I’m at JC Penny, passing through the boys’ section. Two employees, a motherly-looking older woman and a woman in her early 20s, are laying out stacks of graphic tees, sorted by theme: Video Games, Candy, Movies, etc.
Twenty: “What’s Mortal Kombat?”
Motherly: “No idea!”
Twenty: “Is it a video game?”
Motherly: “Sure, sounds right! (spotting me) What is Mortal Kombat, do you know?”
Me: “It’s a video game.”
Motherly: “Yup! It’s a video game!”
I thought about telling them it was originally an arcade game, that the franchise is one of the most popular fighting games ever, and that it was also a deliciously terrible movie whose sequel is reported to be genuinely bad, but I didn’t want to make things more complicated.