A few years ago, you couldn’t swing at cat without someone telling you about the First Rule of Fight Club, generally with diminishing returns.  (As an aside, the best use of such a joke came when a co-worker used the rules as an explanation for why he wouldn’t be telling his significant other of a trip to the nudie bar.  “The first rule of strip club,” indeed.)  Of course, there are a great many other wonderfully repeatable lines throughout the movie, from “His name is Robert Paulsen” to Marla’s reminiscences about grade school all the way to the perfectly understated and super-meta “Still can’t think of anything.”  It’s rare for a film to immediately leap into the quotable likes of ‘Caddyshack’ or ‘Real Genius’, but ‘Fight Club’ not only pulled it off, it did it in a wonderfully self-aware manner, mocking its own central conceit with a wry hypocrisy that many never noticed, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that, on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero, asking: What’s the most endlessly quotable thing you’ve ever experienced?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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13 Comments

  1. November 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    Probably Futurama in general. Not a day goes by where I don’t say something from the series to some degree. I know I tend to use “For no raisin”, “What smells like blue?”, “I’m 40% (something) *bangs chest*”, “Snu-snu” and “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the angry dome” far, far too often in normal conversation.

    I also like to drive people nuts by using the Professor’s “Everyone, I have a very dramatic announcement. So anyone with a weak heart should leave now. Goodbye.” and then leaving the room (and it is true because I had multiple heart failures during my cancer treatments).

  2. Kirby
    November 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    The first couple seasons of the Simpsons. I can quote from say 1-8 to a friend or my dad, and they’ll now immediately what I mean. “Not back avenge my death.”=”i’m leaving, be back later.”

  3. Frank
    November 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm — Reply

    Star Wars – That’s no moon ….

  4. Jason
    November 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm — Reply

    Napoleon Dynamite. Didn’t even really care for the movie, but the wife & I quoted it back & forth for a long time.

  5. November 17, 2013 at 2:52 am — Reply

    “i’m bleeding, making me the victor”
    -Kung Pow

  6. Shawn
    November 17, 2013 at 5:49 am — Reply

    Ghostbusters, without a doubt.

    Back off, man. I’m a scientist.

    • November 17, 2013 at 7:22 am — Reply

      If my goddaughter is leaving for a few days, within my list of rules or advice (usually normal things like “Don’t forget (something)” or “Call your mom as soon as you get there”), I always add “Don’t cross the streams” and “When someone asks if you’re a god, you say YES!”.

  7. Daniel Langsdale
    November 17, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

    For better or worse, as a D&D player I’ll have to say “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

    “Okay, we’ll call it a draw.”
    “It’s only a flesh wound!”
    “Huge tracts of land.”
    “Please, just a little more peril.”
    etc., etc., ad nauseum.

    -Dan’L

  8. Bantor
    November 17, 2013 at 10:50 am — Reply

    Walk hard, that movie is just packed full of great lines. That or tropic thunder.

  9. gary
    November 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    It used to be all things Monty Python, but lately seems to be whatever the latest youtube meme is (What exactly does the fox say?)

  10. November 18, 2013 at 1:52 am — Reply

    The Simpsons…

    Dental Plan!

  11. mauther
    November 18, 2013 at 2:40 am — Reply

    The first Matrix movie. Whoa! I know kung fu. There is no spoon. The whole red pill / blue pill bit. Amongst my friends, a well timed “Mister Anderson” can bring the room down.

  12. Troy D.
    November 21, 2013 at 2:37 am — Reply

    Anchorman! Sooo much goodness…
    “I killed a guy with a trident”
    “Baxter… is that you? Baxter! Bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee… Is this Wilt Chamberlain?”
    “It’s so damn hot… milk was a bad choice.”
    “We Bears are a proud race. They must pay for their intrusion.”
    “I love lamp.”
    “Sex Panther…60% of the time, it works every time.”

    And of course in my circle of friends, pretty much any statement can be punctuated with: “It’s science.”

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