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Pinky and the Brain References Guide

Listing all the references, culutral and otherwise, made in "Pinky and the Brain". NARF!
Dec 1 '13
"Brain’s Song"
PINKY: Look, Brain! You’ve created a catchphrase!BRAIN: Yes, Pinky. Apparently the Overlord is a wild and crazy guy.
The Brain’s line confirms the identity of the silver-haired comedian on the TV as Steve Martin, whose second album was A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978).

"Brain’s Song"

PINKY: Look, Brain! You’ve created a catchphrase!
BRAIN: Yes, Pinky. Apparently the Overlord is a wild and crazy guy.

The Brain’s line confirms the identity of the silver-haired comedian on the TV as Steve Martin, whose second album was A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978).

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Nov 29 '13
"Brain’s Song"
After Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin, now-ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi of Libya is shown ceding power to the Brain as well. Of note in his office: a giant boombox, a poster and calendar featuring burqa-clad women, and an electric chair.

"Brain’s Song"

After Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin, now-ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi of Libya is shown ceding power to the Brain as well. Of note in his office: a giant boombox, a poster and calendar featuring burqa-clad women, and an electric chair.

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Nov 28 '13
"Brain’s Song"
"ToDuh" = Today (NBC’s morning program), which debuted in 1952 and was the first of its genre on TV. The gentleman on the left is Bryant Gumbel (co-anchor from 1982 to 1997), and the person on the right is Katie Couric (co-anchor from 1991 to 2006).

"Brain’s Song"

"ToDuh" = Today (NBC’s morning program), which debuted in 1952 and was the first of its genre on TV. The gentleman on the left is Bryant Gumbel (co-anchor from 1982 to 1997), and the person on the right is Katie Couric (co-anchor from 1991 to 2006).

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Nov 28 '13
"Brain’s Song"
PINKY: Come on, Brain Piccadilly! Go win the Heimlich Trophy!
This time Pinky messes up the name of the Heisman Trophy (fully the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award), given annually since 1935 to the most outstanding college football player of the year, conflating it with the Heimlich maneuver used to stop people from choking.

"Brain’s Song"

PINKY: Come on, Brain Piccadilly! Go win the Heimlich Trophy!

This time Pinky messes up the name of the Heisman Trophy (fully the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award), given annually since 1935 to the most outstanding college football player of the year, conflating it with the Heimlich maneuver used to stop people from choking.

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Nov 27 '13
"Brain’s Song"
PINKY: Get back out there, Brain Piccadilly, and win one for the Giffords! Um… put a halo on Mary!
When the University of Notre Dame’s George “the Gipper” Gipp, a star of their football team, was laying in his hospital bed and dying of pneumonia, he was visited by his coach, the legendary Knute Rockne. He then gave Rockne a message:

Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.

Rockne kept the message in mind, finally delivering it eight years later in a game against the undefeated Army team of 1928. Properly inspired, the Notre Dame lads went out and achieved a 12-6 underdog victory.
Gipp’s message was entrenched as one of most famous sports quotes of all time when the event was dramatized in the biopic Knute Rockne, All American (1940). The actor who played Gipp also got nicknamed the Gipper, and “Win one for the Gipper” became a campaign slogan of sorts for him when he turned to politics. The actor? Ronald Reagan.
Bonus fact: Pinky mangles the name of the Hail Mary football play, a very long forward pass usually used in a desperate situation at or near the end of a half. The term likely also originated in the Notre Dame football program as well.

"Brain’s Song"

PINKY: Get back out there, Brain Piccadilly, and win one for the Giffords! Um… put a halo on Mary!

When the University of Notre Dame’s George “the Gipper” Gipp, a star of their football team, was laying in his hospital bed and dying of pneumonia, he was visited by his coach, the legendary Knute Rockne. He then gave Rockne a message:

Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.

Rockne kept the message in mind, finally delivering it eight years later in a game against the undefeated Army team of 1928. Properly inspired, the Notre Dame lads went out and achieved a 12-6 underdog victory.

Gipp’s message was entrenched as one of most famous sports quotes of all time when the event was dramatized in the biopic Knute Rockne, All American (1940). The actor who played Gipp also got nicknamed the Gipper, and “Win one for the Gipper” became a campaign slogan of sorts for him when he turned to politics. The actor? Ronald Reagan.

Bonus fact: Pinky mangles the name of the Hail Mary football play, a very long forward pass usually used in a desperate situation at or near the end of a half. The term likely also originated in the Notre Dame football program as well.

