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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. - Poor Research
When Austin powers is taking pictures of himself when he was frozen, he says: "You're a popsicle baby!" The British don't say "Popsicle", we call them "Ice lollies"
Secondly, when Felicity asks Austin if it was worth going to the nineties and missing the seventies and the eighties, Austin says: "The seventies and the eighties? There was a flock of seagulls and a gas shortage. That's about it!" Again, we don't say "gas" we call it "petrol!" Just shows how much research they put into that film.
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mewdudey on 11-24-2000
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norman writes:
Well this is pretty easy to figure out. Although Austin didn't use the proper British terminology, they used American words so that an American audience would understand him because this was an American movie.
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RYAN writes:
so if you call gas "petrol", when you fart, do you say i "passed petrol"?
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chandlerx4 writes:
He did live in the 90's for a while before he traveled back to the 60's, maybe he picked it up there.
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Ian the Smegmeister writes:
Gas is also a different fuel in Britain.
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moviechic writes:
I guess he did use the incorrect terminology if he was British, but he was saying what he missed to an American girl. Maybe he said gas instead of petrol so Felicity would know what he was talking about. Maybe. As for the popsicle bit, I don't know. Perhaps he picked up in the wonderful US of A. Possibly? I don't know.
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mewdudey writes:
No. We only call the stuff that powers cars petrol. Though we call gas as in farting 'wind.' But we call it 'blowing off'
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Chicane-UK writes:
RYAN - no, I would say that I farted or "dropped my bat" or somthing. If I follow your 'question' along, it seems to imply that you fart in your petrol tank to power your car... :-) Gas is the stuff that powers ovens / cookers - you know, Gas. Petrol is what we put in our cars. Popsicle is definately not an English word, but hey, we can let Mike Myers off for that one :-)
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JBPoké2000 writes:
The exact dialogue was actually like this: FELICITY: If I go with you to the 90's, wouldn't I miss what happens in the 70's and 80's? AUSTIN: Baby, I've looked into it. There's a gas shortage and a flock of seagulls. That's about it. Maybe Austin was referring to something in the States when he said "gas" instead of "petrol".
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CyberPie writes:
There are actually ice lollys in Britain called Popsicles-it's just frozen orange juice on a stick.
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Big John Sludge writes:
Well, my mother was born in England and moved to the States when she was 20 and she says they say both gas and petrol. Besides, the Rolling Stones are from England....Jumping Jack Flash it's a gas, gas, gas....not petrol, petrol, petrol. And believe me, If Austin spoke in Cockney slang through the whole movie, there would be so much difference and confusion that it would ruin the flick. This was a " screw-ball " comedy. Precise research isn't really needed.
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Rockin' Rudy writes:
Amazing! If there's gonna be a sequel to Austin Powers, they better find someone who can actually edit!
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