Every so often, a group of people will get a photo idea and jump
on a ride called Splash Mountain. Remember Splash
Mountain, the popular log-flume attraction at Disneyland and
other Disney parks?
How about a game of Monopoly just before you drop over a cliff
and into the water with a big splash? Is there a better time to
read a newspaper? Or shave? Or offer a marriage proposal to your
These staged events have been captured on the ride’s camera near
the end of the trip. If you are in the photo, apparently the ride’s
staff is willing to sell you the picture. Some people, as we can
see here, have gone to some lengths to get a funny picture.
It appears the identity of these people is lost, and I’m not
sure how these photos were collected. But these same pictures can
be found on many websites with a few variations. One site is
Imgur. A few
additional photos are added in
Heavy, with slight changes in
Even for those who don’t wish to take a crazy photo, Splash
Mountain remains popular at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney
World’s Magic Kingdom. The ride has an interesting history, because
many of the characters are from the 1946 Disney movie “Song of the
South.” The Audio-Animatronics figures originally were pulled from
a ride called American Sings, which came closer to the movie but
was not attracting much of a crowd. That ride was shut down and
dismembered to help hold down the cost of Splash Mountain, which
was over budget during construction in 1988.
That’s how Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear became part of
the Splash Mountain experience. By the way, “Song of the South,”
which is based on Uncle Remus stories, has never been fully
released on home video, apparently because of racial sensitivities,
according to Wikipedia.
Here’s a new product that will help harried cooks save time and
avoid confusion: Water in a Bag!
Click here to view a commercial demonstrating this amazing
product. This commercial was shown on the Canadian comedy show
Hour has 22 Minutes.”
The satirical program has been around on CBC television since
1993. Because it is written for a Canadian audience, U.S. viewers
may not get some of the political references. Also, we may not
realize when U.S. politicians and political groups are being mocked
— such as when Americans worry about
government-run health care, which is relatively popular in
On the other hand, Americans and Canadians have plenty of
silliness they can share, ranging from random fees charged by the
airlines to concerns over global warming. Here’s a sampling of the
various styles of humor.
Organizers are getting ready for the third annual Great Peninsula
Future Festival, which is being moved from Port Gamble to the
Kitsap County Fairgrounds between Bremerton and Silverdale to make
it more convenient for people to attend.
The festival will be Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1, in
the lower field north of the Kitsap Sun Pavilion. This morning,
organizer Gene Bullock sent me a copy of the new poster for the
event. (Click to enlarge.)
The basic idea remains a combination of entertainment, food and
environmental education, all coordinated to create a fun and
educational event. This year, the plan is to offer a bluegrass
festival on Saturday and more of a mixed variety of music on
“We are trying to appeal to a larger audience,” Gene told me.
“Saturday, we will have a festival within a festival, and we’ll
bring in several bluegrass bands.”
Last year’s price of $7.50 per adult has been reduced to $5, and
readily-available coupons will bring the price down to $3 for many
people. The admission price and location are designed to increase
interest in the event, which started two years ago with about 5,000
people but failed to match that attendance last year.
Great Peninsula Future Festival’s website will be updated as
new entertainers and activities are added between now and the end