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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adolf Hitler, , Ezra Pound, George Armstrong Custer, , , , , ,   


    On the dubious theory that you can’t get too much of a good thing, I’m going to follow up I’VE GOT A SECRET and TO TELL THE TRUTH (my last post) with a take-off from another old radio (1940s) and TV (1950s) panel show called IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT. Never let it be said, however, that I don’t have standards. Thus, I found 1940s-50s IGNORANT clips to be a bit beneath my readers’ level of sophistication, so I have opted instead for an updated 2013 spoof of the original program (the word “Alawite” in the clip refers to a religious sect in Syria):

    Now, friends, we’ve all heard the old saying that ignorance is the sincerest form of flattery (or something to that effect). Therefore, in order to showcase certain public figures, past and present, in the revealing light of their own words, let us take a look at some of the more outstanding (though not necessarily funny) examples of why it pays to be ignorant (except when it doesn’t):

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the dumbest of you all? –Anne Robinson, British TV host, who “asked for it” when she left herself open to the answer on her own show:

    Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d’Arc, a saint. He was a martyr. Like many martyrs, he held extreme views. –Ezra Pound

    Rural Americans are real Americans. There’s no doubt about that. You can’t always be sure with other Americans. Not all of them are real.Dan Quayle, former U.S. V Pres

    My fear is that the whole island [Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize. –Hank Johnson, Democratic Congressman from Georgia

    Everything that can be invented has been invented. –Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Patent Office, 1899

    Hurray, Boys! We’ve got them. We’ll finish them up and then go home to our station. –General George Armstrong Custer, before battle at Little Big Horn

    I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. –John Wayne

    Son, looks to me like you’re spending too much time on one subject. –Shelby Metcalf, former Texas A&M Head Coach to one of his players who got a D and four F’s.

    Saving the most classless and gratuitous example for last, this comes with our best wishes for a full recovery from brain cancer for the object of this quote:





    • Ricardo 10:33 am on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, at least your last example isn’t spending too much time on one subject, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 1:17 pm on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If you’re referring to The Donald, Ricardo, it seems to me that all his time is spent preoccupied with one subject: namely, himself. I fear the ‘poor’ man is a head case in need of serious help before he comes completely unglued

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    • RMW 1:06 pm on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The clip with Anne Robinson sent me on a quest for the dumbest answers on The Weakest Link. I was laughing but it is amazing that people can be that ignorant. Having said that, in front of a TV camera I’m not sure how I would do. Anne Robinson hosted the show in the UK for 15 years, that’s how popular she was there. I don’t think her sarcastic style went down too well in the US!

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      • mistermuse 5:46 pm on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate your quest regarding The Weakest Link” because, although I heard of the show, I’d never seen it….and judging by what you say, I didn’t miss much! But, cynic that I am, it doesn’t surprise me “that people can be that ignorant” (though I think the only kind of ignorance that’s inexcusable is WILLFUL ignorance).

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:51 pm on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m shaking my head. Help us! And the only nice thing I can say about Donald is, uh, um…

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    • Joseph Nebus 2:41 pm on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So the patent office quote about everything that could be invented having been? It turns out to have an interesting origin: a joke in Punch magazine from 1899, and one of those rare old jokes in Punch magazine where you can make out what’s supposed to be funny and imagine it being done in a way that it was. Not to distract from stuff, just that, isn’t that neat?

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    • mistermuse 5:26 pm on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wikipedia’s article on Charles H. Duell suggests that the origin of the quote may go back to the first Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, Henry Ellsworth, in 1843. Here’s what Ellsworth reportedly said: “The advancement of the arts, from year to year, stretches our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.” Whether this quote was misrepresented and later attributed to Duell, as the article suggests, perhaps itself stretches credulity….but who knows (or, as some might say, who cares?). But “neat” nonetheless, and I appreciate your comment.

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    • restlessjo 2:16 am on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ignorance is bliss? It’s also very scary! Thank you for your diligent research. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:33 am on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You got that right! Ignorance is indeed scary, especially when it abounds in the Oval Office. 😦


    • barkinginthedark 6:35 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      i can still sing the theme song “It pays to be ignorant, to be dumb, to be deaf, to be ignorant, it pays to be ignorant just like me”…i think that was it wasn’t it? continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:15 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I remember it as you do, with the exception of one word: I think it was “dense” instead of “dumb” (though I may be ignorant about that). 😉


  • mistermuse 7:25 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: George Armstrong Custer, , Nelson Mandela, Santa Fe Trail, They Died With Their Boots On   


    Today, December 5th, is the birthday of one of the most famous three-named people in history, George Armstrong Custer, who I probably should’ve found a way to include in my November 24 post (titled THREE FOR ONE) about such persons.

    They say Custer died at Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876, but he has lived on in film more than anyone I know of. Wikipedia lists over 30 movies centered around Custer, and I found at least one more not on their list: LITTLE BIG HORN (1951) starring Lloyd Bridges. Other stars who have portrayed Custer include Ronald Reagan in SANTA FE TRAIL (1940), Errol Flynn in THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (1941) and, believe it or not, Leslie Nielsen in THE PLAINSMAN (1966) – not to be confused with the 1936 film of the same named starring Gary Cooper (but NOT as Custer). Another unlikely portrayal listed by Wikipedia is by Italian movie star Marcello Mastroianni “depicting Custer as vain” in DON’T TOUCH THE WHITE WOMAN (1974). I’ve seen several Custer movies, but somehow I missed that one.

    Speaking of someone who will live on, I just learned (after writing the above) that Nelson Mandela has died, so I will let Custer go now out of respect for the man who lived 95 years and left the world a better place. May the man of peace rest in peace.

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