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

Beautiful Plumage


If you google “beautiful plumage,” the first hit is the YouTube video of the Monthy Python Dead Parrot sketch. That’s what I first thought of when I saw the headline on the NASA site for this photo of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. I had to chuckle.beautiful_plumage

This copy is from NASA’s caption of the picture—

Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to the Cassini spacecraft’s cameras.
Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.
This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 45 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 18, 2013.
The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 483,000 miles (777,000 kilometers) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 173 degrees. Image scale is 3 miles (5 kilometers) per pixel.

Image Credit: NASA

Quote of the Day


We would like to apologize for the way in which politicians are represented in this programme. It was never our intention to imply that politicians are weak-kneed, political time-servers who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government. Nor to suggest at any point that they sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent. Nor to imply at any stage that they are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today. Nor indeed do we intend that viewers should consider them as crabby, ulcerous, little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive. We are sorry if this impression has come across.

—Monty Python, The War Against Pornography

Let’s Run This Guy!


Jazz Shaw suggests that President Obama might have more problem with a third party challenger than his Republican opponent would. If that’s so, I suggest we run someone who lives up to the description of the politicians in the Bonus Quote from Glenn Reynolds below. [If you’re not viewing this on the Home page, click on the Home link in the navigation bar and scroll down to see Prof. Reynold’s insightful remark.]

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UPDATE–It has been pointed out that this man in this picture is named Palin and that he might draw conservative and/or libertarian votes. Nah!

Dennis the Peasant on Wall Street


Lots of folks seem to be making a connection between the Occupy Wall Street crowd and the Socialist Peasant scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

For example, here. And here. And here. These links range from right to left across the political spectrum.

The Python line that popped in to my mind when looking at coverage of the Wall Street “occupation” was the one that referred to the Loonie Detector Van.