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    Veronika

    Hi all,
    could you please help me understand one line from the “Kryten” epizode? English is not my mother tongue and I am lost here.
    “You look like Clive of India! Or the one whose mum does use new biological biz!” I know who Clive of India was, but who is the other one? And what is meant by “biological biz”? It’s supposed to be hilarious and I’m not laughing :-(
    Thanks a lot!

    #220591

    Ridley

    It’s a reference to washing powder comparison adverts, such as this where the promoted brand, like Daz, cleans your whites better than an unnamed competing brand. They often demonstrate using a child’s clothes and a mother relieved that she can get the stains out.

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    Also, there’s a YouTube channel that archives washing powder adverts.

    #220592

    Ridley
    #220593

    Veronika

    Ah yes, the whiteness of his uniform! The commercials haven’t changed that much since then.
    Thanks!

    #220660

    International Debris

    Could anyone do a thread like this, but for several jokes in every single episode of Seinfeld?

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    Plastic Percy

    It took me years to realise that Lister’s geography teacher wasn’t shagging a robot of Ganymede.

    #220663

    Lord Flashheart

    Plastic Percy – You are not the only one on that front

    #220664

    John Hoare

    G&T Admin

    Now I think about it, vibrator jokes are quite atypical for Dwarf, aren’t they?

    #220665

    Hamish

    For me as a kid it was a joke from Hitchhiker’s Guide that threw me, the one where Ford says that going through Hyperspace is “unpleasantly like being drunk”, and when Arthur questions this, Ford says “Ask a glass of water.”

    I thought it had something to do with a glass of water not being alcoholic, and perhaps having a rivalry with drinks that are, rather than twigging the wordplay. In fairness I was about six when I first heard it.

    #220678

    MANI506

    I literally just got that Hitch Hikers glass of water joke this year 25 years after I first heard it

    #220679

    Seb Patrick

    Oh man, that’s one of the most beautiful jokes ever written, too.

    #220680

    Dave Wallace

    The one gag it took me absolutely years to get was the Brasseye one about it being “not so much the nineties as the yardanketies”.

    I think I actually had to see someone explain in writing what the “yardanketies” were for the penny to drop.

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    Plastic Percy

    I’ve only just got it now. Thought it was something to do with the relative benefits of drinking a glass of water compared to the intoxicating, dehydrating qualities of an alcoholic beverage.

    #220682

    Darrell

    Took me years for the penny to drop with “nein-ties/ja-danke-ties” as well, I wouldn’t worry.

    #220702

    Hamish

    You mean I’m not alone?

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