EneMan Humor

A blog mascot seeks a new career for a new year

It’s a new year.

Overall, 2007 was a good year for Respectful Insolence. When I first started this whole blogging thing, I had no idea that I’d still be at it three years later. Moreover, I had no idea that I’d still be able to produce posts good enough that people still want to read them. Heck, I even produced a fair amount of work in 2007 that I’m proud of and that compares well with anything I’ve ever done.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of a feature of this blog from the very beginning. Sadly, 2007 was not such a good year for this blog’s mascot. It’s not really his fault. It’s partially mine in that I had what was perhaps a failure of imagination in figuring out new things to do with him. It was also a failure of Fleet Pharmaceuticals. Let’s face it, the 2007 EneMonths calendar just wasn’t up to the warped standards of years past, with perhaps one exception. Basically, I didn’t have much material to work with.

2008 will be different. Thanks to Fleet Pharmaceuticals, EneMan will rise again. Oh, yes. This time, Fleet has come up with something truly, truly warped:


I’ll admit that I kind of miss the guy in the EneMan suit showing up in badly Photoshopped pictures portraying him in various situations. However, there is a lot to make up for it in the new EneMan calendar for 2008, as everyone’s favorite character with the orange protrusion from his head whose purpose you really, really don’t want to contemplate too closely appears in some of the most famous movies in Hollywood history, starting with:


I have to tell you, some of these are so good that it’s requiring all my self-restraint not to post them all right now. Indeed, the best one of all, the most seriously hilarious and warped examples appear in August and December. All I’ll say is that some of the movies given the–shall we say?–“EneMan treatment” include one of the Star Wars movies, a little J.R.R. Tolkien, Ghostbusters, along with some unexpected, even artsy choices.

I guess you’ll just have to keep checking in on or about the first of each month to see.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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