Perfectly Imperfect

Before the rest of the family awoke early Saturday morning, I thought it would be a good time to put the finishing touches on my previous post. So I turned on the TV for some background noise, plopped myself down on a comfy chair and powered up my trusty laptop.

I soon came to a point in the story that I needed to research; because in my head I could distinctly hear the Perfect Quote: "Hurrah and ..."

Aw crap. I couldn't remember the rest, but I knew I had heard it somewhere before. And that it would indeed be the Perfect Quote! Perfect I say!

Then I realized the Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show was showing on Teletoon Retro at that very moment.

Yes! That's it! It was a line from a Bugs Bunny cartoon! (Well, duh... I wasn't surprised; I grew up on that show and constantly recite from it.)

Genie and BugsSo I Googled, found out it was Jim Backus, aka Thurston Howell III from Gilligans Island * uncredited as Smokey the Genie in the 1948 toon "A-Lad-In His Lamp" who uttered the line I desperately needed for the Perfect Quote.

I searched some more, but I couldn't find the Perfect Quote on IMDb.

Then I finally found the video online and after a few bouts of swearing technical issues, eventually got it to run. When it came to the part I needed, I was poised to record the Perfect Quote for my post:

"Three cheers and a tiger for me!"

Aw, dammit! After half an hour of searching, it wasn't what I was looking for after all.

But then just minutes later, what Bugs Bunny episode comes on the TV right in front of me?

Yep.

"A-Lad-In His Lamp".

Holy crap! Coincidence? I think not. The Universe just has a sick sense of humour and enjoys freaking.me.out.

So it wasn't the Perfect Quote. But the timing was still darn funny. And a titch creepy.



* (Oh Gad, I can't believe I admitted knowing that G.I. reference)

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Brenda Grolle said...

There is no such thing as coincidence.

Ah, Bugs Bunny, the many happy hours I spent with him in my childhood, along with Road Runner, Sylvester & Tweety, well, we could go on and on, couldn't we?

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Ha! That's AMAZING! Life is so fun sometimes.

And...No such thing as coincidence? When two things happen at the same time, they coincide. That's coincidence. Of course it happens!

Brenda Grolle said...

Well Justin, I was speaking from a Christian viewpoint, not pulling a definition out of the dictionary.

Maureen said...

Ha! Agreed Brenda! The Universe just has it out for me... I know it. And yes, I love Bugs; I even own an original sketch!

Viewtiful Justin: Yep, my life is one to laugh at alright! Oh, but I must disagree... the Universe does this ON PURPOSE to me. There is no other explanation ;)

Brenda: Exactly. I still say someone/thing out there is pulling my strings and making me dance ;)

Sistertex said...

Sucked in...completely. Just watched the entire Bugs cartoon. I have watched loads of them as a youngster. I laughed...now I see a lot of the humor was 'groaners'...as an adult, still I watched and enjoyed.

'Tha tha tha that's all folks!'

PG said...

Think of it as a Mr. Magoo reference and you'll be all good.

JoJo said...

Wow that IS weird that it came on TV as you were thinking about it. IMHO, the Warner Bros. cartoons are way, way, WAY better than ANYTHING Disney has ever done. My sense of humour was shaped by the Bugs Bunny show!

angelguided said...

I love Bugs Bunny, my siblings used to call me Bugs Bunny when we were younger, can't remember if they were making fun of my teeth or that I loved carrots!

I believe that the Universe has a laugh with us especially if we can have a laugh at ourselves too!!!!

Stephanie said...

I'd forgotten how good Bugsy was - and how cleverly written. This particular one got me wondering on the origins of the flying carpet. Hmmm. May actually see what I can find on the subject. Thanks.

SWUBIRD said...

Maureen:

You've really got to love the web. That Looney Tunes cartoon sent me way back in time. I loved it.

Happy, happy trails.

Emme Toaye said...

Thanks for the wonderful walk down my childhood memories, of course with my bad eyesight at that age I had to sit very close to the TV, and my parents always saying "Your gonna go blind!" when in fact I almost was, but I love buggsy soooo.

