THE ONLY-SLIGHTLY-LESS-WELL-KNOWN OF THE CLASSIC BLUNDERS*

“Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line”


In The Princess Bride (1987), hero Westley (Cary Elwes) and diminutive villain Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) engage in a Battle of Wits to the death. This involves Vizzini using his dizzying intellect to guess which of two wine goblets has been poisoned with deadly iocane powder. But Westley has pulled a fast one. He has spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane, allowing him to put poison in both wine glasses. Inconceivable!

*The most famous being: “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

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AUSTIN POWERS’ “THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE” LIST

When we see the list in Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002), all but the last two items have been crossed off.

1. Become International Man of Mystery.
2. Save World from Certain Doom.
3. Find True Love.
4. Go To Outer Space.
5. Travel Through Time, Backward and Forward.
6. Be Cryogenically Frozen.
7. Catch Dr. Evil in the First Act.
8. Threesome with Japanese Twins.
9. Earn Daddy's Respect.

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HOW TO...

Marry A Millionaire (1953) • Make A Monster (1958) • Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) • Murder Your Wife (1965) • Steal A Million (1966) • Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1967) • Save A Marriage And Ruin Your Life (1968) • Commit Marriage (1969) • Frame A Figg (1971) • Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons (1972) • Destroy The Reputation Of The Greatest Secret Agent… (1973) • Kill A Judge (1975) • Beat The High Co$t Of Living (1980) • Get Ahead In Advertising (1989) • Make An American Quilt (1995) • Be A Player (1997) • Make The Cruelest Month (1998) • Kill Your Neighbour’s Dog (2000) • Draw A Bunny (2002) • Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003) • Deal (2003) • Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (And Enjoy It) (2005) • Eat Fried Worms (2006) • Go Out On A Date In Queens (2006) • Rob A Bank (And 10 Tips To Actually Get Away With It) (2007) • Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) • Be (2008) • Save A Life (2009) • Make Love To A Woman (2010) • Train Your Dragon (2010) • Stop Being A Loser (2011) • Survive A Plague (2012) • Beat A Bully (2015) • Dance In Ohio (2015) • Be Single (2016)

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