All in all, it had been a weird, weird lottery.

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by mingster, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    I am 98% sure that this is the last line of a relatively famous short story. One that most of you have likely been forced to read in high school. But for the life of me, I can't figure out what story it is!

    The reason I think it's notable, is because the line appeared in writing in an episode of the Simpsons last night, at 11:00 on Fox, in case any of you saw it. And I'm trying to figure out it's importance. I KNOW IT HAS SOME! And yes, I did search the webbernet.

    NB: The line could also be: All in all, it had been a weird, weird day.
    In which case, it's probably not from a short story. :(

    HELP!


    Ming.
     
  2. boost

    boost TRIBE Member

    I definitely read 'lottery'.

    I can't help you out, but now I'm curious too!
     
  3. wyrm

    wyrm TRIBE Member

    Hasn't everyone read that tale of conformity gone wild?
     
  4. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    I really thought it was Lottery too. But I found Lottery on the web last night, and the last line was something different. Unless I didn't find it in it's entirety. Does anyone know the last line from the Lottery?

    Ming.
     
  5. kat

    kat TRIBE Member

    i think you might have to wait for snpp to archive that episode

    its still fairly new
     
  6. AdamAnt

    AdamAnt TRIBE Member

    I think you have the line wrong b/c that's DEFINATELY the name of the short story.
     
  7. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member


    What? What's definitely the name of what short story?
     
  8. Hal-9000

    Hal-9000 TRIBE Member

  9. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    Yeah, I guess that is the entire story. So that's not it.

    Does no one recognize the line?


    Ming.
     
  10. Hal-9000

    Hal-9000 TRIBE Member

    I vaguely recognize it, but I can't place it.

    This is going to bug me all day.
     
  11. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    heheh....me too.
     
  12. AdamAnt

    AdamAnt TRIBE Member

    Which simpson's episode was it?
     
  13. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    It was the one where bart is being chased by the white pit bull, and then he befriends an aging cowboy actor.

    Ming.
     
  14. AdamAnt

    AdamAnt TRIBE Member

    Where the book gets ripped up and it says: "The Lottery" on the torn pages? Or was I just thinking that it said that?
     
  15. Lysistrata

    Lysistrata Well-Known Member

    it's by Shirley Jackson. Also a play.
     
  16. AdamAnt

    AdamAnt TRIBE Member

    MAYBE the line was part of BART's report!!! Yes, this answers our problem.
     
  17. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    His book is a short story book, and when it gets ripped up, there's a close up of that line (and then it says, The End)...and because there's that close up....I'm convinced there's some significance to it.

    Ming.
     
  18. AdamAnt

    AdamAnt TRIBE Member

    I might have this episode on my computer. I'll check, print the screen if I do and we'll have a closer look.
    Does anybody know the name of the episode?
     
  19. BigBadBaldy

    BigBadBaldy TRIBE Member

    I think the whole point was the fact that it was a book entitled "Americans 2nd Best Stories", and in it was a story that was obviously a reference to what is regarded as one of the BEST short stories, "The Lottery", by Shirley Jackson (as already covered). What makes it a JOKE is that it was such a hack ending:

    "All in all it had been a weird lottery.

    ..THE END?"

    It's a joke. It's a second rate story with a cliched ending.

    BBB.

    Blarg©..?
     
  20. Lysistrata

    Lysistrata Well-Known Member

    this seems right on target.
     
  21. AdamAnt

    AdamAnt TRIBE Member

    Okay, I missed the 2nd best short stories bit.
     
  22. kat

    kat TRIBE Member

    yea they had "The Lottery" on the simpsons before (1 where kent brockman won - slh needed surgery for a twisted stomach)

    this one. with Buck McCoy the cowboy - bart is running to school because a dog is chasing him
    "eat my short stories" throws 2nd best stories book at dog
    dog chews pages - bottom page slips out with "all in all it had been a weird, weird lottery." written at the bottom

    teh end. maybe bbb is right. thas all it means.
    i wouldnt know. but thats what happened.
     
  23. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    You spent all night thinking about that, didn't you?
     
  24. BigBadBaldy

    BigBadBaldy TRIBE Member

    No, I tried explaining it to you at the time, but you were too busy Googling to listen. :p

    I don't need to wait, Bog puts the answers in my head right away.
     
  25. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    You never tried to explain it to me! YOU DID NOT!
     

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