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Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Higher education must lead the march back to the fundamentals of human relationships, to the old discovery that is ever new, that man does not live by bread alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification -- the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream --a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows --is essentially poetry.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step towards becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it be taken there is no hope. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. Sometimes the great truth is found out too late to apply to it any effectual remedy. Sometimes it is never found at all; and these form the desperate and inveterate causes of folly, self-conceit, and impertinence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The discovery of the good taste of bad taste can be very liberating. The man who insists on high and serious pleasures is depriving himself of pleasure; he continually restricts what he can enjoy; in the constant exercise of his good taste he will eventually price himself out of the market, so to speak. Here Camp taste supervenes upon good taste as a daring and witty hedonism. It makes the man of good taste cheerful, where before he ran the risk of being chronically frustrated. It is good for the digestion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But if you want to know the truth, the weirdest thing that has happened has been my discovery that people who attend the conventions are filled with love.More [06/21/2006 12:06:00]
I'm into trucks. I like jeeps, off-road vehicles. I'm driving a Discovery right now. I like vehicles that can do something-not the luxury ones.More [11/15/2006 12:11:00]
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Professor X: [voiceover] Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute.More [03/15/2007 12:03:00]
Professor X: [voiceover] Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain... or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way, it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute.More [03/15/2007 12:03:00]
Nash: I've made the most important discovery of my life. It's only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. I'm only here tonight because of you. You are the only reason I am... you are all my reasons.More [04/28/2007 12:04:00]
Professor Bromley: Eohippus, if you are one, what are you doing here over 50 million years after you should be extinct. Could be a freak of nature, of course.
Tuck: Is there any way you can tell?
Professor Bromley: By checking its origin. If I could prove that this is the genuine article I should undoubtedly receive a knighthood, Mr Kirby, for the greatest scientific discover of the age.
Tuck: The greatest scientific discovery of the age? T.J. doesn't know what she's got herself.More [05/26/2007 12:05:00]
Brigadier Gen. Russell Woodman: Suffice to say, we're all very appreciative of the discovery made by Dr. Kane and Mr. Black...
Harry Block: Block!More [10/22/2007 12:10:00]
Max Landsberger: Since the 1984 oil discovery in New Guinea, we have sold the Bu!kais hill tribesmen 20 of our S-24 fighters. At $21 million per unit, that's $252 million. This has started a local arms race between the Bu!kais, and their local neighbors the Kla!klalas. Now the Kla!klalas also happen to be sitting an a large amount of oil. And now the Kla!klalas want to buy 20 of our new Slash X-Ray Ultra Pursuit fighters for a total of $480 million.
Pete Helmes: What are the chances of war between them?
Bob Nixon: Very good sir. Our spare parts replacement contracts could be very lucrative.
Pete Helmes: Who trains their flight personnel?
Max Landsberger: Well, as near as we can assess it... well, they don't actually fly the planes. They sort of roll them down hills, crashing them into each other.
Scott Dantley: Personally, I think that it's a shameful waste of incredible kill power.
Pete Helmes: Make the deal.
Bob Nixon, Scott Dantley: Absolutely.More [02/17/2008 12:02:00]
Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to the description of society as it should be, and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.More [03/29/2008 12:03:00]
The best thing is the discovery of the character as performed. That's the best part of the work. It's how it comes off the page.More [04/08/2008 12:04:00]
Walter Donovan: Well, Marcus, we're on the verge of the greatest discovery in the history of mankind.
Marcus Brody: And you're meddling with powers you can't possibly comprehend.More [04/15/2008 12:04:00]
Miles' Receptionist: You have a discovery hearing at five thirty for the Maxine Gopnick case.
Miles Massey: Discovery? Gopnick?
Miles' Receptionist: And a Lance Kelso called. He read your article about palimony settlements...
Miles Massey: Lance Kelso.
Miles' Receptionist: In same-sex partnerships and would like to schedule an appointment.
Miles Massey: Same-sex.
Miles' Receptionist: Arthur Yardumian and his tax attorney want to reschedule their caucus for tomorrow.
Miles Massey: Yardumian?
Miles' Receptionist: Arthur had to fly to Atlanta for a deadbeat dad hearing.
Miles Massey: Atlanta.
Miles' Receptionist: And your 10:30 is here: Rex Rexroth.
Miles Massey: Rex Rexroth?More [04/21/2008 12:04:00]
Hogarth Hughes: Wow, my own giant robot! I am now the luckiest kid in America! This must be the biggest discovery since, I don't know, television or something!More [04/23/2008 12:04:00]
Sir Stanley Woodland:
I made an important discovery this afternoon. That's what prevented me from meeting you. We can get together after this is over.



Charlie Chan:
[softly] Two ears for every tongue.

