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March 13th, 2004


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02:46 pm - dit dit dit dah
I was watching some old "banned" WWII cartoons this morning, you know, the ones where Popeye and Bluto team up to "beat the Japs" or where Donald Duck is taught by a proto-Scrooge McDuck to save his money so he can pay "taxes to beat the Axis" (this one had a brilliant propaganda moment at the end with a montage featuring AMERICAN INDUSTRY! WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO DEFEAT THE OPPRESSORS OF FREEDOM AND PEACE!) and a cute one involving "Gremlins from the Kremlin" who sabotage Hitler's plane as he personally tries to bomb Moscow. Stuff like that. You know.

A few use the first notes from Beethoven's Fifth as their motif. Audio punctuation. Adolf gets klonked on the head, down he goes. DUN DUN DUN DUNNNNN. I thought that was interesting, and wondered what the common appeal was. Teutonic chords to further the German angle, maybe? Well, perhaps, but it's also played when a bunch of bucktoothed, bespectacled Japanese stereotypes get knocked around as well. DUN DUN DUN DUNNNN. Not so German now, are we?

Then it hit me -- the first four notes are morse code for V. As in Victory. V was a pretty hot letter back in WWII.

I'm pretty sure it's been pointed out to me before. I'm pretty sure I've heard this elsewhere. But it skipped my mind until today, when I noticed it in a shining moment of clarity. Or caffeine. Whichever.

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From:archangelsk
Date:March 13th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Cap'n O. G. Readmore says Read! More! About! It!

This factoid also makes two brief appearances in V for Vendetta, which is how I learned it.
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From:stephaniesays
Date:March 13th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Favoritest comic book ever. That's where I learned it, too.


Love "V for Vendetta" so much, I got a tattoo based off of it.
From:archangelsk
Date:March 14th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)
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Sweet deal. What's the design?
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From:stephaniesays
Date:March 14th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
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I wish I had a clear picture of it, but it's between my shoulderblades, and therefore I can't get one that doesn't look like a drunk howler monkey took it.

It's an open, wide, lotus blossom with VVVVV on the center petal.
From:archangelsk
Date:March 14th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Never trust a junkie monkey. I can almost imagine the design, too, except my mind keeps reverting to an image of a drunken howler brandishing a Nikon. Maybe that'll be the tattoo -I'll- get.
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From:stephaniesays
Date:March 14th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From:byrneout
Date:March 16th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't doubt that Moore got it from Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea's Illuminatus!, as that's the source from which he ripped off significant portions of the rest of V for Vendetta. [Don't get me wrong; V4V is on my all-time favorite list, but it's a bit shocking how much he lifted outright.]
From:tansu
Date:March 13th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
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In 1941 Churchill started the "V for Victory" PR campaign. The BBC began using ditditditdah as a kind of call sign at the start of its news bulletins.

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