Monday, July 04, 2005


In commemoration of the Fourth of July, I was reading the Declaration of Independence this morning, and it suddenly struck me how many naughty bits that hallowed document has. To see this, consider the sixteen phrases I've laid out below. All were written or adopted by a cheeky band of British subjects. Half come from the Declaration, half from a classic Monty Python skit. Can you guess which is which? (I've arranged the phrases in alphabetical order and tinkered a bit with punctuation and capitalization in a few cases to avoid tipping either hand. Answers in the Comments.)
(a). all ages, sexes, and conditions
(b). bag of dainties
(c). burned down by Cromwell's cavalry
(d). eat out
(e). excited domestic
(f). fall themselves by their hands
(g). hold them
(h). large bodies
(i). manly firmness
(j). merciless Indian savages
(k). military equipment
(l). mutton, beef, and trout
(m). oblige them
(n). small red strawberry marks upon their thighs
(o). special pair of gaiters
(p). violence perpetrated by one community upon another


Declaration of Independence: a, d, e, f, g, h, i, j

Monty Python skit: b, c, k, l, m, n, o, p

By Blogger THE WARRIOR MONK, at 1:31 PM  

I want to know why the regiment presented the accused with a special pair of gaiters.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:56 PM  

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