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VOTE FOR THE WEIRDEST SHORT FILM OF 2017

It’s time for the 2017 edition of the Weirdcademy Awards, the premier (only) awards contest focused on weird films, chosen by weird film fans. That means shorts as well as features. We’ve collected all five nominees for 2017′s Weirdest Short of the Year together in one place, for ease of voting. Just click “continued” for a mini film-festival of weirdness. Be sure to vote for your favorite! (You can cast a vote once every 24 hours). Polls close March 4 at 12:00 Noon EST. Cameron Jorgensen, 366 Weird Movies under-appreciated shorts Czar, discovered and selected these unusual films through his own research. This year’s lineup includes sinister panaceas, futuristic droughts, stop-motion rear nudity, lizard obsessions, and dogsitting nightmares. Click below to view all the nominees and vote.

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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/23/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (WIDE RELEASE):

Annihilation (2018): A group of scientists investigate a paranormal phenomenon called “the Shimmer.” This highly-anticipated feature from Alex (Ex Machina) Garland is hard sci-fi with a final act that at least one critic found “intensely weird.” Annihilation official Facebook page.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

November (2017): Read our List Candidate entry! The early forerunner for Weirdest Picture of 2018 gets its NYC debut, to be followed by screenings in major cities throughout the Spring. November official site.

We Are Not Cats (2018): An indie love story between trichophagiacs (people compelled to eat their own hair). Maybe more darkly quirky than weird, but it’s a queasy subject that hasn’t been explored before. We Are Not Cats official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Mom and Dad (2017): Pitch black comedy wherein mass hysteria causes parents to hunt their own children; what makes it notable, however, is cranky director teaming up (again) with ever-hammy . Out on DVD, VOD and Blu-ray. Buy Mom and Dad.

The Night Walker (1964): Read Pamela De Graff’s review. ‘s surreal B-horror was never released on DVD, but Shout! Factory ships it straight to Blu-ray. Buy The Night Walker.

Underground (1995): A black market arms dealer locks his partner in an underground compound so he won’t figure out that the war is over. ‘s Palme D’or winning surreal satire hasn’t been easy to find recently, but Kino Lorber unleashes a lavish set which includes the expanded television version (six episodes, each about an hour long). It comes in either three DVD or one Blu-ray, two DVD flavors. Buy Underground.

NEW EXCLUSIVELY ON NETFLIX:

On Body and Soul [Teströl és lélekröl] (2017): Two slaughterhouse workers find that they share a common dream (literally—they each have the exact same dream night after night). We’re not fond of Netflix exclusive releases for smaller foreign films—treasures like Skins can get buried and lost—but it is better than the movie sitting on a distributor’s shelf forever.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Akira (1988): Read the Certified Weird entry! If Neo-Tokyo’s all-time cult anime has somehow evaded you, here’s your chance. Watch out for the motorcycle clowns! Watch Akira free on Tubi.tv.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/16/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Double Lover [L’Amant Double] (2017): A woman falls in love with her psychoanalyst and discovers he has a secret. Writer/director has always threatened to go full weird; maybe this is the time he makes it? Double Lover U.S. distributor site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Drag Me to Hell (2009): Read our review. Shout! Factory celebrates ‘s brief return to horror with this elaborate two-Blu set that includes an unrated cut of the flick. Buy Drag Me to Hell [Collector’s Edition Blu-ray].

Night of the Living Dead (1968): Read Alfred Eaker’s mini-review. Not so weird, but we thought you’d like to know: the got their hands on this film everyone has already seen, livening it up for Deadheads by exhuming a horde of special features, including never-before-seen workprints and dailies. On DVD and Blu-ray. Buy Night of the Living Dead [Criterion Collection].

Orchestra Rehearsal (1978): An orchestra rehearsal degenerates into squabbling and chaos. Rare , a fake documentary made for Italian television featuring Nino Rota’s final score for the director, now on Blu-ray and video-on-demand courtesy of Arrow Academy. Buy Orchestra Rehearsal.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Stroszek (1977): Read Giles Edwards review. Stick with ‘s quirky drama (featuring many amateur actors) about a drunk street musician, his elderly landlord, and a prostitute who move from Berlin to Wisconsin looking for a better life—it builds to a pretty good dancing chicken. Watch Stroszek on Tubi.tv.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/9/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Black Hollow Cage (2017): A girl who lives alone with her father and talks to her dog through a device called “mom” discovers a black cube in the woods. Last seen at Sitges film festival, now with a very limited U.S. release. Black Hollow Cage official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (1964/2009): In 1964 French master Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Les Diaboliques) began work on a big-budget experimental film that shut down three weeks into production. This 2009 documentary examines the movie that might have been, showing us the amazing expressionist footage that was shot along with storyboards, interviews and recreations to flesh out the storyline. It was released previously on DVD/Blu-ray by Flicker Alley, but here it is in a solo Blu from Arrow Academy. Buy Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno.

