Here’s a bit of absolute fluffy fluff for your Friday afternoon …

In my circle of fannish friends we’ve been struck lately by the humorous and occasionally horrifying effects of going through your media-consuming life with fan and/or slash goggles welded to your face.

For example:

text: Guardian headline reading, “Branson starts talks with Universal Music on Virgin Records deal”

This is, sadly, not a story about the Downton Abbey chauffeur switching to a career in music.

And this headline …

text: Guardian headline reading, “Hathaway deserves Catwoman spin-off, says Nolan

… disappointed me mightily last weekend because when I first glanced at it, I thought someone was suggesting there be some sort of Inspector Lewis/Avengers crossover. And then I was like OH ANNE HATHAWAY. RIGHT.

text: email from Fab.com with subject heading, “Vintage Eames Splint, Brownie Box Cameras …”

Hanna saw this one in her inbox last week and said for a second she was hoping for a bit of Arthur/Eames fanfiction involving Eames’ arm or leg in a splint.

Sometimes, the confusion is slightly more awkward and/or embarrassing, such as in these two stories:

text: NPR headline reading, “WHO Says Virus Caused Illnesses in Cambodia”

For a minute I was baffled as to why the latest season of Doctor Who involved Eleven saving the day in Cambodia … not that I would mind, but it would have been a significant shift from its Euro-centric plotlines!

text: Nerdy Feminist blog post titled “The ‘Tosh Sucks’ Roundup”

And because I had no idea who Daniel Tosh was before the recent dust-up, I was saddened by the thought that somewhere, a bunch of people cared enough about hating Toshiko Sato that they were writing multiple blog posts about it. Thankfully — wrong Tosh!

Sometimes, when the real news gets you down, you find yourself wishing the fan-goggle versions were for true! Because of reasons.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, everyone, and I hope you have some rest & relaxation time ahead of you.