Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Monty Python Explains It All


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Silly Walks

Starting life on a farm, I enjoyed the years of living just outside my hometown of 427 people.  Most of the residents, their ancestors, and their descendants had lived in this area since 1820s. 

When my own small family moved to Ireland in 1985, our adventures took us through small villages with their own populations, much like those of my hometown, only theirs dated back to 15th century, or further.

These villages and my own hometown had many similarities, including a church, store, farmers market, and pub (no pub at my old town). 

Another striking similarity was the presence of locals who were referred to as the “village idiots”.  My parents explained this was not an insult, but was the only way to describe this part of the populations.


But, after watching this episode of “Monty Python”, I learned how this came to be.


From YouTube, where Monty Python jewels reside

This relieves my mind, as I couldn't force myself to see people that way.  My parents probably were not aware of this hidden training program.

P. S.  I love Monty Python episodes, their unique sense of humor, and satire on the English society.  I found this video, and decided to write around it.  Hope no one is offended--that is certainly not my desire or intention.

This is a re-post, dated Oct. 23, 2015.

32 comments:

  1. I learned something new. I had no idea that the village idiot played an important social role. As I was curious I did a little research and found the concept goes back to Byzantine times!

    Monty Python is da bomb! :D :D :D

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    1. I will have to check that out!

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    2. Isn't it amazing that way back to that era village idiots had a place in society! Looked that up and chuckled.

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  2. haha who knew there was training

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  3. Oh my gosh, I used to love watching Monty Python when I was a kid. It aired on Saturday night on PBS. I think I remember this clip and hadn't ever thought of looking for them on youtube. Now I'll probably be lost down that rabbit hole for hours LOL.

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  4. Monty alwasy had the answers for everything. These idiots make us all look...um...stoooopid.

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  5. Oh, I love Monty Python. Brilliant stuff. I love to reference it in class. The looks I get... They have no idea.

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    1. Someday, make it assignment for students to access them on YouTube, which I am sure they know how to do.

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  6. Monty Python rocks! Thanks, I needed a diversion today.

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    1. They are always good for what ails you.

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  7. Dear Susan, thanks so much for laughter today. I'm getting bids on some work that needs to be done on my home/house and so I needed to laugh! And MP always does the trick! As do some of the skits from the very early years of Saturday Night Live. Peace.

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    1. When one needs laughter, MP will do the job.

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  8. Appreciate the information, thanks for sharing and greetings.

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    1. Thanks, B.! Glad to see your name.

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  9. Love Monty Python, who could possibly be offended? Thanks for the chuckle.

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  10. I sometimes feel like the village idiot myself, especially when higher educated people are discussing things around me, politics, economics etc. I do think that acting like a village idiot might be a good way to keep away unwanted visitors.
    LOVE Monty Python.

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    1. Monty Python probably had no idea how far reaching their talents would be.

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  11. Add me to the lovers of Monty Python. I can still recite big parts of some of the skits...

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    1. Holy Grail movie stands so strongly in my mind. "Shubbery" and "nee, nee".
      The skits, Sheep in the wall and Spanish Inquisition, were excellent!

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  12. Ha ha! Monty Python are great.

    Love your photos from Switzerland in the previous post!

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  13. Monty Python is so popular ...

    All the best Jan

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  14. It's possible I already told you this story in 2015. If so, please forgive...

    At my high school, one of the best and most popular courses was Russian History. The teacher set up the class like a Russian village. Those who kissed up to him became nobles, who then claimed others as serfs, etc. The most esteemed position was that of Village Idiot. One of my best friends was the VI in my class. He brought great inventiveness to the role.

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    1. Huzzah for him, VI of a social strata. I bet he enjoyed great freedom!

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    2. He did. One day he started reciting the Gettysburg Address, just because he could. Another day, it was a random stacking of books in the middle of the room. Good times.

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  15. Someday humor like Monty Python will be banned if things keep going the way they are now. Politically incorrectness has long been a mainstay of humor, but now it's frowned upon. Funny seems to have become synonymous with blurting profanities or saying something crude about the President. I think comedians have lost their minds as in lacking any capacity for deeper or sillier thoughts. Good ole Monty Python, how we miss ye lads.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I so hear you. If the current trend continues, society will become very divisive, more so than it is now. Stand up comedy will instead become shooting arrows at conservatives.

      Monty Python...it is the voice of reason now.

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