Friday, 1 July 2016

Day 26 - Favourite Comedy Clip

Trigger's Broom

'Only Fools and Horses' was a 1980s British TV sitcom featuring the escapades and mishaps of a South London market trader (Del Boy) with his brother (Rodney) and various other characters. This includes Trigger, the main character in this clip. Trigger was, to put it politely, a bit slow on the uptake. I always thought that was the ironic origin of his nickname. I recently found out it was because people thought he looked like a horse.

The other person at the table is Boysie - a bit of a dodgy used-car salesman.

This clip is often used by philosophers as a perfect example of the Ship of Theseus Paradox. If an object has parts replaced then is it the same object? Take, for example, an Ancient Greek ship. It's made of pieces of wood, cloth, leather and rope. After a while an oar is broken and is replaced. Are we now looking at the same ship? I guess most people would say yes. Now fast forward so that every single piece of the ship has been replaced perhaps more than once. Is that the same ship as the original? If you say no, then you have to decide at what point the transition from original ship to a new ship happens. Is it after 50% of the ship being replaced? How about 40%?

Anyway, here it is. Look out for the bloke serving up food with a fag hanging out of his mouth. Those were the days.

Triggers broom from Lisa Ledbury on Vimeo.

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