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Samizdata quote of the day

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn’t try it on.
– Billy Connolly

14 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • La Marquise

    Sad misquotation (though whether of Billy Conolly or of someone other I’ve no idea), it should read : – a definition of an intellectual is a man who, left alone with a …etc

  • Sad misquotation…

    It may be a misquotation of some original source, but I’m pretty sure it’s an accurate quotation of Billy Connolly.

    Of course, he may have been misquoting the original source.

  • James


    It’s a cover or hood (made of material simliar to that used for an oven mitt) that is placed over a teapot to keep the heat in. Nice for warming your hands up when the tea is ready to pour.

  • Andy

    I must be a dain-bramaged Yank (are the 2 synonymous? Who can say? 🙂
    Even with the explanation of what a tea cozy is, the quote still makes no sense.

    Here’s a quote I can get my little brain around:
    “When it’s time to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”

  • It’s times like these when I really come to appreciate search engines, which can make you look smarter than you really are. I didn’t know, either, but I didn’t find it necessary to ask. Thanks to Google, I found pictures.

  • Tom Robinson

    Could we see some pictures of Samizdata Illuminati wearing their tea cozies?

    Strictly in the interest of lively political discourse, to prove beyond any remaining doubt that they are trustworthy…

  • Tom Robinson

    Blimey — LMAO

    Serious respect, dude!

  • Massive effort that, Perry, well done!

  • Mashiki

    Beautiful…just beautiful.

  • Michael Farris

    ” Nice for warming your hands up when the tea is ready to pour.”

    Or you could just heat your houses instead … I’m just saying.

  • It’s tea cosy. Trust Americans to get confused between s and z !

    As an Indian living in Bombay, I am continually amazed by the fact that we still follow many quaint English customs like using tea cosies.