There has been too much shallow and frivolous discussion here. It is time for a more serious topic. Let us now praise famous idiots. :stooges: Three really stupid guys who inflict incessant violence upon one another, either accidentally, through preposterous ineptitude, or intentionally, in accordance with ritual forms, with the accompaniment of comic sound effects, and always without causing actual bodily harm: now there is a formula for awesomeness, at least with Moe, Larry, and either Curly or Shemp doing it. (Let the memory of the unspeakably awful Joe Besser perish.) Opinions of the various stooges? Favorite acts of ritual violence? Favorite scenes? Stooges: Moe is one of my heroes -- the great master of ritualized violence. Of the others, I am in the minority that favors Shemp over Curly. Shemp brings a suave touch to stoogery, and I find his howls of pain and terror to be particularly hilarious. Favorite acts of ritual violence: At the top of my list would be the double fist swing, by which Moe first, swinging downward hits his fellow stooge or stooges (standing beside him) in the belly with the base of his fist (bass drum sound) then, swinging upward, in the forehead with the top of the fist (coconut sound). The ritual question "See that?" said with fist held out in front, with all its permutations, would come next. Head conks in general are awesome. I don't like the face slaps, except when a fourth party deals one to all three of the stooges in rapid succession in a single motion. That is sublime. A favorite scene: I was recently watching Scrambled Brains, in which the boys get wedged into a telephone booth with Vernon Dent, the cube-shaped guy who always has a foul temper. To make matters worse, he is carrying bags of groceries. The stooges end up in a close-quarters food fight with him before causing the booth to topple. Superb.