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lemily33

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« on: 03-16-2011 11:01 »

I searched for a thread and couldn't find one, but please direct me to one if it exists. Can anyone explain Zoidberg's strange use of "why not"? It happens two times in the series:

"It was starting to get a little cramped in there so I molted, why not."

"As the candy hearts poured into the fiery quasar, a wondrous thing happened, why not."

If you guys have heard the lines, you know the tone of voice is like he's saying, "I molted, you see," or "a wondrous thing happened, you see." It's definitely not a question, and I've never heard anyone IRL speak this way.

Is this a Yiddish / classic Jewish comedian thing or just a Zoidberg / Billy West thing? I've looked everywhere!
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« Reply #1 on: 03-16-2011 14:19 »

I'm rather certain it's the former.  Some sort of portrayal of a generalized Jewish response... but it probably does have a very specific source that I just can't quite recall off the top of my head.
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« Reply #2 on: 03-16-2011 22:58 »

Many things portrayed by Zoidberg are of a Jewish stereotype so I wouldn't be surprised if it was.
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« Reply #3 on: 03-17-2011 02:06 »

Decapodians in general are portrayed with a bit of a Jewish slant. I have no idea why, but I love it. It's just so delightfully bizarre to see a race of sandal-wearing space lobsters with names like Norm and Edna, using words like "Schlep" and "Feh!"

It's especially amusing, because as forms of shellfish, Decapodians would actually be considered unclean by actual Jews.
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« Reply #4 on: 03-17-2011 04:06 »

His name is Zoidberg...lol
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« Reply #5 on: 03-17-2011 04:46 »

And his cousin's name is ZoidFARB! (Which just may be the funniest name ever.)
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« Reply #6 on: 03-17-2011 17:56 »

I've always believed Zoidberg was of Jewish decent.  He seems to me like he's an orthodox Jew. 
lemily33

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« Reply #7 on: 03-17-2011 22:29 »

I realize he's supposed to be a Space Jew. smile I just wondered if this was a particularly Jewish thing to say.

I'm really hoping for a quote or a clip of a real person saying this. smile
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« Reply #8 on: 03-17-2011 22:53 »
« Last Edit on: 03-17-2011 22:58 »

Maybe look for a few vids on YouTube of some Yiddish people speaking English. It could be a common phrase in their language that translates to the "why not" in English.

I googled and all i found was
the description located on the right side of this site



Want to visit the National
Yiddish Book Center?
How about NewYork? Yes, New York
City,why not!

I don't know if that counts but I'm saying it does so I didn't just waste ten minutes of my time googling Yiddish mad







lemily33

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« Reply #9 on: 03-17-2011 23:08 »
« Last Edit on: 03-18-2011 00:57 »

Haha! It's closer than I got!

EDIT: I emailed the leader of that group. So we'll see if she knows anything.
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« Reply #10 on: 03-18-2011 05:51 »

I've always believed Zoidberg was of Jewish decent.  He seems to me like he's an orthodox Jew. 

We're Jews out in space.
We're zooming along, protecting the Hebrew race!
We're Jews out in space.
If trouble appears we'll put it right back in its place!

When goyim attack us,
we give 'em a smack, we'll slap them right back in the face!

We're Jews out in space.
We're zooming along, protecting the Hebrew race!
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« Reply #11 on: 03-18-2011 10:10 »

Xanfor you do enjoy your parodies don't you! big grin
I emailed the leader of that group. So we'll see if she knows anything.
Wow you really do what to know that badly!! Hahaha laff
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« Reply #12 on: 03-19-2011 03:57 »
« Last Edit on: 03-19-2011 03:58 »

Xanfor you do enjoy your parodies don't you! big grin
I emailed the leader of that group. So we'll see if she knows anything.
Wow you really do what to know that badly!! Hahaha laff

I really DO. I've wondered for months. laff

I've always believed Zoidberg was of Jewish decent.  He seems to me like he's an orthodox Jew.  

We're Jews out in space.
We're zooming along, protecting the Hebrew race!
We're Jews out in space.
If trouble appears we'll put it right back in its place!

When goyim attack us,
we give 'em a smack, we'll slap them right back in the face!

We're Jews out in space.
We're zooming along, protecting the Hebrew race!


<3 Mel Brooks. smile
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« Reply #13 on: 03-19-2011 11:37 »

That's who it was.... Mel Brooks.
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« Reply #14 on: 03-19-2011 11:38 »

Dr. Jerkberg.
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« Reply #15 on: 03-19-2011 20:31 »

Any word yet emily? Now I'm actually curious as to what they had to say haha.
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« Reply #16 on: 03-19-2011 20:42 »

Dr. Jerkberg.
Awwwww.....
lemily33

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« Reply #17 on: 03-19-2011 22:41 »

Any word yet emily? Now I'm actually curious as to what they had to say haha.

No word yet. :-D
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