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Top 10 favorite lines from Firefly

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 2:12 AM

JAVIDRHO


I was reading some of the long list of quotes from the IMBD listing of Firefly, and I thought that it might be nice to compile a "top 10 favorite lines from Firefly" list of our own, as voted on by the FFF.net community.

What we could do is each of us post our #1 favorite line (or short dialogue) on this thread, even if someone else has already posted it - then after a week or so, someone could tally up the results. The line with the most repeats is #1 and on down.

I think this would be helpful to newcomers, since most of us agree that dialogue is what made Firefly one of the best shows on TV. I think for this reason, a top 10 list would be a nice addition to the FFF.net site - that is if the great and powerful Oz-Haken, agrees.

For the sake of newcomers, maybe add a bit of scene description before the quote if needed.

Anyone like this idea? We all know that there are literally hundreds of great lines in Firefly, but try to narrow it down to your #1 favorite.


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Thursday, November 20, 2003 2:21 AM

JAVIDRHO


Here is my vote (It was a close call between this and Jayne's great "chain of command" line)

[From Pilot Episode "Serenity"]
[Zoe telling Simon about the Reavers]
"If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death,
eat our flesh and sew our skins into their clothing
and if we're very very lucky, they'll do it in that order."


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Thursday, November 20, 2003 2:35 AM

FLOATER68


I know this goes without saying, but someone has to mention the "special hell" line from "Our Mrs. Reynolds":

Book: If you take sexual advantage of her, you're
going to burn in a very special level of hell.
A level they reserve for child molesters and
people who talk at the theater.


F68

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 4:23 AM

SERGEANTX


Just one?? Are you out of your mind? I guess that's between you and your mind.

Well, for me the one line, the bit of dialogue that best sums up the whole experience of being a Firefly fan... well it wasn't actually aired. But choosing from the lines that were, I'd have to go with the exchange between Simon and Mal at the end of Serenity, the last bit of Firefly to grace the screen (so far) -

Quote:

Simon: "Are you always this sentimental?"

Mal: "I had a good day."

Simon: "You had the Alliance on you, criminals and savages. Half the people on the ship have been shot or wounded, including yourself, and you're harboring known fugitives.

Mal: "We're still flying."

Simon: "That's not much."

Mal: "It's enough."




BTW, the other line I was thinking of, the one not aired, comes from the unaired version of the pilot. Zoe is explaining to Simon the significance of the name of the ship, "Serenity". She tells him about the insanity and violence that she and Mal survived at the "Battle of Serenity". The end of the discussion:

Quote:

Zoe: "Mercy, Forgiveness, Trust... those are things he left back there. What he has now is the ship, the ship and us on it."

Simon: "If that battle was so horrible, why did he name the ship after it?"

Zoe: "Once you've been in Serenity you never leave, you just learn to live there."




SergeantX,

"..and here's to all the dreamers, may our open hearts find rest." -- Nanci Griffith

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 7:37 AM

PBGAINES


[War Stories]
Wash: "Mmm. Wife soup."
-----
[Jaynestown]
Jayne: "My very own riot?"
-----
[Our Mrs. Reynolds]
Saffron: "Do you know the myth of Earth that was?"
Wash: "Not so much."
Saffron: "That when she was born she had no sky and was open, inviting, and the stars would rush into her--through the skin of her--making the oceans boil with sensation. And when she could endure no more ecstasy, she puffed up her cheeks and blew out the sky."
Wash: "Whoa, good myth."
-----
[Shindig]
Malcom: "Use of a s-what?"
-----
[War Stories]
Malcom: "Wash, get her started."
-----
[Out of Gas]
Malcom: "...and start thinking about what she can be."
Zoe: "What's that, sir."
Malcom: "Freedom is one."
Zoe: "No, I mean: What's that, sir"

BTA,

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 7:45 AM

ZEKE023


If I had to pick one (obviously this one is not for comedic purposes).

Book: "You don't fix faith. Faith fixes you."

I really like that quote.

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 8:08 AM

STILLSHINY


I got too many favorites! Gorramit! Oh well ya can never go wrong with this one.

Now think real hard. You been bird-dogging
this township a while now. They wouldn't mind
a corpse of you. Now you can luxuriate in a nice
jail cell, but if your hand touches metal, I swear
by my pretty flowered bonnet, I will end you.


You think I look good now, wait till you see me in my new "Browncoat T-shirt"

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 8:20 AM

JK


Ooh, too many lines.

