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The Late Movies: Bloopers A-Plenty

Everybody loves a goof-up on TV or in a movie. Here are a collection of the blooperiest bloopers I could bloop up on on the interbloop!

Star Wars Bloopers

Jawas helping R2D2 move, stuntmen handing new guns to Han Solo mid-fight, Darth Vader mis-catching guns summoned by mind control, the Emperor's hood falls off at an inopportune time, the director yelling at Jabba to "own it," and "Search your feelings, father, I know you...I...forgot my lines...."

"Men in Black" Blooper Reel

Will Smith seems like a genuinely nice guy. It's hard not to laugh along with the extended segment that starts in the middle, in a car with a woman in the back seat. "Stop saying 'Action' so funny! Be serious!" Tommy Lee Jones implores.

"Lord of the Rings" Blooper Reel

Gandalf on hasty fortifications of a door by Legolas: "What is this? What good is this?? Typical elf work." Also, Sam Gamgee tries to get his closeup.

Star Trek (Original Series) Bloopers

There seems to be a lot of walking into walls going on in the Enterprise.

Star Trek (2009 Movie) Gag Reel

It takes a while to get going, but it's worth it. JJ Abrams: "While it will feel ridiculous, it will look awesome."

TV Bloopers Collection 1

TV news, animals doing naughty things, unintentional double entendres, and my favorite: a TV camera gone evil (about 2/3 of the way through) which appears to be attacking some sports anchors.

TV Bloopers Collection 2

Primarily featuring game shows, this collection also includes simple "inappropriate humor" (which according to international blooping authorities still counts as a blooper, as long as it's of a slightly sexual nature).

"Now You're Really Going to Scream, Barbara"

A TV anchor attempts to help a student show off her version the painting The Scream but ends up smashing it. Oh my.

"Taxi" TV Bloopers

Awesome 70's bloopers.

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The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey
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Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]

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Watch the Original Spinal Tap Short Film
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Spinal Tap formed in 1979, five years before the classic film This is Spinal Tap premiered. They performed on TV and began developing their personas as idiotic heavy metal monsters.

When the band, along with director Rob Reiner, went to pitch their mockumentary to production companies, nobody "got it." It wasn't clear what an unscripted comedy pseudo-documentary would feel like. So Reiner asked for the screenplay fee—$60,000—to be paid up front as a budget for a short proof-of-concept film.

That skimpy budget went a very long way, allowing the group to produce The Last Tour, a 20-minute Spinal Tap film exploring some of the plot (and many of the songs) that appeared in the later film This is Spinal Tap. There's a surprising amount of concert footage, as various bits that were repeated in Tap (some interview clips were even used in Tap unaltered).

The Last Tour is delightful because it shows a well-developed idea being implemented on the cheap. The wigs are terrible, the sound is spotty, but the vision is spot-on. The characters and the core story of the group (including a string of dead drummers) is already in place, and we get to see the guys improvise together. Tune in (and be aware there's plenty of salty language here):

(Note: Around 4:38 in the clip above, we see Ed Begley, Jr. as original drummer John "Stumpy" Pepys in the "Gimme Some Money" video. Stumpy died in a gardening accident, of course.)

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