Easter Eggs

Easter Egg – No, not the kind left by an overgrown bunny.  Essentially a subliminal message, a virtual easter egg is an intentional hidden message buried in plain sight in all forms of media.

What to look for

Throughout these stories, there will be many hidden references to pop culture within the plots.  Keep an eye peeled not only for suspicious characters, but for names, places, lines, and any other references I can manage to squeeze in.  Keep count and note your catches in the comments to see how in-tune you are with modern pop culture.  I will post a run-down of all Easter Eggs not-too-soon following the publishing of a new story so everyone has a chance to read, and time to analyze the possible suspects.  Happy hunting!

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Accident Prone – Behind the scenes:

Now that the first story has been posted, analyzed, and is out of the way, I’ll fill you in on all of the little secrets hiding within the text.  (If you haven’t read the story first, I strongly encourage you to start there.)

There are a few musical references throughout this post.  The first, and most obvious, are the names of the characters.  Almost everyone that read the story caught on quickly to these.  “Jack and Diane” were clearly inspired by the hit song of the same name by John Cougar Mellencamp.  Curt and Courtney were lifted from the tragic tale of Curt Cobain and Courtney Love.

A second Mellencamp reference would be gleaned from them being from the same “Small Town.”

The line when Courtney was stranded on the cliff, “stuck between a rock and a hard place” is an homage to the Aerosmith album “Rock In A Hard Place.”

The quote from Courtney, “Ground control to Major Tom,” is a direct quote from “Space Oddity” by Ziggy Stardust…better known as David Bowie.

The setting of being on the ocean and the time on the alarm clock reference the chorus of the song “If You Only Knew” by Shinedown.

“It’s 4:03 and I can’t sleep,

Without you next to me,

I toss and turn like the sea”

And now you know, the rest of the story…

***I kind of think that I should put some kind of legal disclaimer here, that the characters depicted in this story are pure fiction.  The use of real names is merely in tribute to people I admire, but in no way reflect the actual person.  There.  Hopefully that works.***

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Happily Ever After – Behind the scenes:

Again, there are musical references to be found in this short story.  And again, the most obvious reference comes from the names of the main characters.  John and Nancy were gleaned from a rather famous love story that ended tragically.  Most people refer to them as Sid and Nancy from Sex Pistols fame.  Sid Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie before adopting his stage name, hence John and Nancy.

John’s quote regarding Buddy Holly is a direct relation to a small plane crash on February 3rd, 1959.  That night has been infamously remembered for the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.  It was later termed The Day the Music Died by Don McLean in his smash hit “American Pie.”

The listed drink order following take-off refers to the George Thorogood & The Destroyers classic hit “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

After returning to their room following the snorkeling adventure, the couple swam in a sea of blankets – a tip of the hat to John Mayer’s first hit, “Your Body Is A Wonderland.”

**I kind of think that I should put some kind of legal disclaimer here, that the characters depicted in this story are pure fiction.  The use of real names is merely in tribute to people I admire, but in no way reflect the actual person.  There.  Hopefully that works.**

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Bad Brake – Behind the scenes:

As is normal, there are several references hidden in the story waiting to be picked out.  The biggest difference this time though, is that those easter eggs were pulled from the silver screen and its cousin, the big screen.

The color, make and model of the car (orange Dodge Charger) is an homage to the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.

The game of street hockey and Michael’s “Game on!” shout were gleaned from a scene in the first Wayne’s World movie.  Michael & Daniel’s (Dan) character names are also a tip of the hat to Wayne’s World.  Michael & Daniel referring to the movie’s main character’s real names – Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

Dog’s name, Duke, also a tribute from The Dukes Of Hazzard.

Jonathon is a reference to the actor’s name who played Bo Duke, John Schneider.  Similarly, his wife’s name, Cathy, refers to Catherine Bach, who played Daisy Duke in the original television series.

**I kind of think that I should put some kind of legal disclaimer here, that the characters depicted in this story are pure fiction.  The use of real names is merely in tribute to people I admire, but in no way reflect the actual person.  There.  Hopefully that works.**

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Friendly Rivalry – Behind the scenes:

Now that there’s been plenty of time to digest the story and scour through the details, let me fill you in on anything you may have missed.

As has become the usual, character names are a big source of pop culture references and most of these names came from movies set in the rock and roll world.  Chester was pulled from the main character of “Airheads,” “Chazz” Chester Darvey.  Izzy stems from the main character of the film “Rock Star,” Chris “Izzy” Cole, and Smalls was borrowed from Derek Smalls of “This is Spinal Tap” fame.  The final character name, Riggs, was from a video game character voiced by Jack Black in “Brutal Legend.”

The opening line, “The hum of the amplifiers” is an homage to the Bob Seger classic tune “Turn the Page.”

Finally, the bottle of whiskey that Chester reaches for as he comes off stage is a wink toward the guitarist Slash, and his infamous Old Tennessee companion.

**I kind of think that I should put some kind of legal disclaimer here, that the characters depicted in this story are pure fiction.  The use of real names is merely in tribute to people I admire, but in no way reflect the actual person.  There.  Hopefully that works.**

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