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jock123
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#21 · Posted: 11 Jan 2010 17:34 · Edited by: jock123
WhiskersOfKurviTasch:
I don't get cigee's one though. Please elaborate as to who said it and why. Thanks.

It has been pointed out that it is Mr. Baxter, Director General of the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre in the Moon books, who says it, in Destination Moon. If you can’t actually find it yourself, I’ve gone through the book, and it’s on page 31, and comes after a scream is heard by the observatory team during the test flight; they ask what the noise was, and it was the Captain, who, having lost his pipe and searched high and low (enduring several indignities as he goes), has managed to burn himself with it, because it is actually caught in the back of his overalls.

Unfortunately, as in most cases, describing a gag takes away from it…

As mentioned in another thread, Whiskers, you’ve set this all in motion without actually contributing your own favourite quote; so rather than just questioning other people’s choices, what is your own favourite dialogue?

Personally, I’m also partial to almost any of the nonsense of the detectives, but this declaration in Crystal Balls — “Doctor Simons? …This is Thomson… No, without a ‘P’, as in Venezuela…” — reaches the sublime heights of both making sense and having no value whatsoever as information, whilst being particularly funny.
catintinut
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#22 · Posted: 7 Jun 2010 16:33
I am partial to the Venezuela quote, and also its counterpart in The Black Island, "This is Thompson with a P, as in psychology"
tintinophile691
Member
#23 · Posted: 13 Jun 2010 05:41
Any of the "To be precise..." lines that results in spoonerism.
Rianna Lauren
Member
#24 · Posted: 15 Jun 2010 04:54
Oh - I remember one from the Blue Lotus...

"I'm a bird! I'm a plane! I'm... ACTION MAN!"

xD
Rianna Lauren
Member
#25 · Posted: 22 Jun 2010 01:51
And in Tintin and Picaros when Tintin was in the jungle and the Thompsons were on TV...

"We object! We were BORN with our mustaches!"

xDD
Captain Chester
Member
#26 · Posted: 23 Jun 2010 03:38
tintinophile691:
Any of the "To be precise..." lines that results in spoonerism.

Does spoonerism lead to forkerism?


There are so many good ones...but one of my recent favorites came from Thomson, in The Castafiore Emerald:
"Goodbye! And thanks for trying to help with the case."
AkassisMuller
Member
#27 · Posted: 5 Jul 2010 00:21
"Well, between you and me, I AM SECRETLY RAMSES THE SECOND"
-Sophocles Sarcophagus
Cigars of the Pharaoh
Rianna Lauren
Member
#28 · Posted: 13 Jul 2010 08:29
In Tintin and Picaros, Haddock called Tapioca a "dictatorial duck-billed diplodocus". I don't know why it's good, it's just... Catchy. XD
Jay48
Member
#29 · Posted: 16 Jul 2010 16:45
I can't remember the name of the comic, but there is a scene where Captain H takes a look at the car that tries to run them down and finds that it has a DC badge (diplomatic corps). He remarks "Certified Diplodocuses, that's what you are!"
Usually, anything that has to do with Captain Haddock's colourful language makes my day!
Ayesha
Member
#30 · Posted: 1 Sep 2011 01:21
There are some really good quotes in Tintin, and I would like to know what your favorite one (or two) is. Please say who is speaking and what book and page it is from. Two of my all-time favorites are:

"Me? Drive round something that's nothing but something you think is something but is nothing?... I never herd such rubbish! We're going straight ahead!"-Thompson, Black Gold, page 23. The mirages are one of my favorite sequences!

"Never! Either we're both saved, or we die together!..."-Tintin, Tibet, page 40. This one always touches me how loyal Tintin is to the Captain!

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