1128: "Fifty Shades"

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1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:07 am UTC

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Invisiblemoose » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:12 am UTC

"Famous" is a weird adjective to describe a book.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:12 am UTC

Wishbone's take on See Spot Run was mind-blowing.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Himself » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:39 am UTC

Wishbone versions of fanfiction. I vote for My Immortal next.
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby asymptotically » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:51 am UTC

I'm surprised Wishbone didn't get him through a conversation about Twilight.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Linux0s » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:59 am UTC

So where do I look for the dumbed down version of wishbone?
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:01 am UTC

Linux0s wrote:So where do I look for the dumbed down version of wishbone?
Wishboneception?

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Brian-M » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:06 am UTC

Never heard of Wishbone before. Had to Google it to get the reference.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby speedysam0 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:02 am UTC

Wishbone was a great TV show, it always gave a fun summary to all the classics. I should still have some old worn out VHS recordings of it somewhere, maybe even some episodes on Beta Max.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby CatOfGrey » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:47 am UTC

Googled, then remembered Wishbone, then instantly thought of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The dog, of course, being played by, well, the dog.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby idisjunction » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:51 am UTC

Somehow, I can't quite picture Wishbone being much use in learning the Anarchist's Cookbook.

Joe: Are these the right ingredients for thermite, Wishbone?
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Joe: Let's go!

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:01 am UTC

You young whippersnappers may relate everything in literature to Wishbone, but us old-timers still have fond memories of The Famous Adventures of Mr Magoo.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:06 am UTC

da Doctah wrote:You young whippersnappers may relate everything in literature to Wishbone, but us old-timers still have fond memories of The Famous Adventures of Mr Magoo.


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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Angelastic » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:11 am UTC

Never heard of Wishbone, but I can bluff my way through conversations about most famous books, movies and TV shows using what I learn from songs about them. I'd never even heard of 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' without 'Our Cyberbetic Arms' on the end though.
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby speising » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:32 am UTC

So this "fifty shades" came out 2011? It's weird to say "I've never acually read" something barely a year old. At first i thought he means some part of popular culture we all should be aquainted with since childhood.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Andromeda321 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:15 am UTC

Got a laugh from me- Wishbone was definitely my favorite show in TV in about 6th grade or so.

I, too, get away with most of my book knowledge thanks to that and Great Illustrated Classics- my brother had a dozen or two of them.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Klear » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:30 am UTC

I just rely on cultural osmosis...

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby mojacardave » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:52 am UTC

speising wrote:So this "fifty shades" came out 2011? It's weird to say "I've never acually read" something barely a year old. At first i thought he means some part of popular culture we all should be aquainted with since childhood.


Fifty Shades is already infamous, and it's been the subject of (or punchline for) numerous webcomic jokes. I can't remember whether Randall has actually done one yet, but I think he's referring to the fact that people use it for humour without actually reading it. "I've never actually read" doesn't need to imply that most people have. It can also imply that we might assume he has, as a comic who makes fun of such things. I think the actual audience for 50 Shades is predominantly female.

I've never heard of Wishbone. I'm assuming it's an American thing?

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby warspite » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:22 am UTC

Cross-eyed... with laughter...

Needless to say, I'd wag that tail.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby noodle » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:22 pm UTC

I'd never heard of this show. How the heck did it ever get past the pilot? Its almost as bad as ALF!

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby dragonfly_dust » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:34 pm UTC

I loved Wishbone as a kid~! (Though Wishbone's obsession with his red chair knew no bounds...)

The classic book portions were great but when the show focused on his stupid human owners and friends it got...stupid.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby dp2 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:48 pm UTC

noodle wrote:I'd never heard of this show. How the heck did it ever get past the pilot? Its almost as bad as ALF!

It's an Emmy-award winning, educational show on PBS for the upper elementary set. You may not be the target audience (though most reading adults can appreciate the clever writing).

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby dp2 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:15 pm UTC

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speising wrote:So this "fifty shades" came out 2011? It's weird to say "I've never acually read" something barely a year old. At first i thought he means some part of popular culture we all should be aquainted with since childhood.


Fifty Shades is already infamous, and it's been the subject of (or punchline for) numerous webcomic jokes. I can't remember whether Randall has actually done one yet, but I think he's referring to the fact that people use it for humour without actually reading it. "I've never actually read" doesn't need to imply that most people have. It can also imply that we might assume he has, as a comic who makes fun of such things. I think the actual audience for 50 Shades is predominantly female.

I've never heard of Wishbone. I'm assuming it's an American thing?

