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Pogue Ma-humbug
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Wasn't it said in "The Wizard of Oz" -- right after that munchkin hanged himself?

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The Hudsucker Proxy is the first thing that came to my head too, when he is presenting the Hola hoop to the board.


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I don't even remember if I saw the entire movie or not, but if I remember right, it doesn't make sense that Tim Robbins' character would make that statement about his wonderful new invention. I seem to remember him showing people his new idea (a drawing of a circle), saying it's designed for kids, and acting like its usage is pretty obvious. It's not until the final shot of the film where we find out what the object actually does: It's a frisbee. So knowing that, I don't know why he would say that it doesn't do anything--I think he already has the flying thing in mind when he draws it.
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It does sound like something that would have been said in that movie... but it wasn't.

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quote:
Originally posted by Introducing, the Pogues:
Wasn't it said in "The Wizard of Oz" -- right after that munchkin hanged himself?

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I think I may have mentioned this last year when we were discussing it, but I *swear* I can hear Jeff Bridges saying this!!
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I've watched Hudsucker Proxy many times and yes, they use that line in it. Now I'm going to have to find it and watch it again so I can find the exact spot.

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quote:
Originally posted by tribrats on tour:
I've watched Hudsucker Proxy many times and yes, they use that line in it. Now I'm going to have to find it and watch it again so I can find the exact spot.

BZZZZT! Thank you for playing.

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Does Klinger say it to Winchester on M.A.S.H. when he's trying to sell him on the hula hoop idea? I tried googling for scripts and came up with nada. I think I have that episode taped somewhere... hiding in my crawlspace...

Bulcanary mentioning Hawkeye made me think of it.

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Seeing Bach_girl's post about this line in the "Origins of your name, avatar, sig line..." thread (it's her sig) reminded me of this thread.

The line reminds me of an old sci-fi story I read as a kid, probably written in the 1960s. In the story a mechanic, unable to find any other work, takes a job in a factory where everything is controlled by computers. Nothing ever breaks, so all he does at work is sit in front of a computer terminal all day. Frustrated that he is no longer able to utilize his mechanical skills at work, he builds a big, complex machine in his spare time. The machine doesn't actually do anything, it's just a bunch of gears and wheels he put together for fun. But when people see it, they refuse to accept that it does absolutely nothing -- such a big machine must do something. When word of the machine starts to spread everyone thinks he has some important new invention; he just isn't saying what it is yet. The government wants to use it for the military. He keeps trying to explain that it doesn't actually do anything. Hilarity ensues.

So to me that story is the place I remember seeing that line, when he first shows the machine to his friend. The only problem is I don't think that was a particularly well known story, so I don't see how it would have made the line popular. The book is probably still on a shelf in my old room at my parents' house. No I wish I could go get it and look for that story.

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Uh oh, Wilda...I think I've read that story, only I can't remember the title or who the author was. It sounds familiar, only I can't place it...just like the quote in question!

You evil, evil man! [Razz]

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If you can stand to wait a few months I'll try to look it up the next time I'm visiting my parents. I'm 80% sure I remember what book I read it in and where it is. Heck, it's sort of bothering me, too.

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So far I've found about 50 other sites who have tried to find this line and claims it isn't in a movie, or the line is wrong and should be "It doesn't do anything, that's the beauty of it."

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Hello:

I've been looking around on MetaCrawler & found this one website where the person has checked into some of the different suggestions.

http://kcor1953beauty.tripod.com/blog/

I wanted to add that I thought Johnny Depp's character said it in the new version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". ;-)

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hahaha, awesome! I remeber this thread from a year ago. I forget how it turned out though.

Anyway, I was almost sure
"What does it do?"
"What does it do It doesn't do anything." Was from a Simpsons episode, I kinda still am, although not that much anymore.

After googling for a few seconds, I found another message board where some people think it's from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. I read pretty much every stip a couple of months ago, and I am now 90% sure that the line is in one of those strips...now I just have to find it!

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Thanks to Niner for pointing me here when I asked Bach_girl about her sig on another quote.

The previous night I'd been reading George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and had noted a little quote down in my "good quotes" book.

It's from a scene where Winston Smith and his lover Julia are looking at a glass paperweight Winston has recently bought. In a world where most lives are dedicated to uncreative productivity, they are both clueless about its function, and Julia asks what it is.

Winston replies - "I don't think it's anything - I mean, I don't think it was put to any use. That's what I like about it."

It strikes a deep chord when read in context, opening up a whole possible world for Winston where the use of time, emotions and materials are not rigidly directed towards goals unclear to the individual, where one might enjoy the luxury of personal choice.

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I don't think it's from a show or a movie at all, I think it's from a commercial.
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quote:
Originally posted by LMNOP:
I don't think it's from a show or a movie at all, I think it's from a commercial.

My DH says the same thing.

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"But where is this thread going?"

"That's the beauty of it ........ it isn't going anywhere!"

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No idea of the source, but...

This fits the description!

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It seems Willy Wonka-esque to me.

