“Skinner’s charade is woefully transparent, but the deception doesn’t completely fall apart until the very last line.”
Jaquandor saw this article from the UK. He wrote to me on Facebook: “‘It’s an Albany expression!’ Hmmm…really? Hey, do you call hamburgers ‘steamed hams’? (I’m guessing, no.)”
The piece from March 2017 refers to a scene from the TV show The Simpsons. I was a fervent viewer of the program in the first decade, but I rarely see it now. So I was unfamiliar with the particular segment.
“This scene comes in at about 340 words, and 67 sentences. Every line serves a purpose – either as a joke, or as character building.”
Cookywook goes into great detail about:
1. The script about principal Skinner trying to impress school superintendent Chalmers. “Skinner’s charade is woefully transparent, but the deception doesn’t completely fall apart until the very last line.”
2. The structure of a faux opening
3. The animation
4. The psychology of space
5. The climax, with “Skinner’s most extravagant lie by far”
Of course, “steamed hams” really isn’t “an Albany expression.” It’s probably a Schenectady thing.
From the November 26 lectionary: Matthew 25:44-45 (NIV): They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
I’ve seen a variation of this more than once on Facebook: “If we’re being technical here, Charles Manson isn’t actually a serial killer and never killed anyone that we know of.” I think this is pedantic; encouraging others to kill made him legally culpable