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Monty Python

  1. Watch Stephen Hawking Sing Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song” and Remember How Amazing Life Is

    Always look on the bright side of life.

    It's not until the 18th, but Stephen Hawking and Monty Python have already won Record store day with this perfect rendition of the "Galaxy Song" from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. What's that you say? Record store day isn't a competition? Pff, yeah, now it isn't.

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  2. High School Cancels Performance of Spamalot For “Inappropriate Content” (aka A Wedding Of Two Men)

    But what about the curtains???

    No doubt the theater nerds at South Williamsport Junior Senior High School in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania were excited to learn that they'd be performing the hit musical Spamalot next spring, because if there's one thing I remember from being a high school theater nerd, it's that there's a lot of Monty Python overlap there. Well, too bad, nerds! You're not allowed. No more singing from the diaphragm-a-lot for you.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Strong Words on the Hobby Lobby Birth Control Mandate

    As do we, incidentally.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a passionate 35-page dissent on today's Hobby Lobby mandate, condemning a ruling that will revoke thousands of women's contraceptive coverage.

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  4. The Ministry of Silly Walks Is Now a Video Game and I Can’t Stop Playing It

    Looks like I'm not getting anything else done today. 

    Stop what you're doing. Grab your phone. Download The Ministry of Silly Walks. That's right, one of the best Monty Python sketches of all time is now a timesucking mobile sidescroller. Play as John Cleese (who voices the game!) and silly walk your way over and under obstacles to collect coins.

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  5. Singing Plants and Sweet Transvestites: Top 10 Best Geeky Musicals

    Once More With Feeling

    Comic books, science-fiction dystopias, and B-movies of the 1960s are not obvious subjects for Broadway musicals, but geek culture and the Great White Way have intersected with surprising frequency throughout the years. A few weeks ago, ABC announced a new musical comedy Galavant which promises to satirize medieval legends and the knight’s quest. In honor of Galavant, here is a countdown of my top 10 geek musicals.

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  6. Game of Thrones Throws A Delightful Monty Python Reference Into Some Valyrian Dialogue

    I'm Ghiscari. Why do you think I have this outrageous accent, you silly queen?

    Ever wanted to learn how to say "Your mother is a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries" in Low Valyrian? Well, then we hope you were paying very close attention to the Meereneese champion from the end of Game of Thrones Episode 3, "Breaker of Chains." According to show linguist David Peterson, that's what he was saying.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Her Universe Doctor Who Dresses

    Things We Saw Today

    When we put these Ten and Eleven dresses in our annual Holiday Gift Guide they weren't for sale yet, but now they are! Treat yo' self. (Fashionably Geek)

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  8. Monty Python Really Planning That Reunion Show

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    The off again on again promises and denials that have gone along with the idea of a much awaited reunion of the prolific comedic troupe, show, and movie makers may have finally been answered. The Telegraph is reporting that the five remaining living members of Monty Python are planning a get together.

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  9. Monty Python, Recut Into a Modern Trailer for a Serious Period Piece

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin star it what is certain to be this fall's breakout period piece. Previously in Monty Python

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  10. Allow Me To Taunt You With Monty Python and the Holy Grail LEGO Playsets That Don’t Actually Exist

    where does he get those wonderful toys

    Man. A few days ago we saw an awesome Jurassic Park LEGO set that you can't actually buy, and now there are these Monty Python and the Holy Grail sets that are similarly fictional. At least the Jurassic Park one might get made if enough people vote for it (VOTE FOR IT). Sadly, LEGO's Monty Python line is likely to exist only in the mind of Adam Monostori, aka Rifiröfi. Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!

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  11. NASA Abandons Plans to Fully Repair Kepler, Hopes For New Mission

    So long, and thanks for all the exoplanets.

    NASA's Kepler spacecraft used to survey space to find potentially habitable exoplanets, but that was in the before time, in the long long ago. When one of its reaction wheels failed back in May the craft could no longer operate as intended, and now NASA is giving up on trying to get it back into full working order.

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  12. Watch a Parakeet Trying to Say “Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition” [VIDEO]

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Meet Disco. Disco has a pretty big vocabulary for a parakeet. "Hamburger" is among the words he can say. So is "cheeseburger." Dirty Dancing quotes? Disco's on that. But "inquisition"... well, that one's a bit tougher. (via: Nerd Approved) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. It’s the Ides of March, Here’s Some Monty Python

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    I'll take any excuse to post a Monty Python video, and it being the Ides of March is certainly enough to post Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp. Skip back to one minute in for The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights.

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  14. Right in Our Wheelhouse: New British Citizenship Test Demands Knowledge of Monty Python

    The United Kingdom has updated it's citizenship test to better reflect a knowledge of the nation's history and culture, rather than practical skills in everyday life. Questions about whether you can use the Internet or know where you're water meter is, for example, have been replaced with trivia about everything from Margaret Thatcher and Stonehenge -- the U.K.'s two most famous rock formations --  to the work of British entertainers like The Beatles and Monty Python. We're really hoping that you can skip the whole exam in favor of doing a solo show of the entire Knights Who Say Ne bit, in which case we are soooooo in.

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  15. Monty Python’s “Universe Song” Rewritten to be About Biology

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Sure, it's all just a promo for Brian Cox's Wonders of Life on the BBC, but hey, it's a good rewrite, and Eric Idle is actually doing the singing. All things considered, it's quite enjoyable. Yup. Quite nice, indeed. ...Can we have your liver, then? (via io9.)

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  16. Eric Idle Declares Today “Dick Day,” Celebrates by Releasing Play Online

    Eric Idle has declared it "Dick Day," and so "Dick Day" it must be. The Monty Python alum has been working with a group of British comedy legends and also Russell Brand on a project called What About Dick? which is being released online today for the low, low price of six dollars. Why not five dollars, which seems to have become the standard price for purchasing funny things online? We assume it has something to do with the exchange rate from American dollars into British currency. Then again, maybe it's just twenty percent funnier than anything else on the Internet.

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  17. Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in What is Kinda-Sorta a New Monty Python Film

    i'll just leave this here

    Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play the lead role in Absolutely Anything, about a school teacher who develops magical powers after being visited by aliens voiced by four of the members of Monty Python. I… am not sure what to make of this.

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  18. Things We Saw Today: This Eye Of Sauron is a Tall Cake

    Things We Saw Today

    Not going to lie. If I had this cake I'd want to reenact the tower toppling scene. (That's Nerdalicious!)

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  19. 12 Gorgeous Photos From The 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

    eye candy

    The London Olympics have come and gone, and the world has a slew of amazing athletes to celebrate, in addition to a lot of  dreaming young future Olympians to tend to. Here are 12 photos from the dazzling closing ceremony that capped off the 2012 London Olympics, an event that proved to be just as beautiful as the two weeks of peaceful and inspiring competition that preceded it. Oh, and our favorite pre-Olympics rumor totally panned out, the Spice Girls did perform during the ceremony! Be still my made-in-the-90s heart.

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  20. A Python Fan’s Dream: Holly Gilliam Investigates Terry Gilliam’s Personal Art Archive

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Holly Gilliam is the daughter of Terry Gilliam. Terry Gilliam is a legendary director, and the artist and animator behind all of Monty Python's very characteristic animated sequences that peppered both their show and feature length films. Terry Gilliam worked in the days before computer animation, which means, as you might have guessed, he's got a lot of original art sitting around, from backgrounds, to sketches, to the final colored paper cutouts that would be used to animate the Beast of Arrrggghhh. And now, thanks to his daughter, Holly Gilliam, we get to see it all.

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