Martin Mull co-starred in Clue, wherein he played Colonel Mustard.
Ipso facto, Parmesan and Mustard. Need more evidence that doesn't actually link to Parmesan and mustard but is also a reference to Clue? In the episode "A New Attitude," Gene Parmesan buys a knife at a shop next door to a children's play place that has a ball pit. The name of the play place is My Little Ballroom. The knife is a weapon in Clue, and the ballroom is one of the rooms in Clue.
Oh, and while we're on the subject: In the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Will Arnett's character can be seen making himself a Parmesan cheese and mustard sandwich while listening to "Careless Whisper" by George Michael.
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The lesson here is, Arrested Development is exhausting.
George R.R. Martin Hid Football References in A Dance With Dragons
The galley was also where the ship's books were kept ... the fourth and final volume of The Life of the Triarch Belicho, a famous Volantene patriot whose unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by giants.
That could be just another in a long, long, long line of silly fantasy history from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. And it is, ultimately. But that little bit happens to be more than just another fake history you didn't need to know. It's actually a cleverly coded reference to real life George R.R. Martin sneaked into A Dance With Dragons.
Martin is a football fan from New Jersey, so he splits his fandom between the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Because he's a red-blooded American, he hates the New England Patriots. This is no more evident than in the quote above. The "patriot" Triarch Belicho is New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The "unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs" is the Patriots 2007 season, when they won every single game ... except for the Super Bowl, which they lost to the New York Giants.
Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesNote that losing a sporting event and getting your body chunks digested by a giant are on the same level in George R.R. Martin's eyes.
And there's more. Martin lost a bet to Patrick St. Denis, the writer of a fantasy blog and a Dallas Cowboys fan. For years he and Martin had a long-running bet over whether the Cowboys or the Giants would do better in the standings. One year, the Cowboys finished ahead of the Giants and George had to pay up ... in the form of killing Patrick in one of his books. Martin created Ser Patrek of King's Mountain, a knight with a shield painted with a silver star. He's ripped apart by a giant named Wun-Wun, which is a homophone for One-One, the number 11, which was the number of legendary New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms.
The real Wun-Wun.
George R.R. Martin apparently solves all his problems by making fake giants rip them to shreds. That's only slightly healthier than actually killing people.
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