Because you get stuff like this:
Yes, that is a bowtie-shaped Doctor Who cookie. Which I got and you did not.
Okay, granted, my editor ate it, but she did send me a picture of it and it was addressed to me, so it still counts.
Doesn’t Matter, Matt Smith?
Looks to me like you actually got a photo of a Doctor Who cookie–more precisely, exactly the same photo we all got.
Writers of the world, seize the editorial chains of cookie oppression!
People still watch TV? I suppose they flick their buggy whips to change the channels.
Wait . . . the phrase “bowties are cool” has been trademarked?
Wait, your editor ate the cookie and it still contributed to your job satisfaction? Well played, editor. Well played.
I don’t think “bowties are cool” has been trademarked. I think we see the closing quotation marks.
It’s an awesome test to find out whether someone wearing a bowtie is in fact a Whovian. One can walk up, and work the phrase “Bowties are cool!” into the conversation – if it gets a response, it’s a Whovian! If not (and if one is sufficiently casual-friendly about it), there are no strange reactions or explanations needed. This is how I found a fellow Whovian also chaperoning a high school dance…
It sounds like being an editor is great.
I question whether or not that’s actually a good test of whether or not someone is a Whovian. A better test would be to ask if they’ve seen the new DVD release of The Macra Terror. Then if they either answer in the affirmative or say they haven’t yet you can call them on it and say it’s a trick question because no episode of The Macra Terror still exist, only audio recordings. That would be a better way to separate the sheep from the goats.
Now I know what an editor does!
Tim, it’d be a good way to separate the casual or recent from the serious long-term fans, but it’d also weed me out, as a recent fan who’s seen all of New Who and very little of classic Who. Sufficiently large archives discourage me from diving.
Bowties are not “cool”, whatever THAT is.
Sheep from goats, my friend.
So are sheep supposed to be better than goats, or vice versa? I’ve never heard the expression before, but I am fully prepared to form strong opinions on the subject.
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
38 When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’
45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’
46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
I’m an atheist, so pretty much all of that following the citing of the verse was redacted for me.
ANYWAY, goats give us delicious milk and cheese and are by far the more badass of the two. So I’m going to back their play. Team Goats!
I think there are too many variables for that catchphrase to be much of a litmus test. I didn’t need a tv show to tell me that bowties were cool, because I started wearing them about two years before Matt Smith took over. But as it turns out, I’m also a pretty big fan of new Who. It’s a correlation of events, but they’re not actually connected in any specific way.
@Tenken, that’s exactly why I like it as a litmus test: because it’s such a perfectly innocuous phrase. It takes the intonation to make it a Doctor quote, and even then, only another Who fan is likely to notice that it’s not as simple as a fashion taste. If I were to mention a love of fezzes, it would rightfully draw some very strange looks in most situations, fez-wearers present or no.
I’m still not clear on the sheep/goat question. What do you do with them once you have them separated?
You cast the goats down into the fiery pits for their sins. Such as the temerity of calling oneself a Doctor Who fan when one is really a rank stripling.
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