• Bill Chastain

Butchered lines…

Man do I hate when somebody butchers a classic movie line.

Recently, I heard a radio talk show host tell his audience that his favorite movie line came from “Rounders” then he proceeded to recite: “Give the man his money.”

The actual line from Teddy KGB is: “Pay that man his money.”

Am I being obtuse, as Andy Defresne might tell me if he chimed in from Shawshank? I don’t think so. If you declare it’s your favorite movie line, you should know the line.

I mean how wrong would it be to quote Don Corleone as saying, “I’ve made him a really nice offer that he could not balk at.” Or Travis Bickle saying, “You directing your comments to me? You directing your comments to me? You directing your comments to me?”

Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s lunar sample bag that accompanied him on his Apollo 11 trip to the moon will be offered for auction at Sotheby’s New York on July 20, the anniversary of the moon landing. Estimates for how high the bag will go run from $2 million to $4 million. Whether it’s $2 million, or $4 million, that’s one giant leap… Wouldn’t buying a jar of Tang and a few Space Food Sticks be the prudent move?

My daughter, Carly, just hooked me up with Netflix.  My first order of business is to binge watch The Twilight Zone.

Conan O’Brien commenting on a Toyota Land Cruiser breaking the record for fastest SUV: “Apparently, somebody was really late to their kid’s soccer game.”

The Maple Leafs and Oilers were too young to be true contenders this season according to R.J. Currie of, who noted: “Whenever one of them lost a tooth, they’d put it under their pillow.”

And remember: Carbs make everything better.


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