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Google also turned up this:
http://www.slowmotionsickness.com/revfilm24.htm The Calvin and Hobbes suggestion struck me as plausible and injected a new thought, www.nuklearpower.com the line sounds like it could have come from one of the 8-Bit Theatre strips. My other thoughts are that it comes from A: everywhere, the line has numerous semi-obscure and otherwise unmemorable sources, rather than a well-known and recognizable source, e.g. it is used in live performances, a single sketch from Saturday Night Live or similar, maybe even an old Twilight Zone episode, an assignment as in the link I provided, in any case this line or something very similar to it has been used so many times and in so many places it is engrained in our subconscious as "I've heard that somewhere before." or B: nowhere, the line has never actually been published.

For the record, my brain recites the line in a sort of bored tone. Calm but almost surprised that anyone would expect "it" to "do" "anything"

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quote:
Originally posted by Neffti:
Thanks to Niner for pointing me here when I asked Bach_girl about her sig on another quote.

The previous night I'd been reading George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and had noted a little quote down in my "good quotes" book.

It's from a scene where Winston Smith and his lover Julia are looking at a glass paperweight Winston has recently bought. In a world where most lives are dedicated to uncreative productivity, they are both clueless about its function, and Julia asks what it is.

Winston replies - "I don't think it's anything - I mean, I don't think it was put to any use. That's what I like about it."

It strikes a deep chord when read in context, opening up a whole possible world for Winston where the use of time, emotions and materials are not rigidly directed towards goals unclear to the individual, where one might enjoy the luxury of personal choice.

This also remnds me of a scene in the film (and novel ?) in which Winston and Julia are watching a lady hang out her washing. Winston: "She is beautiful", Julia:"She's at least a metre acrosss at the waist", Winston:"That is her style of beauty". I think of this scene often.
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... I don't know... it sounds a little bit like something Cyrano de Bergerac says :

"C'est tellement plus beau lorsque c'est inutile"

"It's much more beautiful when it's useless (or futile)"

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
Uh oh, Wilda...I think I've read that story, only I can't remember the title or who the author was. It sounds familiar, only I can't place it...just like the quote in question!

You evil, evil man! [Razz]

Ok, I'm home for a few days and I found the story I was thinking of. It's called "The Machine" by Richard B. Gehman, originally printed in Collier's December 14 1946. I read it in a book called 13 Great Stories of Science-Fiction edited by Groff Conklin, copyright 1960 Fawcett Publications.

It does not contain the quote in question.

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Gaaahhh!!! I can't take it anymore!!! Die, stupid useless thread! Die! Die! DIE!!!!

Sorry...I...I lost my head there for a moment.

People, please stop wasting your time. Three times in this thread it has been pointed out that the phrase does not exist in literature or movies or anywhere else. It was a phrase that somebody came up with as part of a psych experiment to prove that a whole lot of gullible, suggestible people would swear up and down "I know that phrase comes from...."

Don't you think, if it really and truly did exist somewhere, that one of these bright people would have found a cite for it by now, huh?

Now, I'm betting it won't be more than three posts after this before somebody else chimes in with "I'm pretty sure it comes from the movie...."

Ali "anyone care to take this bet?" Baba

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But, Ali, that's the beauty of the thread, see? It doesn't--

What are you doing? Put that fish down!
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I'm a little confused - Are we looking for this from somewhere other than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? It wasn't just in the film it was in one of the trailers.

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...and returning from looking for a link I realize that I'm just wrong. The line from the movie is "Candy doesn't have to have a point that's why it's Candy".

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Well crap! Even though that line may not/doesn't exist I can hear the actor from just about every suggestion saying it. Especially Gene Wilder as Willy wonka.
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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
quote:
Originally posted by BrainDamage:
For some reason, I picture William Shatner saying it in one of the Star Trek movies.

You're thinking of Star Trek IV. There's an exchange between Kirk and Spock as Kirk is selling some antique reading glasses that had been given to him by McCoy as a birthday gift:

quote:
Spock: Excuse me, Admiral. But weren't those a birthday gift from Dr. McCoy?
Kirk: And they will be again, that's the beauty of it.


Shatner has a similar exchange in the movie Airplane 2, which if I remember correctly goes something like this...

"...And we have these lights that go back and forth."
"Why do they do that?"
"As far as we can tell, they don't do anything."

Anyone know what I mean?

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Three times in this thread it has been pointed out that the phrase does not exist in literature or movies or anywhere else.
Wow, what search engine does one use to scan every single work of literature and film (and "everywhere else") to determine whether a particular phrase appears in it? A tool like that would be mighty handy.

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Well nobody's come up with it, but I'm going to join the Calvin and Hobbes camp. I'm sure it's in a book at my parent's house (yeah, me and all the others who've looked too!). But I can also picture Gene Wilder saying it, and although nobody's confirmed that one either, I won't be put off of either of them until I see them for myself (or don't).

Anyway, now if you google "it doesn't do anything", the first three hits lead here, and a fourth one goes to another board that discusses this thread. I just think that's funny... [Razz]

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Funny, after years of hearing about this quote, I just saw a trailer for the Dead Zone I think and someone said, "That's the beauty of it, you don't SAY anything!" I couldn't help and think of this debate.

I can see film makers putting this quote in movies now just to throw us off.

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