It’s the end of the month as we know it, which means our 30-image allotment of Associated Press photos is about to expire along with the rest of this miserable year. If we don’t use up our images, they don’t roll over to the next month, and that’s a waste of good Associated Press imagery, so right here right now we’re gonna burn up the balance of this month’s subscription! In honor of the year that kept going up in flames and is now going down in flames, our search theme is FLAMES. Aieee!
The French certainly do seem to favor the construction of barricades in the service of protest, and here, consumed by FLAMES, is a barricade courtesy of the French “Yellow Vest” protesters. We figure many of these AP photo captions are written by photographers, so we’re not going to give them a hard time about their prose, especially if it might be translated into English, and more especially if the caption writer was in the vicinity of tear gas, “flashballs,” and water cannons.
Here is an alternate image of the infamous Graf Zeppelin Hindenburg‘s lethal immolation, jarringly dissimilar from the more widely-circulated photo, which is indelibly imprinted on our consciousness as an image of horror, disaster, and failure.
Some folks say “don’t tweet.” Here at Hmm Daily, we also say “don’t go to Air Shows.”
Our final aviation-related FLAME is this non-lethal incident involving a French daredevil who decided it would be daring to land on top of France’s gift to the People of the United States. It’s fair to speculate that he probably wouldn’t have tried this a few weeks later.
In a pose similar enough to the above image of Lady Liberty that we’re happy to use it as a flimsy connective device, here’s a shot of Warren Buffett, billionaire.
Because they are oddly similar, we’re pairing these images entitled JIFFY LUBE 300 and PIPE BOMB EXERCISE, and we’re also announcing that we are starting a Hardcore band called PIPE BOMB EXERCISE.
There were lots of fires in California in 2018, but there were also lots of fires in California in 2017, and this gives us an excuse to run a photo of Charles Schultz, creator of the beloved comic “Peanuts.”
The below image of hockey’s Craig Berube is AP-captioned to contain 3,515 penalty minutes, Flames (Calgary), blood, and melting ice!
Back to real flames! This time belching from a German chemical company hellscape.
We’ve held off on the FLAMES of War, but here we go:
Russia was tangled up in a pointless war in Afghanistan for almost 10 years. A lot of us here in the United States still can’t believe we beat their record, 17 years and counting.
The United States used to be good at war, right?
The only FLAMES we want to see in 2019 are Feet of Flames, such as those possessed by the self-described Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley!
FLAMES in the service of Entertainment are the good kind of flames. We’re just getting over our Holiday Music Hangover, and the bazillionth involuntary listening to “Santa Baby” as performed by Eartha Kitt, and we forgive her, and we’re sorry we missed her performance as the Wicked Witch back in 1998.
Here are tens if not hundreds of fans of the late musical entertainer Elvis Presley, who, 33 years ago, would have been 50. That means he would have been in his eighties round about now. Let’s ponder the idea of Elvis Presley as an octogenarian and light a fart on the flame of our memorial wick.
Clowns are also entertainers! Here is a once-ubiquitous Ronald McDonald character in a photo entitled RONALD MCDONALD IDENTITY CRISIS, which will be the first album from our band PIPE BOMB EXERCISE.
“Some branding experts think the McDonald’s Corp. clowns’ floppy red shoes and flaming-red hair are too hackneyed for iPod-savvy kids,” to which we say, see you in Las Vegas in 2019!
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