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Poll: "Oh boy, sleep! That's where I'm a viking!" (82 member(s) have cast votes)

When Ralph Wiggum says this in [3F03] Lisa the Vegetarian, does he mean...

  1. he is a champion at sleeping, it is something he excels in (20 votes [24.39%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 24.39%

  2. in his sleep, he dreams of being an actual viking (62 votes [75.61%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 75.61%

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#31 Daemon9623

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:29 PM

Got another for option A, they didn't even know the context of the situation (which I scolded them for) but still went right for it.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:31 PM

While there may be some truth to option A (Ralph might excel at sleeping, and he might be a very good sleep-Viking, as evidenced from his obvious enthusiasm at the suggestion of naptime), Ralph is ultimately a simpleton making a simple surface-level statement, paraphrased and elaborated thus:

"Sleep is the venue in which I, for a brief time, become a Viking, causing chaos, destruction and death all around me -- a desirable condition, in stark contrast to the prosaicness and general incompetence in which I live my waking hours."

Or some shit to that effect.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:33 PM

I am starting to warm up to the other option, but it still remains a mystery to me how the phrase "I'm a viking" automatically equates to being good at something. Regardless of intent of the writers, I still don't see how this is a likely conclusion as I don't believe that phrase has ever been used to describe proficiency at a task. And even more odd to me is accepting this as a conclusion without even considering the simple surface conclusion.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:35 PM

I still don't see how this is a likely conclusion as I don't believe that phrase has ever been used to describe proficiency at a task.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:36 PM

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:52 PM

I don't believe that phrase has ever been used to describe proficiency at a task.


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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:55 PM

I don't believe that phrase has ever been used to describe proficiency at a task.


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I realize it is a "joke" but how you could interpret it like that is confusing and mysterious. It makes no more sense than saying "Oh boy, carpentry! That's where I'm a scuba diver!" I can even understand seeing both possibilities and getting a chuckle out of the possible new phrase. But to be completely oblivious to the obvious and simple meaning is just beyond me...

When the Simpsons referenced "Purple Monkey Dishwasher" most people thought it was just a nonsensical joke, not an obscure reference to the "telephone" game.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:57 PM

This is a hot topic. But I immediately voted for option B.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:09 PM

the joke is that he is so ADD, no matter what was happening before, it is completely forgotten in an instant when something more interesting pops up

the only way this joke could miss is if the audience was identifying with ralph too much

also, the joke works on an additional level to the ADD.

we can also laugh at how underdeveloped ralph is. while other students are moving beyond kindergarten and hitting the books, ralph's world still revolves around naptime and pretending.

its an adult joke for sure, because when i 1st saw this episode, i was still doing some make-believe myself.

raub,

from a comedic writer's standpoint (i will pretend i am one) i can see that if the viewer actually felt sorry for ralph, they would be hoping for a way for ralph to have some victory in the situation.
in this mindset, a viewer would look past the obvious in order to satisfy their need, and possibly help their own insecurities.

please, nobody take that personally. its just one possibility.

if the show was only for kids, or aired in the 70s, this joke would have been left out.
but the writers were counting on a certain awareness of the growing number of malformed brains cropping up all over the USA at the time
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first of all, funky fm music just really does it for me.  Even if it's something corny like early mariah carey I can get way into the music with the fm bass and keys going on.   Then, there's everything else in this song.  The enigmatic title.  The synth programming brings out all the right emotional responses in me:  leads that remind me of thunderforce (even if the portamento isn't quite as exaggerated), chording synths that remind me of very old and charming genesis osts like super monaco (except somehow they don't sound as flimsy here), and of course a solid bass.  Great original motifs, interesting harmonies, good melody, rhythm.. everything that can make a song great is here!

 

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:11 PM

He's repeated the word "sleep" instead of referring to dreaming, that's all. The dreaming is implicit.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:26 PM

All your answers are here.

First question in the interview.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:28 PM

All your answers are here.

First question in the interview.

Care to transcribe? Can't listen at work.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:31 PM

David Silverman says "Pretty sure he means that when Ralph turns asleep, that is when he becomes a viking."

The mystery, it is unveiled.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:33 PM

It wasn't a mystery! Option A is massively daft. ;)
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:33 PM

the sound wont play on this fucking mac!

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first of all, funky fm music just really does it for me.  Even if it's something corny like early mariah carey I can get way into the music with the fm bass and keys going on.   Then, there's everything else in this song.  The enigmatic title.  The synth programming brings out all the right emotional responses in me:  leads that remind me of thunderforce (even if the portamento isn't quite as exaggerated), chording synths that remind me of very old and charming genesis osts like super monaco (except somehow they don't sound as flimsy here), and of course a solid bass.  Great original motifs, interesting harmonies, good melody, rhythm.. everything that can make a song great is here!

 

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