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Postby Annebn » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:45 am

I got 9/10 and 11/15. Good quizzes though!
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Postby mspanners » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:59 am

Same here 9/10 & 11/15.... :)
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Postby snapcase72 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:08 pm

Here's one of my absolute favourite footnotes, concerning King Murune of Lancre, who met a terrible fate:

"Involving a red hot poker, a privy, ten pounds of live eels, a three mile stretch of frozen river, a butt of wine, a couple of tulip bulbs, a number of poisoned eardrops, an oyster and a large man with a mallet. King Murune didn't make friends easily."

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Postby AceTrilby » Fri May 29, 2009 12:19 pm

My favourite would be the Pavlovian Response footnote from Jingo:

It was an almost Pavlovian response.*

* A term invented by the wizard Denephew Boot**, who had found that by a system of rewards and punishments he could train a dog, at the ringing of a bell, to immediately eat a strawberry meringue.

** His parents, who were uncomplicated country people, had wanted a girl. They were expecting to call her Denise.
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Postby bikkit » Fri May 29, 2009 1:39 pm

I think mine would be the one about how Ankh-Morpork was made when some men threw animal dung off the sides of their ship and named it Ankh-Morpork.

Grrr...cant remember which book it's from. I thnk it was pyramids. I'm really not sure.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri May 29, 2009 2:54 pm

WeeKelda wrote:I think mine would be the one about how Ankh-Morpork was made when some men threw animal dung off the sides of their ship and named it Ankh-Morpork.

Grrr...cant remember which book it's from. I thnk it was pyramids. I'm really not sure.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri May 29, 2009 3:18 pm

Robert Rankin uses a lot of footnotes.

I find that with Terry's books, the asterisk is so small that I miss it and have to scan the page to find it.
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Postby chris.ph » Fri May 29, 2009 3:51 pm

welcome to the site weekelda :)
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri May 29, 2009 11:26 pm

Hi WeeKelda welcome to the forum. :) neat avatar. :mrgreen:
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sat May 30, 2009 11:19 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:I find that with Terry's books, the asterisk is so small that I miss it and have to scan the page to find it.


:oops: Sometimes... I read the footnote first... :oops: :oops:

I have to scan the pages sometimes too... and even scan the footnotes when they have footnotes.
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sat May 30, 2009 11:36 pm

TheMole wrote::D My favourite from Hogfather:

'Why d'yer think I want it opened?'
'Er... why?' said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.
'To see why they wanted it shut, of course.' *
*This exchange contains almost all you need to know about human civilization. At least, those bits of it that are now under the sea, fenced off or still smoking.


I Believe that bit is concerning the Bathroom designed by B.S Johnson?
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun May 31, 2009 8:16 pm

If I remember correctly that was in the film as well. :mrgreen:
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Postby raspberry » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:41 pm

I love the footnotes.
They make me feel like the author is talking directly to me, I think it's quite an intimate way of writing. CS Lewis creates a similar effect by directly addressing the reader in an informal way.
I think the footnotes make (for me, anyway) the books better than any TV/film adaptation could ever be.
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Postby GrayGriffin » Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:17 am

The footnotes add an extra dimension of funny to the books, in my opinion. But I can't pick my favorite!
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:22 pm

One of my favourite footnotes:
*This at least was true. Rincewind could scream for mercy in niniteen languages, and just scream# in another forty-four.
#This is important. Inexperienced travellers might think that 'Aargh!' is universal, but in Betrobi it means 'highly enjoyable' and in Howondaland it means, variously' I would like to eat your foot', Your wife is a big hippo' and 'Hello, Thinks Mr Purple Cat.' One particular tribe has a fearsome reputation for cruelty merely because prisoners appear, to them, to be shouting 'Quick! Extra boiling oil!'

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