Friday, August 7, 2009

RIP Don Ameche...and John Hughes


funny word of the day: cocoon

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1co·coon
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈkün\
Function: noun
Etymology: French cocon, from Occitan coucoun, from coco shell, probably ultimately from Latin coccum kermes (thought to be a gall or berry), from Greek kokkos berry, kermes
Date: 1679
1 a : an envelope often largely of silk which an insect larva forms about itself and in which it passes the pupa stage b : any of various other protective coverings produced by animals2 a : something suggesting a cocoon especially in providing protection or in producing isolation b : a protective covering placed or sprayed over military or naval equipment in storage

Cocoon is also a great 80s movie directed by Ron Howard about a bunch of geezers who get energized by some alien cocoons in a pool (now it just sounds ridiculous but Don Ameche won an Oscar for his performance).

Speaking of great 80s movies, I wanted to have a moment of internet silence for John Hughes, whose films helped form my teenage years (in fact, I was often told I looked like Molly Ringwald, maybe because I cut my red hair shorter on one side than the other and wore vintage clothes and hats for a spell in seventh grade). His movies were (and still are) among my favorites of all time: Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day, The Breakfast Club...and even his later ones like Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (RIP John Candy). He stopped making movies too soon and died too soon.

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