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omigod really? Boiling puppies for ointment!!!


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In Blaise Pascal the movie. Family was all excited to see the puppies in the basket on the table, but they were getting ready to boil them for Pascal's ointment for his legs! I think I'm gonna puke. We thought he was going to come in and pet them.

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Well keats, look at it this way then...while I agree that to our 21st Century sensibilities this would seem extremely barbaric, you have to remember that Rossellini's film was based in the 17th Century and when these sorts of practices were commonplace.

 

(...but yeah, I KNOW...then WHY the h*ll are there STILL barbaric morons in the 21st Century who do things like shooting rhinos for their horns and JUST because it's supposedly a male aphrodisiac???...well, sorry, but I DON'T have answer for ya about THAT, 'cause that's STILL a freakin' mystery to ME!!!) ;)

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h4. A writer created "eye of newt" for we could tolerate the abuse of reptiles

Superstitious remedies exist in the world of belief, and not science. We still see this mistake with cause and affect today; look at all the deception on the internet. Hey, there's a $7 trick to make wrinkles to disappear! ;-)

 

The poor puppy, who by coincidence, happened about the first miraculous cure.

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>Superstitious remedies exist in the world of belief, and not science. We still see this mistake with cause and affect today; look at all the deception on the internet. Hey, there's a $7 trick to make wrinkles to disappear!

 

 

Boy, have you got THAT right Char, though unfortunately in MY case, I've ONLY discovered the truth of that statement fairly recently...'cause no matter how many times I bury my voodoo doll of Donald Trump, I just can't seem to make the guy disappear!

 

(...and don't EVEN get me started about all these useless "Male-Enhancement" products I've got sittin' around this place that those porn stars on TV absolutely guaranteed to WORK!!!)

 

LOL

 

;)

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Wow...the power of suggestion must have had real power in those days! I don't like to sound like a new-age sensitive dweeb, but I can't see boiling puppies for some kind of ointment that probably didn't have any real medicinal value.

 

Of course, this doesn't diminish the desire, in the wee hours of the morning, to boil the puppies my neighbor lets bark their heads off all night long! ;)

 

Sepiatone

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LOL

 

Yeah, well, it could be worse ya know, Sepia.

 

Ya see, in OUR case, when this pack of coyotes we have livin' around here starts their yelpin' and howlin' at about 1am almost every night lately, which ISN'T so bad, but THEN when our dog Moose starts yelpin' and howlin' from inside our bedroom in unison with 'em...well, try sleepin' through THAT if ya can!!!

 

(...and I kid you NOT here)

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I thought this thread was "spam" at first. But then I saw that the OP has been around since 2008, a veteran.

I feel compelled to say, however, that I hate "omigod". It's become ubiquitous, and it's almost always associated with a stupid observation or comment of some kind.

Grouchy, I am. Yes.

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> {quote:title=Dargo2 wrote:}{quote}

> Rossellini's film was based in the 17th Century and when these sorts of practices were commonplace.

 

A Short History of Medicine:

"I am sick. What should I do?"

1000 BC: "Eat this root"

AD 1000: "That root is heathen. Say this prayer."

AD 1500: "That prayer is superstition. Drink this elixir."

AD 1900: "That elixir is snake oil. Take this pill."

AD 1970: "That pill is ineffective. Take this antibiotic."

AD 2000: "That antibiotic is artificial. Eat this root."

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It's these foreign films with the subtitles that TCM likes to show so much. Most of them people never even heard of before they're shown on TCM. I didn't watch Blaise Pascal but if I had and caught that puppie scene I would have surely turned it off exclaiming to myself "That's what I get for watching that subtitled "bleep" of TCM's. 'nuff said".

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>Dargo2 wrote: Ya see, in OUR case, when this pack of coyotes we have livin' around here starts their yelpin' and howlin' at about 1am almost every night lately, which ISN'T so bad, but THEN when our dog Moose starts yelpin' and howlin' from inside our bedroom in unison with 'em...well, try sleepin' through THAT if ya can!!!

h5. and to continue the truth with superstitious overtones...

I guess too late to recommend a THUNDERSHIRT?

 

>(...and I kid you NOT here)

How nice... even a Jack Paar reference.

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Re the "Thundershirts", Char...

 

Yep, we got Moose one of those last year during the Monsoon season out this way(mucho thunder and lightning during those, ya know), and it seemed to work only so-so on him.

 

(...and re the "Jack Paar" thing...you're right, that was his signature line alright...I had forgotten about that)

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> {quote:title=FlyBackTransformer wrote:}{quote}

> It's these foreign films with the subtitles that TCM likes to show so much.

 

I believe subtitles are for those people who wish to expand their experience, enjoyment and understanding but who do not wish to bother to learn the major languages.

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> {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:}{quote}

> What's "good" for the LOBSTER is good for the LAB! ;)

 

A study in I believe it was 1987 was conducted wherein they attached an EEG to lobsters prior to cooking. The study showed three results:

 

1) A lobster dropped into boiling water exhibited the same response as to a flash of bright light and death occurred with no obvious pain response.

 

2) A lobster in water which was brought slowly to boiling exhibited a gradual loss of function with no obvious pain response.

 

3) Modern electronics do not respond well to boiling water and more circuit boards than lobsters died in the experiments.

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>1) A lobster dropped into boiling water exhibited the same response as to a flash of bright light and death occurred with no obvious pain response.

 

Hmmmm...I wonder if they also see their grandmother's face and hear a voice saying: "Come toward the light!"???

 

(...and if they DO, then maybe I'll just stick to the scallops on the menu from now on) ;)

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I would rather have TCM show an 'old' foreign movie than yet another 'same old' repeat. Of course some of those movies will be only OK and hey, some even bad, but that is true of American movies as well from the studio era (especially the 30s where often they just cranked them out).

 

The wife speaks 3 languages (she is Italian but is fluent in French and English (otherwise we couldn't communicate!). She speaks Italian everyday (our phone bill to her family in Italy is proof of that), but not French so every once in a while the subtitles help her. She really related to the Italian movies shown this month. Her grandmothers lived into their late 90s and my wife grew up with them. Thus she could relate these movies to some of the stories they told her.

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