“Picture it: Sicily…”

From: The Golden Girls

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Sophia Petrillo

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic US sitcom The Golden Girls. The show is all about four older women living their golden years together in the same house in Miami, Florida. The show was a smash hit and is still recognized today as one of the most popular sitcoms of all time thanks to an all star cast that included Beatrice Arthur as the sarcastic Dorothy, Betty White as the dimwitted Rose, Rue McClanahan as the Southern belle Blanche and Estelle Getty as Dorothy’s mother, Sophia Petrillo.

The quote actually comes from Sophia. As the oldest of the quartet, she has a lot of experiences she would like to give her younger roommates the benefit of her wisdom while in Sicily. She would usually start her stories with this week’s quote. However, sometimes, there are some stories that seem to be made up…

Geek wisdom:  Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if a story is true or not. A lot of the time, it doesn’t really matter if it’s factual or pure fiction. What matters is if we can learn from those stories. What’s important is the message the story is trying to convey. Just because something is made up, that doesn’t mean we can’t get some life lessons from it.

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“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

From: The Wizard of Oz

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Wizard

The story behind the quote: The quote comes the classic film TheWizard of Oz. I don’t really think I need to summarize the movie… but I will anyway.

The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy (and her dog Toto) who, because of a freak accident involving a tornado (!), is magically transported to the Land of Oz. Now, she is stuck in the Land of Oz. Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, advises Dorothy to see the Wizard of Oz as he may know of a way to send her home. Along the way, Dorothy meets a colorful cast of characters, including The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion.

The quote comes from the scene when the crew talk to the Wizard, who looks like a giant floating head. However, Toto exposes that the floating head is just an illusion created by a middle-aged man hiding behind the curtain, who is the “real” Wizard. He attempts to distract them by asking them to ignore the man.

Geek wisdom: It’s sometimes good to leave a little mystery in life. Magic tricks are a lot of the fun is because we are awed by the act. We may not know how it’s done but we appreciate it all the same. As a species, we try to know everything. But, sometimes, knowing everything reduces the wonder we see in the world.

There is a simple joy to seeing something happening and not know how it happened. Sometimes, trying to understand it takes the fun out of it.