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The Moment That Defines ‘The Triple Lindy’

Posted on May 27, 2010 by pomranz

For the Tosh.0 blog, I wanted to make a joke about Rodney Dangerfield doing the “Triple Lindy” in one of the best movies of all time Back to School.

There’s a moment mid-Lindy where Rodney does this classic face that is the perfect representation of everything Rodney’s movie career stood for.  Since I can perfectly picture that face in my mind, I wanted to grab that exact moment to use for the joke… so I decided to take a screengrab direct from the movie to make sure I would get exactly the image I envisioned.

This is what I ended up with:

Problem was, I didn’t really like the quality of the screengrab.  It was a little fuzzy; I wanted something a bit clearer.

So I decided, Well, maybe if I do a Google image search, I can find a similar picture of the Triple Lindy.  It won’t be exactly what I had in mind, but maybe it’ll look better.

When I did my search, the first image I found was this:

It was then I realized that my sense of what defines ‘The Triple Lindy” isn’t just a personal phenomenon, but a universal one.  It’s not only that expression that defines what a Triple Lindy is, but that exact frame.  And not just for me, but for people at large.

So yes, the Triple Lindy scene lasts about a couple minutes, but for all intents and purposes, what makes it great all comes down to one frame.




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