Friday, April 26, 2013

Get Ready for Summer With This Mega Trailer Mashup, Carjacked Delivery Driver Delivers Pizza on Foot Before Calling Police, and Don't Call It a Monster

Get Ready for Summer With This Mega Trailer Mashup - This summer, superheroes will face down evil, robots will clash with monsters, and monsters will go to college. What if all those stories were combined for in single film?

Carjacked Delivery Driver Delivers Pizza on Foot Before Calling Police - A delivery driver for Papa John's in Atlanta was stepping out of his car when two gunmen approached him. They demanded his car and took off, leaving the driver alone with his pizza. But instead of fleeing the scene or immediately calling the police, the driver did the honorable thing – he walked the pizza to the house that ordered it, accepted his payment, and then ran to get help.

Police said the man filed out an incident report, but didn't want to be dropped off at work. According to the report, he wanted to tell his boss at a later time so he wouldn't be fired. Who can know what sort of professional relationship this guy had with his boss, but it seems likely he would be promoted or rewarded instead of fired.

Don't Call It a Monster - North America's largest lizard gets the first part of its name from the Gila River, which runs through Arizona and New Mexico. Its habitat is the desert scrub and dry foothills of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mojave deserts. The creature is the subject of dozens of dread-inducing bits of folklore that are, at best, unverifiable. (Unlucky male camper in the desert wakes up to find a Gila monster chewing on some tender body part. Lizard spits venom in someone’s eye.

The creature's lumbering form and sinister look play a part in popular culture. In The Treasure of Sierra Madre, for example, a Gila monster is part of a suspenseful ordeal for the character played by Humphrey Bogart. In Meet Me at the Morgue, a 1953 mystery by Ross MacDonald, a sullen blonde says of her suitor, "Big offers he makes. Mink coat, a new car, a trip to Honolulu. I told him I'd sooner go with a Gila monster." As part of the 1950s trend for enlarging animals to make them scarier, the creature is the subject of a 1959 B movie, The Giant Gila Monster. First victims? Necking teenagers.