Wishbone is an educational kids' program about a dog who imagines himself as the main character in famous books.

The joke is a kids' show re-enacting 50 Shades of Gray.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby dp2 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:18 pm UTC

Who else thinks that by the end of the week, people will be citing this "episode" of Wishbone as proof of the hedonistic liberalism of public television and justification for shutting it down?

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Sprocket » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

LOL! Are you SURE we aren't soul mates, Randall? Wish Bone references!?
To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 50 has ever read Ivanhoe.
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby riddler » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:11 pm UTC

My fanfiction, which parasitically piggybacks on this comic:

Ana: You want me to sign ... a contract?
Wishbone: Bark
Ana: But I'm a virgin.
Wishbone: errrRRR? Bark! (wag)

(much later)

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby mdog » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:43 pm UTC

Sprocket wrote:LOL! Are you SURE we aren't soul mates, Randall? Wish Bone references!?
To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 50 has ever read Ivanhoe.


To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 70 ever read Ivanhoe. We (that is, those of us barely under 70) (Hard to imagine? Think: a wormhole in the space-time continuum unceremoniously dumps you, from somewhere you don't remember, onto this lump of rock, roughly 14x10exp9 earth years after The Big Quantum Fluctuation, with no guidebook whatsoever, not even a map, and, somewhat like Billy Pilgrim, mildly unstuck in time; one moment you're 16, the next 60), anyway, we indeed had Ivanhoe assigned for reading in our honors class in 10th grade (that was in 1960). Most of us honored the assignment by reading the version published by Classic Comics, sometimes known as Classics Illustrated. For those of you not familiar with that geological era, the Classics series started in the 1940's. They published a bit fewer than 200 renditions of "great literature", albeit mostly Western, from the Iliad to Moby Dick. And, Ivanhoe was issue number 2, in 1941. By 1960, the Classic Comics version was itself a classic.
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:55 pm UTC

I can imagine a great round of my friend's Wishbone drinking game to some of the more esoteric choices, should they ever make new episodes
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby J Thomas » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:03 pm UTC

Sprocket wrote:LOL! Are you SURE we aren't soul mates, Randall? Wish Bone references!?
To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 50 has ever read Ivanhoe.


I read the whole thing but I don't remember any of it now. I remember a few bits from The Black Arrow, though. At one point the hero climbs a tree in a forest and sees the enemy troop movement. I think I remember that particularly because every time I ever climbed a tree in a forest high enough to see past the other trees, all I saw was the top of a forest. Also after helping win a battle, the hero is given 50 men to help him win his personal battle against his personal bad guy and rescue his fiancee. He loses all 50 men but does manage to rescue the women so he counts it a win. I wondered how his king would feel about not getting the men back. And later, talking to Richard III the hunchback, the fiancee says something to the effect that after all the time she's spent getting passed back and forth as a hostage etc, she'd be happy to marry any tall englishman with two straight shoulders. Oops!
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby eran_rathan » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:12 pm UTC

Sprocket wrote:LOL! Are you SURE we aren't soul mates, Randall? Wish Bone references!?
To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 50 has ever read Ivanhoe.



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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Aiwendil » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:46 pm UTC

To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 70 ever read Ivanhoe.


I have read Ivanhoe. I am under the age of 70.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Kaden » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:14 pm UTC

speedysam0 wrote:Wishbone was a great TV show, it always gave a fun summary to all the classics. I should still have some old worn out VHS recordings of it somewhere


Same! :D I loved Wishbone so much! It was part of my evening TV ritual in elementary school- Wishbone, then Reading Rainbow, then, best of all, Kratt's Creatures! :mrgreen:

Of course, when I found said VHS tapes and watched them years later, I was quite upset by the over-the-top acting of Wishbone's human friends. :roll: How did I not notice that as a kid?? At least the dog was still cute. :wink: And I loved the "behind the scenes" stuff at the end of some episodes!

Total GOOMHR moment for me with this comic- I've had this happen to me with SO many classic book conversations! My friend couldn't understand how I knew the whole story of "Phantom of the Opera" without ever having seen the movie or read the book, until I told her about the Wishbone episode. :lol:
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby bmonk » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:38 pm UTC

Linux0s wrote:So where do I look for the dumbed down version of wishbone?

Or the Cliff Notes version of the wishbone version of "Fifty Shades of Grey for Dummies"?

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Sprocket wrote:To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 50 has ever read Ivanhoe.


To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 70 ever read Ivanhoe.


I have read it, as well as several other Scott novels. So neither claim is true. However, I am willing to admit that I am in the minority.
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Beltayn » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:34 am UTC

Aiwendil wrote:
To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 70 ever read Ivanhoe.


I have read Ivanhoe. I am under the age of 70.



WAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT... Ivanhoe was a BOOK?

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby xtifr » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:30 am UTC

I read Ivanhoe when I was quite young, because it was referenced in an excellent kids book I'd read. (Something by Edward Eager, IIRC.) I quite enjoyed it (Ivanhoe), possibly because I was too young at the time to really be bothered by things like plot holes or one-dimensional characters. :)

Honestly, I thought it was a fun little action-adventure story. I'm not quite sure why it's classified as Great Literature, but then I'm not sure why a lot of things are classified that way.

As for Fifty Shades, I think I'll probably just stick to the Wishbone version. I have read some girly-porn that I quite enjoyed, but Fifty Shades doesn't sound like it has the elements that make the genre work for me.
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby mdog » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:31 am UTC

bmonk wrote:
mdog wrote:
Sprocket wrote:To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 50 has ever read Ivanhoe.


To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 70 ever read Ivanhoe.


I have read it, as well as several other Scott novels. So neither claim is true. However, I am willing to admit that I am in the minority.


I apologize for overstating the case. I, too, read the book version, as well as the Classic Comics version. I preferred the shorter, illustrated version. Picture, 1000 words. My taste and attention span tend (but, not always) to prefer odes to epics, sonnets to odes, etc. Despite cultural values to the contrary, longer does not necessarily mean better. Of course, in predominantly oral cultures there was a need for repetition and length. It helped preserve the integrity of the text and contained knowledge. The shift to writing, along with the shift from parataxis to syntax, allowed for concision, at least as an option. That said, there can be a great antique beauty in reading aloud, say, the entire Bhagavad Gita. Of course, there can be such beauty also with Basho's frog. Plop!
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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby mdog » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:39 am UTC

Beltayn wrote:
Aiwendil wrote:
To be fair, I don't think anyone under the age of 70 ever read Ivanhoe.


I have read Ivanhoe. I am under the age of 70.



WAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT... Ivanhoe was a BOOK?

*Mind Blown*


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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby Carteeg_Struve » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:40 am UTC

I really liked what I saw of the Wishbone condensing of "The Wheel of Time". It's too bad the dogs keep dying of old age before they can get a quarter of the way through. :mrgreen:

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby mojacardave » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:10 pm UTC

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speising wrote:So this "fifty shades" came out 2011? It's weird to say "I've never acually read" something barely a year old. At first i thought he means some part of popular culture we all should be aquainted with since childhood.


Fifty Shades is already infamous, and it's been the subject of (or punchline for) numerous webcomic jokes. I can't remember whether Randall has actually done one yet, but I think he's referring to the fact that people use it for humour without actually reading it. "I've never actually read" doesn't need to imply that most people have. It can also imply that we might assume he has, as a comic who makes fun of such things. I think the actual audience for 50 Shades is predominantly female.

I've never heard of Wishbone. I'm assuming it's an American thing?

Wishbone is an educational kids' program about a dog who imagines himself as the main character in famous books.

The joke is a kids' show re-enacting 50 Shades of Gray.


Yeah, sorry - I wasn't particularly clear. I understood that it was a kids show, and that that was the actual point of the comic. I was just referring to the OPs comment about the language Randall used.

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Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Postby dp2 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:10 pm UTC

mojacardave wrote:
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mojacardave wrote:
speising wrote:So this "fifty shades" came out 2011? It's weird to say "I've never acually read" something barely a year old. At first i thought he means some part of popular culture we all should be aquainted with since childhood.


Fifty Shades is already infamous, and it's been the subject of (or punchline for) numerous webcomic jokes. I can't remember whether Randall has actually done one yet, but I think he's referring to the fact that people use it for humour without actually reading it. "I've never actually read" doesn't need to imply that most people have. It can also imply that we might assume he has, as a comic who makes fun of such things. I think the actual audience for 50 Shades is predominantly female.

I've never heard of Wishbone. I'm assuming it's an American thing?

Wishbone is an educational kids' program about a dog who imagines himself as the main character in famous books.

The joke is a kids' show re-enacting 50 Shades of Gray.


Yeah, sorry - I wasn't particularly clear. I understood that it was a kids show, and that that was the actual point of the comic. I was just referring to the OPs comment about the language Randall used.

Gotcha. I think that poster needs to consider the entire context when nitpicking the word choice. "I've never experienced that thing in actuality, but I still have an opinion or knowledge of it because of something else."


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