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16. Where's the "flying fuck" quote from?




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This article is from the Kurt Vonnegut FAQ, by George A Cooley geocool@blarg.net with numerous contributions by others.

16. Where's the "flying fuck" quote from?

A favorite quote among at least a faction of the newsgroup readership,
the quote is thought to have originated in "Slapstick" (1976.) It
appears numerous times in that book, and actually becomes a bit of a
plot point. The quote is "why don't you take a flying fuck at a rolling
doughnut? Why don't you take a flying fuck at the mooooooooooooon?"
(pp 163, among others.) But it was also found (by Kevin Brophy
(kevinb@drk.com) in "Slaughterhouse-Five." "'Go take a flying fuck at a
rolling doughnut,' murmered Paul Lazzaro in his azure nest. 'Go take a
flying fuck at the moon.'" (pp 147) This is the earliest known
appearance of the quote to date.

 

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