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And the line is also the common movie pickup line where the woman is changing into something more suitable for the evenings activities, like a flimsy negligee easily removed.

Page 10 - Lord Rust thinks, "Young Edward thinks the touch of a king can cure scrofula" Scrofula is a condition in which the bacteria that causes tuberculosis causes symptoms outside the lungs. Page 36 - The Trolls and Dwarfs marching resonates with the Catholic IRA and the Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in Northern Ireland. It is revealed that d'Eath has stolen the gonne, the Disc's first and only handheld firearm, from the Assassins' Guild, with the intention of discrediting Vetinari's government through the murders. There have been a few orangutan models in the entertainment industry, notably Manis who played Clyde as Clint Eastwood's sidekick in the 1978 box office hit Every Which Way But Loose and the sequel Any Which Way You Can as well as in the 1984 movie Cannonball Run II. Page 261 - The description of Big Fido, the poodle, fighting every dog until he is the alpha dog of the pack resonates with countless prison and gang movie plots where the new man on the block takes on the gang or inmate leader to become the new alpha male.As an aside, in previous times barbers were also surgeons so would be skilled in ear removal if they had a sideline as a torturer. Meanwhile, Captain Samuel Vimes, captain of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, prepares for his imminent wedding to Sybil Ramkin, the richest woman in Ankh-Morpork. Page 9 - the very old sharp sword and the ring from the reign of King Tyrril resonate with many Roundworld legends, notably the King Arthur legends. Now the one behind you, that's a big bow" This line resonates with many movie lines including Crocodile Dundee (Now that's a big knife). Page 27 - The Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons resonates with all the real and pseudo care and rehabilitation facilties for every type of animal imaginable in Roundworld.

A short-timer was one who didn't have long to go and therefore didn't want to put himself at undue risk -- hence "I'm too short for this shit". Page 63 - Bloody Stupid Johnson is a regular feature in Pratchett's novels, always creating something that does not work the way it was intended - the Mail Sorter in Going Postal and the bathroom in Unseen University. Roundworld's hermit crab (which can be found on islands like Bermuda) behaves similarly: it has no protective shell of its own, so it utilises the shells of dead land snails.There is a statue to the supposed original Molly Malone (no evidence supports the existence of a specific person apart from the fact that there were female fishmongers who, due to poverty, likely doubled as prostitutes and both Molly and Malone are common Irish names). Colon is clearly using the term 'men' as in 'human' rather than referring to the male of the species, whereas Angua is thinking the opposite. Another popular reference to this expression is "I'm too old for this shit", a catchphrase for Danny Glover's character in the Lethal Weapon series of movies.

The Jammy Devils are a pastry with a jam filling but are also a Scottish rock and roll band - whether they were around when the book was written or were known to Pratchett is undetermined. Page 173 - "'They do things like open the Three Jolly Luck Take-away Fish Bar on the site of the old temple in Dagon Street on the night of the Winter solstice when it also happens to be a full moon.The double entendre relates to the conventional stereotype that both under-sized males as well as black males are 'better-endowed' than white males. I Pagliacci, ends with an obsessive, paranoid and insanely jealous clown going on a Shakespearean knife wielding rampage, stabbing his wife, her lover, and himself to death.

And someone armed and dangerous has been getting ideas about power and destiny and lost kings, committing a string of seemingly random murders across the city.Page 138 footnote - " Slumpie, Jammy Devils, Fikkun haddock, Distressed Pudding, Clooty Dumplings, and not to be forgotten, the Knuckle Sandwich. Both before and after, the company exhibited all the trademark bureaucracy of an unwieldy monolithic corporation with the associated lack of concern or interest in their clients - the travelling public. Edward d'Eath, an Assassin and son of a down-and-out noble family, becomes convinced that the restoration of the Ankh-Morpork monarchy will solve the social change in the city which he blames for his family's humbling.

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