Bill Nye the Science Guy is the mascot for toll bridge tickets.
Bill Nye the fucking Science Guy is the spokesperson for this:
His face is plastered on every bus in the city declaring his support for the Good To Go pass, and vaguely implying that they have something to do with science. Maybe they illustrate the water cycle when held under the light and I’ll find out on the next bus ad. It’s basically been the most surreal ride home ever, and it has me thinking about my childhood.
Look, I get it. He’s an actor, it’s his job and he should get paid for doing that job. I know that this includes endorsements and I know that he’s a Seattle hero so it makes sense to do local ads. But it seems like my childhood always reincarnates in the weirdest ways. I don’t even mean Rule 34 porn, because as a girl who was born on the internet I’ve seen that coming for a while. It’s when I flip on the kids channel by mistake and Bugs Bunny is suddenly an anime character.
Or when Yosemite Sam comes on and starts rapping.
I’m not sure how long that video will be up since it looks pretty bootleg but it’s ridiculous. It’s an updated version in the same way that Extasy is an updated version of Chiclets.
And that, I guess, is my primary complaint. Today’s stuff isn’t weirder, necessarily. We’ve all gone to therapy for the phenomenon that was Cow and Chicken. It’s just that in the quest to be quirky and kid-friendly most permutations of the standard characters share no traits whatsoever with their ancestors. There’s no consistency of character, and the lines where it got bumped from writer to writer and from studio to studio are blindingly obvious. Even in the case of Bill Nye, who is a real person and so gets a Get Out Of Jail Free card in terms of constantly adhering to character, the effects can be jarring.
With that in mind, I’ll leave you with this reminder of improvements.