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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Oct. 7, 2008

This week's quibble, TechRepublic member donald.yost calls out The Trivia Geek for failing to properly distinguish between the different types of credited writers for Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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This week's quibble comes from the Sept. 30, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Advanced Python scripting." TechRepublic member donald.yost nailed me for failing to properly distinguish between the different types of credited writers for Monty Python's Flying Circus when I claimed that Neil Innes and Douglas Adams were the only two non-Pythonites to ever receive such accolades:

"How can you not at least mention Buzz Aldrin? 20 October 1970 (Season 2, Episode 4) 'The Buzz Aldrin Show.' While I'm sure Buzz did not actually do any writing for that or any other episode of [Monty Python's Flying Circus], he did get credit for writing (and just about everything else) on that episode."

Duly noted. I should have specified that I was looking for the names of the two seriously credited non-Pythonite writers for Flying Circus, rather than assuming you would exclude facetiously invoked persons of astronautic accomplishment. Given that the members of Monty Python have namechecked rabid moose in their credits before, this was a distinction worth mentioning. Thanks for the quibble and keep them coming!

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