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Dotsie

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I had another "laughing on public transport" moment this morning whilst reading Thud! on the bus, due to one of Terry's delightful footnotes:

"His eye was caught by the top sheet of paperwork in his in-tray.*

*Vimes maintained three trays: In, Out and Shake It All About; the last one was where he put everything he was too busy, angry, tired or bewildered to do anything about."

Shake It All About - fantastic!

I know it's too much to ask for your favourites, there are too many to count for me. But if you could remind me of some hilarious ones, I'd be grateful ;)
 

Tonyblack

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Footnotes are almost Terry's signature - he uses them almost more than anyone else I can think of.

How about = "As has been pointed out earlier in the Discworld chonicles, entire agricultural economies have been based on the lifting power of little old ladies in black dresses."

Any guesses which book it's from? ;)
 

Dotsie

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Mole, your knowledge is almost frightening! ;)
 

Tonyblack

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One of my favourites:
*A famous Ankh-Morpork gutter sport, second only to Dead Rat Conkers. Turd Races in the gutter appear to have died out, despite an attempt to take them upmarket with the name Poosticks
:laugh:
 

Tonyblack

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I don't know how familiar you are with the Winnie the Pooh books by AA Milne, Mole. In there is a game called Poohsticks. My quote is Terry's Ankh-Morpork version. ;)
 

TheMole

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Dotsie

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Cor, 10/10 on the first one, 12/15 on the second. But they were mostly self-evident - you just pick the funniest answer & that must have been Terry.
 

Tonyblack

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Dotsie said:
Cor, 10/10 on the first one, 12/15 on the second. But they were mostly self-evident - you just pick the funniest answer & that must have been Terry.
I got the same scores as you! :laugh:
 

Dotsie

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Spooky! :mrgreen:
 

Pita

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9/10 on the first one, 14/15 on the second.
In the first one, I made a mistake on the Witches Abroad vacation question, but only because that was the only one that happened to me.
In the second one, I made a mistake with the Librarian. I thought he wouldn't be that ignorant of what really happened. :(
First postage!
Now I must find the stamp.
 

snapcase72

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Here's one of my absolute favourite footnotes, concerning King Murune of Lancre, who met a terrible fate:

"Involving a red hot poker, a privy, ten pounds of live eels, a three mile stretch of frozen river, a butt of wine, a couple of tulip bulbs, a number of poisoned eardrops, an oyster and a large man with a mallet. King Murune didn't make friends easily."

-Wyrd Sisters
 

AceTrilby

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My favourite would be the Pavlovian Response footnote from Jingo:

It was an almost Pavlovian response.*

* A term invented by the wizard Denephew Boot**, who had found that by a system of rewards and punishments he could train a dog, at the ringing of a bell, to immediately eat a strawberry meringue.

** His parents, who were uncomplicated country people, had wanted a girl. They were expecting to call her Denise.
 
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I think mine would be the one about how Ankh-Morpork was made when some men threw animal dung off the sides of their ship and named it Ankh-Morpork.

Grrr...cant remember which book it's from. I thnk it was pyramids. I'm really not sure.
 

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