Fascinating Facts on Friday (Part 2)

This may just have to become a regular post, because some stories are just too hilarious. Two quick, true stories for you this Friday to kick off your weekend right...

In seriously sadistic news: A Revere, Massachusetts movie theater made a lot of parents quite pissed off - and assuredly more than one child pee their pants - when instead of playing the new hit animated comedy Megamind, they played Saw 3D. Oh yes... But, here's the best part: Instead of turning the movie off when the theater realized the mistake, they just told the kids to cover their eyes during the more obscene parts of the movie!!! Apparently this process took 'several minutes' to correct.

Now, Cory at New World Witchery might be able to assist with this one, but is there not just an 'OFF' switch that the projectionist can hit? The fact that this process took so long makes me think it wasn't so much a 'mistake' as it was a case of a sadistic 16-year-old having a little fun at the expense of a room full of 7 year olds. And, really, who among us is not internally amused at this whole debacle? Hilarious though it may be in retrospect, it is still an undoubtedly disturbing situation for parents whose children will have nightmares for weeks. (My brother walked in on my parents and their friends watching Stephen King's It in the early 90s, and he still claims to have a fear of clowns.)

For their troubles, parents received one free movie pass for each of their children. Though, as one parent put it, they just don't want this kind of thing to happen again. (Unless, of course, you tape the audience reaction and send it in to the Riot! ... Hey, I'm just sayin'. Don't judge. You know you want to see it, too.)
This is Phoenix Jones, the Guardian of Seattle and a Seattle police officer. Phoenix Jones is part of a new costumed hero group called The Rain City Superhero Movement.

In Kick-Ass (Literally) News: There's a new group of superheroes in town, and you won't find any of them in a comic book. In true Kick-Ass (the movie and graphic novel) style, a group of Seattle's most concerned - and buff - citizens have taken to the street to put vigilante justice into practice. The Rain City Superhero Movement counts itself at 9 members (which is sure to grow after the publicity they're getting) who are as follows: Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle. No word yet on what their superpowers are.

2 additional caped civilians - Captain Ozone and Knight Owl - have been named by police, but are said not to be official members of the Rain City Superhero Movement. So, I guess that means they're the vigilantiest of the vigilantes.

The difference between these heroes and people who get into a lot of trouble with police for taking matters in their own hands is that these folks don't carry firearms. They subdue criminals and call the actual police in to pick up the bad guys. Which, police seem fine with:

"There's nothing wrong with citizens getting involved with the criminal justice process -- as long as they follow it all the way through," Kappel said, adding they want people to call 911 and be good witnesses, even if a case goes to court.

Police say they act as good witnesses and never really put themselves in danger, though the leader of the group - Phoenix Jones - is known to have been shot at before and survived due to his body armor. On that note, Jones (whose identity is known to police) claims that all of the people on his team are either highly trained in mixed martial arts or are ex-military.

"I don't condone people walking around on the street with masks," said the man who called himself Phoenix Jones. "Everyone on my team either has a military background or a mixed martial arts background, and we're well aware of what its costs to do what we do."

The rest of the team's identities are to be revealed to police, and police seem to be just fine with having an extra set of eyes and ears on the streets. And, in my ex-professional opinion, if we had more citizens that were willing to get involved - without going to extreme measures - our streets would be a lot safer. The key here is, of course, to make sure the 'heroes' keep themselves in check and don't go overboard. Things can go south very quickly, and these vigilantes can find themselves without resources and backing rather quickly.

What do you think, Rioters? Leave your thoughts on scary kids movies and vigilante heroes (who look damn fine in black spandex) in the comments below!

By the way, in case any of you were wondering, Phoenix Jones is 22 and I totally call DIBS!!! Partner will understand. ;-)

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. I worked as a projectionist for a couple years. The projectors I ran were (really) old, there was an "off" button, but it was kind of a "as a last resort" measure. Even still, I could close the light and turn off the sound immediately. I really doubt they don't have something similar in todays projection booths. Of course, changing the film out once it is threaded is a different story... :-(


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