24 September 2007

Usually we're just kidding

When I hung out with a bunch of medievalists in college (many of whom I still hang out with because they are such lovely people) our response to anything being thrown - including little, squishy decorative pillows - was to whine "You'll put your eye out!" or "It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye."

The whining was very important because we were making fun of the self-appointed safety patrol who would nag people about safety procedures of which we were already aware. (For some reason, the SASP were all natural whiners.) We were also quoting A Christmas Story, but that's not the point.

But I bet if the internet had delivered up unto us this story of a modern medievalist unintentionally doing his impression of Harold Godwinson, we'd had shut our sarcastic yaps for a few days.


Man speared in the eye during medieval joust for tv show


Brett said...

Doctors expect a full recovery

Clearly they didn't do it right.

Bill said...

Didn't Nostradamus predict this?

Anonymous said...

It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye."

Then, of course, it's a game of "find the eye."

... also quoting A Christmas Story

THEY were quoting US. We were whining years before that movie. In my case, many, many years :)