Pom Poko (1994): Read our review! GKids re-releases Studio Ghibli’s racoon-testicle classic (you read that right) in Blu-ray. Buy Pom Poko.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBITV:

Repo: The Genetic Opera (2008): Read Eric Young’s review. This gory, divisive goth musical has a small cult following; it’s free to join. Mature audiences; requires registration. Listed as “leaving soon” without a specific date. Watch Repo: the Genetic Opera free on Tubitv.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/2/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Gothic (1986): Read the Certified Weird entry! Ken Russell‘s laudanum dream about the night Mary Shelley conceived “Frankenstein” has never had a respecable home video release—until now. On Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Gothic.

Jamón, Jamón (1992): A mother hires an aspiring underwear model to seduce her son’s fiance. Sexy, surreal, and one of the first films for future stars and Javier Bardem. DVD and/or Blu-ray. Buy Jamón, Jamón.

Napping Princess (2017): In the near future a student discovers that the secret to freeing her arrested father may lie in her dreams of a science fantasy kingdom. Light, whimsical dream anime on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy Napping Princess.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

INTERVIEWTF WITH G. SMALLEY (366 WEIRD MOVIES): A random website randomly interviewed 366 Weird Movies’ own G. Smalley on random topics. Read the madness here.

Ten Outstanding Weird Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: You have almost certainly heard of all these, but for novices 366’s “Penguin” Pete Trbovich published a list of ten “lesser known” weird movies (all featured on this website) on Imgur. See his choices here.

YOU LINK US! YOU REALLY LINK US!:

The Apple (1980) < Catherine Mary Stewart: Catherine Mary Stewart’s official site considers us one of only three notable resources (along with the IMDB and the Projection Booth’s podcast) for info on The Apple. Proud to be of service!

Letterboxd Guide to 366 Weird Movies: Superfan Val Santos compiled this list of Certified Weird films on the popular social movie site, and went above and beyond by creating guides to our List Candidates, capsule reviews and even the suggestion queue. Wow!

FREE MOVIES ON TUBITV:

Millennium Actress (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! As we mentioned in our review, ‘s sophomore picture—a mixed-up anime biopic of a fictional Japanese actress—turns up from time to time streaming on free services. Right now, it’s upstart TubiTV’s turn. With minimal commercial interruptions. Watch Millennium Actress free on TubiTV.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/26/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Like Me (2017): A teen girl sets out on a crime spree which she broadcasts on social media. Produced by indie horror champion (who also co-stars); Variety calls it “a uniquely weird take on loneliness and lunacy.Like Me official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):

Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks (2018?): “When the cigar-chomping Clown Captain (Martin Klebba from Pirates series) shifts his space craft into 4th gear and steps on the gas, all Hell breaks loose as we blast into hyperspace!” made this smaller-scale comedy feature as a way to generate interest in his long, long-gestating Forbidden Zone sequel. With Vern Troyer, French Stewart and George Wendt. The Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks official site features some intriguing perverted clown stills.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

Two Screenplays from  : First up will be Chaos Walking, set in a “dystopian world without women” (yet, curiously, starring Daisy Ridley). It’s due out in 2019. Getting more buzz is Charlie’s adaptation of the bestseller I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a thriller starring a suicidal woman; Kaufman called the book “ingeniously twisted nightmare road trip through the fragile psyche of two young lovers. My kind of fun!” Netflix will fund and produce the film (presumably for theatrical release in 20??). We heard the news from IndieWire.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, Season 2 (2017): Read our Season 1 review. As Season 2 of the Douglas Adams inspired series begins, Dirk has been kidnapped, Todd and Farah are on the run from the FBI, and a man from the fantasy world of Wendimoor is seeking assistance to fulfill a prophecy that will save his kingdom. On DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, Season 2.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017): Read our List Candidate review! If you missed it in theaters, now’s your chance to check out ‘ first (official) horror movie, a story of irrational karmic vengeance. On DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017): Read our review. A cartoon that’s exactly what it says on the tin. On DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea.

Red Krokodil (2012): A man takes the homemade Russian drug “krokodil” and finds himself in a post-apocalyptic hallucination. You might remember when “krokodil” was the designer-drug-of-the-month scare sometime back in 2013 (despite never being found in the U.S.); this Italian exploitation film actually came out a year before, and now is being offered in a “director’s cut.” On DVD and Blu-ray. Buy Red Krokodil.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

“LIQUID SKY” LIMITED EDITION BLU RAY RELEASE (2017)

In November 1999, Liquid Sky‘s first major VHS release hit the stores. Shortly thereafter it hit DVD—very briefly—in February of 2000. Those who were lucky enough to nab a copy of the all-too-small batch put on market have had access to ‘s NYC New Wave cult hit for some time now. For official consideration for the List of the 366 Weirdest Movies, we’ve been waiting for a re-release. That release would comes almost 17 years after Liquid Sky first got digitized. Worth the wait? The movie’s own merits aside, the folks down at Vinegar Syndrome have taken every step to ensure that their limited edition release will be the copy to own for any fan of Liquid Sky.

