From: Billy Madison
Who said it?: Knibb High School Principal
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from one of Adam Sandler’s first films, Billy Madison. The movie focuses on the titular character’s quest to complete all school levels, starting from the elementary level until high school, and graduate in order to inherit his father’s company.
The quote comes from the very end of the film when Billy is challenged to an Academic Decathlon by the antagonist of the film (played by Bradley Whitford) and get control of the company. When trying to explain how the industrial revolution affected the world, Billy uses a first grade book, The Puppy Who Lost His Way, as a way to answer the question. After delivering a long answer (which Billy is really pleased with), the Knibb High School principal, who was moderating the quiz, tells Billy how stupid his answer is…
Geek wisdom: There are times when you think you have a ingenious answer to something. Or you have something you want to say that, in your mind, seems really clever. So you blurt it out, without filtering it. And, just as you’ve finished saying it, you see, too late, how wrong you were or how stupid the statement really is.
Think before you speak. Sometimes, you have to evaluate what you’re about to say. It’s better than realizing that you’ve just put your foot in your mouth.
From: Happy Gilmore
Who said it?: Shooter McGavin
The story behind the quote: I’ve already posted something about Happy Gilmore before so I won’t go into much detail about the plot of the film. Basically, Happy Gilmore is a former hockey player who becomes a golfer in order to earn enough money to get his grandmother’s house back. Still, like most movies, there is still a central antagonist. And that person is Shooter McGavin (played by Christopher McDonald). He hates Happy (played by Adam Sandler) because the former hockey player doesn’t take the game of golf seriously.
The quote comes quite late into the movie. Shooter wins the auction for Happy’s home. In order to get his house back, Happy makes a bet with Shooter. If Happy ranks higher than Shooter, he gets his house back. If Shooter beats him, Happy will need to quit golf. After they agree to the terms, Shooter turns to his rival and delivers the quote. Happy laughs at what he said, especially regarding his apparent meal choices.
Geek wisdom: Always be careful of what you say to people. Even if they are meant to be jokes, people can misunderstand your actual intentions. Shooter just wanted to emphasize that he’ll be able to beat Happy easily. But, because of his choice of words, Happy made it sound like he eats crap every morning… literally!
So, when delivering a message, try to be as clear and detailed as possible. You never know how these things can be misinterpreted.
From: Happy Gilmore
Who said it?: Happy Gilmore
The story behind the quote: Adam Sandler rose to popularity by writing and starring in movies where the main characters are extremely unbelievable but are a blast to watch. One of these movies is Happy Gilmore. Happy Gilmore is an extremely aggressive hockey player with a very powerful slapshot. It’s this overly aggressive personality that keeps him from getting into any hockey team. It turns out that his grandmother (who raised him) hasn’t been paying her taxes and the IRS is about to repossess the house he grew up in.
While some movers are repossessing some of his household items, he makes a bet involving hitting golf balls. It is this bet when he discovers that he can use his amazing slapshot to hit golf balls farther than most pro golfers. He then joins the pro golfing circuit where his violent temper and antics make him an immediate star… even if his putting skills stink.
The quote comes from one of the tours that displays his bad putting skills. Another golfer (played by Kevin Nealon) coaches Happy that the ball really wants to get in the hole since it’s his home. All it needs is to be guided home. Happy attempts the putt and misses. This is when he loses it and starts shouting at the ball…
Geek wisdom: Even the simplest things can be difficult and it can be incredibly frustrating. Happy Gilmore may be extremely good at driving the ball in golf but he struggles at putting and he definitely shows it in the quote. It’s okay to get frustrated at doing new, especially if you’re not good at it. But you have a choice: remain frustrated at it or practice and get better at it.
Happy does eventually get good at putting, but he had to put the time and effort into getting good at it. I bet even a guy who has natural talent in golf like Tiger Woods had to practice to become the top dog. It goes with every thing that we do; we can only improve at something if we keep on doing it over and over again.