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Who knew Hitler was a die-hard Cowboys fan?

It’s Superbowl Sunday. Even someone who’s not much of a football fan and who doesn’t really care much one way or the other about either team can’t help but get caught up in the hype a little bit. In any case, there seems little point to doing any serious blog posts today, given that (1) it’s a weekend and traffic plummets on the weekend and (2) it’s Superbowl Sunday, which leads me to expect that traffic will be even lower than a typical Sunday. Oh, and also because I just learned that Hitler was a Cowboys fan:

I’ve posted a parody of this particular scene from the German movie Downfall before. Indeed, there are more such parodies.

For example, there seems to be a thread of anti-Microsoft sentiment in these parodies:

And now there’s one about MySpace:

And this, I’m told (although I’m not sure it’s correct), is the one that started it all, Somebody Stole Hitler’s Car:

Downfall, by the way, is an incredible movie; you feel as though you really are watching what was happening during Hitler’s last days in the bunker. I recommend it highly. The particular scene being parodied portrays Hitler’s generals telling him that the Russians have broken through the last defenses and are entering Berlin, that the divisions that Hitler thought he had no longer existed, and that the last remnants of his military were unable to break through to reach Berlin in time to try to stop the Red Army. It is a moment when Hitler finally realizes that there is no winning, that there is no escape, and that his position is truly hopeless. There’s something very primal about that scene, and there’s also something about that scene that makes it very ripe for parody, as you can see.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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