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Doctor [Ch. 1]:
I have here a model of our marine mine. This mine has been treated with a pitchblend concentrate known as "Compound X." To this Compound X I have added one milligram of copper sulphate. You will observe the effect.


[the mine is attracted to the model of a ship and blows it up on contact]



His Excellency [Ch. 1]:
A magnetic mine! Gentlemen, this weapon is greater than the submarine itself. Explain, Doctor.



Doctor [Ch. 1]:
Gladly. Your Excellency, this is a discovery of a Canadian scientist named Merritt. It's extremely valuable as a cure for infantile paralysis. By adding copper sulphate, the compound becomes highly magnetic as you have seen.



Admiral [Ch. 1]:
Then a mine or torpedo containing the compound aims itself at any steel hulled vessel in that area.

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Kathy Lacey:
You think I'm an anti-Semite.



Phil Green:
No, I don't. But I've come to see lots of nice people who hate it and deplore it and protest their own innocence, then help it along and wonder why it grows. People who would never beat up a Jew. People who think anti-Semitism is far away in some dark place with low-class morons. That's the biggest discovery I've made. The good people. The nice people.

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Dr. Emery Bronson:
If our calculations prove to be correct, this will be the most frightening discovery of all time.

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[last lines]



Dr. Floyd:
[prerecorded message speaking through TV on board Discovery while Bowman looks on] Good day, gentlemen. This is a prerecorded briefing made prior to your departure and which for security reasons of the highest importance has been known on board during the mission only by your H-A-L 9000 computer. Now that you are in Jupiter's space and the entire crew is revived it can be told to you. Eighteen months ago the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered. It was buried 40 feet below the lunar surface near the crater Tycho. Except for a single very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter the four-million year old black monolith has remained completely inert. Its origin and purpose are still a total mystery.

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Interviewer:
[recorded broadcast on the BBC news] The crew of Discovery One consists of five men and one of the latest generation of the HAL-9000 computers. Three of the five men were put aboard asleep, or to be more precise a state of hibernation. They were Dr. Charles Hunter, Dr. Jack Kimball and Dr. Victor Kaminsky. We spoke with mission commander Dr. David Bowman and his deputy, Dr. Frank Poole. Well, good afternoon gentlemen, how is everything going?

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[politician, being pulled away after the discovery of a woman's body with a necktie around her throat]



Sir George:
I say, that's not my club tie, is it?

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[The alien Enik has made a startling discovery about the temporal doorway that has led him and the Marshalls to this world]



Enik:
I cannot leave here. Nothing can leave here, unless an object of equal mass and temporal energy enters.



Will Marshall:
Well, that means we can't leave either, unless three other people come in.



Enik:
Yes, but there is more. You should not be here at all. Your presence here is the source of my problem. Look...


[Enik opens the time doorway onto a view of the Grand Canyon]



Will Marshall:
It's Earth! Enik, if I had a parachute I could jump through!



Enik:
Wait, there is more.


[Next Will sees himself, Rick, and Holly]



Will Marshall:
That's us, on the river!



Enik:
Pay attention now, this is the troubling part.



Will Marshall:
That's the rapids we were on.


[The time doorway replays - via stock footage of the show's title sequence - Rick, Will, and Holly being swallowed into a cavern by a monstrous earthquake, descending down underground rapids, and plunging down a monstrous waterfall - but Will notices an anomoly the audience cannot see]



Will Marshall:
Enik... where's the mist for the doorway?



Enik:
I do not know


[Will now realizes what Enik means by his earlier comments]



Will Marshall:
We... we were all killed. Weren't we.



Enik:
Obviously. You should not be here now.

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[first lines]



Narrator:
The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

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[on manager Leggy Mountbatten's discovery of the Rutles]



Iris Mountbatten:
Well, he told me that he'd been to see these young men in a dark cellar.



Narrator:
Yes.



Iris Mountbatten:
He was always very interested in young men.



Narrator:
Oh, yes.



Iris Mountbatten:
Youth clubs, Boy Scouts, that sort of thing.



Narrator:
Yes.



Iris Mountbatten:
But these, he said, were different.



Narrator:
In what way?



Iris Mountbatten:
Their hair, and... their presence... and their music...



Narrator:
He liked it?



Iris Mountbatten:
No, he hated it.



Narrator:
What did he like?



Iris Mountbatten:
Well, em... the trousers.



Narrator:
What about their trousers?



Iris Mountbatten:
Well, they were, eh, they were very, em... tight.

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Carlene Frazier Dobber:
You know, Allison, you remind me of someone I saw on the Discovery Channel last night.



Allison:
And who might that be, Carlene?



Carlene Frazier Dobber:
Adolf Hitler.

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Dr. Katherine McMichaels:
Don't you understand? This is the greatest discovery since van Leeuwenhoek first looked through a microscope and saw an amoeba!



Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee:
Yeah, but he wasn't down there *with* the amoebas!

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Lauren Bacall:
As a result of Casablanca, Jack Warner made the brilliant discovery that Bogey had sex appeal ... As you might imagine, Bogey thought that was pretty funny. He said, "I'm the same man I have always been. Jack doesn't realize that if Bergman looks at any man with love in her eyes, he must have sex appeal."

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Vinny Gambini:
I object to this witness being called at this time. We've been given no prior notice he would testify. No discovery of any tests he's conducted or reports he's prepared. And as the court is aware, the defense is entitled to advance notice of all witness who will testify, particularly those who will give scientific evidence, so that we can properly prepare for cross-examination, as well as give the defense an opportunity to have his reports reviewed by a defense expert, who might then be in a position to contradict the veracity of his conclusions.



Judge Chamberlain Haller:
Mr. Gambini?



Vinny Gambini:
Yes, sir?



Judge Chamberlain Haller:
That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.



Vinny Gambini:
Thank you, sir.



Judge Chamberlain Haller:
Overruled.

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Ramsy:
[narration] A major part of my life education involved the discovery of Donnie's collection of Playboy magazines. Before college, I had certainly heard of Playboy. What teenage boy hadn't? But I never had the opportunity to study the magazine like I wanted to. My mother would have never understood.

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Zane Ziminski:
I come to you with what may be the preeminent discovery of the 20th century, the possibility of extra-solar life, and I get shit-canned for it?

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Grace:
It just creeps me out. Like anything that ends with "mini-teeth" or "mini-hair".



Will:
Here we go...



Grace:
On the Discovery Channel, there was this guy with a tumor that had mini-teeth and mini-hair, and when they poked it, it said "Ow"!



Will:
It did not say "Ow".



Grace:
Well, if it had mini-lips, it would have.

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Lois:
You see Meg, I'm like one of those Bald eagles on the Discovery Channel. Beautiful to look at... but mess with one of my baby chicks and I'll use my razor-sharp talons to rip your


[oven dings]



Lois:
... ing eyes out. Cookies are done. Who wants chocolate chip?

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John Harrison:
It is 25 years since I first had the honor to address this board, under the chairmanship of Dr. Edmund 'Alley. And since that time I've worked with only one ambition: to satisfy your requirements as laid down by Act of Parliament, for the discovery of longitude at sea. It is with both great pride and honor, and humility, that I stand here today with my son, after his great triumph.



Dr. Bliss:
Thank you, Mr. Harrison, yes, thank you. Now. I have asked you here to inform you of the resolution of the Board: that, firstly, the *brief* calculations of Mr. William Harrison are to be sent for computation; and the instruments used in those observations are also to be sent for examination. The board will then consider these reports at a further meeting, the date of which will be announced in due course. That will be all for now, gentlemen.



John Harrison:
Sir, I am an old man, and an old man can sometimes find his senses unexpectedly weakened. There is perhaps an element of your argument that I have misunderstood, or even misheard. My watch lost... lost *one minute, 53 and a half seconds* after *81 days at sea*! As witnessed and signed in the, in the papers you have before you, which you seem so keen to put away. I have fulfilled the terms most exactly, as laid down in the Act of Queen Anne, and I demand that you consider the question of my reward.



Dr. Bliss:
Mr. Harrison, I am not a commissioner of the gaming board, here to settle some bet! I am a scientist bent on investigation of a most serious subject.

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Lord Morton:
Mr. Harrison, please step forward.


[reads]



Lord Morton:
"It is the finding of this Board that the watch or timepiece created by John and William Harrison did keep correct time within the greatest accuracy required by the Act of Queen Anne as drawn up by Parliament 51 years ago."


[applause]



William Harrison:
Milord, may I have a copy of those to show my father? He has waited a long time to hear your Lordship's kind words.



Lord Morton:
In good time, Mr. Harrison. Astronomer Royal, would you be kind enough to read the fifth paragraph of the Act?



Reverend Nevil Maskelyne:
My lord.


[reads]



Reverend Nevil Maskelyne:
"And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that as soon as such Method for the Discovery of the said Longitude shall have been tried and found practicable and useful at Sea..."



Lord Morton:
Thank you. "Practicable and useful": those are the words I wish to draw to your attention. We accept the usefulness of the watch, but is it practicable? Mr. Harrison himself has never permitted this committee to examine the workings of his timepiece; I suggest to you that is because he himself has doubt about the practical use of his invention.



William Harrison:
Milords, you must understand that my father has sought to protect his work from those who might steal his inventions. But if this board requires it, we shall submit detailed drawings of the workings of the watch, when he has received his prize.



