Comic Some of You Didn’t Understand

Cidu Bill on Jul 5th 2011

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26 Responses to “Comic Some of You Didn’t Understand”

  1. DeRigeur Jul 5th 2011 at 03:14 pm 1

    The Princess Bride! “I know something you don’t know, I’m not left handed.”
    (while losing a sword fight)

  2. paperboy Jul 5th 2011 at 03:17 pm 2

    It SEEMS to be a “Princess Bride” reference, but there’s just enough other elements to appear to be another joke.

  3. furrykef Jul 5th 2011 at 03:21 pm 3

    I dunno, it’s pretty clearly a Princess Bride reference to me.

  4. Judge Mental Jul 5th 2011 at 03:36 pm 4

    I immediately thought “Princess Bride”, but I seem to recall seeing the “I am not left handed” twist in other places. TV tropes reinforces my belief that Princess Bride was indeed where it started.

  5. paperboy Jul 5th 2011 at 03:38 pm 5

    Sure, it’s nit-picky, but the “Bride” foes had no audience, and the “GASP” from this one is so prominent that it seemed to be a factor. But, looking again, the audience has no bearing on the gag. I was considering the glum look on Boris was because, in an absurd connection to boxing, he had trained for the match against a supposed left-brainer.
    But, no; I go with the dullness of a chess match contrasting with the swash-buckling excitement of a sword fight as the joke.

  6. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Jul 5th 2011 at 03:46 pm 6

    Reminds me of my BIL. He’ll sandbag someone while playing tennis by offering to play them left-handed. The victims don’t realize that he is ambidextrous.

  7. Robert Jul 5th 2011 at 03:52 pm 7

    Paperboy - ‘dullness’ of a chess match?! Chess is a blood sport!*

    *if you play against my fourteen-year-old son, that is.

  8. paperboy Jul 5th 2011 at 04:01 pm 8

    Robert#7- Yes: chess CAN be thrilling; and sword-fighting can be dull if, let’s say, a righty uses his right hand and it’s over too quickly to be satisfying.

  9. Kat Jul 5th 2011 at 04:24 pm 9

    I get the reference to the Princess Bride..but I think it was meant more in the way that chess is generally considered to be a cerebral game. Someone who is left brained is though to be logical, sequential, anylytical and objective. Whereas someone who is right brained is considered to be random, intuitive- artsy..

    Therefore, someone playing in a competition level chess tournament would generally be expected to be left brained.

  10. Mike Jul 5th 2011 at 06:57 pm 10

    The fact that he is doing this well at such a left-brained activity as chess even though he’s right brained means he must be REALLY smart. in (sort of) the same way that someone fencing very well with his left hand even though he’s right-handed means he’s a REALLY good fencer. I think it’s both the left/right joke and the Princess Bride reference rolled up together.

  11. furrykef Jul 5th 2011 at 07:17 pm 11

    I disagree with the popular notion that chess is a left-brained activity. Certainly you need a reasonably good left brain to play it well, because there’s no escaping the role that logic plays in it. But there is very much an art to playing chess, and art is more the domain of the right brain. I’m very left-brained in some ways and very right-brained in others, and I have no doubt in my mind that I would be a very strong chess player if I had the patience for it. Alas, I don’t have such time on my hands and so I’m only mediocre. I can trounce most people who have only a casual acquaintance with the game, but I get trounced just as badly by people who play semi-regularly.

  12. pepperjackcandy Jul 5th 2011 at 08:00 pm 12

    I got the same interpretation as Mike at #10.

  13. George P Jul 5th 2011 at 09:27 pm 13

    Maybe it’s the Princess Bridge, but I know, a few years before it was released, a friend and I used to start off the evening throwing darts wrong-handed (me right, him left), which really wasn’t that hard, given that the game is mostly about concentration. I was worse with the right hand, but good enough that it wasn’t obvious, and I didn’t get there by practicing with the right.

    I am certain, though, that I read the sword fight part of the Princess Bride as a short story, before I’d heard of the movie or the book. I can’t say where I read it or how long before the movie, but I’m certain I did.

