60 Minutes - Magic Mormon Underpants60 Minutes is generally regarded as one of the most successful shows in the history of television. Reporting on major world events since the heady days of Vietnam and Watergate, the show has won numerous awards for groundbreaking journalism over the years. In 1983, they even managed to free a Texan named Lenell Geter who was wrongly convicted of armed robbery. It's more than a television show; it's an American institution.
Thank God they left that all behind at some point and decided to focus on something that matters: dumbing down their program in the pursuit of ratings. From the perspective of a Cracked blogger, this was a real blessing. You know what's not really all that hilarious? The Vietnam War, Watergate and wrongful incarceration1. You know what IS hilarious? The phrase "sacred undergarments." Say what you will about credibility, dignity and journalistic integrity, but can any of those things really hold a candle to hearing a grown man say "sacred undergarments" repeatedly in a would-be serious tone?
Ordinarily this is the part where I'd go off about how Mormons are stupid and sacred undergarments are ridiculous, but as someone who gets into horrific boating accidents on a nearly constant basis, I'd really like to get my hands on a pair of those suckers. I can think of worse things than getting the occasional compliment in the locker room, too. I honestly can't remember the last time someone turned to me and said, "Hey, Ross - neat undergarments!" That makes me sad.
Maybe those Mormons are on to something. They sure seem to smile a lot, don't they?
1 Despite being on the air for 40 years, for the sake of this blog post those are the only three things that 60 Minutes has ever reported on.