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Nov 27 '13
"Brain’s Song"
BRAIN: Hello, Jelly Roll Morton. May I wear your slap shoes?
Jelly Roll Morton (real name Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe) was an important figure in the early days of jazz, becoming the genre’s first arranger while also pulling duty as a pianist, bandleader and composer.
Bonus fact: Slap shoes are regular shoes with a flat galosh sole attached.

"Brain’s Song"

BRAIN: Hello, Jelly Roll Morton. May I wear your slap shoes?

Jelly Roll Morton (real name Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe) was an important figure in the early days of jazz, becoming the genre’s first arranger while also pulling duty as a pianist, bandleader and composer.

Bonus fact: Slap shoes are regular shoes with a flat galosh sole attached.

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Nov 26 '13
"Brain’s Song"
Pinky plays Brain Piccadilly’s coach, Bare Bottoms — a pun on the esteemed Paul William “Bear” Bryant. He was an American college football coach for 46 years (the latter 38 as head coach), mostly with the University of Alabama, and retired in 1982 as the winningest head coach in collegiate football history.

"Brain’s Song"

Pinky plays Brain Piccadilly’s coach, Bare Bottoms — a pun on the esteemed Paul William “Bear” Bryant. He was an American college football coach for 46 years (the latter 38 as head coach), mostly with the University of Alabama, and retired in 1982 as the winningest head coach in collegiate football history.

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Nov 25 '13
"Brain’s Song"
BRAIN: All right, everyone, fracture your femurs!
The correct term is, rather more prosaically, “break a leg”. It means “good luck” and has its origins in the English theatre. It is not, however, used by dancers.

"Brain’s Song"

BRAIN: All right, everyone, fracture your femurs!

The correct term is, rather more prosaically, “break a leg”. It means “good luck” and has its origins in the English theatre. It is not, however, used by dancers.

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Nov 25 '13
"Brain’s Song"
BRAIN: These sets are uncanny! Where did you find them?PINKY: Oh, I found them out in the garage! Underneath Gnip Gnop, Cootie, and my poster of Henry Winkler.
Gnip Gnop (released 1971) is a two-player table-top game in which the players try to get all six balls to the opponent’s side first. The name, ingeniously enough, was created by the cunning strategy of spelling “ping pong” backwards.
The Game of Cootie (released 1949) is a roll-and-move tabletop game for two to four players, the objective of which is to be the first to build a three dimensional bug-like object called a “cootie” from a variety of plastic body parts. It didn’t create the cooties term but definitely helped popularize it.
No matter where he goes and whatever he does, Henry Winkler will forever be indelibly associated with his 11-year run as Arthur Herbert “Fonzie”/”The Fonz” Fonzarelli on the sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984).

"Brain’s Song"

BRAIN: These sets are uncanny! Where did you find them?
PINKY: Oh, I found them out in the garage! Underneath Gnip Gnop, Cootie, and my poster of Henry Winkler.

  • Gnip Gnop (released 1971) is a two-player table-top game in which the players try to get all six balls to the opponent’s side first. The name, ingeniously enough, was created by the cunning strategy of spelling “ping pong” backwards.
  • The Game of Cootie (released 1949) is a roll-and-move tabletop game for two to four players, the objective of which is to be the first to build a three dimensional bug-like object called a “cootie” from a variety of plastic body parts. It didn’t create the cooties term but definitely helped popularize it.
  • No matter where he goes and whatever he does, Henry Winkler will forever be indelibly associated with his 11-year run as Arthur Herbert “Fonzie”/”The Fonz” Fonzarelli on the sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984).

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Nov 24 '13
"Brain’s Song"
BRAIN: Pinky, where did you get that ridiculous outfit?PINKY: I got it off my Curly Neal doll.
Fred “Curly” Neal was the featured ballhandler on the Harlem Globetrotters, whose career overlapped with that of Meadowlark Lemon for 17 of his 22 seasons there. Neal and Lemon are two of only five Globetrotters whose numbers have been retired.

"Brain’s Song"

BRAIN: Pinky, where did you get that ridiculous outfit?
PINKY: I got it off my Curly Neal doll.

Fred “Curly” Neal was the featured ballhandler on the Harlem Globetrotters, whose career overlapped with that of Meadowlark Lemon for 17 of his 22 seasons there. Neal and Lemon are two of only five Globetrotters whose numbers have been retired.

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