“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories
Guest to the waiter: “Can you bring me what the lady at the next table is having?”
Waiter: “Sorry, sir, but I’m pretty sure she wants to eat it herself.”
The Australian government banned the word "mate" for a day.
There are probably slang or informal words that get on your nerves from time to time, particularly when you think something should be taken seriously. In 2005, Australian Parliament took a few citizen complaints a little too seriously and banned anyone on their staff from using the word "mate" while at work. Fortunately, Prime Minister John Howard objected, claiming that "mate" was an important part of Australian culture, and the ban was overturned within 24 hours.
Old as Ice
Iceland’s Parliament is the oldest in the world, and has been in existence since 930. You do the math, it’s very old.
The first notable film lensed by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins was the 1984 adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.
"I'm having an old friend for dinner."
The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
With lines as good as this one, Anthony Hopkins only needed about 16 minutes of screen time to win a best actor Oscar, among the shortest performances ever to earn someone an Academy Award in the category.
What is the worst advice you have given?