March 20, 2015

Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.
Dorothy Parker

[to her students right before a big concert]"I want you all to take a second and just... breathe. Deep breaths. Now listen to me. I want you all to play from your heart. Forget about the audience, watch me, you'll do just fine. Just play from here."[puts hand over her heart]
— Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep), Music of the Heart (1999)

"You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant" "excepting Alice"
Arlo Guthry

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974) (part 6 of 6)
At least two sketches can trace their origins back to How to Irritate People (1969), a TV special that John Cleese starred in and wrote with Graham Chapman prior to "Flying Circus". First, the "Silly Job Interview" in which Cleese rings a bell and has people scoring Chapman's reaction came directly from the special. Also the infamous/famous "Parrot Sketch" was adapted largely from a sketch Chapman wrote for the earlier show about a car salesman who flatly refused to admit that there was anything wrong with the car that was literally falling apart on stage.
  • Ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
  • The first U.S. broadcast of the show was in July of 1974 on PBS station KERA in Dallas, TX.
  • The first three episodes filmed were reversed in order of original airing: episode #1 (Monty Python's Flying Circus: Whither Canada? (1969)) was filmed 7 Sept 1969, aired 5 Oct 1969; episode #2 (Monty Python's Flying Circus: Sex and Violence (1969)) was filmed 30 Aug 1969, aired 12 Oct 1969; and episode #3 (Monty Python's Flying Circus: How to Recognise Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away (1969)) was the first one filmed, on 14 Aug 1969, but not aired until 19 Oct 1969.
  • According to John Cleese, when he and the fellow Pythons were pitching the show to the BBC, they went into a meeting having not prepared anything. When asked what the show would be about and feature, they reportedly stated that the show would be a "comedy, with some skits in it".
  • DVD EASTER EGG: On the region 1 DVD box set (produced by A&E), each disc's main menu is a cartoon policeman who opens his coat to show a female body, which is then (mostly) hidden by the episode selection menu. If you sit at this menu without making a selection, about every 30-40 seconds, the policeman's eyes move.

  • This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
    Dwight David Eisenhower

  • A gator in the road is a huge piece of tire from a blow out on a truck, called a gator because the fly up when a truck runs one over and take out your air lines causing you to lose air and forcing your spring brakes to come on which causes a rather abrupt stop.
  • In 1997 a Menorah was built in Latrun, near the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. It was more than 60-feet tall, weighed 17 metric tons, and took up an area of 600-square meters. A rabbi was lifted in a crane each night of the holiday to light the candles on the menorah, which was made of metal pipes.
  • Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol", three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were: Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam.

  • If you cross out all unnecessary letters in the following string of letters, a logical sentence will remain. Can you see it?


    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

    “I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life”

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