“I love you.”

is not, as I guessed, the most common phrase in movies.

No, according to my younger brother and whatever source he uses, the most common movie phrase is something entirely different.

“We’ve got to get out of here!”

I had a hard time accepting this.  “Seriously?  Not ‘I love you’?”

“No.  And if you think about it, it tells us something really interesting about the human psyche.  Why do we watch movies?  We want –”

“I don’t believe you.  It’s inaccurate.  How could they have possibly searched through all movies ever made?”  I pictured a guy with a remote in one hand, a notebook in the other, marking down any notable phrases.

“Machines!  They had machines do it.”

Believable?  Maybe.

But back to “I love you.”  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am providing you with a wonderful link to an old humor article on the topic of love.  I am also giving you the link to an NPR piece about an artist who drew pictures based on the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist, and a link to an article dealing with six worded love stories.

And here’s a video:


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  1. I seen it on “QI”, a BBC quiz show hosted by Stephen Fry. It’s a sold fact that Stephen Fry knows everything.

    Furthermore: Those Craigslist “Missed Connections” can (not to wink at people’s heartache) be very very very funny. We used to read the St. Louis ones for fun.

    My friend Zach and I would sometimes, as a running joke between us, say to each other, in low, husky voices, “You were in the vegetable aisle. I was in Dairy. I was wearing a Rams jersey….” and then the other person would continue it, and then we’d laugh a bunch.

    For instance: http://stlouis.craigslist.org/mis/2217045333.html, which I am tentatively calling “Time Stood Still in the Cheese Section”


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