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payn
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« Reply #120 on: 08-06-2003 03:14 »

 
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Originally posted by LAN.gnome:
 My interpretationof this joke was that Fry simply had no sense of direction. Also, when you're a kid, and part of the city is "downtown," so it could be in any direction. You might say that ry was not still a child when he was frozen, but given his track record, i'd say that's distinctly possible he never bothered to learn his way around the city enough to recognize street names.

OK, that's true in some, maybe even mostm, cities. The average kid growing up in most parts of LA has no idea where downtown is, and probably doesn't live by any numbered streets anyway.

But New York? It's all numbers--and even if you can't remember that smaller numbers are closer to downtown, you can certainly look down the nearest avenue and see that the big buildings are all downtown.* I know 5-year-old kids from Jersey who could find their way downtown from 71st Street.

So, Fry is an idiot. That's the joke.

* Don't try this from below 34th, as the tallest building is going to be the Empire State, which is the wrong way. Yes, you've guessed it, the real reason America had to kill hundreds of thousands of civilians wasn't that people who died on 9/11, it's the fact that W., who's only marginally brighter than Fry, can no longer find his way downtown from 71st St.

 
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PS - Star Trek: The Next Generation is absolutely *loaded* with Dirty Pair jokes -- mostly easter eggs.

I guess I was so busy catching the 23-vs.-47 stuff that I missed most of them. Is there a list online somewhere so I don't have to go watch every episode of TNG again?

payn
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« Reply #121 on: 08-06-2003 03:23 »

 
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Originally posted by boo:
Um... that being said IF the name of the place is a joke, perhaps it refers to diarrhea.

After "Montezuma's Revenge," the most common name I've heard for Mexican-water-induced-diarrhea in Southern California is "The Tijuana Drip." To Americans who don't associate all of Mexico with Tijuana, I can easily imagine this being "The Guadelajara Brown Drip."

By the way, "Guadelajara Brown" is not only a name used not only for a variety of Mexican coffee (which is lighter than the coffee from farther south), but also a name for a variety of Mexican heroin (which is darker than the heroin from Baja, maybe because it originates in South America rather than Asia?). But the joke is probably about diarrhea.
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« Reply #122 on: 08-06-2003 03:36 »

He even says in the show, "71st St? Never heard of it."

Payn is right.
He's a moron. End of discussion.
 
payn
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« Reply #123 on: 08-06-2003 05:52 »

 
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Originally posted by boo:
Payn is right.
He's a moron. End of discussion.
 
Yes, I'm right, and a moron.

Oh, wait, you meant I'm right, Fry's a moron. Boy am I a moron....

By the way, I'm pretty sure 71st St. was important in a Seinfeld episode. Maybe that's where Elaine's original apartment was? Or the Diner? I forget. Anyway, this just proves that not only is Fry an idiot, he's also not unhealthily obsessed with Seinfeld. Probably too busy watching 15-year-old Three's Company reruns....
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« Reply #124 on: 08-06-2003 07:09 »

Can anyone explain the "Voted Best" opening at the beginning of Three Hundred Big Boys?
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Rogan

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« Reply #125 on: 08-06-2003 07:12 »

i think it's meant in a sarcastic way, because it says

Voted "best"
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« Reply #126 on: 08-06-2003 07:29 »
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It must be a reference of some kind though, it looks kinda like a logo
Otherwise you would think it would just be in text, although the 'logo' looks generic and i guess kinda cheap, maybe thats it... or maybe i just swung and knocked a guy in the crowd out  smile
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« Reply #127 on: 08-06-2003 11:02 »

What it means is this...It says voted "best". But it doesn't say winner of the "best" vote. So it could have only recieved one vote and technically still claim to be voted best. I think that's it anyway. It's one of those logic jokes.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #128 on: 08-06-2003 18:04 »

It just means Futurama was voted "best". Not "best comedy" or "best animated program" or "best scifi" or "best program lasting no longer than 4 seasons, and occassionally guest starring Al Gore" or whatever minute categories that people can make, to vote for stuff.

It's just "best" anything. The fancy logo for "best" makes it funnier.
payn
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« Reply #129 on: 08-07-2003 01:22 »

I thought it was a joke on those ridiculous "best of the web" awards from a few years back. It didn't take too long before people starting making up their own "best" awards and putting them on their websites. With fancy logos and everything.

