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Killerfox

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« on: 09-05-2003 21:09 »

well i dont know a big deal of english vocabulary so i went with my trustworthy Cambridge dictionary to help me out.
when i found Idle it said: something that does not move or has any function, neutral.

so what i wanted to tell you is what deep meaning does this title have???

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leelaholic

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« Reply #1 on: 09-05-2003 21:14 »

It's a play on the saying "Idle hands are the devil's playthings" which means that someone who is bored a lot will probably do something bad to relieve the boredom.
leelaholic

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« Reply #2 on: 09-05-2003 21:16 »
« Last Edit on: 09-05-2003 21:16 »

holy CRAP! this thing messed up BAD I din't mean to double post
leelaholic

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« Reply #3 on: 09-05-2003 21:17 »

double post. sorry, it was an accident.
Jesse X Barboza

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« Reply #4 on: 09-05-2003 21:22 »

And it is NOT a reference in any way to "American Idol", as several people (okay, many people) slipped up in calling it "The Devil's Hands are Idol Playthings" (or "Idol Hands are the Devil's Playthings", or "The Devil's Playthings are idol Hands", etc.)

I've never seen so much confusion over an episode title before this one.
zoidburgisking

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« Reply #5 on: 09-05-2003 21:23 »

Idle can also mean not turned to normal or appropriate use <idle funds> <idle farmland>. I think this was the definiton that was ment by the title. 
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #6 on: 09-05-2003 21:26 »
« Last Edit on: 09-05-2003 21:26 »

The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings sounds more like it means that the devil's hands are not often used as a plaything... or so I think. Because wasn't the thing Fry signed supposed to trade his hands with any random robot, then it turned out Fry got the devil's hands?

(( keep in mind this is one of the ten episdoes I haven't seen, so I'll be pretty stupid about what happens in it ))

EDIT: Correctamundo my friend, zoidburgisking is more right than I am.
Killerfox

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« Reply #7 on: 09-05-2003 21:26 »

@ Leelaholic: mhh i see but i still sense something deeper that i cant quite figure out
 its okay that by accident you double post but triple??????
BrainDeadZombie

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« Reply #8 on: 09-05-2003 21:34 »

Is there a pun on the word "play" as well (wordplay?! ho ho! Puns galore). Fry uses the devil's hands to play an instrument.
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #9 on: 09-05-2003 21:35 »
« Last Edit on: 09-05-2003 21:35 »

Oh wow that's also clever!

*golf claps for the smart people*

*the term 'smart people' does not include Asylum*

EDIT: Wow I actually didn't mean to misspel my name! But I did. I spelled it Asylun... doy.
leelaholic

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« Reply #10 on: 09-05-2003 21:40 »

 
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Originally posted by Killerfox:
@ Leelaholic: its okay that by accident you double post but triple??????

I feel bad enough about it already. please don't make me cry  cry
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #11 on: 09-05-2003 21:49 »

There's nothing wrong with double posting, or triple posting, if its on accident.

Methinks?
Beamer

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« Reply #12 on: 09-05-2003 22:10 »

Leelaholic double posted on accident, and then did a triple-post to apologize... They could just have easily had edited the second post to include an apology.

Anyway, I heard that the original title was "Idle Hands Are The Devil's Playthings" but the Futurama crew decided to change it to "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings." Don't take my word for it though - it was just something I heard.

Anyway, Leelaholic is right - it's just a play on that saying.
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #13 on: 09-05-2003 22:21 »

WARNING: NASTY TOPIC INVOLVING HANDS
It's not like some PEELers aren't gonna flame an innocent newbie for 'stating the obvious' once again. Did I mention its my job to?

Are Fry's hands idle...? I mean there's some really dirty jokes, lets take this Spanish Fry one for example (Bender's got a dirty mind):


No comment.... and don't you flame me about the warning I headed my post with. I can do that, who said I can't!?
Beamer

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« Reply #14 on: 09-05-2003 22:35 »

Asylum-Fry - Fry's made lots of references to wanking in the show before. Namely in the Presidential section of the head museum in A Head In The Polls and also in the hand bit of I Dated A Robot. There was also a joke about it in Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love, but it wasn't about FRY doing it (although Fry MADE the joke).

Also, I wouldn't be too worried about bringing this subject up - you obviously haven't met the PEEl member "ILikeToWankAlot."
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #15 on: 09-05-2003 22:43 »

Quite right...

Sorry for my naiveness, I have a bad memory. I know he did other references but that was just a particularily funny one I could remember.
leelaholic

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« Reply #16 on: 09-06-2003 00:28 »
« Last Edit on: 09-06-2003 00:28 »

For your convenience:



Just wanted to let you know.       smile


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