows on the air currently, and there’s no better example of the awesomeness of TG than their decision to match up a Range Rover Discovery “sport” ute against a British Challenger 2 MBT:
TV favourite Mr Tumble is greeting toddlers by saying “I’m f****** you” in sign language.
The CBeebies character says the gestures mean “I’m happy to see you”.
But angry parents have accused the BBC of jumbling up their signals. [I can’t possibly see where the confusion might be. -ed.]
Dad-of-one Jamie Miller, who works for the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, was stunned when he watched Something Special with daughter Katie, five.
Jamie, 32, of Northallerton, Yorks, said: “The signs for ‘happy’ and ‘f******’ are quite similar but it was still an awful error to make”
From the Dept.-of-Big-Fat-Duhhhhs:
Producers of the BBC children’s show Fireman Sam are in hot water with Brit fire chiefs and rightly so:
FIRE chiefs are blazing mad with kidsâ€™ hero Fireman Sam for chucking water at an ELECTRICAL fire.
One brigade has told the BBC to pull the episode for fear children may copy it and get electrocuted.
Sam is seen throwing water from a hot water bottle at a blazing electric blanket.
On the plus side, this situation could result in fewer potential BBC producers surviving into adulthood, so, you know, it’s a net positive.