Off-Day Offerings: X-Men Lose Jobs, Shovel Girl Shows off Super Powers

Off-Day Offerings: X-Men Lose Jobs, Shovel Girl Shows off Super Powers

If you don't have a frame of reference for the title here, you simply haven't been wasting enough time on the interwebs. And if you do already know what this is about, you can still have some fun with it. And that's what ODO is all about: wasting the time that would otherwise have been spent watching a ballgame.

My television watching consists primarily of sports, dramas on FX, and tattoo competition shows. Yes, I am that easy to entertain, like a cat pawing at a moving light. But every now and again a viral video will catch my fancy and have me howling with laughter or questioning how some people are allowed to go out in public.

I was glad to see that Professor X was able to re-assemble his crew for X-Men: Days of Future Past (opening Friday, May 23rd in theaters everywhere!) after he had let so many of them go...wait, what's that? You hadn't heard about him firing Wolverine and Nightcrawler, among others? Well, then, allow me to provide you with a brief education.

Hey, Wolverine, you wanna see my claws? Classic.

The Angela Lansbury line just slays me every time. Due to the openings on his team, Professor X may need to hold auditions; could he use a young woman with the uncanny ability to chuck garden tools with deadly accuracy? Watching the Cubs can sometimes be as painfully hilarious as getting tagged in the head with a shovel, I found this to be a fitting way to spend a few minutes.

Now, some of you might well be thinking the same thing I was when I first saw this: gee, that's really funny, but it could really use some music, preferably from the 80's. Now, thanks to some folks who surely have even more free time on their hands than I do, we no longer have to pine for a Shovel Girl/Take on Me remix.

I just can't get enough of that cut of the shovel just clanging over and over off of that poor girl's dome. Tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink-tink. Again, I really am that easily amused. But let's be honest, that video really isn't all that different than watching the Cubs any given day.

The last couple of games have looked a lot better though, as they captured their 2nd series victory of the year, and against the division-leading Brewers no less. Next up: 6-0 Cubs pipe dream Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees.

Editor's note: contrary to rumors, Shovel Girl is alive and well, though I guess that depends on your definition of "well."

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  • Sounds like you could get into women's MMA. The episode last night on 24.1 between those in the 135 lb. weight class had some overweight woman vs. a woman from Missouri with all sorts of tats. What usually happens in these is that the better fighter sits on the prone one's stomach and keeps beating her until the ref stops it. I guess no ref in the shovel match.

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