Weekly Wiki: Rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle

August 16th, 2011 by | No comments

One of the weirdest items in the Monkey Island universe is also one of the most well known: the rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. Originally found in The Secret of Monkey Island, it’s unclear what its exact purpose is at first, even though it has an entire shop dedicated to selling this peculiar product. Later in the game it is revealed it does serve a purpose, however. And perhaps its biggest contribution is that it’s become ingrained into our collective conscience, earning references in other games and even becoming a universal symbol of the joys of Monkey Island games.

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Weekly Wiki: Three Sheets to the Wind

August 2nd, 2011 by | No comments

The following text is directly copied and pasted from the Monkey Island Wiki. Not because I’m lazy (well, I am, but that’s still now why), but because I can’t rewrite it to sound any better.

Three Sheets to the Wind is a book of poetry, written by various pirates. Upon reading it, Guybrush says it is some of the worst poetry he has ever read. The book is available from the Phatt City Library in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge but has been checked out by Governor Phatt; it rests atop his big belly and Guybrush must replace it with another book in an Indiana-Jones-style switch to keep from awakening the governor when he takes it. The book is necessary for identifying the coffin of Rapp Scallion, as the coffins in Stan‘s Cozy Crypt in the Scabb Island Cemetery are marked only by a famous quotation of the deceased.

Three Sheets to the Wind is also the title of Part III in The Curse of Monkey Island, in which Guybrush must participate in Insult Swordfighting at sea. The phrase “three sheets to the wind” refers to someone who is intoxicated, comparing the drunk to a ship whose sailing sheets have come loose.

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Weekly Wiki: Ozzie’s House

July 27th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

One of the highlights of Lucre Island architecture is the mansion inhabited by Ozzie Mandrill. From the outside, it just looks like any other Caribbean mansion, but once inside, the Australian influences become apparent. Ozzie has filled his home with artifacts from his home country, and he’s particularly proud of his collection of stuffed animals, which has exotic animals such as the platypus, the wombat, and the dingo. Be careful not to spray any of the animals with Eau de LeChuck though – Ozzie doesn’t like that.

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Weekly Wiki: Jim McDow

July 21st, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Jim McDow is a deceased daredevil pirate who was known for taking every risk he could and had several prosthetic appendages because of it. According to his epitaph on Scabb Island he eventually ran out of limbs. He is buried in the Scabb Island Cemetery.

He is one of the unseen characters from the Monkey Island Saga.

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Weekly Wiki: Mobey Dick

July 13th, 2011 by | No comments

If you ever visit Blood Island and are invited to tea at Mort’s house you can see his poster of the book Mobey Dick. Guybrush doesn’t think much of it and describes it as a “really trashy horror novel. Trust me. It’ll never sell.

It is, of course, a parody of Moby-Dick, a classic piece of American literature about a sailor obsessively trying to kill a white whale who took his leg. It was written by Herman Melville in 1851.

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Weekly Wiki: The Lost Welshman

July 5th, 2011 by | No comments

From eating a sandwich to cracking Myst and Star Wars related jokes, the Lost Welshman displays time and again he is quite a character. More than just peddling unsuspecting commuters between Blood and Skull Island, he’s part of the landscape, perhaps a reason for tourists to visit Blood Island in the first place. Unfortunately for them, the Lost Welshman no longer works there, but if you’re lucky, you may just be served a dish cooked up by him at The Bloody Lip, although nobody really knows if he actually works there or not.

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Weekly Wiki: S. Scott Bullock

June 29th, 2011 by | No comments

What?? You’ve NEVER heard of S. Scott Bullock? Shame on you!

Well, okay, maybe not “shame on you”, but still: this is a fun little piece of trivia that you may find amusing. I admit that this actor reprised his roles in the MI Universe and I didn’t even notice.

S. Scott Bullock is a voice actor best known for providing voices in the Jimmy Neutron series and other animated children’s series and films.

He provided the voices of Lemon Head the cannibal in The Curse of Monkey Island and Otis in Escape from Monkey Island; he reprised each of these roles in The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.

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Weekly Wiki: Did you know…

June 21st, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

I always loved this part of the wiki… so I figured I should post it here in case you guys missed it 🙂

Did you know…

  • … that there are three monkeys in the Monkey Island series with the name of Jojo?
  • … that in a tribute to The Empire Strikes Back, one of the screens in the Mysts o’ Tyme Marshe has a half-submerged X-Wing?
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Weekly Wiki: Scupperware

June 15th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Are you having trouble keeping your sea biscuits fresh and crispy? Are you always looking for a place to store your bait? Then Scupperware is for you! This magnificent product should be in every pirate’s kitchen! Check out the special Scupperware promotion at the Lucre Island bank, and see for yourself the amazing properties of the revolutionary Scupperware!

This post was brought to you courtesy of Scupperware.

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Weekly Wiki: Breathmaster

May 31st, 2011 by | 3 comments

If you’re a pirate with bad breath (maybe you don’t brush your teeth properly or you don’t even have a toothbrush) then you should make friends with the delightful shopkeeper on MĂȘlĂ©e Island as he sells these lovely mints named Breathmaster. They are grog-flavored and bears the slogan “For the pirate who cares about first impressions”. An entire roll sells for one single piece of eight and they come in handy when talking to wrongfully imprisoned guys named Otis. They also double nicely as mint leaves in voodoo recipes.

Viist the wiki page to learn what kind of mints feature in Tales of Monkey Island and what they can be used for.

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