Sunday, August 24, 2008

Narfle the Garthok!

The movie Coneheads was taken from characters in the TV show Saturday Night Live. They were from another planet, living here incognito. They did not know all of our language's idioms, and would use generic phrases like "A personal conveyance named after its inventor, an assassinated ruler, a character from Greco-Roman myth and a small furry mammal" to describe what we would call a Ford Lincoln Mercury Sable (automobile).

I guess someone from the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museum must like that movie. There is a placard beside the Apollo 8 space capsule describing the astronauts' trip around the moon (which was on Christmas Eve). It reads in part: "the astronauts had brought an ancient religious text with them and began to read, 'In the beginning, God created heaven and earth...''' [underline is mine]

Now you or I might have said "Bible," but I suspect the Coneheads (or a curator who was concerned with political correctness) would of course use the generic "ancient religious text."

There is a good article describing such things on World Net Daily

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