June 18, 2009

No Battery Required Fire Alarm

A dude I know who trolls the Internet Tubes for funny shit sent me a photo of a Jiffy Pop redneck "fire alarm" that was funny as shit. It had me LOL.

The next day I hit the grocery store for some subsistence and found myself in the isle with, what else, the popcorn. I quickly spotted some Jiffy Pop, a product that has been around since 1959 and even spawned a little burner just for Jiffy Pop called the Jiffy Pop Popper. I put one in my hand-held grocery store basket and with the thought of improving upon the funny photo I'd been sent the evening before.

Since I thought the original was poorly shot --- the angle sucks and the Jiffy Pop being held up by a single nail is too far away considering it is the photo's main subject, plus the photo coming out of some piece of shit point-and-shot digicam --- I wanted to do a better job of it.

Jiffy Pop popcorn is something I can remember me and my sister and mom enjoying way back in the late '60s, it being exciting watching as the cover, as the pan of the Jiffy Pop got hotter and hotter, bulge more and more and knowing we'd soon be digging into a yummy snack.

I placed the Jiffy Pop container on a hook on my front door that was once used for a little plastic basketball rim where I'd shoot indoor hoops, imagining myself being LeBron James or Michael Jordon, while dunking and hitting 3-pointers. I tired of that childish game, however, and took the fucking rim down but didn't think about removing the hook that held it up.

After I attached the Jiffy Pop to the hoop hook I got out my
Nikon D700 digital SLR, with the 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor auto focus lens attached to it, and took this shot.

So you tell me which photo is better in the comments section. I'd like to know your opinion, good, bad or indifferent. Thanks.


Robert W. Howington said...

The son of a friend of mine at work, who have a devious sense of humor, wrote to me in an e-mail, "The fire alarm is the best shit ever."

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