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Murphy’s Law & Laughing Sal

 

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Ok, we enjoy a little dark humor from time to time.

As long as it’s in good fun and well natured.  No blood, no foul, and no one gets hurt. 
Well, to be honest, we did like Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained
They weren’t exactly true to form.

Standing on a deserted street watching automated puppets perform in a shop window of the well known Parisian beach town of Bord De Mer, a child is pleasantly surprised getting his money’s worth in this dark and twisted short by third-year Supinfocom student Lucas Navarro.

What could possibly go wrong? 

Plenty.  Do you remember Laughing Sal at Playland at the Beach? 

Now that was twisted.  Whoever thought of her must have been a few bright crayons short of a full box. 

San Francsico’s Playland is best remembered by the huge mechanical automaton woman who towered above the entry to the Funhouse greeting children from the 1940s until it closed in 1972.  Her name was Laughing Sal.

Anyone walking down Playland’s Midway — even nearby neighbors — heard Sal’s bellowing laugh.  Sal was anything but charming.  She had devilish curly red hair and huge freckles all over her fat, terrifying visage.  In the middle of it all was a gap-toothed smile that provided countless nightmares for children.  She was creepy in the same way a ventriloquist’s dummy is creepy.

Sal’s continuous laugh was between a drunken yelping guffaw and an evil cackle, with the uninhibited outburst of someone going out of their mind.  With arms extended, she heaved back and forth in an intoxicated bobbing motion.

She was one terrifying ugly giant automaton clown scaring the wicked daylights out of innocent children.  They ran away shrieking in fear.  They never returned. 

Kids may not remember Playland at the Sea, but they certainly remember big Sal.  She left quite a lasting impression.

In comparison, Bord De Mer is a much tamer animal. 
Sal, this is for you.

 

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