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Topic: Monkey paw story.
Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Apr 17, 2005 04:51PM)
Thought I could give you all a chuckle with a story using a mummified monkey's paw.

Long long ago, in "Not so Merry" old England, a traveler journeying from this place to that sat in a road side pub drinking to get the road dust off his toungue.

The proprietor came up to him and said. "Friend, it appears to be getting dark out. Perhaps you should rent a space here tonight and strike out again on the morrow."

The traveler replied "Oh, I'm not afraid. I've my lucky monkey's paw right here." pulling a wizzened lump out of his pouch.


The traveler, shocked and confused quickly tucked the paw back in his pouch.

"I'm sorry." said the barkeep,"I don't mean to shock you, but if you want my advice, and believe me you do, you will take that...THING, and throw it in the nearest deep dark hole and not let anyone see you with it."

"I don't understand, it's always brought me good luck. What's wrong?" asked the traveler.

"Well I should explain." started the bar keep, "You see, it's this new King we have. He's very superstious and views magic, any magic, from weather working or fortune telling down to that little paw you have there, as a threat to the throne and punishable by death"

"Wow" said the astonished traveler,"You mean.."

"That's right. Lucky charms...They're magically seditious."
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 17, 2005 05:36PM)
Since I make Monkey Paws I'm just happy they are not Tragically Letigious. :)

Message: Posted by: Mystician (Apr 18, 2005 01:21AM)
What is this, this [i] humor[/i] doing here in the bizarre section ? :bwink:
Message: Posted by: Phil Thomas (Apr 18, 2005 01:25AM)
Wow. That should be in the "corny jokes" thread. That was bad. Funny, but bad.
Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Apr 18, 2005 08:02AM)
Aw come on. Shaggy dog stories are great. Besides, who says you can't inject a little humor in with your bizarre routine? A little change up will throw em off.
Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Apr 18, 2005 11:39PM)
The giant brain says, "MEEEEEEEE!" That's whos says you cant! And you don't want to argue with that guy, he knows everything.
Message: Posted by: bobser (Apr 19, 2005 04:14AM)
I don't get it... it I have the best sense of humour in here as you all well know.
Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Apr 19, 2005 09:27AM)
Ah midnight, then I bow humbly to the giant omnitient brain. Only dry humorless bizarre magic will win the day. I'll go off to the corner and flog myself for my pun-ishment. ;) Of course Mom said I'd go blind doing that.

Bobser, it's a punny joke. Sing the ***able Lucky charms jingle to it.
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Apr 19, 2005 11:05AM)
Midnight333, have you ever considered changing your name to "Esoteric " ? You really come out with some off the wall stuff.

Bobser, you probably didn't grow up with the TV commercials we did in the states, but there's a "classic" jingle for Lucky Charms breakfast cereal that goes, "They're magically Delicious !" A leprachaun is their mascot.

ModernCelt, you might go blind but the hairy palms would be pretty cool for your monkey paw story !! :bwink:
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 19, 2005 11:29AM)
Mystician says to ModernCelt "you might go blind but the hairy palms would be pretty cool for your monkey paw story !!"

Giving away secrets are we? What the heck am I going to do with all these freakin' left handed Monkeys if everybody tries that! geesh...can't make a decent living these days...
Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Apr 19, 2005 12:04PM)
Mystican, Hmm... I like that name, Esoteric... Ohhh! How about Eric Esot? That could be a good stage name. Then ony a few whack-jobs would get it. Hmm. Oh and I wish I could take credit for the giant brain thing but I borrowed the joke from a cartoon called "Futurama". The guy asks what killed all the dinosaurs and the giant brain says "MEEEEE!" but I do come up with some strange stuff, so thank you.
Message: Posted by: bobser (Apr 19, 2005 12:13PM)
Jeeeeez thanks mystician.
Yep, that truly is bad.
Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Apr 19, 2005 02:57PM)
Bobser, I appologise, I didn't realize you weren't here in the states. It does make a bit more sense...unfortunately... if you've heard the jingle every Saturday.
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Apr 20, 2005 10:24AM)
Midnight333, was that the professor who said that ? It sounds like it would be him. I think he was my favorite character. What a shame that Futurama never got as popular as it should have.
I'm an "Invader Zim" fan too. Ever watch that ? It got cancelled in 2002. It was waaay too dark and grown-up for Nickelodean. I mean, when you depict poor kids sitting in a corner of their filthy house munching away on a giant pile of cockroaches while their grungy filthy parents sit on the sofa watching wrestling...
Message: Posted by: muzicman (Apr 20, 2005 09:08PM)
I love Invader Zim!! I've got all the DVD's they put out. They jusy don't make like that anymore.
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Apr 20, 2005 09:57PM)
The third and final DVD was really bizarre, wasn't it ? It got pretty strange at the end, especially for a "Christmas" special ! I loved the Halloween special the most, that was awesome.
I've heard rumors that Cartoon Network might pick it back up, but I think they're only rumors. Jon Vasquez is happy doing "Squee" and "Johnny the Homocidal Maniac". :-(
Message: Posted by: muzicman (Apr 21, 2005 12:28AM)
I have seen it recently on Direct TV (not sure which channel). But it was an old episode that was on Volume 2. That 3rd one did get pretty strange, but then again..it's Invader Zim!! I thought they made that show just for me...LOL. Glad to see I'm not the only one that enjoyed that show.
Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Apr 21, 2005 03:37PM)
Yeah it was a good show.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Dec 20, 2005 09:19PM)
I had a chance to talk with David Seebach yesterday. He related to me what a big hit Mr. Higley's "Monkey Paw" was this year in his Halloween show.

As part of the pre show promo, he would set up radio interviews, hyping the paw. But he would not let them see it until he was live on the air. Their reaction to paw on the air was incredible. It helped to pack the houses.

Another testimonial to the fine work of Mr. Higley.

Message: Posted by: Mystician (Dec 20, 2005 09:37PM)
I shall be an owner of something of Mr. Higley's artwork some day, that is a definite.
It's almost something of a status symbol.
"And here is my geniune fake made by Doug Higley .." :bwink:
Seriously though.. if I ever get the raise I'm supposed to get at work.. or ..[i]Aack[/i], I might have to resort to performing for money on the side !!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Dec 21, 2005 03:12PM)
Thanks for that Richard! Very glad David Seebach was happy with the thing...it was a nice one for sure. Of course the actual SELL of the prop in performance is a lot of the performer as well. David's a good one!

I make the props to give the 'essence' and initial impression of the object being presented...Like movie props, nothing Forensic or able to stand up to a microscope but with a bit of bravado one can show 'em and have them accepted pretty easily...funy thing is...I make the stuff up out of my head not from pictures...so I am always ready fopr some Doctor or anthropologist or some such to say 'Hey! Wait a minute!' Oddly though it's the ones with the 'sheep skins' that buy it hook line and sinker. I do have fun.

and Mystician...that's the nicest thing ever said abouit my stuff....look Ma! A status symbol!

Ain't life grand!
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Dec 21, 2005 09:13PM)
Doug, the scientists are the easiest to fool, I think. But your stuff looks incredible. It is hard to believe you make the things up out of you head. I'm just glad they are NOT real! (Could we talk you into making Cthulhu?)

Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Dec 22, 2005 05:10PM)
I rarely make anything I can't pronounce...however...I'm open to a Cthulhu IDOL... maybe 12" to 16" :)

Might fit my new idea to do TIKI Terrors...actually the remains of creepy critters that might have inspired an ancient people (Skull Island?) to create Tiki's in the first place. http://grindshow.com/GrindShow/Tiki_Terrors.html