The Train Job
"Kaylee? What the hell's going on in the engine room? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?" - Mal

"Have you got time to do my hair?" - Mal

"Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing." - Zoe

Bushwacked
"What could it be, we're all doomed, who's flying this thing?!?! Oh, that would be me." - Wash

Our Mrs Reynolds
"My days of taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle." - Mal

Jaynestown
"Too much hair." - River

Ariel
"There's some beautiful museums, not to mention some of the finest restaraunts in the Core." - Inara
"But not boring like she made it sound." - Wash

"Beats just sittin'" - Jayne
"It is just sitting." - Wash

And those are just the ones off the top of my head. There are so many better ones that escape my tiny little mind it's not even funny.

JK

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 9:51 AM

PHYSICSCHICK


If I had to pick JUST ONE (please forgive if not exact):

(Discussing River)
Wash: "Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction."
Zoe: "Dear, you live on a spaceship."

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 10:20 AM

BLACKSTAR


Ummm.....
Wash, Bushwacked, nuff said.
"Oh, my God! What could it be? We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing? Oh, right, that would be me..."

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 11:20 AM

CHANNAIN

i DO aim to misbehave


JAYNE: Time for some thrilling heroics.

MAL: Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back!

SIMON: I reattached a girl's leg. Her whole leg. She named her hamster after me. I got a hamster. He drops a box of money, he gets a town.

MAL: You are very much lacking in imagination.
ZOE: I imagine I am, sir.

WASH: Here lies my beloved Zoe, my autumn flower, somewhat less attractive now she's all corpsified and gross...

ZOE: Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?
BOOK: Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.

RIVER: No power in the 'verse can stop me.

BOOK: Afraid I might be needing a preacher.
MAL: That's good. You lie there and be ironical.

KAYLEE: Good night! Don't let the spacebugs bite...spacebugs?


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Thursday, November 20, 2003 2:10 PM

TRAGICSTORY


off the top of my head:

What y'all order a dead guy for?

We follow the chain of command. That's the chain I go get and beat you with until you follow my commands.

Plus I can kill you with my brain.

Shiny. (has to me my most used quote)

shove all the planets in the universe up my ass. (I know its in chinese, but still a great quote)

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 2:53 PM

SHINY


SAFFRON: But...you know I'm bequeathed to you...?

MAL: To-whubba-who?


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Thursday, November 20, 2003 3:23 PM

LUNA


Patron: "That girl is a witch!"

Mal: "Yeah, but she's our witch. So cut her the
hell down."

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 3:23 PM

LUNA

I am gone. I am truly gone. I am not sorry.


Patron: "That girl is a witch!"

Mal: "Yeah, but she's our witch. So cut her the
hell down."

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 4:17 PM

JK


Who asks people to shove planets up their ass?

JK

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 4:48 PM

SUENOS



From Safe, when they are about to rescue River and Simon, something along the lines of,

"What does that make us?"

"Big damm hereos, sir."


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Thursday, November 20, 2003 6:40 PM

CANTTAKESKY


I vote for the first 3 quotations on this thread. The reavers one, the special hell one, and the "It's enough" one.

Here is one other I think needs to be in the top 10.

Take my love, Take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
-- lyrics, theme song from Firefly

I'm partial to this one.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Friday, November 21, 2003 8:10 AM

WILLIAMX


Some good stuff . . .

Nobody escaped . . . Nobody. (Mal, Bushwacked)

Mal:Which one you figure tracked us?
Zoe:Ugly one, sir.
Mal:um, could you be more specific?
dude:Do we look reasonable to you?
Mal:Well, looks can be decieving.
Jayne:Not as decieving as a low down, dirty deciever.
Mal: Well said. Zoe, wasn't that well said?
Zoe: Had a certain poetry to it sir.




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Friday, November 21, 2003 9:57 AM

KEVIN


jayne(to mal in part 1 of serinity)-pain is fear.

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Friday, November 21, 2003 11:19 AM

CALHOUN


Classic scene from "Objects in Space" but there are soooo many classic scenes its impossible for me to find the "best".

Jayne - Saint Jayne - Its got a ring to it!

Book - I'm just tryin to remember how many miracles you,ve performed.

Jayne - I once hit a guy in the neck from 500 yards with a bent scope, dont that count upstairs?

Book - Oh i'm sure it'll be taken into consideration.

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Friday, November 21, 2003 11:21 AM

CALHOUN


Erm.. and Kevin just above me, I dont mean to be picky but try to be a bit more accurate... :)

It goes......

