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Old 02-21-2009, 10:09 AM
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Where does "I saw what you did there" come from?

Someone's standup bit? A movie I haven't seen? Some internet shtik? The SD itself?--though I don't think so.

I could also ask where "I don't think so" (as a way of saying "No, dumbass") but that's a whole 'nother GQ. (And where did "a whole 'nother" start, anyway?)
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"I don't think so, Tim" was Al's tagline in Home Improvement when Tim Allen was suggesting doing something particularly stupid. Don't know if that was where it originated.
Old 02-21-2009, 10:51 AM
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I believe that this a 4chan meme.

http://urbandictionary.com/defin...+you+did+there

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Old 02-21-2009, 10:57 AM
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I believe that this a 4chan meme.

http://urbandictionary.com/defin...+you+did+there
Thanks. "The police have nothing to go on" totally cracked me up.
Old 02-21-2009, 11:32 AM
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Thanks for starting this thread; I'd also wondered what this phrase was referencing.
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(Nott smacks himself for considering a lame Freud joke...)
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:47 PM
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Someone's standup bit? A movie I haven't seen? Some internet shtik? The SD itself?--though I don't think so.
Found as early as 1996 on Usenet.


http://groups.google.com/group/alt.f...u+did+there%22
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As a related followup, I see this usually on FARK with an image of Fry from Futurama:

http://dennisjudd.com/gallery/view_p...funpics&id=fry

"Oh! I see what you did there!"

I have to say that it confuses me, (the handles in the panels over his head make a funny shape?) Is that from an actual episode and referring to what?
Old 02-21-2009, 07:41 PM
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I'm pretty sure I picked it up from reading rec.arts.sf.written on Usenet (I used the phrase in Cafe Society just yesterday to acknowledge a pun)
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The first time I saw "See What I Did There?" was at Hissyfit, around the year 1999, and that seemed to be a reference even then.
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The first time I saw "See What I Did There?" was at Hissyfit, around the year 1999, and that seemed to be a reference even then.
I thought "See what I did there?" was a different meme. "See what I did there?" always makes me think of House, though it obviously predates that.
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Billy Crystal's character in Mr. Saturday Night (1992) often used the phrase "Did you see what I did?" following his gags, and David Paymer (playing his long-suffering brother) nods and says "I saw" at least once. No doubt Crystal and the other co-writers of the film were referencing some well-known bit of comic schtick.
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