TDQ Investigates: The “Good Morning America” #TeaLizard Flap


#TeaLizard is obviously a Budweiser frog.

So the other morning, some nitwit with the password for ABC’s “Good Morning America’s” Twitter account embarrassed the show, the network and humanity in general by inexplicably calling famous and not-so-famous memes by the wrong name, including somehow using the #hashtags “#smockin and #TeaLizard and the internet understandably went nuts.

We get it, #GoodMorningAmerica, we do. Not everyone can be as up on their memes as we are here. And that frog does sort of look like the GEICO lizard thing. But even though he sounds British, that isn’t him drinking tea in the famous meme. It’s obviously one of the Budweiser frogs from the late 1990s “Bud-Wise-Er” ad campaign drinking tea. And that’s what makes the meme funny. Clearly.

Game of Thrones

A classic Game of Thrones meme.

Memes are tricky to stay on top of. Like the one with the dude from “Game of Thrones.” Not everybody knows that the original line is “One does not simply become the Hand of the King and solve his murder without getting beheaded in front of his daughter #SpoilerAlert.” But it was.

Or back in the early days of memes, when one of our favorites was making the rounds, the  #You’reTheManNowDog. Which of course, was a phrase uttered by Sean Connery to Goldfinger in the classic James Bond film, Dr. No. We love us some #JamesBond.

Dr No

The biggest question since the inception of this Dr. No meme is “who is the man, now?” Goldfinger or James Bond?!

Though, admittedly, we don’t know what the heck the GMA Twitter account guy was talking about when they hashtagged #smockin. Maybe it’s a really old guy trying to show how hip he is. Maybe he’s really a huge #JimCarrey fan. We will have to research the #MaskMeme.


Sometimes the image and text from classic memes can get mixed up. GMA surely meant to use this classic Smockin’ meme.

And as for not knowing that it was a dang frog drinking tea, maybe he’s a millennial who has no recollection of the Budweiser frogs and how the landscape of beer advertising was changed when they croaked their utterances.

Or maybe the internet is right and he’s just a massive tool.

But that’s none of our business.

You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

Butterfly, Bee Impersonator Muhammad Ali Dies At 74

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, right, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, center, when DiMaio was a young sports reporter.

Scottsdale, AZ—Muhammad Ali, who gained worldwide attention for winning the gold medal in boxing in Rome at the 1960 Summer Olympics, died Friday from septic shock after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 74.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, KY in 1942, he made his amateur boxing debut in 1954. After winning the gold medal, Ali changed his name, but largely stayed away from the ring for the rest of his life, save for fighting Superman in 1978, a bout memorialized by DC Comics. Ali won that match by technical knockout.

Ali appeared in such famous films as “Freedom Road,” “RECOiL,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and “The Greatest.”

He appeared on the small screen in such TV shows as “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Vega$” and “Touched by an Angel.”

He is survived by his wife, Lonnie and nine children.

Carrie Underwood’s Back Killing Men In Her Songs. Again.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood: Singer. Songwriter. Murderess?

Two years ago we expressed our fear of multi-award winning recording artist and former “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood and her anti-bad-man music. And now the wife of that hockey player guy is at it again with her latest single, “Church Bells.”

This latest ditty again tells the tale of a wronged, beaten woman, who takes the law into her own hands, as Carrie Underwood so often does, as she clearly feels this is a proper solution. After the backstory in the song tells about how the woman obviously married “Game of Thrones'” King Joffrey, Underwood practically teaches a class in murder, Shonda Rhimes-style.

Jenny slipped something in his Tennessee whiskey
No law man was ever gonna find
And how he died is still a mystery

Good Lord. How many man-bashing killing songs does one artist have to release before she finds herself at the top of the list for every murder of a man in Nashville? Like, six? Will six songs be enough? Seven? How about seven?

It’s understandable that she’s angry about her husband’s team getting knocked out of the playoffs, but there has to be a more constructive way of venting her anger. Maybe knitting, or Crossfit. We’ve heard good things about those adult coloring books. Very soothing.