Lord Morton:
Mr. Harrison, this Board does not accept restrictions placed upon its work as prescribed by Parliament! *Here* are the conditions required for fulfilment of the terms of the Act!



Reverend Nevil Maskelyne:
[reading] "First, your father must, in person, take the watch apart and explain the working of every detail to the complete satisfaction of such persons as this Board shall appoint. This shall include any experimental observations they may require. Secondly, he shall make, or cause to be made under his sole direction, two further watches of the same design, to demonstrate the practicality of their construction. And thirdly, these new watches shall be subjected to such test or tests as this Board shall require, to ascertain their usefulness under the terms of the Act." Then, and only then, will he receive his prize.



William Harrison:
Milord, my father is sick and he's 73 years old.



Lord Morton:
He has until Thursday to accept the conditions -- which, I must inform you, have been submitted to Parliament and will form part of a new amendment to this Bill.

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Duchess of Wharfedale:
It is lucky for you that last night I had another card to play. At least it bought his silence.



Hornblower:
But how could you?



Duchess of Wharfedale:
What is it to you? Are you jealous?


[sighs]



Duchess of Wharfedale:
You completely misunderstand me. If I resisted de Vergesse, he would announce my secret, which would lead to my arrest as a spy and the discovery of your precious dispatches. So I sacrificed some small insignificant things such as my pride and my self-respect.

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Eric:
Hey Kris, you know that ceremony that your mom performed?



Krishna:
Don't ask me anything about it. I just wait there 'til she finishes.



Eric:
She was blessing us right? We're not married or anything?



Krishna:
What?



Eric:
It's just that I saw this documentary on the Discovery Channel, and it said that the dot was a symbol of marriage.



Krishna:
Look man, whatever it means, If I were you, I'd wipe that shit off your forehead before you start attracting Hari Krishnas or something.

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TV Anchor:
An amazing discovery today: A drawing of a naked lady found at the bottom of the ocean. Sources close to the drawing say, "Not only is she Nekkid, but she ain't wearing any clothes, too."

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Ron:
[as the students sit in the Great Hall studying, Neville comes hopping in, his legs apparently stuck completely together] Leg-Locker Curse?



Harry:
Malfoy.



Ron:
You have *got* to start standing up to people, Neville.



Neville Longbottom:
[wobbling uncontrollably] How? I can barely stand at all!



Seamus Finnigan:
[Jumping up, wand at the ready] I'll do the counter-curse!



Neville Longbottom:
No, that's all I need... you to set my bloody kneecaps on fire!



Seamus Finnigan:
[Slamming his wand down] I don't appreciate the insinuation, Longbottom. Besides, if anyone cares to notice, my eyebrows have grown completely back!


[Stalks off angrily, but not before showing that a large chunk of hair is missing from the back of his head]



Harry:
I found him!


[hands Ron a Chocolate Frog card of Dumbledore]



Ron:
'Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945-'



Harry:
Go on.



Ron:
'-for his discovery of the 12 uses of Dragon's Blood, and for his work on alchemy with his partner Nicolas Flamel!'



Harry:
I knew the name sounded familiar, I read it on the train that day.



Hermione:
[Beaming excitedly] Follow me!


[the Trio tears out of the Great Hall, leaving poor Neville still flailing around]



Neville Longbottom:
Hey, wait, where are you going? What about the counter-curse?


[Before he can say another word he topples over backwards, sparking a fresh round of laughter from the other students]

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Jarod:
[talking by a fire - Jarod had just put a blanket around Miss Parker shoulders to keep her warm] The Centre wants us to believe that finding the truth is a mistake, that looking for answers about who we really are is futile and finding any kind of... connection outside their control is wrong. I know you don't want to hear this but you can feel it. You've been a Centre prisoner all these years just like me. And with every discovery you find you're every bit the outcast. Just like me.



Miss Parker:
Why is it that the one person that I've been trained to distrust, to hate, to capture is always with me during the most difficult moments of my life?



Jarod:
[voice barely above a whisper] Maybe, it's supposed to be that way.


[they lean closer until they are close enough to kiss]

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Bruce:
[being overwhelmed with hearing prayers] Give me a break!


[Bruce is instantly transported to meet with God]



God:
Really something, isn't it?



Bruce:
Is this heaven?



God:
No, this is Mount Everest. You should flip on the Discovery Channel from time to time. But I guess you can't now, being dead and all.


[pause]



Bruce:
I'm *dead*?



God:
Naw, I'm just messing with ya.



Bruce:
That's not funny, Man! That is *not* funny.

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Victor:
Marlene didn't make me sleep on the couch. I fell asleep watching a documentary on The Discovery Channel.



Matt:
Really? What was it about?



Victor:
Turtles who are extinct because they don't mind their own business.

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The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.More [07/07/2011 03:07:38]
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.More [07/07/2011 05:07:24]

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