Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's time to play, "Smile you're on Candid Camera!"

Truth To Power has left a new comment on your posting, "Picture, picture who's got the picture?"

Rod (almost certainly before winning his seat) was likely caught in this memorable garb - and in this memorable state of ........... - by an onlooker and fellow partygoer. I simply located it on a google search of "Rod Bruinooge MP."

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Dear Truth To Power:

Thank you for writing. Now that we've got the who we'll need the where. Could it have been taken while he was in the Yukon prior to the October 14, 2008 federal election handing out those silly, little Conservative flyers and annoying Rachael Westfall (http://www.thewaxing moon.blogspot.com) so much so she felt compelled to write a letter to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Since you're so good at this sort of thing find the where?

Clare L. Pieuk

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Candid Camera was a television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as Candid Microphone June 28, 1947. After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948.

The format has appeared on network, syndicated or cable television in each succeeding decade, as either a regular show or a series of specials. Funt himself hosted or co-hosted almost all of the TV versions until a 1993 stroke from which he never recovered. Funt's son Peter Funt, who had co-hosted the specials with his father since 1987, is now the producer/host of the format. The premise of the show involved concealed cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catch phrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera." With humor based on putting real people in fabricated situations, the show was a precursor to the more recent wave of prank shows such as Punk'd, Girls Behaving Badly, Fear Factor, Just For Laughs Gags and Boiling Points.

Writer Woody Allen got his start writing for the show in the 1960s and performed in some scenarios. Buster Keaton and Muhammad Ali also appeared in Candid Camera segments.
The show often played its
hidden camera pranks on celebrities as well. One memorable episode had actress Ann Jillian (who is Lithuanian) scheduled to make a small donation to a Lithuanian charity. When police officers informed her a con artist was behind the charity, they convinced her to donate a much larger amount with the assurance that he would be arrested when he accepted the check. After the arrest attempt, Jillian was told the man was running a legitimate charity, a set-up that forced her into acting as though she had intended to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars all along.

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