Mal - Remember you've just gotta scare him.

Jayne - Pain is scary.

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Friday, November 21, 2003 5:13 PM

PSYKOTEK


walsh there are 10 kinds of perople inthe universe, those that understand binary and those that don't.

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Friday, November 21, 2003 9:14 PM

LINDYCAT


"And I was gonna get me an ear too..."

"That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth."

"Captain, don't you know kissing girls makes you sleepy?"

"But she was all naked... and articulate."

"OK! Everyone not talking about sex, in here."

"To Jayne, the box dropping, man-ape gone wrong thing."



Just as the War Against Drugs would make some kind of sense if they honestly called it a War Against Some Drugs, I regard Dubya's current Kampf as a War Against Some Terrorists. I may remain wed to that horrid heresy until he bombs CIA headquarters in Langrty. - RAW

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Saturday, November 22, 2003 5:13 AM

SERENITYVALLEY


Quote:

Who asks people to shove planets up their ass?


That would be Wash.

Hmmm, a quote?

Did he just go crazy and fall asleep?

or

All I got was a dumba$$ stick sounds like it's rainin', how come you got a wife?

or

Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive./
We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... "This Land."/
I think we should call it "your grave!"/
Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!/
Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh! Now die!/
Oh, no, God! Oh, dear God in heaven!


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Saturday, November 22, 2003 6:40 AM

SERGEANTX


"I was gonna get me an ear, too..."

Heh, I feel like an idiot. For some reason I just now got the rather obvious irony and foreshadowing there, given what happened later to Mal in "War Stories". Damn, this show sure ages well.

SergeantX

"..and here's to all the dreamers, may our open hearts find rest." -- Nanci Griffith

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Saturday, November 22, 2003 11:09 AM

NORUDDINWAY


Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive./
We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... "This Land."/
I think we should call it "your grave!"/
Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!/
Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh! Now die!/
Oh, no, God! Oh, dear God in heaven!

That whole quote is great but the way he says betrayal line is quite impressive, that would have to be my favorite line other than my signature.

You know oyu only have to scare him...

Pain is scary.

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Saturday, November 22, 2003 2:19 PM

NOXIOUS


There are too many great quotes, but one of my favorites comes from The Train Job

Sherif: You were truthful back in town, these are tough times. A man can get a job, he might not look too close what that job is. But a man learns all the details of a situation like ours, well, then he has a choice

Mal: I don't believe he does.

Just shows what sort of man Mal is, even while he is doing crime.

You are
What you do
When it counts
-The Masao

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Saturday, November 22, 2003 7:39 PM

CANTTAKESKY


Quote:

Mal: I don't believe he does.

I LOVE that line. Every time I watch it, I still tear up. (Okay, I'm a sap, but that's another story.)

Thank you for mentioning it.


Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 6:31 AM

JK


What ep does Wash ask for planetary penetration?

JK

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 6:41 AM

TWICEONSUNDAYS


lets not forget

"I'll be in my bunk"

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 7:53 AM

TRAGICSTORY


Quote:

Originally posted by JK:
What ep does Wash ask for planetary penetration?

JK



If I remember correctly it is War Stories. At the beginning when Wash and Zoe are arguing about taking some time together. Zoe says "I'll ask the captain." Wash rattles off in chinese "Shove all the planets in the universe up my ass" "Was I ever asking what the captain wanted." Then Mal walks in. "I wanted what?" "Nothing sir."

That's as verbatim as I can remember (my vcds are on loan) so it probably is a little off.

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 10:58 AM

NOXIOUS


Quote:

Originally posted by twiceonsundays:
lets not forget

"I'll be in my bunk"



or...

"I like smackin' 'em"

From Safe

You are
What you do
When it counts
-The Masao

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 2:50 PM

LINDYCAT


Sgt. X,

"Heh, I feel like an idiot. For some reason I just now got the rather obvious irony and foreshadowing there, given what happened later to Mal in "War Stories". Damn, this show sure ages well."

I never even noticed that until you mentioned it, damn. Guiness is on me if we ever meet.

The first FF ep I ever saw was the orignial aring of Ariel, which made me hate Jayne. The next show I saw was OiS which had little of Jayne, and then I saw the pilot which also had Jayne acting poorly to the crew. Then the show was cancelled. However after seeing the rest of the eps in order, Jayne turns out to be my absolute favorite character.

