So what the
hell is going on with these people who leave their fucking cell phones
on during a movie that I have paid good money to watch? It's a quiet,
tense moment in the movie and all of a sudden some jerk's phone goes
off playing the fucking theme from Mission: Impossible or some such
crap. WHAT IS WITH THAT?! What idiot doesn't know to turn off their
goddamn fucking cell phone! Really....
And nicely fed up as well. Very good rant.
Now the answer
to what kind of idiot leaves their cell phone on during a movie, as
you may already know but have forgotten during your sudden burst of
justified irateness, is that there are three kinds of idiots.
So that was simple.
Now, however, you naturally want to know how to maximize your fun
with the experience of Cell Phone Idiots. And we will not let you
down here at prettyfedup.com, we will think up some Crackpot Cell
Phone Theories to explain and enhance your personal interactions with
Cell Phone Idiocy.
with Forgetful Idiots. Forgetful Cell Phone Idiocy arises when
people are busy and distracted and well...forgetful. It is basically
the sort of idiocy that could happen to anyone as your brain has absolutely
no intention whatsoever of remembering all the stupid shit you stuff
into it and try to make it remember to do. It thinks your life is
an overloaded mess and it periodically communicates this opinion to
you by nonchalantly jettisoning stuff you might have thought was important,
such as remembering to pay your bills and turning your cell phone
on and off. It would much rather sing the theme song to The Brady
Bunch with you and look at girls' legs. At the movies, it is thinking
about the high cost of popcorn and so on, and often it could really
give a fuck about your cell phone. This is no excuse however and this
annoying nonchalance on its part about cell phones can be corrected
as we shall see.
Special Note regarding Forgetful Cell Phone Idiocy. This form
of brain glitch frequently happens to older people who are busy and
distracted by the fact that they are old, who didn't grow up with
cell phones and who find themselves whenever it rings very often surprised
to discover they have a cell phone at all! If this happens to you,
you can cure this embarrassing social faux pas by repeating this phrase
to yourself over and over until it begins to make sense to you: "I
have a cell phone. I have a cell phone. I have a cell phone."
More deeply embed the learning by practicing turning it on
and turning it off. Explore the possibilities of this wondrous
machine by imagining yourself turning it on when you want to
receive or make calls and turning it off when you enter a movie
theater. You'll get the hang of it in no time!
But of course,
forgetfulness never happens to You personally and you aren't the idiot
whose goddamn phone went off in the middle of the movie. So what should
you do about the fact that you are just naturally inherently superior
and yet Forgetful Idiots are allowed into the same movies as you?
are going to want to cause pain in the Forgetful Idiot. Perfectly
natural and sensible desire on your part as you cleverly and intuitively
guess that pain will serve as a reminder to the Forgetful Idiot to
turn off their goddamn phone. What you want them to experience is
a sensation that makes them say to themselves...."My phone went
off during a movie. What a hideously painful and embarrassing experience.
I'm certainly going to remember never to do that again. That was horrible!
From now on, my cell phone stays off during movies."
And yet, many
desirable ways you could cause pain in a Forgetful Idiot, such as
compressing their lips together with burning hot tongs, prove to be
inconvenient and impractical in a movie and could well cause you to
end up wasting your precious time explaining things to Authorities
and so on. Plus, the tongs and heating equipment are heavy to carry
around. Therefore, you need a handy and portable method of causing
pain, one that can be whipped out at a moment's notice, rapidly applied
and then discarded.
And so, just for
you, we have instead the Very Mean Glare. Glaring is fun! It's
particularly fun in a dark movie theater where nobody can see you
doing it and get all pissed off at you for glaring at them. Take full
advantage of this darkness opportunity! Here's how it works, step
Hear cell phone during movie. Step 2: Get annoyed. Step 3: Say to
yourself 'Now that's some Fucked Up Shit!' (don't forget this step!)
Step 4: Identify offender. Step 5: Fix Very Mean Glare at the back
of their head for a full 30 seconds. Don't think anything while you
are doing this, just indulge in an undiluted Glare. If you don't know
how to glare, trying narrowing your eyes, bringing your eyebrows down
somewhat from their normal position, tightening your jaw and craning
your head slightly forward. For an Advanced Very Mean Glare, also
fold your arms over your chest. Hold for 30 seconds. Very good!
Now this Very
Mean Glaring business has many benefits for both You and Society.
First of all, it causes a burning sensation in the back of the victim's
head or perhaps their shoulders or back, depending on your aim. This
is exactly the kind of pain people need to experience in order to
remember to turn their cell phones off. An entire movie theater full
of Glaring People can be a highly effective cell phone deterrent.
If the person slinks down or attempts to leave their seat, you know
your glaring is successful. Feel free to glare at them as they leave,
particularly if they can't really see you because it's still dark.
Sometimes your glaring will not seem successful because the person
will actually try to hold a conversation during the movie.
If this happens, up the wattage on your Glare until it is a Super-Duper
Very Mean Glare and hold it for as long as you can stand. All the
other movie patrons will feel so grateful to you for your efforts
on their behalf. Go ahead, be a hero!
Notes for Very Mean Glaring: Sometimes it is inconvenient to Glare
at the actual offender because they are behind you and you have to
twist all the way around in a noticeable fashion which sometimes you
might not want to for fear it will be noticeable and everybody will
see you Glaring. Sometimes you don't care about this and sometimes
you do. Either way, don't skip the Glaring. If it's inconvenient to
Glare at the actual offender, simply Glare very firmly at the actual
movie screen. Strange as it seems, this is helpful and you will still
be doing your part. Remember to fold your arms and be very firm!
occasionally, you might encounter the Very Mean Glaring Nervous
Moment. For example, sometimes you will be Glaring away at an
offender when you notice they are very large and they have turned
around and started looking at you in a threatening and very large
person manner. If this happens, simply abandon all thoughts of Glaring
in favor of feeling somewhat nervous, averting your eyes quickly and
pretending to watch the movie. Someone may have been Glaring at the
Very Large Offender but it certainly wasn't you!
Should I take
glaring one step further and actually stand up and cause a scene or
say something loudly and cause a scene? Should I?
No. Glaring is
more subtle, less stressful on the other patrons, and strangely just
as effective if not more so. However, some of you have turned Causing
a Scene into your life's work and if that's the case, you might as
well go ahead and do it because nobody is going to be able to stop
you. God knows your husband or wife has tried.
good. Now, if you do it properly, Glaring is also good for You as
well, providing many benefits to your brain and overall well-being.
However, in order to explain why, we are going to have to get into
a little Crackpot Theorizing. If you are not in the mood for a Crackpot
Theory about your brain then use the links to skip ahead to
Insecure Idiots and your favorite, Stupid