Between Data the walking thesaurus and Spock being confused by the deeper meaning of nursery rhymes, Iím starting to think that humans went out into the galaxy mainly to grin smugly at all the alien stiffs they could meet who donít get their jokes.
Now then, this particular Assyrian, the one whose cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold,
Just what does the poet mean when he says he came down like a wolf on the fold?
In heaven and earth more than is dreamed of in our philosophy there are great many things.
But I don't imagine that among them there is a wolf with purple and gold cohorts or purple and gold anythings.
No, no, Lord Byron, before I'll believe that this Assyrian was actually like a wolf I must have some kind of proof;
Did he run on all fours and did he have a hairy tail and a big red mouth and big white teeth and did he say Woof Woof?
Frankly I think it is very unlikely, and all you were entitled to say, at the very most,
Was that the Assyrian cohorts came down like a lot of Assyrian cohorts about to destroy the Hebrew host.
— Ogden Nash, "Very Like A Whale"
In your otherwise beautiful poem, one verse reads,
Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born.
If this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest [that the next edition of your poem should read]:
Every moment dies a man,
Every moment 1 1/16 is born.
Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.
— Charles Babbage, in a letter to Alfred Tennyson
Please, I'm a scientist; I don't think, I observe.
— Dr. Clayton Forrester, Mystery Science Theater 3000
"As I've explained repeatedly to Dr. Koothrappali, whose ability to comprehend the American idiom fails him when it's convenient..."
— Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
"This guy's becoming a major pain in my ass-"
"I detect no damage in the gluteal area."
— Darius Mason and S.A.M, Red Faction Armageddon
That night, when I got home, I received a call from Mimi Dejour. She said she wanted to meet me at the club right away. Since I had no idea where the Club Right Away was, I suggested the Club Flamingo. She agreed.
— Tracer (narrating), Calvin and Hobbes: The Series
Robots: Chaaaaaarge! (Begins walking very slowly)
O'Malley: You there, hurry along! And you in the back, hu-...Lopez! Can't you speed them up?
Lopez: In Spanish (This is there maximum velocity.)
O'Malley: This isn't what I asked for.
Lopez: In Spanish (You said you wanted a ''day'' of victory. At this speed, they will win in exactly 24 hours.)