  14. George P Jul 5th 2011 at 09:57 pm 14

    I made myself do research.

    It was in a short story collection edited by Spider Robinson call the Best of All Possible Worlds, published in 1980. I would have read it around that time, I’m sure.

    The novel was published in 1973, but I didn’t read it until around the time the movie came out. I had no idea it had been around that long.

  15. Sili Jul 5th 2011 at 10:36 pm 15

    What I don’t get is that the game hasn’t even started. Isn’t this the sorta switcharoo one is supposed to pull when cornered?

  16. furrykef Jul 6th 2011 at 12:28 am 16

    Sili - I noticed that, but then I realized it could just be between games of a multi-game match.

  17. James Pollock Jul 6th 2011 at 02:25 am 17

    Are you sure it’s not mid-game? There don’t appear to be any pieces on the lower-left corner of the board. (of course, they also seem to be playing on a 6×9 board.)

  18. mitch4 Jul 6th 2011 at 02:45 am 18

    After years of hearing how important it was that I should see this cult movie, and how much I was bound to like it, when I finally did see it I thought it was pretty flat. Maybe just because of that build-up, or maybe because I had already started souring on Mandy Patinkin.

    (And in turn, I’m tired of disappointment from him — I liked just one thing of his, it turns out, which was “Alien Nation”, and subsequently have gotten pointlessly excited on the lines of “Oh, this has that guy from Alien Nation, maybe it’ll be interesting!” only to have him do a really dumb song-and-dance number.)

  19. Kilby Jul 6th 2011 at 06:03 am 19

    … how much I was bound to like it, when I finally did see it I thought it was pretty flat …

    I liked “Princess Bride“, but mitch4’s reaction describes exactly what happened to me with “E.T.” (six weeks of Hollywood “schmooz-vertising” made the film seem puny in comparison to the hype); and again with “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (I tried three times, but never got past page four).

  20. Daniel J. Drazen Jul 6th 2011 at 08:02 am 20

    It would really spoil things if Boris didn’t understand English.

  21. Susan T-O Jul 6th 2011 at 09:27 am 21

    I know that it’s a popular line from Princess Bride, however I remember seeing a version of it in an episode of Starsky & Hutch (and IMDB pegs the episode as “Starsky’s Brother” air date Dec 19, 1978). Starsky’s brother loses a game of pool to Hutch, challenges him to another “and this time I’ll play left-handed.” After Hutch takes the bet, Starsky informs him that his brother is a lefty. See, it’s a brain full of vital knowledge like this that prevents me from remembering trivial things like where I left my keys.

  22. Elyrest Jul 6th 2011 at 11:13 am 22

    mitch4 and Kilby - I think that anything that is excessively hyped will be bound to disappoint. We build something up in our minds and reality never really has a chance. In fact I think people are more likely to tear something apart and find fault when their expectations have been monkeyed with. I saw E.T. and Princess Bride before I was aware of any hype and liked them both quite a bit.

  23. Jeff S. Jul 6th 2011 at 04:42 pm 23

    Boris: Oh, there’s something I ought to tell you.
    Bobby: Tell me.
    Boris: I’m ALSO right-brained!

  24. Mark in Boston Jul 6th 2011 at 06:54 pm 24

    It was never used in an Errol Flynn movie in the 1930’s?

  25. Pat W. Kirk Jul 7th 2011 at 07:28 am 25

    I’m not sure but isn’t right-brained artistic? Maybe everyone is shocked that a right-brained person plays chess. Artists tend to not be detail oriented.

  26. Dan R Jul 7th 2011 at 01:09 pm 26

    I took it as along the lines of “Don’t expect my play to be particularly logical or analytical. If you try to figure out exactly why I make the moves I do, it will drive you crazy.” That being said, I can see the idea that there is a reference to the sword fight in PB, but if so, it is unnecessarily obscured by the difference between “I’m ACTUALLY RIGHT-brained” and “I’m NOT LEFT-handed.”

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