What is the origin of the following quotes/statements: "The human torch was denied a bank loan" and "The arsonist had oddly shaped feet"?posted by RDNZL to Writing & Language (8 answers total)

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er.... ?What context are those used? I have never heard them myself.posted by edgeways at 12:19 AM on June 3, 2006
Anchorman, no? Google is there for a reason...If you"re wondering whether Anchorman is the original source, I think it is - on the special features on the Anchorman DVD, there"s footage of Will Ferrell making them up as he goes along.posted by matthewr at 12:26 AM on June 3, 2006
Response by poster: Our drummer said them at rehearsal during vocal warmups and I thought they were funny as hell. I thought I"d seen the phrases used as filler in the paper version of "The Onion" but Google doesn"t even mention that. I did see the Anchorman references but I"d swear I heard them before that.Yes, this Google you speak of. I find it quite helpful. When I don"t, I turn to hyakkendana-hashigozake.comMe.posted by RDNZL at 12:35 AM on June 3, 2006
Best answer: Yep, they"re improvised by Will Ferrell for Anchorman.If you like those headlines, you might want to check out Chris Morris or Armando Iannucci. From The Day Today: "Russia elects cobweb", "Eating turkey at Christmas is like nailing an egg to the cross says bishop", ""Feel My Nose And Put My Specs There" roars drunken Major", "Where now for man raised by puffins?", &c.Iannucci"s curent show on BBC Radio 4, Charm Offensive, has a couple of very funny sections devoted to made-up headlines, you can listen to a stream.posted by jack_mo at 6:10 AM on June 3, 2006
Response by poster: Thanks Jack Mo.And Dunwitty, please assume someone has Googled prior to coming here. Simple, no?posted by RDNZL at 7:44 AM on June 3, 2006
Ron Burgundy is mentioned in the first Google result here, so that answers where "The Human Torch was denied a bank loan" came from. And assuming Ron Burgundy might also have something to do with the next quote, this Google search turns up, among other things, a page of .wav files from the movie, where you can discover .wavs of both of those lines.posted by emelenjr at 8:26 AM on June 3, 2006

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