Bottom line is that she clearly has anger issues, and it’s probably a good thing her husband is a big, strong Canadian(?) guy. But there aren’t many strapping men like him in Music City. He may be able to fend off her murderous rage, but how many other guys there can?

All we can say is, watch your back, dudes of Nashville.

Watch your back.

You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

Carrie Underwood, Church Bells

Pick up Carrie Underwood’s new single Church Bells for some rockin’ tunes and a bonus recipe for murder.

Hatch! Russ! Kyson! Unite For Sci-fi Series “BLADE OF HONOR!”

Special to The Daily Quarterly

Blade Of HonorTV icons Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Tim Russ (Star Trek : Voyager) and James Kyson (Heroes) embark on a virtuoso homecoming to sci-fi TV with Blade of Honor.

The creative forces behind such science-fiction classics as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Star Trek:Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: New Voyages, Star Trek: Renegades, Star Trek: The Next Generation team to bring to the screen the next level in small screen space-set sci-fi entertainment!

A Kickstarter campaign has launched to fund the first three episodes of the sweeping sci-fi series, also starring Alison Haislip, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Brandon Stacy, with a range of rewards including DVDs, autographed photos and producer credits up for grabs to those who contribute!

Brandon Stacy

Brandon Stacy

From writer-producer Mark Edward Lewis, Blade of Honor  fixes on Arina Kartades (Haislip), a religious, headstrong, crack Alliance Navy Star Blade pilot in a war where the human Alliance is losing against the animal race, the Calinar. When Kartades discovers that her Statemandated religious upbringing was a lie, she embarks upon a forced quest to discover the true reasons behind the war. As her discoveries push her deeper into harm’s way, she must go against everything she believes in to fight a cloak and dagger rebellion and expose the galactic elite, the religious masters, and protect the ones she loves from the clutches of her own superiors and the combined military might of the Alliance and Calinar.

Tim Russ - Blade of Honor

Tim Russ

Says the Blade of Honor team, “We’ve got big plans for Blade of Honor, but like with anything worth doing, we must start with the first step. That first step is episode one. The minimum we need to shoot episode one is $30,000 – that includes, building sets, creating wardrobes, renting stages, paying/feeding cast and crew, etc.., not post-production/visual effects. We are confident however, that with this small amount of money, we can make one hell of an impressive sci-fi web series episode.

James Kyson - Blade of Honor

James Kyson

But it is our hope that we fund more than just this one episode of a webseries with this campaign. We need at least five episodes to tell this first story, this first mini-season. Because of that, we’ve got our sights set on some stretch goals as well.”

There are less than four weeks to go in the campaign! Help get Blade of Honor it’s first season!

Our Favorite Protege, Morley Safer, Has Died At 84

Morley Safer

Journalist Morley Safer, left, with The Daily Quarterly editor Brian DiMaio, right. After a stint at The Daily Quarterly Safer found himself in Vietnam reporting on the war. As the story goes DiMaio feared for Safer’s safety so he enlisted and was assigned to Safer’s security detatchment effectively keeping Safer safer. Rumor has it that DiMaio did such a thing solely for the wordplay. Others say DiMaio felt Safer had a good shot at being the longest reporter on staff at the longest running and highest grossing news program.

New York—Former star of CBS’s “60 Minutes” and Vietnam War news correspondent Morley Safer died Thursday. He was 84.

Safer had just retired from the longest-running television news magazine last week. The program even aired a retrospective on his incredibly impressive career Sunday night.

Showing off the grit and talent that we saw years ago here at The Daily Quarterly when he was just a young intern, Safer joined “60 Minutes” in 1970, replacing Harry Reasoner. He would go on to complete 919 stories for the program, and his 46 years made him the longest-tenured reporter there, longer even than Connie Chung, even.

Besides the prestige of having a stint at TDQ on his resume, Safer also won during his long career: three Peabody awards, three Overseas Press Club awards, two George Polk Memorial awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism first prize for domestic television, the Fred Friendly First Amendment award, 12 Emmys and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane, a daughter, Sarah Bakal, and three grandchildren.