From time to time I am gently reminded that I live in a foreign land and have nothing culturally in common with these people whatsoever. Last week I used the phrase “pure as the wind-driven snow,” for example, and the person I was talking to looked at me like I was a space alien.

Later I used a line from this ad, a phrase so iconic that you would be extremely hard-pressed to find an English-speaking American between the ages of 30 and 60 for whom it was not instantly recognisable.

Thus it is in the spirit of international brotherhood that I make this attempt to educate you, my foreign readers:


  1. Stu said,

    September 19, 2010 @ 18:06

    OK, so I watched it twice… and one might think I know WTF your talking about… but I don’t. Shouldn’t it be “I Learnt It By Watching You”…

  2. Gervais said,

    October 15, 2010 @ 09:53

    Thanks for shedding light on this one Phil.

    I always suspected that Luigi was doing blow behind Mario’s back.

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