Friday, April 01, 2005

The Knights Who Say Ni

Last year on April 1, the RAND Corporation showed Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, which demonstrated our keen sense of humor and that we could take a joke, et cetera, since Dr. Strangelove makes fun of the "Bland Corporation."

So this year they tried to repeat the fun by showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which, uh, doesn't make any reference to RAND whatsoever and thus doesn't make any particular sense as a choice, but uh, what the hell. Great movie.

Anyway. There I am in the middle of the day watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And I noticed that when King Arthur first meets the Knights Who Say Ni, he asks them, "What is it that you want?" And later, the Head Knight Who Until Recently Said Ni says, "It is a good shrubbery," and, "You must place it here by this shrubbery." Only a few lines later do we discover that the Knights Who Said Ni are allergic to the word it and they start making a fuss about hearing it.

Remarkably, this is not yet listed as "trivia" or a "goof" in the Internet Movie Database. Although, unremarkably, some people have mentioned it on the great wide Internet before me.


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