Friday, April 16, 2010

I Guess I Told YOU . . .

This is one of those days where I accomplish something very dorky and then have an inner struggle about showing off my dorky thing. Lets face it: I'm probably not impressing anyone with anything besides how ridiculous I am.

Since I started volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science there have been several people who compare me to the nerdy entomologists in Silence of the Lambs who identify the moth that was shoved down a victim's throat.

They i.d. the moth as Acherontia styx - a Lepidoptera belonging to the "Death's Head" Hawkmoth family.

This is it:

So I was watching Silence of the Lambs today and was looking at the cover when something caught my eye . . .

This is where the mental conflict began

Nerdy Chad: Say . . . there's something off about the moth on the cover . . .
Awesome Chad: Leave it alone.
Nerdy Chad: I don't think that's a Death's Head Moth
Awesome Chad: So? Let's just enjoy the movie like a normal person. Yes?
Nerdy Chad: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . That's a Tobacco Hornworm Moth! Tobacco Mutherfuckin' Hornworm!
Awesome Chad: I'm very proud of you. Now back to the movie.
Nerdy Chad: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but that skull looks familiar . . .
Awesome Chad: I swear to God, if you don't-
Nerdy Chad: Is that . . . is that that Dali sketch?
Awesome Chad: I refuse to confirm anything for you because you use it to make us look nerdy later.
Nerdy Chad: Is it called "The Vanity" or something? That used to scare me when I was little.
Awesome Chad: No, it's "In Voluptus Mors"
Nerdy Chad: Ha!! . . . Wait . . . why the hell would they do that? Wouldn't it be easier to jus use the real thing?
Awesome Chad: Maybe they just wanted to find a way to sneak 7 naked women onto a video case so that children in Target can look closely and see uncensored nipples?
Nerdy Chad: The real question is: How can I work this into casual conversation with everyone I meet?? Perhaps I can walk into starbucks and say "Hi Josh! I would like a girlie drink and I deserve it because I'm a complete genius! Picture this-"
Awesome Chad: I forbid you from saying it out loud. Remember the looks you get when you tell people your little tidbits.
Nerdy Chad: I don't like those looks. . . it's a mixture of glazed over eyes and something else.
Awesome Chad: pity?
Nerdy Chad: Hmmmmmm . . .

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  1. you ARE a genius! i love it when you talk nerdy :oP (i was watching David Bowie's Spiders from Mars concert, and i gotta say he could be your uncle, it's gotta be the cheek bones!) you should blackmail celebrities for a living. . . call them out on their bullshit (stick w/ what you're good at!)

  2. I made a cameo! HOW EXCITING! Though I must say, it was a very very very short cameo. I need more of these: it'll help my popularity and fame ratings sky-rocket. And it will be all thanks to you, my Chadeleh!

    And don't worry about the nerd factor. If you ever reach my level then you have to worry. I actually censure half of what I say in order to make sure people don't know my full capacity of nerd-dom. It's pretty bad, as you well know. >.<

    Anyway, that's actually kinda cool to know. I always suspected there was more to that moth, but I'm not smart like you. You are a genius!

  3. LOVE me some silence of the lambs trivia!