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    Default Goebbels and St Ralph

    Dear Teachers

    I am watching "The Black Adder I". When the narrator reads "Goebbels" and "St Ralph", there is a laugher voice over. What these two names imply or mean? Please advise.

    Anthony the learner



    History has known many great liars. Copernicus, Goebbels, St Ralph the Liar [he is shown holding a sign which reads `St Benedict the Liar'] -- but there have been none quite so vile as the Tudor king Henry VII.

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    Default Re: Goebbels and St Ralph

    Jokes cannot be explained.

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    Default Re: Goebbels and St Ralph

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Jokes cannot be explained.
    They usually can, but all humour is lost in the process.

    It's difficult to say exactly - there may have been some facial expression involved - but some of the humour may come from the the facts that there is no St Ralph the liar (so the announcer was lying) and that he said that the non-existent St benedict the Liar was St Ralph the Liar (so he was lying again).
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Goebbels and St Ralph

    I think it is simply that his sign (St. Benedict) that is supposed to be the joke.

    There are many funny things in this series. I wouldn't worry about this little joke. (The series improves greatly after the first season.)

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    Default Re: Goebbels and St Ralph

    And Copernicus was not lying- he was right.

    I agree with SoothingDave- the first series was the weakest. However, I don't think the rest has aged that well.

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    Default Re: Goebbels and St Ralph

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Jokes cannot be explained.
    My thesis was an attempt to explain humor (more precisely, the problem of the comic). So naturally I think you're mistaken. ;)

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