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August 3rd, 2005
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Totally Useless Week - Entry #4; or Somebody Set Us Up The Bomb!
Let's see... this is about the search - for truth.

"All your ring are belong to me"

Where the hell did THAT come from? I'd see it on icons, or in discussions about those terrible "Engrish" subtitled screencaps from LOTR - *G* - but I didn't "get" it. "Oh", a friend explained, "that comes from Homestar Runner! They have a character there who says "All your base are belong to us!"" Okay, guess that's where it came from then; case solved.

And then the other day, I googled "All your base are belong to us", just for the hell of it - and found there's really a much more incredible story at Wikipedia - a neat example of Internet history! *L*!

Sorry if the rest of you already know all this... but it really came from - yes - a horribly subtitled video game called "Zero Wing" (the European version) - back in 2001!!! It became an internet phenomenon, especially after the folks at "Something Awful" tried to find the most creative ways to photoshop the phrase into photos - *ggl*. You have to see some of these - they're hilarious.

But, the Totally Useless Website? It's a great animation clip that starts out with the snippet of the game that has the bizarre phrases in it and then goes on to some of the best and funniest photoshops from "Something Awful" - the beat of a song based on the phrase that will NOT get out of your head. If you love Engrish, video games, or clever humor, try it... please. *G*

Here it is: http://www.planettribes.com/allyourbase/AYB2.swf

And if you want the whole story, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_your_base_are_belong_to_us

You'll also find links there to the Homestar Runner parody of "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" (yes, there was one), and other strange and bizare creations inspired by the phrase.


p.s. And if I am the last person on the planet to know about all this... feel free to tell me. *G*

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From:lilithlotr
Date:August 4th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
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Well, you may be the last person in fandom to know it...

For years, we went around saying variations on that. It was like "We don't need no stinking badges."
"All your base are belong to us."
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
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*L*! Yep, I probably am. But whenever I asked about it, I usually got the "Homestar Runner" answer.

Go Zig. *G*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
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Oh, and... check out the Wikipedia entry.. it's amazingly detailed! *L*!
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From:hobbitgrrl
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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Hahaha, I remember when that was big. I had never seen part of the game, though, I just knew the phrase and it's origins.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
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*G* "I remember when that was big..." You old Internet coot, you! *L*! Apparently it missed me completely.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and - I lied a bit on your "what songs are going through your head constantly" meme. I didn't want to give away that I'd be talking about this site, but that song keeps going through my head!!! *bops head* "All your base... all your base are belong to us... all your base... all your base are belong to us..."
From:anima_mecanique
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Actually I think you might be *L* The original video was even featured in Time a while ago. ^__^

I once saw a Latin Forum t-shirt that some delegation had made...where they had translated "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" into Latin, bad grammar and all. It was brilliant.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
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*LOL*!!! in TIME? *G* Well, I may be the last... but I gotta believe there's SOMEBODY on my f-list who also didn't know!

*crickets chirping*

And, honestly... I'm just amazed and in love with the Wikipedia entry. To think that somebody put that much time and energy into it! O.O.

Love the t-shirt... very nice and obscure.
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