The opening to the Old English epic poem Beowulfhandwritten in half-uncial script: We of the Spear-Danes from days of yore have heard of the glory of the folk-kings In the fifth century, the Anglo-Saxons settled Britain as the Roman economy and administration collapsed. A few short inscriptions from the early period of Old English were written using a runic script.
Albuquerque — The Rugburns His Once-An-Album polka medleys tend to be time capsules of a particular period in music, covering both enduring hits and flashes in the pan. Incidentally, the polka medleys themselves are an example of this trope.
A lot of us probably don't remember Stars on 45, a Dutch novelty act which created song medleys set to disco. Al took the concept, only he set the medley to polka music instead with "Polkas On 45". While Stars on 45 is largely forgotten, Al continues to feature polka medleys on each of his albums except "Even Worse" and arguably "Alapalooza", where instead of a medley he did a polka cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Because Weird Al was effectively the only parody artist to hit it big in the pop music era, there is a widespread, pronounced tendency on the Internet to attribute to Weird Al any parody song whose artist is otherwise unknown.
This has been especially common on pirate MP3 repositories such as Napster, where searching on Weird Al would produce any number of non-Al music, some of it obscene or offensive, with his name on it. Weird Al is on record as saying that this mistaken identity, rather than any theoretical lost revenue, is the biggest unwanted effect piracy has on him personally.
Advertising The Energizer Bunny, Mascot for the Energizer brand of batteries for over 20 years, was originally a parody of an ad campaign by rival Duracell, in which a small and cute bunny with a small drum powered by their battery would last longer than one powered by their chief rival — which in the commercial was Everlast to not name Energizer owned by Eveready at the time by name.
Energizer's ad was that its bunny, like its battery, was too large and impressive for Duracell's ad. In part due to its effectiveness as a campaign and in part due to Duracell not keeping up with the trademarks, the original bunny is all but forgotten in North America although still active in other continents.
The phrase, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature" has been used and re-used so often just as often as a parody as notthat it's approached the point where many people have no idea where it actually came from for the record, it was from a commercial for a butter substitute called Chiffon.
Similarly, the phrase "that's-a spicy meatball-a" is used in a few places. It was originally from a fake ad for meatballs inside an Alka-Seltzer ad from And again for a very distinct, hushed delivery of "We've secretly replaced somebody's 'X' with 'Y.
This is, in fact, pretty common with commercials. The endless repetition of them can easily create annoyance, which means writers and creators will see them as ripe for parody in their work, with the end result being the parodies can live on even when the ad campaign itself ends.
A Super Bowl ad set in a libraryin which a whispered argument over Oreo cookies escalated into a brawl, prompted the creation of a sign proclaiming, "In light of recent events, NO OREOS will be allowed in the library.
Art Quite some famous or well known people from previous centuries are nowadays better known because they were painted or sculpted by world famous artists.
So whenever, for instance, the Mona Lisa is parodied, most people aren't aware that she was an actual aristocratic 15thth century lady. Ten years later, who can remember their contemporaries?
Guess which one got immortalized across the pond in Robotech? The flip-side of this trope, when it comes to mecha anime, is the Super Robot Wars game series, which have the effect of re-popularizing old, "out-of-print" series. While were on the subject, the word "Instrumentality" will have most anime fans thinking of Evangelion.
However, it's actually a reference to the stories of sci-fi author Cordwainer Smith. Gunbuster was actually a parody of Aim for the Ace! Dragon Ball originally started as a parody of Journey to the Westwhich, while still popular in Asia, is more or less unknown in many countries Dragon Ball was released in except those that had Monkey!
The speech "Sometimes I'm a Ouran High School Host Club appears to be headed this way, with more people watching the show having not seen any of the shojo it parodies. The surface humor and well-developed characters serve to attract people who don't get the joke.
The anime commonly includes Shout Outs to older works to entertain some of its older audiences, so naturally for many younger viewers, it's often the first they've ever heard of certain things.
Interestingly, that show actually was shown in America, but it's highly likely that most viewers never saw it. The gaudy clothes, pencil-thin mustache, and uncommonly large overbite of Osomatsu-kun 's Iyami is much more well known to Japanese audiences than Tony Tani, the vaudeville comedian who inspired him.
Even his trademark "zansu" tic came from Tani's act. The sheer amount of references to the Ultraman franchise in anime is staggering, ranging from blatant parodies of the entire franchise to extremely subtle nods to specific episodes of specific series, but most are rarely understood by non-Japanese viewers, especially since Ultraman is usually brushed off as "that low-budget Power Rangers ripoff" by many.
Originally published in the same magazine as Asterix, Barbe-Rouge is almost unknown outside France. You have a shot at recognizing them if you've seen one of the 90s cartoon shows, but the parody characters have such a distinct look that it's not obvious.
They look much more like their Asterix designs and the crow's nest pirate observes that the ship they're about to attack 'has no Gauls on it'. Furthermore the pirates, on yet another occasion when their ship is smashed by Asterix and Co, end up in a sequence with them parodying the now somewhat obscure painting "The Raft of the Medusa".
Said painting is actually pretty famous in France, and a mainstay of school textbooks on French painting. The English translation has them say "We've been framed, by Jericho!
In Asterix and the Banquet Asterix meets a group of characters in Marseille, who are a shout-out to the s movies Fanny and Marius by Marcel Pagnol, something most people of today, even in France, wouldn't get. The antagonist from Obelix and Co.- Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales There is no question that contradictory values make up a major component of The Canterbury Tales.
Fate vs. Fortuna, knowledge vs. experience and love vs. hate all embody Chaucer's famous work. Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterpiece “The Canterbury Tales” depicts characters from every stratum of feudal society and exposes the contradictions of the character’s social roles.
As a Church representative, the Pardoner, for instance, is to be a scammer of gullible believers. His tale is an ironic narrative that speaks about human morality/5(1).
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For example, enter "giraffe" and you'll get . Geoffrey Chaucer's masterpiece "The Canterbury Tales" depicts characters from every stratum of feudal society and exposes the contradictions of the character's social roles. As a Church representative, the Pardoner, for instance, is to be a scammer of gullible believers.4/4(1).
There are many scholars through The Canterbury Tales, and though nearly all of them are poor, this does not dampen their spirits. The Guildsmen (Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver, Dyer, Tapestry-Maker) Chaucer mentions five specific guildsmen by trade in the Prologue, but none of them gets to tell a Tale.