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  1. I think Zwicky’s tying the MG&G strip to Monty Python might be a fridge too far. Just a knowledge of what the Spanish Inquisition was fully explains the strip.

  2. I think because Zwicky first heard of the Spanish Inquistion from the Monty Python skit he assumes everyone first heard of it through the Monty Python skit. Just how funny it is or isn’t depending on how relevant you find the skit is pretty debatable. But feeling the need to explain the obvious and making a blog out if it is a bit too much for too unnecessary.

  3. Mark H, I share that thought. But that let him go off on “nobody expects”.

    (And “a fridge too far” is nice!)

  4. Arnold Zwicky mention’s Chopin’s Bolero, which makes me think of a whole new category of “The Other One”. Not cities in the wrong states, like Houston, Florida or Miami, Arizona, but musical compositions by the wrong composers like a Polonaise by Bach (in Brandenburg Concerto number 1), Turandot by Weber, The Barber of Seville by Paisiello, Pelleas & Melisande by Schoenberg, etc.

  5. (MiB on musical “the other one”s)

    As a teen, reading album covers and guide books beyond my actual listening experience, I had gotten the name “Mathis der Maler” into my head but was unclear that it had nothing to do with Gustave Mahler.

  6. Let me back off of Zwicky a bit. I remember learning of the Inquisition in school, and that it was somewhat associated with Spain, but I always considered it the Catholic Inquisition (we Protestants didn’t do that!). So maybe “Spanish Inquisition” in the strip does owe something to Python (the Monty, not the computer language).

    I wasn’t helped by Mel Brooks’ song “The Inquisition – what a show!” from History of the World, Part 1.

  7. Let me add that it was only later I learned that the Protestants did a lot of witch hunting (I lived in Salem for two years), and with much flimsier rules of evidence than the Inquisition used.

  8. It would be more obviously a Monty Python reference if the cat had commented that it did not expect that.

  9. Mark H – An ancestor of Louisa May Alcott’s was a judge at the Salem Witch Trials.

  10. I think it is a Monty Python afference* (or a depiction as influenced by Monty Python) but I’m not sure I’d call it an “allusion” to Monty Python or think Monty Python is that significant to the joke. Certainly not enough to justify a blog entry.

    *If we can have a re-ference, and we can have a de-ference, why not an af-ference?

  11. Monty Python also brought us Spam. Of course there was Spam before Monty Python but there was nothing particularly funny about it. It was no more notable than Underwood Deviled Ham, and well behind Vegemite as a source of mirth. Imagine if they had picked Vegemite: “Vegemite, Vegemite, Vegemite, eggs, sausage and Vegemite.” Look at all the Vegemite in my in-box.

    Spam, the Spanish Inquisition and the Norwegian Blue Parrot.

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