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Ten Pop Culture References You Expect Your Nearest and Dearest to Get

1. We are vvvrrrriends! Ouch!
2. Storage compartments? Storage compartments? The what, the what?
3. Dead dead dead dead dead. How can you apologize to them?
4. The subtext is rapidly becoming text.
5. When I make a word do a lot of work like that, I always pay it extra.
6. What has it got in its pocketses?
7. Stay on target, stay on target.
8. I demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.
9. And what is it that put America in the forefront of the nuclear nations?
10. Amongst their weaponry are such diverse elements as...

There are other items in the secret language that Mr Pedia and I speak to each other, but they're not strictly pop culture references. For instance, whenever anything is seen flattened by the side of the road, say, "Awww! It's a dead baby [whatever]. It was going to grow up to be a [thingie]." E.g., "It's a dead baby paper bag! It was going to grow up to be a cardboard box!" Feel free to adopt this game as your own.

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Alternative versions of all 10:

1. 1 1 2 yes, 2 2 4 no!
2. Fortunately, I am immune.
3. Can you arrange that for me, Mr M----?
4. Sarcasm is sort of an end in itself.
5. And this was odd, because, you know, they hadn't any feet.
6. (too many to pick another one; we presume familiarity of the sort that comes from many readings over a lifetime)
7. But I was going to Toshii station to pick up some power converters! (any time somebody whines)
8. Orlando Cepeda is at bat with the bases jammed... (more a reference to the speaker)
9. ... in these trying times of crisis and universal brouhaha.
10. Number twenty-five, the larch.

Damn. I forgot DNA. I would have swapped out #8 for that.
I did that. Not only am I commenting on my own entries, I'm responding to my own comments. Perhaps it is time to go home.
Too esoteric for me. I only get about a third of them. I use pop-culture references all of the time. Most of them are lost on everyone. They never fail to amuse me, however. And, isn't that what's really important?

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The original #8 is "the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true".
The revised #8 would have the alternative... hrm... "Beware of the leopard."
Our household is non-stop references, pop culture and otherwise. We have this funny way of remembering bizarre stuff andconnecting it up strangely.

I like your 'dead baby [whatever] game and may well snag it.
The dead baby paper bag game was invented by my sister, who made it up on the fly after an embarrassing incident of misidentifying a flattened paper bag as a flattened squirrel. For maximal effect, use an extremely cute tone of voice. Heee!

The references never stop around here, either.
I recognize about half of them, so I say half must be video media of some sort and the other half more literary...

The number one reference used in our house is probably the one that makes an appearance whenever the 'BAH!' comes up. It tends to get followed by:
"Bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah!"
Followed by the returning volley:
"Sheep, ya durn fool!"
1, 5, 6, 8: fiction
2, 3, 4, 7, 10: TV/movies
9: music

I do not know your reference. Which is surprising, given the pop cult overlap between our households!
Well, I'm only getting #4 and #6, so you did better with mine even though some of mine were for the really really nearest. And I didn't even mention my birds' numerous nicknames, such as Pope Ignatz Spanky XXXIII.
OK, #2 is from "The Trouble with Tribbles". I'm guessing #3 must be a B5 reference. *strains brain to recall*
1. Stanley G. Weinbaum, "A Martian Odyssey". Stands in for "have you read The Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthology four million times like I have?"
2. Star Trek. "The Trouble With Tribbles". Kirk.
3. Babylon 5, season 2. G'Kar, in the elevator speaking to Vir. Vir has just said he's sorry.
4. Giles, to Buffy. (Mr P did not get this one!)
5. Through the Looking Glass. Humpty Dumpty speaking to Alice. The question is which is to be master.
6. The Hobbit. Everyone got this, I hope.
7. Star Wars. Said to coworkers when they're feeling stressed.
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide! I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel.
9. Tom Lehrer, genius, introduction to "Wernher Von Braun". You too can be a big hero, if you learn to count backwards to zero.
10. Monty Python, por supuesto. I say this whenever I find myself in the middle of a list that got much longer than I expected.