Small text on the right-hand third of the box goes more than half-way down the exterior case of the “Limited Edition” copy (there is a promise of a substantially less Limited edition a-coming). The film’s as beautiful as it could ever be, with the only “artifacts” to speak of being those integral to the early ’80s feel of the picture. (Tsukerman took no liberties in sprucing up the special effects, unlike some of his more famous sci-fi film counterparts). The disc is crammed with everything we have come to expect in the age of Blu-ray: documentaries, interviews, rare footage, reversible cover artwork, and so on.

The movie can be watched as it was released, or with the director’s commentary. For those wishing to spruce up their next New Wave get-together with dissonant sound and strange images, there’s an isolated soundtrack option.

Liquid Sky Limited Edition Blu-ray coverThe “Liquid Sky Revisited” documentary featurette does most of the heavy lifting for the extras. Tsukerman and company walk us through the background, production history, and other tidbits of information with input from leading lady Anne Carlisle, some peripheral characters, the co-producer (Tsukerman’s wife), the cinematographer, the costume designer, and the lead make-up guy. We learn how comprehensively Liquid Sky shows us the late ’70s/early ’80s New York City punk/art/New Wave scene; no coincidence, as many of the key players from that time and place were involved in it. (I found it sweet how all these counterculture types banded together under the direction of a sweet, older Russian/Jewish immigré documentarian).

At the core of the project was a fellow by the name of Bob Brady, who apparently was the guy to know at the time, traveling in the circles of the likes of , as well as being a prestigious film acting teacher in New York City. And who was this guy who knew everyone and had his fingers on the pulse of all that was hot, new, and cool? An affable, mustachioed professor, who shows up in Liquid Sky as… an affable, mustachioed professor. It turns out that the authenticity of the movie comes across so completely because it was written for the people who starred in it, particularly Anne Carlisle (who wrote the screenplay along with Tsukerman and his wife Nina Kerova).

But I’m getting ahead of the (likely) upcoming re-review of Liquid Sky. Once it’s released in quantity, rumor has it we’ll be looking at it again to see if Liquid Sky has what it takes to nab a place in one of our ever dwindling slots. If patience is your virtue, hang tight for the Vinegar Syndrome people to release the standard Blu Ray edition in April or May this year; if patience isn’t your virtue, brace your bank account for at least a $100 hit.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/19/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Mom and Dad (2017): Pitch black comedy wherein mass hysteria causes parents to hunt their own children; what makes it notable, however, is cranky director teaming up (again) with ever-hammy . Mom and Dad at Momentum pictures.

Psychotic (2018): A “psychedelic slasher flick” set in Brooklyn. Premiering exclusively in NYC this week, debuting on VOD next week. Psychotic! home page.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT, Jan 18-28):

The 2018 movie season officially kicks off with Sundance, where a hundred hopeful independent movies, including a few off-the-wall ones, come to vie for a handful of distribution contracts. In recent years, Sundance added the “Next” and “Midnight” screening sections to add some weirdness to the otherwise tame lineup of dramas about privileged white people and their problems (alternating with imported dramas about underprivileged brown people and their problems).

Here’s what we’ll be tracking in the coming months:

  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin – Greasy tries to make a romantic comedy, without sacrificing his absurdist tendencies. Screening 1/20-1/21, 1/23, 1/26-27.
  • Clara’s Ghost – A ghost prompts an actress to confront her dysfunctional family. 1/19-1/20, 1/24-1/25.
  • Mandy – For his long-awaited sophomore fillm, puts into a surreal supernatural revenge drama. Playing midnights 1/19 & 1/24, or see it during daylight hours 1/20-21 or 1/27.
  • Sorry to Bother You – A telemarketer discovers he has a magical sales power that catapults him up the corporate ladder and into a “macabre universe.” Screens 1/20-1/22, 1/24, 1/25-26.
  • We the Animals – The youngest brother of a trio of neglected kids retreats into an imaginary (animated?) world. See it 1/20, 1/22, or 1/24-27.

Sundance Film Festival home page.

FILM FESTIVALS – Slamdance (Park City, UT, Jan 19-25):

Slamdance is Sundance’s punkier, sometimes (usually) weirder little brother, a low-budget alternative to the mid-budget institution. Here’s what may be worth looking out for down the road:

  • Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out – Two girls find their boozy pub crawl turn surreal; the programmers use the word “trippy” to describe it, twice. Screening 1/20 & 1/25.
  • Rock Steady Row – Absurd “frat Western” about a freshman who plays off deadly rival fraternal organizations. 1/19 & 1/22.

