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  • #288269
    desbug
    Participant

    I suspect it’s a comment on how menial the job is.
    That, or it’s a jab at a very specific postal employee one or both of them had a bad experience with.

    Very prescient comment on the people who covered up the post office Horizon scandal 

    #288271
    loadoftottnumb
    Participant

    They used to make a lot of late 80’a cultural references so maybe it made more sense then.

    #288274
    Hamish
    Participant

    I’ve never been aware of any stigma around working for the post office in my lifetime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_postal

    Not what Rob and Doug were referencing but I had to post.

    #288292
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    The Post Office line in also used in Son of Cliché, and later in the same episode there’s a follow-up sketch, which didn’t fit into the narrative of the recent DwarfCast, but perhaps sheds some light on their beef. It’s not that they look down on the job itself, more that they believe Post Office workers to be unhelpful and deliberately obtrusive. Here you go:

    https://www.ganymede.tv/wp-content/uploads/SOC_PostOffice.mp3

    #288294
    Podey
    Participant

    Aha! Thanks Ian.

    #292122
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    When I was a wee lad, I didn’t know who the Osmond family was. So when Rimmer said “more teeth than the entire Osmond family”, it meant nothing to me. I started to imagine a normal-sized family who were famous for having a lot of teeth, individually. Even once I started to realise they were a musical family, I still imagined them as having more teeth-per-person than your average. Maybe that was why they were famous singers, their teeth gave them a distinctive sound, like Freddie Mercury or him from the Bee Gees. But no, they’re just a big family.

    #292123
    Warbodog
    Participant

    But no, they’re just a big family.

    Okay, I just got it then.

    #292127
    RunawayTrain
    Participant

    But no, they’re just a big family.

    Ohhhhhh, right!  

    I actually thought it was because of their very white teeth and big smiles, that you would be consciously aware of more of their teeth than you would of the average person.  But being a big family makes more sense.

    #292129
    Dave
    Participant

    Ohhhhhh, right!  

    I actually thought it was because of their very white teeth and big smiles

    Oh fuck, this is Cinzano Bianco all over again. I thought the same thing.

    #292130
    Jenuall
    Participant

    I mean, I do think that’s supposed to be a factor in the joke right? 

    #292131

    So wait, do you guys seriously not know about the Osmonds? “Love Me for a Reason”? “Crazy Horses”? “The Proud One”? Donnie and Marie? “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool”? That time they were the white answer to the Jacksons that everyone pretends didn’t happen? Good grief. I thought this place was supposed to be a fount of culture and distinction and knowing about things that happened in the 20th century, irrespective of personal taste.

    #292132
    Dave
    Participant

    No, we know about the Osmonds, we’re just debating whether the joke is about the prominence of their teeth specifically, or just a reference to the fact that an entire family would have a large number of teeth in total.

    #292134

    I always assumed it was about a family with lots of teeth, not just lots of teeth because it’s a big family. 

    someone call Rob

    #292136
    Podey
    Participant

    I think I probably had to ask my mum who The Osmonds were as I didn’t get the joke and I’m pretty sure she said it was because they have big teeth. So I also had that potential “misconception”, albeit second hand.

    I also remember asking my mum what a gynaecologist was after seeing that word for the first time in the Smegazine….

    #292140
    Warbodog
    Participant

    The Smegazine (Volume 2) also semi-retconned the Osmonds as possibly being an in-universe reference, confusing young me further.

    #292145
    IrisVinEverec
    Participant

    The Osmonds joke is about them having lots of teeth and being a big family – they had big American white sparkly smiles plastered on their faces all the time, which was an unusual look for Brits at the time. (Which is why Confidence having the same American smile is so funny). 

    #292156
    Moonlight
    Participant

    I wouldn’t smile either if I lived in a land without sun.

    #292157
    Flap Jack
    Participant

    Fun fact: the Osmonds actually have a medically normal number of teeth. They just look weird because there are no gaps and none of them are visibly jagged and rotting.

    #292185
    loadoftottnumb
    Participant

    Yep I’m pretty sure it’s because there are a lot of them with famous toothy grins, so a joke like ‘more teeth than the entire Baldwin family’ or ‘than Tony Robbins’ wouldn’t work as well. 

    #292186

    Incidentally, the Czech dub renders it as “the entire Munster family”, which, uh, yes and no.

    #292190
    Podey
    Participant

    Incidentally, the Czech dub renders it as “the entire Munster family”, which, uh, yes and no.

    They woz gonna fix that in the dub!!

    #296641
    Warbodog
    Participant

    Is that supposed to be ambiguous? It seems less likely that they’d do that joke now than when I was a teenager, but I’ve never been able to shake it off. And Kryten’s conclusion just sounds weak if there’s not a ‘Kryten genuinely doesn’t know…’ implication there.

    (It’s also like the joke in Star Trek VI about kicking the alien in the knee-balls).

    #296643
    Dave
    Participant

    I’ve always just interpreted it as Lister being lucky that this wasn’t one of the GELFs Kryten was talking about.

    #296647
    Warbodog
    Participant

    He’d be very lucky if it was one of those, but the Chief happened to be into it and didn’t consider it a bit forward of his guest.

    #296648
    Dave
    Participant

    He’d be very lucky if it was one of those, but the Chief happened to be into it and didn’t consider it a bit forward of his guest.

    As long as we didn’t have to read his thoughts in the novelisation.

    #296650

    As long as we didn’t have to read his thoughts in the novelisation.

    I thought we’d all agreed we’d stop giving Rob Grant book ideas.

    #296653
    Warbodog
    Participant

    #296657

    He’s David, David, David rimmer.

    #296672
    Technopeasant
    Participant

    As long as we didn’t have to read his thoughts in the novelisation.

    I thought we’d all agreed we’d stop giving Rob Grant book ideas.

    I mean, that one was covered by Last Human, and the GELF didn’t find it incredibly painful…

    #296673
    Technopeasant
    Participant

    So Kryten knows enough about the Kinitawowi to know their leg to hand shake, but not where their arseholes are?

    #296684
    Jenuall
    Participant

    That wasn’t a handshake, Kryten was jerking him off

    #296716
    Technopeasant
    Participant

    If that is all it takes maybe Lister was a bit too hasty running away from his bride.

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