Pop Cultural Litmus Test of the Day

If viewing this image affords you half as much amusement and pleasure as creating it gave me, I urge you to seek medical advice immediately. (I hear Dr. Greg’s excellent with this sort of trouble…)

I’m done for, I know — trapped in the Fire Swap of Pop Culture References. But there’s hope for you yet. You’ll just have to go on without me

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Tom

    Okay, so who’s the last one? J.K. Rowling… Joss Whedon…George R.R. Martin and…who?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat/ Joseph Susanka

      Can’t tell, Tom. That would be cheating.

      OK, I’m not that mean. Not really. Try going here.

      • Tom

        Thank you. As one of the few people who seems to have no awareness of Downton Abbey, I have no idea who he is.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat/ Joseph Susanka

          I’ve heard of people like you, Tom. Never run into one before, though…until today. (Would “Gosford Park” work as a reference point, perhaps? That’s where I’d heard of him before “Downton.” And I still think it’s his best work.)

  • Hanna

    But Julian Fellowes has killed two people we care about. Three, I guess, if you count a more minor character in Season 2. The rest of them have killed WAY more than that, and in some really terrible ways.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat/ Joseph Susanka

      True enough, Hanna, though that seems more accurate when describing GRRM than Whedon or Rowling, really. (Also, there’s also a fairly shocking death in Season 1 of “Downton,” though it’s not — as you say — someone we care about.) At the same time, there’s something so abrupt and unexpected when Fellows does it, it sure does sting.