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    Default "Sh*t's gotta be tasty. A million flies can't be wrong."

    this is a part of a dialogue fromandrei Zvyagnitsevs's Elena movie:

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    Go on and have some babies. Maybe they'll turn out different.

    -- Different from everyone else? There's no such thing as 'different'. And I don't feel like experimenting in that area: It's painful, and expensive, and pointless.

    -- What is it with you and 'pointless'? Dumb excuses. You're just trying to avoid being responsible.

    -- Dad, it's irresponsible to produce offsprings that - you know - are going to be sick and doomed, since the parents are just as sick and doomed. And only because cosi fan tutte; because there is some apparently 'higher meaning' to it all,which is not ours to comprehend.After all we are merely the executors of this higher purpose.Sh*t's gotta be tasty,millions of flies can't be wrong.And, anyway, the world will end soon enough, in case you haven't heard.

    could you please Explain me the meaning of the bold sentences?

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    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Apr-2013 at 16:03. Reason: format tidying

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    Default Re: "Sh*t's gotta be tasty. A million flies can't be wrong."

    Quote Originally Posted by mkaze View Post
    this is a part of a dialogue fromandrei Zvyagnitsevs's Elena movie:

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    Go on and have some babies. Maybe they'll turn out different.

    -- Different from everyone else? There's no such thing as 'different'. This is meaningless. He can't want to be different, as he obviously does, and say something stupid like this. And I don't feel like experimenting in that area: It's painful, and expensive, and pointless.

    -- What is it with you and 'pointless'? Dumb excuses. You're just trying to avoid being responsible.

    -- Dad, it's irresponsible to produce offsprings'Offspring' is like 'cattle' - although it has no s it's still plural. that - you know - are going to be sick and doomed, since the parents are just as sick and doomed. And only because cosi fan tutte He's trying to be clever. Mozart's opera was called Cosí fan tutte (= They [women] all behave like that { cosí stressed on the second syllable please}]. The people who bear children can be called Tutte; the people who father them can't. It would have been much clearer, and would have displayed his ignorance less, to say '...because that's the done thing/that's what everyone does'.; because there is some apparently 'higher meaning' to it all, which is not ours to comprehend. After all we are merely the executors of this higher purpose.Sh*t's gotta be tasty, millions of flies can't be wrong. And, anyway, the world will end soon enough, in case you haven't heard.

    Could you please explain to me the meaning of the bold sentences?

    Thanks.
    In the first two instances he was being a typical angry child/adolescent. In the last case too, he's just trying to shock his father. It's a typical bit of mixed up logic.

    As to the world ending, it's a reference to one of the many (almost weekly) forecasts of doom.

    b
    PS Follow each fullstop (period) and comma with a space.
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    Default Re: "Sh*t's gotta be tasty. A million flies can't be wrong."

    Sh*t's gotta be tasty,millions of flies can't be wrong.
    This sounds like an allusion to 50 million Elvis fans can't be wrong - if something is that popular, it has to have something good about it.

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    Default Re: "Sh*t's gotta be tasty. A million flies can't be wrong."

    Thank you so much BobK and Tdol.

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    Default Re: "Sh*t's gotta be tasty. A million flies can't be wrong."

    Just click the Like button please, mkaze, instead of sending thanks in a separate post.

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