Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's indisputable...

Apparently they made sure this guy's really dead, since they made a point of mentioning that he indisputably died. (Is there someone who goes around challenging whether folks are dead or not? "Hey! Coroner! I think I see this one breathing...")

I have a feeling that the word "indisputably" should be modifying the fact that he was the explorer to first reach the North Pole...so this probably should have read something like "Explorer who indisputably first reached the North Pole dies at 80," but it looks much funnier the way it's actually written, doesn't it?

6 comments:

Dave said...

Haha good post....indisputably dies....

Coroner: Lets see, ahem the time of death occured around or about 7:49 PM. The deceased appears to have stumbled into the midst of a pack of Velociraptors while...
Explorer: But I'm not dead!
Coroner: Yes you ARE now stop interrupting me!

Editrix said...

This is a long shot, but what if the guy was, say, in a coma before (which is, you know, kind of like being dead), and maybe there was a family squabble over his status ("He's dead!" "He's alive!" "He has no brain waves!" "I saw him blink!"), and eventually he recovered, reached the North Pole, and THEN died?

At any rate, the whole thing reminds me of that "Wizard of Oz" line, spoken by a munchkin and regarding the Wicked Witch of the East: "She's really, most sincerely dead."

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Editrix, re: The Wizard of Oz...my mother said the exact same thing! :) Great minds think alike! (Also: your "long shot" scenario almost made me shoot tea out my nose from the resulting impromptu bout of giggles. Seriously.)

aramink said...

Given the dispute over his North Pole achievement, it's nice to see that the guy did one thing that couldn't be challenged. You go, dead guy!

aramink said...

I just thought of the "Bring Out Your Dead" scene in Monty Python's Holy Grail.

I copied the quote from IMDb:

The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
[a man puts a body on the cart]
Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
The Dead Collector: He isn't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm getting better.
Large Man with Dead Body: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
The Dead Collector: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I don't want to go on the cart.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don't be such a baby.
The Dead Collector: I can't take him.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel fine.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
The Dead Collector: I can't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
The Dead Collector: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when's your next round?
The Dead Collector: Thursday.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I think I'll go for a walk.
Large Man with Dead Body: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel happy. I feel happy.
[the Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences the Body with his a whack of his club]
Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

See the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grbSQ6O6kbs

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

You crack me up, Aramink! :)