Captain Zapp Brannigan: Zapp is a character on the comedy show Futurama and senior member of the military of the Democratic Order of Planets (D.O.O.P.) though his title varies; he has been referred to as a “25 star General”, Captain, Rear Brigadier, “General Major Webelo”, Christopher Rossi, and Commodore 64. He is arrogant, incompetent, chauvinistic, cocky, vain, and painfully stupid. Although he claims to be a strategic genius, Zapp Brannigan is actually an imbecile and a coward whose plans are always absurd. Zapp is inexplicably well-respected throughout the universe, appearing as a Miss Universe Judge and often (ineffectively) defending Earth from attacks. Most battles are lost with Zapp in charge, due to his stupidity and incompetence; however sometimes the army is lucky. Zapp doesn’t care about casualties and cheerfully sends wave after wave of his own men to die in battle: it is implied that most of his ‘tactical’ victories have been pyrrhic, achieved only through high death tolls.
Pittsburgh Penguins fans have been treated to a local series about the team’s players where they are interviewed and it is called “In Their Own Words.” Hockey is my favorite spectator sport because of the speed and action in the games. The greatest about hockey, however, is the players. I cannot speak for other teams, but hockey players are the nicest guys. You can learn a great deal about a person by what they say in unscripted moments (i.e. without a teleprompter).
This is the first in the new series – Framing the Dictionary.
Hubris is defined in Answers.com as:
“Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance”
As you scroll further on the web page they offer this second definition:
Hubris [hew – bris] or hybris, the Greek word for ‘insolence’ or ‘affront’, applied to the arrogance or pride of the protagonist in a tragedy in which he or she defies moral laws or the prohibitions of the gods. The protagonist’s transgression leads eventually to his or her downfall, which may be understood as divine retribution or nemesis. Hubris is commonly translated as ‘overweening (i.e. excessively presumptuous) pride’. In proverbial terms, hubris is thus the pride that comes before a fall.
Part 5 – Mushroom Farmers
I was going to call this Dyson (that fancy sweeper) to allow you to imagine that sucking sound as you think about the amount of money that will be sucked out of our wallets. I could have also called it “No Apologies Necessary” or “Pay No Attention to What I Said Before” or “Look at How Much I Can Get for $26/Month” or “They’re Stupid and Will Accept What We Tell Them.”