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What's going on? What the HELL is going on??? - Riffs and Licks
What's going on? What the HELL is going on???
And I ain't seen nothin but trouble baby
Nobody really understands, no no
And I go to the place where the good feelin' awaits me
Self-destruction in my hand.
--Marvin Gaye, 1971

Billboard sighted on Flatbush Avenue, just north of Seventh Avenue.

A block up the street, the anagrammers are at it again:

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rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: November 2nd, 2005 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
"Englishman" is one of the words I came up with trying to figure out your original puzzler. I was thinking I remembered some movie from last summer called "The Englishman," but I looked on amazon.com and found I was deluded.

Although I tried to come up with an answer to your challenge to use all the letters (working a bit with "Englishman"), nothing was both grammatically correct and devoid of proper nouns, and I was sure you'd criticize, so I submitted nothing. (What's "Fenian"?)

I just read that someone like the American Chemistry Society is sponsoring a contest to come up with the longest or most original English prose sentence using only C hem I Ca l Eleme N t symbols... I may try it.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: November 2nd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Fenian" is a word for an Irish republican. I haven't confirmed that all of these rearrangements are actually anagrams of the original two movies; we were wondering if someone had acquired additional letters.
shunn From: shunn Date: November 14th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. For that matter, what were Einstein, Gandhi, and Lennon doing in Apple ads some years back?
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: November 14th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, although this is a different level. Using Marvin Gaye's picture to sell liquor is like using John Lennon's photo to sell handguns.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that WSJ.com used Einstein, Patton, Jack Benny and others in an ad campaign a while back (the tag line being "They would have used both" print and online), but I can't find any examples online.
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