Every once in a while something on the internet will become a sensation.  I’m not talking about a video going viral, but rather a flash crowd gathering in cyberspace and having a ton of fun together.

The first time I saw this was on Amazon’s Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz.  It’s a gallon of milk, and that’s all, but people started writing rave reviews.  And putting some thought into it: one featured review reads like something out of a wine magazine, another is a retelling of The Raven.  It ends

Then this tiny cat beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grand enthusiasm of the countenance she wore,
Toward the mess she showed no pity, ’til I said, ‘Well, hello, kitty!’
Sought she me with pretty eyes that seemed to open some rapport.
So I pleaded, ‘Tell me, tell me what it is that you implore!’
Quoth the kitten, ‘Get some more.’

Over 1200 reviews of a gallon of milk.  The poem has over a hundred comments on it (people like it).

Then there’s a wolf T-shirt that is edging up on 1700 reviews, talking about the amazing power of the shirt.  This one has more reviews because it’s tacky (as opposed to a neutral gallon of milk), and it followed the first one by a couple years.

I ran across another one that has not gone viral, but is just as funny.  Bettie and I watched the movie Gallipoli a while back.  I like reading up on a film afterwards, seeing some of the behind-the-scenes stuff and reading people’s’ reactions.  And there, in the message boards, was a kid’s request for homework help.

so my U.S. history teacher told my class to watch this movie and answer questions that she gave us. unfortunately its due in two days and she expects 40 kids to get copies when there is one movie rental store in my town. if anyone could post answers to these questions in the next two days it would be really helpful. thank you!

Somebody gives the obligatory “do your own homework!” reply, but somebody else takes the time to help out.  Helping in the big picture, anyway.  It helps to have seen the movie. (I reformatted this, but didn’t change anything else)

What are the differences between the two main characters (Archie and Frank). These can be physical as well as personality differences.

The main difference is that Archie was a small time criminal and Frank was training to become a missionary. Archie also walked with a pronounced limp.

What is the reason for Archie’s decision to go to war? How did Archie manage to get into the Light Horse?

Archie was on the run from the police and it seemed a perfect opportunity to hide out. He got into the Light Horse by bribing the commanding officer.

What is the reason for Frank’s decision to go to war? How did Frank end up in the Infantry?

Frank’s brother Tim joined and Frank didn’t want him to go alone, he ended up in Infantry because that’s where Tim was assigned to go as well.

Explain how the friendship between Frank and Archie develops. Why is their relationship so strong? How do you know it is a strong friendship?

Archie tried to save Frank’s brother’s life by pulling him from the train tracks, but it wasn’t enough. He and Frank bonded over the experience, and Frank repays the favor by saving Archie at the end of the film. You can tell the relationship is strong when Archie returns the stolen diamonds at Frank’s insistence.

The shot of Archie and his running preparation is repeated at the end of the film. Why?

To provide a contrast – in the beginning Archie was about to rob a store, in the end, it was to save the general’s life.

What is the climax of this film? Is anything resolved?

Archie rushes to the front line to stop the assassination of the general, but is pushed out of the way by Frank before the enemy plane crashes into the hill. The explosion kills Frank, but Archie survives. The movies ends with Archie, now an elderly man, telling the story to his grandkids.

The end of the film is based on the real events of World War One. What does the director do to make sure that viewer does not forget those events?

At the start of each new scene, we see a “newsreel” of events, followed by the fictional recreation.

What is the mood in the trenches at Gallipoli? How is this mood created? (i.e. music). What effect might this mood have on a viewer?

Generally upbeat, the soldiers do traditional dances and sing pub songs. The mood creates a feeling of camaraderie, of brotherhood and a desire to be part of an important movement.

I hope that helps.

And of course it’s all made up.  No stolen diamonds, no enemy plane, no pub songs.  Just an on-line snipe hunt.