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There was a discussion about being a young'n in IT.

By Mickster269 ·
And we discovered that some of you have never heard of Douglas Adams, or Monty Python.

Well, it' only fair that the cabal that make up the Ancient Ones of TR share with those new to IT. So, for you benifit, I'd like to share some of the best quotes from both:

"And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."

There are two comments, for you that are young, to start your path.

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I don't want to talk to you no more

by jmgarvin In reply to There was a discussion ab ... empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

Now it is such a bizarrely impossible coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the nonexistence of God. The arguement goes something like this:

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," say Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't though of that" and promply vanishes in a puff of logic.

Of course we can't forget Pratchett:
Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your home.
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

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Good Omens - The funniest book EVER

by neilb@uk In reply to I don't want to talk to y ...

at least in my opininion.

And also one with more interesting observations per page. co authored by one Brit and one Yank, but do you guys get ALL of the jokes? I know you've BEEN here but some of the jokes and characters are so British...

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Now I wonder what I'm missing!

by jmgarvin In reply to Good Omens - The funniest ...

'Course, you probably aren't getting some of the Yank jokes ;-)

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Good Omens Authorship

by tigertim In reply to Good Omens - The funniest ...

Actually the book is co-authored by 2 Brits. Neil Gaiman emigrated to the U.S. a few years back and married an American lady. But he was a Brit when he worked with Terry Pratchet.

I also recommend reading Pratchet's other work: the diskworld series. This is a marvelous parody of our world but written on a magical flat world hurtling along the universe on the backs of 4 giant elephants who are atop a planet sized turtle. (Shades of Hindu myth) The laws of physics are governed by magic, but there is a very clever parallel to our world.

I kinda like pre-emptive Karma, it gets you before you do something wrong. Now that's really like the real world!

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Terry Pratchet's "Other Work"?!?

by daveo2000 In reply to Good Omens Authorship

Sounds kinda odd when referring to the near 30 book diskworld series as T.P.'s "other work"...

Sort of like referring to Ringo Starr and that besides his wonderful role narrating "Thomas the Tank Engine", he had also made some musical recordings.

And, no, I am not comparing Good Omens to the Thomas series...
although that would be an exercise worthy of some twisted moments...

That said, let us not forget the plethora of children's books too! My 9-yr old loves them! If you want to see the full list go to and look for Terry Pratchett. The US website doesn't have quite as good of a selection and the U.K. cover art is WAY better. (Well, at least in my geeky way I think it is...)

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Love it!

by Maevinn In reply to Good Omens - The funniest ...

I've been reading Pratchett books for years. Saw both Pratchett and Gaiman when they were in Denver. Wonderful!

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Maybe its an Australian kinda thing?

by tygerflower In reply to I don't want to talk to y ...

Re getting the jokes in Good Omens - maybe its being Australian .. I get jokes from both cultures ....

In truth Terry Pratchett's work - either for adults or children are filled with eclectic references - the more widely and weirdly you read the more your going to pick up on the little tidbits he drops throughout the work. Which could be annoyingly smug and "in-house" but its really just the guy's brain works that way (brain as big as a planet ???) and it makes it all the more fun and richer read.
Besides you gotta hand it to someone who manages to write sequels that get better and better

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Good Omens

by neilb@uk In reply to Maybe its an Australian k ...

There may well be bits of Good Omens that are so dependent on knowing the cultural references that you just won't know that you haven't got them.
They key point about Good Omens, unlike Discworld, is that it is co-authored by a Brit and an American and that there are jokes and references to both cultures that need to be lived to be "got".

"Many phenomena - wars, plagues, sudden audits - have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 London orbital motorway is generally agreed to be among the top contenders for exhibit A." has to be experienced!

Discworld is very British and, again, there may be some subtle jokes, parodies and digs that some won't understand. It doesn't matter, though, as there's plenty left for everyone.

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by tygerflower In reply to I don't want to talk to y ...

I grew up listening to the Goon Show and watching "Not Only but Also" My ealriest Tv memory is watching the first episode of Dr Who - I teach computer studies all day, I relax on the computer when i get home and I know all the Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Monty Python and other British humour references .... My protests can no longer hold up .... I really am a geek - sigh.

Anyone ever see Peter Cook in the film "Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer"?

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never heard of them?!?!?!

by Jaqui In reply to There was a discussion ab ...

is that something like:

Have you heard the tunes from this incredible new band? they just released a cd and it's in all the stores.

what Band and cd?

CCR, CCR's Greatest Hits.


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