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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 1:31 PM 

Can any of my American friends help me out here , obviously with Seinfeld being an American show , there are many references to products and people that I has an Englishman have to plead igorance.
So if you can help who is :
a) Keith Hernandez ? (some baseball player ?)
b) Joe DiMaggio ? (what the hell is a Yankey clipper ?)

What is :
c) Postum (apparently a very underrated drink !)
d) A mounds ? or is it mounts bar ?

Thanks.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 1:37 PM 

a) Keith Hernandez was a first-baseman (baseball player) with the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets

b) Joe D was called the Yankee Clipper in deference to his proud stature and performance - related to the old Clipper sailing ships of yore.

c) Postum is a non-caffiene drink consisting of a powder mixed with water. It tastes like coffee.

d) Mounds is a candy bar. Dark chocolate covering a coconut center. Its cousin is the Almond Joy, milk chocolate covering a coconut center and whole almonds.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 1:50 PM 

Hey, if you, or others, have more, fire away. I can see where some of these might lead to more enjoyment of the dialogue. I know that some references in shows like Monty Python and Benny Hill would, on occasion, fly over my head because they would reference something distinctly British (often times Scottish in the case of Python).

redrules
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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 3:02 PM 

'Gubeditorial' may not be spelt correctly. Funny how 'notes about nothing' on the dvd release explains quite a few americanisms and unusual words but not this one.

Gendison
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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 3:15 PM 

"Gubernatorial" is no more an Americanism thant any other 5 letter word. It simply means "having to to do with Government". It could be a Britishism or Canadianism, for that matter.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 3:20 PM 

Obliged to ya, Govnah!

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 3:29 PM 

BTW, Guber says, Hey!

Gendison
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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 3:33 PM 

Oops...i just realised what i said was wrong. I meant to say "than any other 5-syllable word".

moops
Pigman

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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 3:58 PM 

We demand an Edit Button!

Gendison
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PostPosted: January 5, 2005 4:16 PM 

eye aggreee toatalley!!!

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 12:03 PM 

Here's one that I've never seen mentioned here so I will provide an answer to a question not asked! Wink

In The Checks, Mr. Wilhelm is seen working in the office of NBC (Nakahama Broadcast Company) for the Sunshine Carpet Company, presumably after being brainwashed by this cultish group. George calls him Mr. Wilhelm, but Mr. Wilhelm holds the carpet cleaning tube across his chest and says, "My name is Tania".

One would have to know that this is in reference to Patty Hearst who was kidnapped by the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army)in 1974. After being locked in a closet for several weeks, Hearst was supposedly brainwashed by the group and adopted the name Tania. Later, she participated in a robbery of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco, and the now famous picture of her with a rifle held across her body was snapped by the surveillance camera.

Hearst = Tania = Wilhelm

O'Brien
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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:03 PM 

Wow Chiles...I did not know that...weird and wild stuff.

There is a line in the Phone Message: "remember how Quayle looked when Benson gave him that Kennedy line". That is a reference to the 1988 presidential debates when Dan Quayle compared himself to Kennedy and Benson responded with something like "I know Kennedy and you sir are no Kennedy".

O'Brien
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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:08 PM 

Oh, and I was wondering about Elaine's stint with too many muscle relaxers and the screaming of "Stella, Stella, Stella" that is from a movie, yes? Was it Rocky? What is that reference please?

lankyu stu
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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:09 PM 

Another brits' question or two.
What is bi-menin? - "Co-stanza"
Is there a father of the junior mint?
Does Frolf exist?

Simon
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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:09 PM 

Thanks for all that , at least I know who Keith Hernandez is now !
But is Postum an underrated drink ? It sounds disgusting , from what you've told me.
I think I'd rather drink Morning Thunder !

O'Brien
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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:21 PM 

Mennon is a brand name (maybe for men's deoderant?) and the commercial jingle was by-Mennon (in that sing-song voice).
There is no Senior Mint that I am aware of.
Frolf does exist! It is Frisbee/Golf. You throw like the disc like a frisbee and the game is played like golf. I've also heard it called Disc Golf.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:27 PM 

I hate to nitpick. OK, I love to nitpick. It is spelled Mennen but smells as sweet under any name.

Postum could be nothing but over-rated. Tastes like crap. At least to me. With de-caff coffee, it is a wonder that it still exists.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:29 PM 

STELLA! HEY, STELLA! Is a line spoken by Stanlay Kowalski (Marlon Brando) in "A Streetcar Named Desire".

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:30 PM 

Stanley

O'Brien
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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:35 PM 

Thanks JC....I figured I may have spelled Mennen wrong. It was incongruous, inappropriate and erroneous

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: January 6, 2005 1:36 PM 

O'Brien is correct, there is no Senior Mint, because there was never a Broadway play called "Senior Miss". There was, however, a Broadway play called "Junior Miss" and that is where Junior Mints got their name. A true story for my book, "Astonshing Tales of the Boards". Wink

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