Saturday, May 20, 2006 ______________________________________________________________________________

Come Play with Me 

Aiight guys, this is the interactive meme that I mentioned in the post with the iTunes Oracle meme. I have not reversed my stand on the inanity and cop-out-ness of memes, but I think this one is going to be fun. See, this is how it works. Below are 10 of my favourite quotes. They are from books, TV shows, movies, songs, poetry, plays, everything. Your job is to tell me where they are from (in comments). When someone correctly ID's something it will magically change colour and the answer will be appended to the end of said quote. Ready? Get set....


So no one even tried. Shame on all of you. Yes. All two of you. Didn't even bother to google. Blardi.

Anyways too too busy to post proper so instead I will provide the answers.

1. "...and Monkey's brains, though popular in Cantonese cusine, are not often to be found in Washington DC."
From the 1985 movie Clue. My favourite movie of all time. This quote is from when the butler (Tim Curry) is revealing how he knew that there was a relationship between Mrs. Peacock and the cook.

2. "She was born hermaphroditic, or maybe entirely male."
     "Oh you see castration everywhere you look.'"
From the prologue of the book Wicked by Gregory Maguire. The wicked witch of the east (from L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz) overhears the scarecrow, the lion, the tinman and Dorothy discussing things they have heard about her.

3. "Well, I want to go to Bombay, India and become a movie star."
     "You don't go to Bombay to become a movie star, you go where we're going: Hollywood."
     "Well sure, if you want to do it the easy way."
I can't believe no one got this one. It's so classic! It's from The Muppet Movie. For the uninitiated, this movie is about how the Muppets assembled into a crew. Fozzie and Kermit are roadtripping across the country when they meet a hitchiker: Gonzo. This quote is from when Gonzo tells them where he's headed.

4. "In each of them, as far as Joe could tell from a hasty inspection, the subject was wearing the same goofy suppressing-a-fart expression, and if there was any significant difference among them, apart from the fact that some people were evidently more adept at telepathically focusing a lens than others, it was lost on Joe."
This is from a novel that I highly recommend: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Chabon follows two cousins who are teenagers during WWII in New York. You should read it. Heck, say the word and I'll buy it for you.

5. "Rob McKeena had two hundred and thirty-one different types of rain entered in his little book, and he didn't like any of them...Since he had left Denmark the previous afternoon, he had been through types 33 (light pricking drizzle which made the roads slippery), 39 ( heavy spotting), 47 to 51 (vertical light drizzle through to sharply slanting light to moderate drizzle freshening), 87 and 88 (two finely distinguished varieties of vertical torrential downpour), 100 (post-downpour squalling, cold), all the seastorm types between 192 and 213 at once, 123, 124, 126, 127 (mild and intermediate cold gusting, regular and syncopated cab-drumming), 11 (breezy droplets), and now his least favourite of all, 17...And as he drove on, the rainclouds dragged down the sky after him, for, though he did not know it, Rob McKeena was a Rain God...All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him, and to water him."
Another classic I can't believe no one got. Ladies and Gentlemen, Rob Mckeena the rain god is none other than the classic peripheral character from the fourth book in the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy by Douglas Adams. In So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, the protagonist Arther Dent is at the side of the road and he desperately needs a ride. Rob Mckeena trucks on by.

6. "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
I had to throw this in to raise the tone of this blog. This is the opening line of Anna Karenina by none other than Leo Tolstoy. I bought the book to read this summer but I haven't quite gotten around to it. I've read the first several chapters and it's really interesting but this is the kind of book that you don't want to read in too many sittings so I need to put it away for when I have more uninterrupted reading time.

7. "All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I'm not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are. I'm meant to say that they have learning difficulties or that they have special needs. But this is stupid because everyone has learning difficulties because learning to speak French or understanding relativity is difficult and also everyone has special needs, like Father, who has to carry a little packet of artificial sweetening tablets around with him to put in his coffee to stop from getting fat, or Mrs. Peters, who wears a beige coloured hearing aid, or Siobhan, who has glasses so thick that they give you a headache if you borrow them, and none of these people are Special Needs, even if they have special needs."
This little bit of narration is from the protagonist (Christopher) of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. Christopher has autism and thought this book you see a story unfold through his very unique perspective. A quick read, highly recommended.

8. "Animals and children tell the truth, they never lie. Which one is more human? There's a thought: now you decide."
*cough* uhhh, look away guys. This is from the Animal Song by...uhh...Savage Garden. Moving on...

9. "Calm yourself. Man who argues with cow on wall is like train without wheels: very soon get nowhere."
I had to slip this one in just because 50's era racism is kinda amusing despite the fact (or maybe it is because of the fact) that it is just so wrong. This little gem was uttered by Inspector Sidney Wang in the 1976 movie Murder By Death. This "Oriental" detective was referring to the mounted moose on the wall through which the host (intent on killing the assembled famous fictional detectives) addressed his guests.

10. "Rory? Yeah I know Rory. He's not to be underestimated, you've got to look past the hair and the cute, cuddly thing - it's all a deceptive facade. A few nights ago Rory's Roger iron's rusted, so he's gone to the local battle-cruiser to catch the end of his footer. Nobody is watching the custard so he turns the channel over. A fat man's norf opens and he wanders over and turns the Liza over. 'Now fuck off and watch it somewhere else.' Rory knows claret is imminent, but he doesn't want to miss the end of the game; so, calm as a coma, he stands and picks up a fire extinguisher and he walks straight past the jam rolls who are ready for action, then he plonks it outside the entrance. He then orders an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub and switches back to his footer. 'That's fucking it,' says the guy. 'That's fucking what' says Rory. Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest and the man's lit up like a leaky gas pipe. Rory, unfazed, turned back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil. "
This one is for Jimmy, from his favourite movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I think the quote is pretty self-explanatory. Hell of a one to transcribe though.

posted by Joie! at 10:21 p.m.


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