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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 8:17 PM 

Lets make a thread, you post something you don't know why there was a laughing track.

Me it's when Elaine said in a party: maybe the dingo ain't yow babay.

Why is it funny, and why the girl got upset??

Crazy Joe Devola
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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 9:09 PM 

It's funny because it was a line from a famous movie in the '80s starring that phony baloney,Meryl Streep.The woman got so upset because Elaine made a smart ass comment.

J. Peterman
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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 10:57 PM 

Just a question, a little off topic, but following with the flow of the messages: I thought the line was maybe the dingo ate your baby, but all the posts on this forum list otherwise. Am I just not hearing it correctly.

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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 11:38 PM 

No, everyone says "Maybe the Dingo ate your baby",even DRS in the post that starts this thread. If you're reffering to the fact that he wrote "yow babay" instead of "your baby"...um...that's called trying to type it the way it sounds. But I must be misunderstanding your post, because you HAD to know that already.

J. Peterman
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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 2:02 AM 

actually, forgive me if this sounds stupid as well, i was referring to how ain't was written instead of ate

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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 7:06 AM 

OH! It's definitely "Ate your baby"...I just noticed DRS wroe "ain't". I've never noticed anyone else typing "ain't instead of "ate", but it's definitely "ate".

Grossbard
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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 9:08 AM 

There was of oucrse the famous real-life Aussie news event in 1980 or so where a lady, Lindy Chamberlin, was found guilty of murdering her 6 month old baby. The whole time she claimed "a dingo ate my baby!". Found guilty, served about 9 years. Then new evidence or something came out, she had a re-trial and was found not guilty. Turns out that the dingo DID do it. Major news event over here in Oztrailia. Even more major than the 50kgs that Lindy has banged on her butt cheeks since getting out of the slammer.

Maybe it was a reference to that? The event, not Lindys butt.

rio
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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 9:17 AM 

Oh I love this thread... just yesterday I was thinking of starting something similar.
Anyway, here's my question: In The Muffin Tops Read the script of The Muffin Tops Download the full epiosde video of The Muffin Tops Discuss The Muffin Tops , why is there laughter when Rebecca DeMourne states her name for the first time?

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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 9:30 AM 

Because Rebecca DeMornay is the name of an actress who is neither black nor heavy-set nor (pardon me) ugly as she is portrayed on this particular episode. I guess the coincidence of the two people with the same name made it humorous, albeit only slightly.

rio
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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 10:00 AM 

Aaahhh... gotcha.

Moops
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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 1:37 PM 

How about that time Kramer went into a spastic convulsion after hearing Mary Hart's voice... I think it would have been better had Elaine NOT mentioned that it was "just like that woman in Albany", as I got the reference without having it explained... I just wonder why they decided to do the joke if they felt it needed the explanation...

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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 2:10 PM 

Good point. Especially considering the show has a lot of cross referencing and some of it pretty obscure, but they expect the audience to be relatively well informed. I'm surprised they felt the need to explain that one.

rebecca demornay
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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 10:52 PM 

Well, I don't get it (possibly because I'm Canadian). What's the deal with the woman in Albany?

Gendison
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PostPosted: September 18, 2004 12:39 AM 

I'm Canandian too. But I got it...even if i didn;t get it, it's not the end of the world...I'm sure there were a few Americans that didn't get it either...Nothing to lose slee over, it took up about 4 seconds of the episode, I'm sure the other 20 minutes 20 seconds were funny...get over it.

Moops
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PostPosted: September 18, 2004 1:20 PM 

Rebecca, back in the early 90s there was a woman in Albany, New York who would suddenly be stricken with seizures. Nobody could figure out why... eventually they discovered it was Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart's voice that did it... the story had been in the news around the time of that Seinfeld episode...

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PostPosted: September 18, 2004 10:49 PM 

Thanks for the explanation, Moops.

Gendison, who's losing sleep over it?

Bronny
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PostPosted: January 22, 2005 12:29 AM 

To me, An Aussie from Mt Isa (Where Azaria Chamberlain was from) I find that quote offensive. And the fact that all you can sit here and laugh about it an not actually understand the whole story behind it, It's actually sad. It just goes to show that American's really are ignorant.

Azaria Chamberlain died only 10 weeks after being born. It was probably one of Australia's most amazing stories which was made into a movie called "Evil Angels" with Meryl Streep. She died on August 17,1980 when her mother Lindy said she was taken by a Dingo from a family tent. They were camping at Ayers Rock in central Australia at the time. (A Dingo is a native wild dog). Aboriginals confirmed her story and tracked the Dingo to an area where the childs torn clothes were found later on.

Bronny
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PostPosted: January 22, 2005 12:33 AM 

Oh and 'Grossbard' She only served 2.5 years.

Lindy Chamberlain was charged and sentenced to life in jail, mainly on the evidence of a British forensic expert who claimed to have found the childs blood in their car. She claimed the pattern of blood showed the childs throat was cut. It was later shown this so called blood was rust inhibitor and the case was re-opened.

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PostPosted: January 22, 2005 1:20 AM 

"American's (sic - it's not possessive by the way) really are ignorant". Nice blanket statement you make and, really, it is quite ignorant. Do all AUssies generalize so blatantly, there, mate?

Golden Boy
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PostPosted: January 22, 2005 3:16 AM 

Bronny, that really was a quite unbelievable post - well done you.
Firstly, if you were offended by what to me is one of the funniest ever Sein quotes (and yes I did understand it) perhaps you should take your delicate sensitivities elsewhere. I am sure the 'Friends' blog would suit you better.
Second, well done for dismissing an entire nation as ignorant in the same paragraph - I don't think I've seen a better example of irony since well, since Seinfeld.
And finally I noticed your use of 'British' forensic expert, as though that it's typical of a Brit to get it wrong. You fail to mentiona that virtually the entire Australian nation wrote her off as guilty because she was a religious fanatic.
I wonder what happened to your sense of humour and perspective? Maybe the dingo ate it.

O'Brien
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PostPosted: January 22, 2005 3:56 AM 

Aren't we all getting a little too sensitive? I mean, someone asks me which way's Israel, I don't fly off the handle.

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