LC






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Wednesday, November 26, 2003 9:23 AM

CHANNAIN

i DO aim to misbehave


Okay, so My all-time favorites, despite the previous listing would have to be...

Mal: Whoa...good bible.

Wash: Whoa...good myth.

I find myself paraphrasing these a LOT.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003 9:29 PM

DYAIRVATREE


I have to go with a line from Our Mrs.Reynolds
Mal- "My days of not taking you seriosly are certainly comming to a middle"

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003 10:50 PM

SDSS9462


Two of my favs from Shindig...

Mal--"...and I -never- back down from a fight."
Inara--"Yes you do. You do all the time."
Mal--"Well...yeah...but I'm not backing down from this one."

Mal--"Mercy is the mark of a great man."
(pauses, then stabs Atherton)
"Guess I'm just a good man."
(again)
"Well, I'm alright."


But really, the show is all about great lines.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003 11:19 PM

ROGM


From THE TRAIN ROBBERY AND WAR STORIES


"Solid"

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003 11:36 PM

HUITZIL


as said by Simon :
'It was my birthday'

I felt really sorry for him. plus, did Joss Whedon have really screwy birthday's cos he's always punishing his characters on their birthdays.

As a person who has pretty sh*tty birthdays herself - this rings poignant

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Wednesday, December 3, 2003 6:21 AM

ASTRIANA


Slightly OT, but in response to LindyCat's closing statement: Not only do I agree wholeheartedly, but I also noticed that the War Against Some Terrorists, if slightly modified to the War Against Some Terrorist Elements, would be aptly named the WASTE.

On the topic of favorite lines... I'll have to give that more thought, there are so many!



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Friday, December 5, 2003 4:09 PM

RISKEVERYTHING


Quote:

Calhoun wrote:
Friday, November 21, 2003 11:19
Classic scene from "Objects in Space" but there are soooo many classic scenes its impossible for me to find the "best".

Jayne - Saint Jayne - Its got a ring to it!

Book - I'm just tryin to remember how many miracles you,ve performed.

Jayne - I once hit a guy in the neck from 500 yards with a bent scope, dont that count upstairs?

Book - Oh i'm sure it'll be taken into consideration.


Since the focus is on River, you have to listen closely to hear the next line (paraphrased):

Jayne: You make that sound ominous

----------

Just got a new favorite quote of the moment:

Jayne- "Don't know these folks, don't much care to"
Mal- "They're whores."
Jayne- "I'm in."

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Friday, December 5, 2003 5:08 PM

TEELABROWN


Wash's lines are usually funny. And about the hair...

ZOE: "River, honey? He's putting the hair away now."
RIVER: "Doesn't matter. It'll still be there...waiting."

Too many to chose, hair one from someone else's post. (Don't remember, sorry)

Keep flyin'!

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"Freedom is the Freedom to say that 2+2 makes 4. If that is granted, all else follws"-Winston, 1984
Keep flyin', and remember, THEY can't take the sky from US!

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Friday, December 5, 2003 5:12 PM

TEELABROWN


This post I put here for the soul purpose of making it say "42 posts". Gorram, I love Hitchhikker's Guide. Weird, ain't I?

Keep flyin'!

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Keep flyin', and remember, THEY can't take the sky from US!

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Friday, December 5, 2003 9:10 PM

CALHOUN


Hey Teela,

Maybe you could clear up a disagreement I have with my Dad about Hitchhikers. You know how the answer to life the universe and everthing turned out to be 42.. well they then went on to find out the question and I seem to recall the question being 6x7, My old man reckons the question was 7x8.. Is either of us right?

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 1:15 AM

DRAKON


Quote:

Originally posted by Calhoun:
Hey Teela,

Maybe you could clear up a disagreement I have with my Dad about Hitchhikers. You know how the answer to life the universe and everthing turned out to be 42.. well they then went on to find out the question and I seem to recall the question being 6x7, My old man reckons the question was 7x8.. Is either of us right?



I ain't Teela, nor do I play one on TV.
The question is what is 6 times 9. It only works in base 13 though.

"Wash, where is my damn spaceship?"

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 3:11 AM

CALHOUN



Are you sure Drakon? my memory usually dont play tricks on me and I vividly recall the question as being "what is 6 x 7"... still.. I been wrong once or twice before.

