If It Looks Like a Duck …


There’s a post over at Cat Rotator’s Quarterly about finding a rubber duckie modeled on Charlemagne for sale at an Autohof. (H/T, Sarah Hoyt)

A rubber duckie version of Karl der Große from a painting by Dürer. And I recognized it at first glance, which probably means I have spent far too much time in the very early Middle Ages this past year or so.

I may have spent too much time contemplating England of the Middle Ages because when I read the post, my first reaction was, “Well, if it weighs the same as a duck, …”

The Cabin Boy Strikes Back


So Bill Schmalfeldt says that he’s challenging the extension of the Hoge “verses” Schmalfeldt peace order (in iambic pentameter, I hope). I haven’t been served yet, but, considering that he is saying he’s doing something foolish, it’s probably safe to believe him.

This whole peace order thing is beginning to remind me of a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I’ve whacked the Cabin Boy twice now, the peace order and the extension, and he thinks he is going to kick my ass.Monty Python Black KnightI suspect his bluster during his appeal will be analogous to the Black Knight’s, and he’ll probably enjoy the same level of success.

BLACK KNIGHT: Just a flesh wound. [Kicks Arthur]
ARTHUR: Look, stop that.
BLACK KNIGHT: Chicken! Chicken!
ARTHUR: Look, I’ll have your leg. Right! [Cuts off a leg]
BLACK KNIGHT: Right, I’ll do you for that!
ARTHUR: You’ll what?
BLACK KNIGHT: Come ‘ere!
ARTHUR: What are you going to do, bleed on me?
BLACK KNIGHT: I’m invincible!
ARTHUR: You’re a loony.

The big difference is Holy Grail is a silly movie while the Cabin Boy’s antics are all too real.

Quote of the Day


BEDEVERE: Tell me … what do you do with witches?

CROWD: Burn them.

BEDEVERE: And what do you burn, apart from witches?

FOURTH VILLAGER: … Wood?

BEDEVERE: So why do witches burn?

SECOND VILLAGER: (quietly) … Because they’re made of wood?

BEDEVERE: Good. So how can we tell if she is made of wood?

FIRST VILLAGER: Make a bridge out of her.

BEDEVERE: Ah … but can you not also make bridges out of stone?

CROWD: Ah. Yes, of course … um … err …

BEDEVERE: Does wood sink in water?

CROWD: No, no, It floats. Throw her in the pond Tie weights on her. To the pond.

BEDEVERE: Wait. Wait … tell me, what also floats on water?

CROWD: Bread? No, no, no. Apples …. gravy … very small rocks …

ARTHUR: A duck.

BEDEVERE: Exactly. So… logically …

FIRST VILLAGER: If she … weighs the same as a duck … she’s made of wood.

BEDEVERE : And therefore?

CROWD: A witch!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail