zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Apr 16 20:50:53 UTC 2000
bethany dumas is puzzled:
>On Sun, 16 Apr 2000, Tom Kysilko wrote:
>>And how old were you when you first saw "The Coconuts" ?
>I have no idea what you are talking about.
well, first of all, it's "The Cocoanuts". the marx brothers'
first movie (1929), and quite funny. it includes a "viaduct" -
"why a duck?" exchange...
from _Why a Duck?_, ed. by Richard Anobile (New York: Darien
Hammer [played by Groucho]: You're a peach, boy! Now, here is a
little peninsula, and here is a viaduct leading over to the
Chico: Why a duck?
Hammer: I'm all right. How are you? I say here is a little
peninsula, and here's a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: All right. Why a duck?
Hammer: I'm not playing Ask-Me-Another. I say, that's a viaduct.
Chico: All right. Why a duck? Why a-- why a duck?
Hammer: I don't know why-a-no-chicken. I'm a stranger here
myself. All I know is that there's a viaduct. You try to
cross over there a chicken, and you'll find out why a duck.
It's deep water, that's viaduct.
Chico: That's why-a-duck?
Hammer: Look ... suppose you were out horseback riding and
you came to that stream and wanted to ford over there, you
couldn't make it. Too deep.
Chico: But what do you want with a Ford when you gotta horse?
Hammer: Well, I'm sorry the matter ever came up. All I know
is that it's a viaduct.
Chico: Now look ... all righta ... I catcha on to why-a-horse,
why-a-chicken, why-a-this, why-a-that. I no catch on to
Hammer: I was only fooling. I wsas only fooling. They're
going to build a tunnel in the morning. Now, is that clear
Chico: Yes. Everything--excepta why-a-duck.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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