Wizard of Odd

This is an actual synopsis of a TV movie, as it appeared in a newspaper's listings:

TV movie listing

If you can't see that, it reads:

The Wizard of Oz. (8-10 p.m., TCM) — Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.

Yes, it's real: it was written by Rick Polito in 1998 for the Marin (County, Calif.) Independent Journal while he was a TV columnist there (he left the paper in 2007).

"That line is going to follow me to the grave," Polito told a journalism forum this morning. "It was just on Leno, it was a clue in a crossword puzzle, it showed up in Playboy, and people use it as their email sigs. Someday I'm going to walk down the street and see it on a T-shirt and punch the person who's wearing it."

Posted October 26, 2012

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