Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inconceivable!

I've mentioned before how we have a continual loop of documentaries on at the Pod and how we're getting a little tired of learning about trains and surfing and animals that eat other animals.  So I brought in a few movies to change things up a bit.  I walked in with a stack this morning and had the following conversation with some of the girls in the office:

Me:  I brought in some new movies!  Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride...
L:  What's that?
Me:  The Princess Bride?
L:  Yeah, I've never heard of it.
M:  Me neither
S:  Me neither
Me:  (reeling, a bit)  Is this a joke?
L:  No.  I only have sons so I don't watch a lot of girl movies.
S:  Me too.
Me:  This isn't just some girl movie.  It's an 80s classic.  It's like saying you've never heard of the Breakfast Club.
M:  I've seen that.
Me:  But you haven't seen the Princess Bride?  Wesley?  Buttercup?  The Six-Fingered Man?
All of Them:  No. 

This seems, well, inconceivable to me (a reference, by the way, that no one in my office would get!)  It's not like I go around quoting the Princess Bride all the time, but I always just assume that when I say, "Have fun storming the castle!"  or, "Wove.  Twue wove," or, "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line," people are going to know what I'm talking about.  And it's not like I can blame it on their youth because both L & S are roughly my age.  Is the Princess Bride as obscure as they made it seem?  Have I just been living in a bubble my whole life believing that everyone knows it?  Please tell me I'm not the only one shocked by this.

16 comments:

samandholly said...

No more rhymes now, I mean it!
Anybody want a peanut?

thefoxkids said...

saying princess bride is a "girlie movie" is fighting words in my house it is Ben's all time favorite movie and is now a family classic that is our standby for pretty much any occassion.. yea you work with people who live in caves I assume??? and yes we quote it regularly also...

Kelly said...

I am shocked and disappointed in them all....

Stephanie said...

Shocked and a little amazed that there are two people in our generation who never saw Buttercup fling herself down a ravine. And what about Andre the Giant? To the pain? And the perfect cameo by Billy Crystal . . .

I'm going to have to watch it twice today to get the bad juju out of the world where people haven't ever seen it.

Valerie said...

It's not you. Those chumps are the weirdos.

Rach said...

Shock and awe. I can understand why my brother 7 years younger than me hadn't seen it when I gave it to him for Christmas a few years ago, because he was a toddler when it came out, but really? Feed them to the shrieking eels. Or send them to Provo. You can't take a step into that town without it appearing on the nearest TV. And now I want to watch it as well.

Susan said...

At the risk of being chastised, I have actually never seen this movie. Although I am aware of it's existance. I didn't realize it has such a following.

Heidi (Todd) Broberg said...

INCONCEIVABLE with a lisp for sure!

The Cahoons! said...

Two of my cousins Jesse and Joe recorded the whole movie on cassette tape and would listen to it every night they went to sleep. It's one of the best things to watch the movie with Jesse and hear him quote not only every word, but every swoosh and clang of every sword flight. Hilarious.

Bronwyn James said...

This is one we should have watched in Tunis together. What were we thinking. I don't regret Oklahoma though. And State Fair. So many great movies. But none greater than The PB.

Tammy said...

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!

Heath said...

Shocked. I mean, I can believe that there are 2 people who have never heard of it, but what are the odds that you work with both of them? Bizarre.

Angela Noelle of SK said...

It's high time you conducted the next "professional development," meeting, and you know what to put on that there agenda.

colleeeen said...

Tangent time. I once went to a taping for a sitcom (can't even remember which one) on which Wallace Shaun (Vizzini) was guest-starring. The audience kept egging him to say "inconceivable" and shouting other Princess Bride lines at him. I'm sure I joined in the stupidity. He finally said it just to shut us up.

Empress of Venus said...

For shiz, the "zeitgeist" isn't as universal as I'd thought. That's become clear to me in the last couple of years of working at Q. I shant mention how many people I know that have never seen Star Wars.

Patti said...

We were just talking about iocaine powder about two nights ago...