A New World Leader: 8yr old Pulls 1000yr old Sword from Lake

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With tongue firmly in cheek … a few lines from Monty Python …. sorry I just couldn't resist, considering your thread title :biggrin::-p

King Arthur The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water,
signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king!
Dennis Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!
Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!
King Arthur Be quiet!
Dennis You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.




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and to follow that up with Spamalot:

 
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This must be some neat humor which I so far do not understand. The post #2 was interesting and I wish I could understand it. The video in post #3 I find dull and do not understand. I wish you or whoever would explain #2 better.
 
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This must be some neat humor which I so far do not understand. The post #2 was interesting and I wish I could understand it. The video in post #3 I find dull and do not understand. I wish you or whoever would explain #2 better.
In "Le Morte d'Arthur" the sword called Excalibur was given to King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake.
Here's a clip from the movie Excalibur:
 
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DennisN, thanks for the help.

whenever someone gives a gift and especially if you did not expect it, you need to ask, "What will this cost me?"
Or, "What will this cost and of whom?"
 
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This must be some neat humor which I so far do not understand. The post #2 was interesting and I wish I could understand it. The video in post #3 I find dull and do not understand. I wish you or whoever would explain #2 better.
Monty Python is a British comedy team that did a lot of crazy movies including a parody of King Arthur. Some of the jokes were the King and his squire using the sound of clacking coconuts to simulate horses galloping along. There were a lot of silly sight gags as well and the humor was very edgy.

The Spamalot is refers to the SPAM product that was used during WW2 as a ration. Its basically canned pork and ham:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_(food)

People make fun of it perhaps because initially they had too much of it as a basic food. It was considered a poverty food but it did help the war effort and solved the problem of meat spoilage.

King Arthur was from Camelot so Monty Python changed their parody to be Spamalot. You can get a sense of the silliness by reading the wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spamalot
 
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The post #2 was interesting and I wish I could understand it
Here is the relevant scene from Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail


It's a satire on the legends of King Arthur in which the king was proclaimed by his weidling of a magical sword, given to him by a spirit living in a lake. The fairy tail is contrasted with a very pedantic and in depth analysis on how exactly governments should derive their authority. Plus the idea of anarchist peasants not understanding they live under a monarchy is pretty funny.
 
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Plus the idea of anarchist peasants not understanding they live under a monarchy is pretty funny.
I thought they were an autonomous collective? :biggrin:
 
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Although this does not fit the topic, post #9 reminds me of Rocky And BullWinkle cartoons of long-past and some of the other stories shown on that program.

Anyway, that video is the perfect quote of the earlier post.
 
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The idea also reminds me of the interesting commentary which were later shown in some of the cartoons in some of the works of Michael Moore (his movies).
 

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