Also, under American truth in advertising laws, putting "best" in quotes makes it a name or a quotation, not a claim, so you can say it about anything. (And even if you do claim to be the best, that just means that no competitor is objectively better--if you can claim that all products in your market are equal, or that the differences between them are purely subjective, you can call yourself the best.)
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« Reply #130 on: 08-07-2003 11:54 »

Well I didn't get the "No. More. Hanging. Wires!!!" bit in BSNBAOTV. Any ideas?
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« Reply #131 on: 08-07-2003 12:02 »

 
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Originally posted by Zed 85:
Well I didn't get the "No. More. Hanging. Wires!!!" bit in BSNBAOTV. Any ideas?

is is a direct reference to the movie Mommy Dearest where the mother (she is a psycho) screams at her kid about "No MORE Wire Hangers!!"... im sure someone could give you a better description of the scene as i have not seen the movie in many years
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« Reply #132 on: 08-07-2003 13:15 »

In Mommie Dearest, Faye Dunaway plays film legend and adoptive psychotic Joan Crawford.  In a scene where Joan's daughter, Christina is being chastised because the bathroom isn't "clean enough", Joan notices that some of Christina's dresses are hung with wire hangers (apparently they damage clothing, I don't know, I live in a box).  So, Joan yells this and simultaeously beats Christina.  It's the way Ms. Dunaway says the line though, it's creepy and completely off her rocker crazy.

Good Movie, check it out for a bit of life from a mind warped actress.
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« Reply #133 on: 08-08-2003 08:25 »

For the interests of the British posters, you may be interested (or not interested) to know that "Three's A Company" is actually based on the British sitcom "Man About The House".

I'm full of useless trivia, me.   big grin
BrainDeadZombie

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« Reply #134 on: 08-10-2003 05:40 »

 
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Originally posted by Fing-longer:
Okay, in TDTESS, there's something I laugh at but I'm not sure I get it entirely...or maybe I do.

"I'm a gigantic brain!"

Is there more to that than meets the eye? Or was the brain just being loud and pretentious?


I saw this very episode this morning. I suppose do you mean "Is the brain boasting?" A giagantic brain isn't being pretentious if it makes out it's a gigantic brain. It would be pretentious if it pretended to be a liver or something. Pretend is the root word of pretentious and normally refers to those who pretend to be more intellectual, cultured or friendly than they actually are.

As he is being cast in the Mr Darcy role in the book, it may be that he's boasting about his eligibility as a suitor. On the other hand he might just be introducing himself. The humour lies (for me at any rate) in the incongruity of a giant brain in this mannered genre.

 
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Originally posted by bankrupt:
 I think this line is the punchline to the conversation between Fry and the woman at the party.  I'm paraphrasing here:

Woman: Mr. Fry, you're quite the oddity.  A bachelor at your age?
Fry:  If you think I'm weird, wait 'till you see...
*In comes the brain*
Brain:  I am a gigantic brain.


The preceding line is the butler announcing the Brain's character: "Mr Brainley"; which further enforces my opinion that the line is merely an (albeit surreal) introduction.

 
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Those lines in TDTESS are some of my favorites in Futurama because they describe what I feel like when I go to family reunions.  I always get the questions about when I'm going to get married.  A bachelor at your age?

I spent a good period of my life feeling that way. Chiefly from 16-21, but even after there were some overlong (by other peoples standards) periods of no girlfriend. Now of course it's my (overly pink) younger sister asking when I'm going to marry my current girlfriend so she can be bridesmaid. Hah! Little does she know we plan to have a goth wedding.

Although, back on topic, I think the woman in question is probably also trying to ascertain Fry's eligibility as she's a Jane Austen character. It is the personal goal of all Jane Austen heroines to marry the wealthiest bachelor possible. "you're single? how much do you earn?". It's truly appalling. Needless to say, I hate Jane Austen.
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« Reply #135 on: 08-11-2003 12:44 »

*puts hand up*
errrm

it might not be relevant anymore but i know who weird al is!
catindisguise

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« Reply #136 on: 08-11-2003 14:05 »

OOOOH who is it?
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« Reply #137 on: 08-11-2003 14:44 »

I don't get the joke from "Devil's Hands" where HedonismBot has chocolate icing put on his stomach.  What exactly is he so happy about?
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« Reply #138 on: 08-11-2003 16:25 »

lol, i was gonna type the same thing.
catindisguise

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« Reply #139 on: 08-11-2003 16:52 »
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OOOOOH I don't get yet ANOTHER joke from luck of the fryrish
When they are trying to openm the record vault and its really hard is it this an advert for Ronco who ever the hell they are?!
Oh also when they mention the really smelly country that wouldn't take the barge full of rubbish in "a big ball of garbage" which country is it????
on the DVD commentary they're laughing and I'm sitting there going   confused
davenotdave

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« Reply #140 on: 08-11-2003 18:22 »

he's just a guy who basically parodies other artists hits, full name weird al yankovic.
payn
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« Reply #141 on: 08-11-2003 19:20 »

 
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Originally posted by TriforceBun:
I don't get the joke from "Devil's Hands" where HedonismBot has chocolate icing put on his stomach.  What exactly is he so happy about?
The joke is that many of the "decadent pleasures" that are associated with hedonism (both by wannabe hedonists and by religious oppressors of hedonism) are patently ridiculous. Having your body covered in chocolate icing is a perfect example: it certainly sounds decadent, but in no way would it be any fun.

 
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Originally posted by catindisguise:
When they are trying to openm the record vault and its really hard is it this an advert for Ronco who ever the hell they are?!
This is all from memory, heavily influenced by decades of parody, but here goes:

Ronco is Ron Popeil's company. Ron's the guy who, for most of the second half of the 20th century, could be seen on TV asking "Now how much would you pay? But wait! There's more!" He invented most of the products that he sold, as well.

