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10 Clichés That Are Older Than You Think


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Classics Majors, this one’s for you. See, it turns out, there’s are a lot of ideas out there that aren’t original… and haven’t been for quite a bit longer than you might expect.


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  • Metaneira

    You asked for Classics majors, so here I am. On the first slide, it says “The earliest known drunken hiccup occurred in Plato’s The Symposium, when Aristophenes shows up to deliver his speech and lets loose a resounding singultus. (Ancient Romans were known for their parties.)” One, it’s Aristophanes; two, Plato and his buds were GREEK, not Roman.

  • Anonymous

    Yikes! That’s an oversight. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • http://www.groovymarlin.com/blog Groovymarlin

    Allow me to nitpick. :)

    In “Building a Robot Girlfriend,” you refer to, but never name, the “crafting god of the Greeks,” Hephaestus (aka Vulcan).

  • http://amidstdancers.blogspot.com/ Shard Aerliss

    Is it possible to Like just one section? All the sections are interesting, but the BFS one made me giggle… and is sure to have the Origins haters seething XD

    Building a Robot Girlfriend… erm, Pygmalion? And of course there’s poor old Eve… made to be the perfect mate for Adam after Lilith told him to get stuffed.

  • Anonymous

    Or how about that life size female action figure in the picture? She looks sort of Asiatic…

  • Lionmml

    ‘New Media Is Evil” ROCKS!!!!! I’ve been saying for years, as an educational technologist, that the first piece of educational technology to get attacked was probably the book. Now I KNOW I’m right. :)

  • http://amidstdancers.blogspot.com/ Shard Aerliss

    I bet there were nekkid hominids claiming that painting on cave walls and boulders was going to bring about the ruin of the extended family unit.

  • Anonymous

    I just wanted to point out that the Black Mercy vs Batman scene also occurred in the actual cartoon episode of JLU and more importantly, the original inspiration for the episode, “For the Man Who Has Everything” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

  • Michael Beckman

    Ha, pointing out clichés is a bit cliché… did I just…

  • Raiden Daigo

    Funny that Eve would be the crone when she known as “the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20), usually crone and spinster being more synonymous, but makes sense since crone is derived from carrion and she did have a raven, and was disagreeable, but now i am wondering off on a tangent.

  • Anonymous

    Gaiman was playing around with the three Eves of Genesis, the Talmud, and Midrash.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve#Eve_in_Judaism

    Where the Talmud explains the two contradicting stories of the creation of woman as the creation of two different people (Eve and Lilith), Midrash also posits a third wife of Adam, who went unnamed after he rejected her. So, Eve is the mother, as the mother of humanity, Lilith is the crone because of her association with the origins of demons and monsters and the fact that she is the “spinster” of the family having left Adam, and the third wife is the maiden, as the only one who never consummated her relationship with Adam.

    Actual biblical scholars feel free to contradict/correct me.

  • Anonymous

    Gaiman was playing around with the three Eves of Genesis, the Talmud, and Midrash.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve#Eve_in_Judaism

    Where the Talmud explains the two contradicting stories of the creation of woman as the creation of two different people (Eve and Lilith), Midrash also posits a third wife of Adam, who went unnamed after he rejected her. So, Eve is the mother, as the mother of humanity, Lilith is the crone because of her association with the origins of demons and monsters and the fact that she is the “spinster” of the family having left Adam, and the third wife is the maiden, as the only one who never consummated her relationship with Adam.

    Actual biblical scholars feel free to contradict/correct me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1012402812 Katherine Mango

    Can we call them archetypes? Cliches sound so… cliche.

  • Ms. Anthropy

    The only reason they gave Deadpool katana arms is because they screwed his origin story all to hell. Origins: Wolverine was terrible.

  • Icarus

    This.

    Also WRT flashbacks, the movie Memento was long series of them.

  • Anonymous

    This is horrrrrible. This whole thing? Horrrrrrible

  • Anonymous

    This is horrrrrible. This whole thing? Horrrrrrible

  • Rhaksha Nightstalker

    As someone who has spent many years studying both Roman and Greek language and culture, I would like to point out that BOTH are considered “classical” and that the study of either or both is “classics”, not only Romans/Latin. Also, the spelling of Aristophanes is correct in the article, at least now, though that may have been fixed since you posted your comment.

  • http://TheBottleReview.com Matthew Harrison

    “But in what could be an example of trying to pull a fast one on the censors, programmers for World of Warcraft, which is rated “T” for “Teen,” somehow got the word “sit” to sound, er, slightly different when characters got drunk and hiccupped. (Even though cursing and drinking are not exactly mutually exclusive.)”

    The fuck?
    A. How is this related?
    B. What? When you get drunk in WoW, it randomly replaces “s” with “sh” to make it sound like you’re slurring. It also adds “…hic!” to the end of your chat lines.

    Fuck’s wrong wichoo?

  • Incubus442

    Inflatable Woman by Bob Rivers (sung to the tune of American Woman by The Guess Who)

    Inflatable woman
    Nothing much inside
    Inflatable woman
    She’s my blow-up bride
    I picked her up at a discount store
    I took her home and threw her on the floor
    She looked at me with that vacant stare
    I could tell that she was my kind of air-
    Headed woman
    I’m gonna make her mine
    She’s practically human
    As close as I could find

    Inflatable woman
    Laying next to me
    Inflatable woman
    If only she could see
    She’s a real cheap date at night
    She’s quiet and don’t have much appetite
    And if I feel like giving her a smack
    She always finds a way to bounce right back
    My woman
    My little rubber maid
    Inflatable woman
    I can always get
    La-a-a-tex

  • Morag

    Since the story of the three wives is not actually in the Bible but – I guess – is in the Talmud, it isn’t a biblical scholar you need. :)

  • Morag

    I suppose Sean Connery doesn’t get to say “sit” in any 12 rated films!