JD at I Do Things said...

Here's a weird tidbit: I never really liked Bugs Bunny (ducks).

But I quite enjoyed this post.

Ca88andra said...

Even years later I can still be amused by Bugs!

fvdg said...

how did you make the videos post up. it work on my blog. it used too but now it wont.i have tried several times to do so. may you help me?

Maureen said...

Sistertex: Ha! Yes, they DO bring back memories... every Saturday they used to play at 5 pm. I remember sitting in front of our console TV to watch.

PG: Yep, I actually HAD an old green metallic reel to reel projector. One of the shows it had was Mr Magoo. I haven't seen that in a very long time. A long time indeed.

Jo-Jo: Yes, they could be "bad" whereas Disney strove to be squeaky clean. There are a lot of adult jokes in them that you really don't catch until you grow up.

Ha! Exactly Angelguided! That is the secret I believe... we HAVE to laugh at ourselves; before anyone else has a chance ;)

Stephanie: I loved the toons from the 40's... the artwork was really top notch before they cut back on costs and stopped the beautiful background work.

:D I am glad Swubird! Yes, a simpler time, wasn't it?

Ha! Emme! I can so relate! Yes, we would skootch so close to that old screen until the adults caught on... My brother used to sit so close, he would stick his legs UNDER the console and rub all the fabric on the inside of the front off.

Aw, JD no ducking necessary! We all have preferences, likes and dislikes. I like sweet potatoes; you like McD's coffee... doesn't matter a bit to me! This world would be a pretty boring place if we were all the same.

Ca88andra: Yeah, I think as we get older we can see the inside jokes much easier than just laughing at the slapstick!

FVDG: Usually with videos posted online, there is an accompanying embed code. Just copy that into your post and you'll be good to go. As well, Blogger has a video insert function, but that's for uploading your own video, like you would a picture to your blog. Email me if you need further help!

OneLifeLiveIt said...

Your reference to Bugs Bunny reminded me that I have got two large pictures in the attic that will probably be better off on someone else's wall. Ebay tonight methinks! Excellent blog. Robert.

Anonymous said...

I wish not acquiesce in on it. I regard as warm-hearted post. Particularly the title attracted me to be familiar with the whole story.

ReformingGeek said...

I loved it. You are so right about the inside jokes.

choochoo said...

The universe is seriously twisted, I've always thought so. Then again, it would be much more boring if it wasn.t

The "Every" Man said...

I can't tell you how many Saturday mornings I got up with the anticipation of watching the "good" cartoons, which included Bugs Bunny. I remember that video very well.

Marla said...

I like the way you think ... and write.

JennyMac said...

I watched Bugs all the time as a kid. Love the memory! Great post Maureen.

Richard said...

Ha! See, if you're patient enough, everything does come to you!

Momo Fali said...

Freaky!! Now, please visualize me winning the lottery.

Maureen said...

OneLifeLiveIt: Thank you Robert! Gee, you could have given ME the inside track on that auction, you know... ;) j/k Good Luck!

Thank you Anon!

Reforming Geek: Yeah, those cartoonists of the day sure had a great job. Write and draw for both kids AND their parents.

This is true, ChooChoo.... this is too true. (Wow, that rhymed without me even trying)

The "Every" Man: Oh yeah... many a Saturday morning (and when I was a tad older, Saturday evenings) weren't complete without Bugs.

Aw, Marla thank you! Welcome!

Thanks JennyMac!

Ha! You are right Richard! It DOES! I just fail to have the patience most times...

After MOI, of course Momo. After Moi.

Vegas Princess said...

Things like that happen all the time to me. I'll be thinking of a song I want to hear and turn on the radio and it comes on next. Or I'll think of someone I haven't talked to in a really long time and they'll call or email. Those little "coincidences" really freak me out at times.

Maureen said...

Vegas Princess: See? The Universe IS screwing with us! Ha! ;)

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