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I had a great idea for a faux-documentary the other week, as I was ruminating about Greenpeace and sharks and those arab kids who make imitation glocks.

*Landmines: Gentle Creatures of the Plains*

Our intrepid white male host squats in the mud. Behind him, propaganda posters of children with limbs blown off.

Voiceover: I always believed landmines were dangerous. I'd been indoctrinated by years of Hollywood propoganda. Mines were consistently shown with negative subtexts: injury, distress, decapitation, death. It took me years to finally understand the extent to which I'd been indoctrinated.

Montage: moody lighting. Defused landmines being thrown into pits. Host looks wistfully at camera.

Why? The Hayes code was abandoned in the 60's. Yet in 2012, here were these same images. Always negative.

Cut back to Host:

Host fingers through mud carefully.

Host: How can people have been so ignorant for so long? These gentle creatures only hurt people if people step on them.

Montage: more propaganda footage of landmines attacking humans.

Host: Coming up next, we'll explore the evolution of the landmine. On Landmines: Gentle Creatures of the Plains.

*commercial break*

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