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Monday, February 23, 2009

Great Dings! in Movie History

We can learn so much from Hollywood...

My business is based on showing people how to quickly and powerfully overcome the Dings of life. A "Ding!" if you're wondering, is any unexpected event, big or small, good or bad, that forces you off your original path. In life and business, no matter how well you plan, Dings are going to happen. Your level of success is dictated not just by how well you plan, but also by (or even more by) how well you deal with the dings in life.

I am a fan of movies, so to help illustrate what a Ding is, here is my list of "Great Dings! in Movie History!"

(Warning - these are spoilers for the movies below, but all of these movies have been out for at least 10 years, so I don't feel bad.)

Jaws
"You're gonna need a bigger boat." DING!
That's a big a$% shark!

Casablanca
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." DING!
As anyone who has bumped into an ex on the street can attest, this would be aweful. Just awful...

Raiders of the Lost Ark!
"Snakes, why did it have to be snakes...?" DING!
I love the premise of setting up his mortal fear of snakes early and then bringing it back. You know, a lot of people are afraid of clowns. Wouldn't it have been great if this scene became, "clowns, why did it have to be clowns...?" and then in the pit there were hundreds of clowns just waiting for him? Maybe that's just me

Home Alone
"Kevin!" DING!
This is the beauty of Hollywood - you can take a serious topic like parental neglect and turn it into a box office smash

Back to the Future
"Wait a minute, Doc, are you trying to tell me that my mother has got the hots for me?" DING!
Too icky to even joke about, if you think it through...

The Matrix
"Welcome to the real world." DING!
This has to be the worst on the list. Waking up from this world to that one?!? Though with the popularity of games like Second Life, does anyone else think we are well on our way to the Matrix?

The Exorcist
"And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps." DING!
Ok, this one is probably worse than the Matrix. Some parents flip out when their kids catch a cold. How do you think they would react if their kid was possessed by the devil?

That should give you a better idea of what could be a Ding. And in all those situations, the hero managed to overcome the Dings. So now you have no excuse!

Can you think of some more Great Movie Dings! Feel free to add your own in the comments below!

3 comments:

Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach said...

"Khaaaaaannn!"

Kirk's classic angry exclamation in Star Trek II as he is stranded on the Genesis planet. Albeit not for long.

Avish said...

Thanks Rich! Excellent choice. Not only is Kirk getting stranded on the planet a great Ding (though a deceptive Ding, at that), but you got to quote one of the all time great lines in movie history. Well done!

Jeff Porten said...

Two comments:

1) When the ex is Ingrid Bergman, it's a whole different ballgame when she walks into your gin joint.

2) The idea of an Egyptian tomb filled with thousand-year-old clowns is likely to disturb me for weeks.