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 3:15 AM

TEELABROWN


Calhoun-
You are both wrong. It is 6x9. The original quote is...(from my handy-dandy-all-inl-one set, which sooner or later I will find the quote)

Basically, Ford and Arthur have decided that swince Arthur grew up on Earth, the second super-computer, that his sub-concious has The Answer. They take Arthur's scrabble he made, put all the pieces (Except Z. They lost that) in Ford's towl. So, here we go...

"W," said Ford, "H, A, T...What!"

He blinked.

"I think it's working!" he said.

Arthur pushed three mor at him.

"D, O, Y...Doy. Oh, prehaps it isn't working," said Ford.

"O, U, G...Doyoug...It's not making sense, I'm afraid"

Arthur pulled two more from the bag.

"E, T, doyouget...Do you get!" shouted Ford. "It is working! This is amazing, it is really working!"

"More here." Arthur was throwing them out feverishly as fast as he could.

"I, F," said Ford, "Y, O, U.....M, U, L, T, I, P, L, Y...What do you get if you multiply...S, I, X,...six...B, Y...by, six,by...what do you get if you multiply six by...N, I, N, E...six by nine..." He paused. "Come on, where's the next one?"

"Er, that's the lot," said Arthur, "that's all there were."

He sat back, nonplussed.

He rooted around again in the knotted up towl but there were no more letters.

"You mean that's it?" said Ford.

"That's it"

"Six by nine. Forty-two."

"That's it. That's all there is."

Hope that clears things up. If you really want to check, it's chapter 33 in The Resturant at the End of the Universe.

Also, a note: 6 by 9 is 54 in base ten, but, acording to my dad who loves math, in base 13, 6 by 9 IS forty-two.

Keep flyin'!

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"Freedom is the Freedom to say that 2+2 makes 4. If that is granted, all else follws"-Winston, 1984
Keep flyin', and remember, THEY can't take the sky from US!

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 3:16 AM

TEELABROWN


Didn't get around to Drakon's. He is right.

Thanks! Keep flyin'!

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 7:00 AM

LINDYCAT


A - I love your modification, if you send it to Wilson I think he would like it too.


"Slightly OT, but in response to LindyCat's closing statement: Not only do I agree wholeheartedly, but I also noticed that the War Against Some Terrorists, if slightly modified to the War Against Some Terrorist Elements, would be aptly named the WASTE." ~A~

If you go to rawilson dot com you will find lots more good stuff along the lines of this quote.

The whole quote in my sig is this...

WAR AGAINST SOME TERRORISTS

7 Ways of Looking at a Monkey-House
September 29, 2001 e.v.

Just as the War Against Drugs would make some kind of sense if they honestly called it a War Against Some Drugs, I regard Dubya's current Kampf as a War Against Some Terrorists. I may remain wed to that horrid heresy until he bombs CIA headquarters in Langtry.

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I turned on CNN a few days ago and a White House robot announced that the rebels in Chechnya "were" no longer freedom fighters but "are" now terrorists with "clear" links to Osama bin Laden.

CNN provided no details about whether the transformation occured in a sudden miraculous flash like the transubstantiation of the host in a Catholic mass, or happened slowly and gradually like Darwinian evolution.

In a related bulletin, Russia pledged its support in the War Against Some Terrorists, and will presumably start with those bastards in Chechnya.

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DO NOT ADJUST YOUR MIND:
IT IS REALITY THAT IS MALFUNCTIONING

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The plight of Bill Maher reminds me of something Ezra Pound wrote about London in 1919: "A single intelligent remark can destroy a man's entire career."

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A friend in Israel just sent me an email quoting George Bush saying we should all go to Disneyland. It didn't surprise me. I kind of suspect George lives in Disneyland all the time, with Mickey and Goofy and Osama bin Laden and all the "faith-based organizations" in the world.

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As Voltaire said, "The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity."

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Pfui.

Robert Anton Wilson

Just as the War Against Drugs would make some kind of sense if they honestly called it a War Against Some Drugs, I regard Dubya's current Kampf as a War Against Some Terrorists. I may remain wed to that horrid heresy until he bombs CIA headquarters in Langtry. - RAW

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 8:35 AM

MANIACNUMBERONE


I don't know much where math is concerned, so y'all should tell me what this base 13 business is about.
I always just made up my own question to the answer 42, by the way.... it was "how many roads must a man walk down?"

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Saturday, December 6, 2003 9:51 AM

TEELABROWN


The mice made that up! Maniac, come on. I pretty sure you're smarter than that. It's plagerism!

Also-base thirteen is um...well base ten with three extra fingers. Does that help?
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