Oh, this is difficult

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Humour on Sunday #1

– You’ll be telling me that cholesterol isn’t bad for you next.
– What’s cholesterol?
– Well, you know…
– Yes, I know perfectly well, but I don’t suppose you’d even heard of it until five years ago, had you? You’d die without the stuff.
– Yes, but too much is bad for you.
– But of course too much is bad for you, too much of anything is bad for you, you blithering twat. That’s what ‘too much’ means, too much water is bad for you. Obviously, ‘too much’ is precisely that quantity which is excessive, that’s what it means. Jesus!

A Bit of Fry & Laurie, 1×03

Well, this is a lot funnier if you’ve seen the sketch. So if you haven’t — ….no, I don’t have a youtube link and I’m too tired (and busy, actually, just posting this because, er, well, because) to look for it. Search for ‘Fry & Laurie tobacconist’ or something like that. Better yet, get the complete series on DVD. NOW!


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Also sprach Pylades

Auch sind wir nicht bestellt uns selbst zu richten;
Zu wandeln und auf seinen Weg zu sehen
Ist eines Menschen erste, nächste Pflicht:
Denn selten schätzt er recht was er getan,
Und was er tut weiß er fast nie zu schätzen.

(J.W. Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris, Versfassung, 1660-1664)

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Physical impossibility

When looking through some things of a relative who passed away recently, I found this:

It’s one book, not even heavy, and it has all the plays and all the poems, plus an extensive glossary and a character index. How is this possible?

[Interesting to note it does not have a scene V in 2 Henry IV, IV – just as in another edition I have (well, it actually isn’t mine, but if you keep something long enough, it legally becomes yours…….right?), scene V is part of scene IV. In the New Cambridge Shakespeare and all online sources I know it’s a scene of its own. I think it’s time to find out where this difference is coming from.]