Slamdance home page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. A sequel that’s well worth your time. This is a “standard edition” release, suggesting a “special edition” may be planned down the road. On DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, and on-demand. Buy Blade Runner 2049.

The Relationtrip (2017): Two young adults go on a “friend trip” and experience an entire relationship in one weekend. Oh, and there’s a muppet. On VOD only, for now. Buy The Relationtrip.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/12/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Post-production):

Slice (2018): Not much to go on besides the intriguing IMDB synopsis: “When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job, the city searches for someone to blame: ghosts? drug dealers? a disgraced werewolf?” Starring Chance the Rapper. The fact that pro-weird A24 (Enemy, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Under the Skin) picked it up for distribution is also promising. Here’s a short article at Popsugar.

Two Plains & a Fancy (2017): Described as “satirical, experimental ‘Spa Western,'” this low-budget indie was partially funded with $36,000 raised on Kickstarter. Three travelers in 1893 have surreal encounters (including one with “ghost whores”) while on a journey to find the perfect spa in the Old West. We like the maker’s attitude: “the way we make films is unpredictable, idiosyncratic, weird,” says co-director Lev Kalman in the Kickstarter pitch. Now listed as “completed,” but when or where it will appear is anyone’s guess right now. Two Plains and a Fancy Kickstarter page. Also see Filmmaker’s list of most anticipated movies of 2018.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

68 Kill (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ festival capsule. Giles described it as as “Troma does Wild at Heart,” while still recommending you pass on it; you can decide for yourself about this trashy black comedy. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy 68 Kill.

Across the Universe (2007): Read our review. ‘s hallucinatory Beatles musical gets the 4K HD treatment, packaged together with a Blu-ray. Buy Across the Universe.

Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra [AKA Black Cobra Woman] (1976): A wealthy playboy hires a stripper to take care of his menagerie of snakes. This rarely seen sort-of entry in the “Black Emmanuelle” series may be worth taking a flier on because of the odd casting of Jack Palance as a serpent-obsessed tycoon named Judas. Code Red puts it on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Buy Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra.

The Witches [Le Streghe] (1967): An anthology film, with five directors (including , whose segment is reportedly the most surreal) producing stories featuring then-popular Silvana Mangano (who would star in Pasolini’s Teorema the following year). has a small role in this obscure oddity appearing on Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Academy. Buy The Witches.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

CONTEST: WIN A “DEATH LAID AN EGG” BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO

Thank you! The contest is closed and a winner has been randomly selected. If you’d like to keep commenting you may, but the prize has been awarded.

366 Weird Movies brings you a new giveaway contest! The idea here is simple. Among the items we’ve considered adding to the official Certified Weird entries is an IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE… category. So your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to pick any movie from the Certified Weird list and pick two recommended movies to go along with it. For example, a contest entry might read “if you liked Death Laid an Egg, you might also like Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! and Amer.” Note that your “you may also likes” do not have to be Certified Weird themselves. For extra fun, you can explain the reasoning behind your choices.

To enter, simply post your thoughts in the comments to this post. We are going to select the winner randomly using random.org, so you don’t have to provide the best suggestion to enter. In fact, although we want to hear your thoughts, you don’t even have to have a suggestion to enter: you can simply mention in the comments that you love the site and you’d like to enter the contest.

The usual eligibility rules apply: to receive the DVD/Blu-ray, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States. (Don’t publish your address in your comment! We’ll contact you through email). 366 contributors are not eligible for the prize. If you don’t meet those qualifications you can still comment for fun, but let us know you’re not in it for the swag. We’ll stop accepting entries Tuesday, January 16, at midnight EST. If the winner does not respond to our request for a mailing address within 24 hours we’ll email a runner-up, and so forth, until the prize is given away.

Our prize this time is supplied by Cult Epics: a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack of the recently released, underseen, Certified Weird chicken giallo, Death Laid an Egg. From our official entry on the film:

Cover for Death Laid an Egg Blu-ray“A juicy slice of breaded with a coating of and seasoned with a sprinkling of , Death Laid an Egg was the world’s first (and so far, only) deep-fried, chicken-centric Surrealist giallo… Marco, the protagonist, strides through the movie in a state of suppressed hysteria. Plots and conspiracies are everywhere: by the chicken consortium against the public, by Marco and Anna and Gabri and Mondaini against each other, and (it’s hinted) by the fired poultry workers against the factory. And, probably, by the universe against everyone. The caged chickens are always bawking and clucking in alarm, as if they know of an approaching danger we don’t. Maybe they do. Maybe the yolk’s on us.”