The Intellectual Apocalypse

There has been a lot of media focus of late on the zombie apocalypse. They’re in the news. They have their own books and movies. It’s only a matter of time before a zombie has a star on the walk of fame. I understand it. Naked face eaters are sexy.

Green, anorexic zombies serving brain Jello–also sexy. (image via dreamstime)

But I’m here to tell you that western civilization faces another threat, a threat more subtle and less reliant on bath salts, but just as dangerous. I’ve seen the signs: signs that western civilization is declining from intellectual atrophy as we speak.

The following all happened in one day in the space of an hour, a sure sign that disaster is upon us. I present these events to you with the advice that you take them seriously and start working on your family bunkers.

Last week on September 11th I felt strangely sad and full of foreboding but I couldn’t figure out why. The date didn’t occur to me until I logged on to Twitter and saw the Arby’s retweet “May we never forget #9/11” on my feed. That’s right, motherf***ing Arby’s, the makers of the roast beef sandwich (which, by the way, I ate by the ton in the fifth grade when my mom was sick in the hospital) remembered 9/11 but I did not.

Keep in mind that on the day of the original tragedy Hubs and I were living just outside of Boston (where two of the flights originated) and that Hubs is a cop and a marine with a background in anti-terrorism. I’ve seen more footage of the attack and terrorist attacks in general than your average housewife and I hear about the subject. Every. Day. Whether I want to or not. September 11th is a big freaking deal in our house. And yet a fast food restaurant had to take the time between batches of curly fries to remind me of the day’s significance via Twitter.

It’s official, Paris Hilton and I get our news from the same source. Yay. I’m so hot right now.

“Terrorism makes me so sad. Like flying coach. Not a coach bag. But coach in an airplane. With the poor people.” (image via dreamstime)

A short time later I heard someone use the word “ludicrous” in a sentence. The sentence didn’t make sense to me because I automatically assumed they were referring to the hip hop artist Ludacris. It took me a disturbing amount of time before I realized that they were using the actual word “ludicrous” as it was originally intended. Sure I have major street cred because I know the coolest hip hop artists, but I’ve forgotten the original meaning of words and that is bad. Not bad as in cool, but bad as in…bad. Word.

“I might be Ludacris but you are ridiculous.”

Not ten minutes later, I heard on the radio that though most of the television stations had observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of 9/11, NBC chose instead to run an interview with Kris Jenner regarding her boob job. Because that’s important. The boobs of a reality television mother. I’m sure that NBC was worried the Kardashians might suffer from media under-exposure. And they just wanted to continue the reign of excellence they enjoyed during their coverage of the Olympics.

Remember the promo for the new comedy Animal Practice that featured a monkey doing gymnastics, which they ran right after discussing gold medal winner Gabby Douglas? It’s hard to match those standards every day. You’ve got to throw down with some Kardashian mammaries during a 9/11 memorial to make that happen.

“Don’t forget that my @ss was on CNN.” (image via dreamstime)

That’s Ludacris…I mean ludicrous.

Come to think of it, maybe NBC just missed the Arby’s tweet on their Twitter feed and forgot what day it was. Or maybe I’m secretly the president of NBC. I should give myself a raise and then fire myself, but with a nice severance package to tide me over until I get hired by another classy station…like MTV…or at least so I have enough money to stockpile water and toilet paper before I completely lose all brain function and forget what those items are and then end up thirsty and dirty-@ssed during the intellectual apocalypse when we all become cannibalistic and start eating Kardashians…

Judging by my sentence structure it may already be happening.

I call dibs on Kim!

“Actually in the intellectual apocalypse, I will dine on that perfect b!tch.” (image via dreamstime)

22 thoughts on “The Intellectual Apocalypse

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    This mind deterioration happens to all of us at times. Well, except for maybe Kris Jenner’s boobs.

  2. Jessica says:

    Yummy! All I can think about is how much I love Arbys and indulged in their roast beef sandwiches (plural) which I slathered in both barbeque and horseradish sauce and their curly fry’s during my Labor Day road trip. After I’m done salivating over the memory, I promise to thoughtfully contemplate 9/11, fake celebrities, rap stars and the dictionary.

    • I seriously ate my weight in Arby’s roast beef sandwiches, potato cakes (oh those triangles of deep fried goodness) and cherry turnovers in grade school. I hope your road trip was as delicious.

  3. I can’t drop off the grid and retire to the writers cabin soon enough…

    Also, I was living in Slummaville on the day Arby’s will never forget. Small world.

  4. WSW says:

    I’m so glad I found your site. What a breath of fresh air — and sanity. And I could use both.

  5. Beef and cheddar and freedom. God Bless the USA!

  6. Sorry to be so late to the party, FF. I’ve been traveling with my husband, and since we’re on vaca, cocktails start at 6:00 (pm) and I’m asleep by 10:00 (also pm), the time when I’m most likely to surf my favorite bloggers (which is a small list that includes you).

    Arby’s is kind of nasty, although I used to slather my roast beef sandwich in horsey sauce. I have fond memories of the sauce, even though I haven’t set foot in an Arby’s in over a decade. What’s up with all of the Arby’s retail outlets anyway? They all seem to have been built in 1962 and have never updated their decor. Not even for ADA complance.

    I don’t feel like talking about 9/11 because I’m still on vaca and buzzed (but not yet asleep…ha!). I do feel like talking about the fact that Wendy of Kitchen Slattern probably discovered you through me. Or Cristy. But I’ll take credit.

    Zombies suck.


  7. Is there, or has there ever been, a more phallic corporate logo than Arby’s? That is all.

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