March 19, 2015

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.
Fran Lebowitz

[about a boy who was sent home with a bloody nose]"He's a fidgety boy. He will do anything to get out of his seat. He would set his foot on fire for half a day out of school."
— Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), Doubt (2008)

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before."
Mae West

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974) (part 5 of 6)
  • The internet term "SPAM" was inspired by the series episode Monty Python's Flying Circus: Spam (1970) depicting a restaurant scene with a menu that offered a mandatory helping of Spam with each and any ordered item.
  • Frequent targets for Python sketches were pillars of society such as doctors, lawyers, politicians, academics, and policemen. Graham Chapman was a qualified (but never licensed) physician, John Cleese attended law school, Terry Gilliam majored in political science, Terry Jones and Eric Idle majored in English, and Chapman's father was a constable.
  • This series was one of the first to deviate from the norms of television credits. Among the odd credits gags that were used were: an episode where the credits scrolled sideways; credits that used gag names for the cast & crew; ending credits rolled at the beginning of the episode (or the opening titles delayed until nearly the end); and credits that roll a few minutes early, followed by spoof versions of BBC broadcast announcements (even incorporating the BBC "rolling Earth" logo in use at the time).
  • The Knight in shining armour who crops up sporadically throughout the show was in fact played by Terry Gilliam, the American member of Monty Python, who normally provided the animated sequences. He would work seven days a week on them, and usually two-all nighters.
  • Although it would later become John Cleese's famous line, 'Eric idle' was in fact the first Python ever to say "and now for something completely different."
  • The theme music is the concluding portion of John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March". Reportedly, one of the chief reasons the song was used is that it was in the public domain and no royalties would have to be paid (the opening part of the march makes an appearance in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983)).

  • Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.
    Denis Waitley

  • In the Catholic church, St. Gabriel, an archangel, is the patron saint of telecommunications.
  • The famous emergency hotline, whereby the President could have immediate contact with the Kremlin wasn't established until 1984. Prior to 1984, the only direct contact to the Kremlin was a cumbersome teleprinter link, supplying text messages that then had to be translated, responses drafted and sent back.
  • During President Lyndon Johnson's term, many people mis-dialed the White House number and instead reached the home of a New York housewife. Rose Brown had a near identical phone number. He wrote and thanked her for her diplomacy in receiving his highly sensitive calls and promised to return the favor when her friends and family accidentally dialed the White House.

  • A man walks into a his bathroom and shoots himself right between the eyes using a real gun with real bullets. He walks out alive, with no blood anywhere. And no, he didn't miss and he wasn't Superman or any other caped crusader. How did he do this?

    Benjamin Franklin
    - “Get what you can, and what you get hold, 'Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold”

    “I am not concerned that you have fallen. I am concerned that you arise”

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