Footnotes, Flat Notes, and Other Stupid Things
Okay, here's the guide to all the ridiculous and out of place references I made in this story. If you already knew what I was talking about, bully for you. If you didn't, here's the mighty compilation of foot notes.
2. A Portnoy mouth piece, like any good
clarinet mouth piece, is made from a very hard rubber -it's not the type of
rubber that can be used in a game of walley ball. In that regard, the
rubber Kaos door won't bounce intruders off of it, but it's still tough enough
to resist them.
also known as Navy
Special Polaris Submarine Grade Tissue, does actually exist -and existed all to
well on a certain navy vessel depicted as the USS Carnation in
Todd Hunt's The Ship With the Flat Tire. While Hunt's book was a
fictualization (as well as banned by the US Navy), the overstocking of the wrong
toilet paper on the wrong type of ship did occur.
4. A Gibson,
according to Get Smart lore, is Maxwell Smart's favorite hard drink. A
Gibson is actually a very dry martini that is garnished with a pearl onion
instead of an olive. Do not worry about Agent 86 having a drinking
problem, because Smart always spills his Gibson whether he wants to or not.
5. Hamburger Hamlet
really is located in Crystal City, Virginia, but whether or not it had a
fountain is something the author will not verify. Being that it's a chain
that serves specialty hamburgers ( such burgers include the "Marilyn"
and "Emperor Henry IV"), Hamburger Hamlets can be found in Washington
D.C., Chicago, and in Southern California. For a fun fact, U.S. President
Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were known to frequent the Crystal City Hamlet.
7. The Blue Shirt
could not be worn by Scotty because he's not a science officer like Spock and
McCoy. Only science officers in the Federation can wear a blue
uniform. That joke, by the way was an idea from my good friend Saber
Shadow Kitten. Tank-ya much!
9. Foggy Bottom and
Pentagon City are actual D.C. metro line
stops. Foggy Bottom takes one to the likes of the White House and George
Washington University and Pentagon City is self-explanatory.
was... wait a sec, don't you believe my character? Don't you think she's
factual? *sigh* As Lucy Bently notes in the story, Ames was a CIA mole
that was snuffed out in March of 1994 and is presently sitting in jail.
19.A Thing is a type of
Volkswagen, made in 1974, that
is...really hard to describe. My description: a convertible jeep that
looks like it's exterior has been 'slapped' together. Check out this VW
Thing Page for pics and more info.
22.Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the famous Wright brothers.
Frank, along with brother John Lloyd Wright, were noteworthy
architects of the twentieth century. Oh.. were you thinking I was
referring to Orville and Wilbur?
29. Prometheus, in Greek mythology was a titan
known as one of the benefactors of mankind. Prometheus was nice enough to
give humanity fire, but because the forbidden fire that he gave humanity was
stolen from the sun, he was tied to a cliff where a vulture would eat out his
liver daily. Prometheus means "forethought" and he was
eventually freed by the hero Hercules.
32. In Star Trek episode 29, "The
City on the Edge of Forever", Kirk and Spock follow a deranged McCoy into a
time travel device and arrive in the 1930s. In episode 56,
"Assignment: Earth", Spock and Kirk arrive in the later half of
the 20th Century to pursue a time traveler.
34. Grammy winner Herb Alpert and partner Jerome Moss sued A&M and it's
corporate head Polygram in June of 1998. The two claimed that a
shareholder's trust was shortchanged during Polygram's purchase of their label,
A&M and that a Canadian tax refund was mishandled.
"Naming Notes" or "The Hidden Virtues of Tuckerization"
Lucy Bently: St. Lucy is the patron saint of writers, the name 'Lucy' means light, and the Lucy of Charlie Brown fame was the epitome of a control freak. Actually... I named Lucy for my great-grandmother, Lucy King. James Bond drove a Bently, but when Lucy is added to Bently, there is a certain sense of onomatopoeia to the name.
Dr. Croaker's name is pulled straight from detective fiction jargon -a "croaker" is a Doctor.
Inspector 3 is so named 3 in remembrance of late great stock car driver, Dale Earnhardt.
Opal is actually the name of Purdue North Central's dysfunctional email and internet server.
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