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#13348 12/20/00 02:46 PM
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It is so named because the first person to see one drew a picture of it and sent it to a friend in New York. The friend was very puzzled and showed the picture to his neighbor, who was perplexed to the point of asking about the artist, "'E kidd'n ya?"



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>"'E kidd'n ya?"

Dinsdale!!
   {MP reference #37}



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And what be 'e doin' when 'e saw it?

Spyin' 'e an' titter.


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>>"'E kidd'n ya?"

> Dinsdale!!

> {MP reference #37}

tsuwm:

You lost me. Entirely.

TEd



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>And what be 'e doin' when 'e saw it?

> Spyin' 'e an' titter.

Back in the 30s an English judge visited one of the English colonies in Africa somewhere well south of the equator. The local jurists were quite proud of their justice system, patterned after the Englush system. The judge sat and watched the berobed and bewigged jurists but was somewhat taken aback by two things. First, many of the women in the audience were somewhat underdressed by English standards, wearing nothing from the waist up. Secondly, at random intervals, a man, laughing maniacally, would dash through the courtroom, slapping three or four of the women on their bare breasts.

After the court adjourned, the English fellow inquired about this activity. "But Sir James," he was told, "we've taken this directly from several English novels about court proceedings. Every one of them had the sentence, 'An amused titter ran through the courtroom.'"



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Oh come on, given a choice between a hedgehog and a viper!?

Yeah, OK, when you put it like that. This thread brings to mind the story of the naming of a little-known Australian snake. In one of his shore trips during Cook's 1770 expedition, Sir Joseph Banks noted a small snake unlike any that had been observed before. Turning to his colleague Dr Green he said, "Vincent, I'm going to name this one after you." And so he did.

The Vince Green Viper.


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in the "Dinsdale" episode of Monty Python's F.C. we hear the fascinating tale of Doug and Dinsdale Piranha, founders of a notoriously violent gang, known as "The Gang". Dinsdale was, well, a bit Dim, and had the notion that he was being followed by a giant hedgehog named Spiny Norman. all we ever saw of Norman was the typical Terry Gilliam cartoon cutout of a hedgehog, in background, yelling "Dinsdale". you had to be there.

http://bau2.uibk.ac.at/sg/python/Scripts/ThePiranhaBrothersStory


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Noice boad yer ga' 'ere. Be a shoim if summat was te 'appen to it.


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Speaking of platypuses (platypi? platypodes?), I saw a short piece in this morning's newspaper stating that Oz will issue a new 20-cent coin replacing the picture of a platypus with the late cricketeer Sir Donald Bradman.

There's really glory for you!


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