For the Swedish Chef, March comes in like a Bork and goes out like a Bork...

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/03/05 07:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2010/03/05/9971222.aspx


My friend Doug reminded me of an old SNL skit that seemed kind of topical for the month, which I thought I would share:

Chevy Chase:

Last week we made the comment that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Now here to reply is our chief meteorologist, John Belushi, with a seasonal report.

John Belushi:

Thank you Chevy.
Well, another winter is almost over and March true to form has come in like a lion, and hopefully will go out like a lamb.
At least that’s how March works here in the United States.
But did you know that March behaves differently in other countries?
In Norway, for example, March comes in like a polar bear and goes out like a walrus.
Or, take the case of Honduras where March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a salt marsh harvest mouse.
Let’s compare this to the Maldive Islands where March comes in like a wildebeest and goes out like an ant. A tiny, little ant about this big.

{John Belushi holds thumb and index fingers a small distance apart}

Unlike the Malay Peninsula where March comes in like a worm-eating fernbird and goes out like a worm-eating fernbird. In fact, their whole year is like a worm-eating fernbird.
Or consider the Republic of South Africa where March comes in like a lion and goes out like a different lion. Like one has a mane, and one doesn’t have a mane.
Or in certain parts of South America where March swims in like a sea otter, and then it slithers out like a giant anaconda.
There you can buy land real cheap, you know.
And there’s a country where March hops in like a kangaroo, and stays a kangaroo for a while, and then it becomes a slightly smaller kangaroo. Then, then, then for a couple of days it’s sort of a cross between a, a frilled lizard and a common house cat.

{Chevy Chase tries to interrupt him}

Wait wait wait wait. Then it changes back into a smaller kangaroo, and then it goes out like a, like a wild dingo. Now, now, and it’s not Australia! Now, now, you’d think it would be Australia, but it’s not!

{Chevy Chase tries again to interrupt him}

Now look, pal! I know a country where March comes in like an emu and goes out like a tapir. And they don’t even know what it means! All right?
Now listen, there are nine different countries, where March comes in like a frog, and goes out like a golden retriever. But that- that’s not the weird part! No, no, the weird part is, is the frog. The frog- The weird part is-

{John Belushi has a seizure and falls off his his chair}

Thanks Doug, that was an awesome one.

I wonder if it's on video anywhere?

Anyway, it's kind of international, huh? :-)

I don't know about you, but it makes you wonder about what they call The Swedish Chef in Sweden:

The Swedish Chef

# John Cowan on 5 Mar 2010 12:45 PM:

http://www.tiffman.com/bork.cgi?url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Chef  says: "In Germuny zee Svedeesh Cheff is Duneesh und hees sung is "Smørrebrød, Smørrebrød røm, pøm, pøm, pøm". Hooefer, in Svedee he-a is steell Svedeesh."

It also points out the many companies (including Oopera Sufftvere-a, Guugle-a, Meebu, und Gooeeld Vers) who provide it as a locale, and explains that Trulltech, the developers of Qt, uses "incheffereezeshun" (i15n) to "sput meestekes in zee interneshuneleezeshun" (i19n).


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