In Futurama, Ron invented the head-in-a-jar technology.

I believe there's a law that anyone that parodies TV must make fun of Ronco. It all started with Dan Aykroyd's "bass-o-matic" ad on SNL, which was apparently the most popular sketch of 1976. Later (to tie the whole thread together), Weird Al wrote a song called "Mr. Popeil." (Note: Weird Al doesn't just parody other people's song; he also writes original music. In fact, he is pretty much the entire mainstream humorous music industry.)

Ron's products usually were as good as possible. For example, it's quite likely that the Ronco Record Vault, if it existed, really would be the best 12"x12" safe you could buy for under $20--but who needs a safe for their records, and how good could it be for $20? The commercials might have shown a professional safecracker trying and failing to get one open to steal your precious Huey Lewis albums. Now how much would you pay? $100? $200? It can be yours for the low, low price of only $19.95. But wait! There's more! If you act now, we'll also throw in the amazing Ronco Singles Vault, an 8" safe, perfect for storing your "Walkin' on Sunshine" single where nobody can get it!

You can buy authentic Ronco products at http://www.ronco.com.  And see a picture of Ron himself. He doesn't do the ads anymore, but apparently he's still inventing.

 
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Oh also when they mention the really smelly country that wouldn't take the barge full of rubbish in "a big ball of garbage" which country is it????
They've already said they'll never tell, so you have to make it up yourself.

The real smelliest countries in the world are probably India, then Mexico (although parts of America may be good competition--Norco, California, for example, has a unique blend of fertilizer, industrial exhaust, and chemical waste that's sure to awaken any jaded nose).

But Belgium is funnier (note: Swedes may prefer Norway).
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« Reply #142 on: 08-11-2003 21:43 »

My mum keeps questioning my bachloerhood too, maybe she should pay more attention to my sig...

Do you ever get the feeling you're just going with girls 'cos you're 'sposed to?
BrainDeadZombie

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« Reply #143 on: 08-11-2003 22:53 »

Your Bachelorhood is all mixed up. I'm not questioning your lifestyle, just your spelling.
catindisguise

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« Reply #144 on: 08-12-2003 12:44 »

 
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Originally posted by payn:
 
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Originally posted by TriforceBun Having your body covered in chocolate icing is a perfect example: it certainly sounds decadent, but in no way would it be any fun.

I beg to differ. I would LOVE to be covered in chocolate.
Vintage Dave

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« Reply #145 on: 08-12-2003 17:24 »

Yeah; The fun is getting it licked off.

Thank goodness we didn't see that part.
catindisguise

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« Reply #146 on: 08-13-2003 15:19 »

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mm
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« Reply #147 on: 08-13-2003 22:35 »

You're all perverts; that's you and you and you and me.
I knew there was a reason why I kept coming back here.
catindisguise

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« Reply #148 on: 08-14-2003 15:39 »

Thats the reason ANY of us come back here right? Right?
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« Reply #149 on: 08-15-2003 02:35 »

How bout these Jokes, first one is with A head in the polls, with the 2 monuments, one is washington and then cl;intons, that was hillarious, and of course matt points out that it is a penis joke, and theo ther one is in the lesser of 2 evils when fry says I got lucky i just made out with the(don't rmeber the name)heater fro heat land?? and lellas says fry thats a radiator and then fry says is there a burn warden within 10 feet of here? My friend didnt get it, but i think it means he had sex with the radiator am I right??
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« Reply #150 on: 08-15-2003 02:40 »

Technically, yes.  In the commentary David Cohen put it as something like:
"Fry engaging in procreational acts with the radiator".
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« Reply #151 on: 08-15-2003 06:05 »

He says "I just made out with that radiator woman from the radiator planet." Basically, it means he engaged in french kissing, and as confirmed in The Sting - intercourse with a radiator, which he somehow thought was an alien.
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« Reply #152 on: 08-15-2003 06:10 »
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in the same scen, we can see that old women, she dident have snu-snu with fry, or did she
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« Reply #153 on: 08-15-2003 13:34 »

I love that radiator joke, it's just one of the weirdest things in the whole show, but it's just so funny.
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« Reply #154 on: 08-15-2003 13:36 »
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If you've seen The Sting, you can read this.

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« Reply #155 on: 08-15-2003 14:01 »

I just realized Amy wasn't in that group of "Snu-Snu" people...or was she?
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« Reply #156 on: 08-15-2003 15:21 »

I don't think so.
Bobby King

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« Reply #157 on: 08-15-2003 15:56 »

no she wasent
boingo2000

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« Reply #158 on: 08-15-2003 17:07 »

She wasn't, but she dismissed Fry's Snu-Snuing abilities in an earlier episode (I forget which one).  Someone says "Maybe Fry's just a great lover", and she says Naw (or something very similar).
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« Reply #159 on: 08-15-2003 17:10 »

time keeps on slipping
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