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Archive for April 13, 2013

Photo of the day: “HEY DUM DUM! YOU GIVE ME GUM GUM!”

DUM DUM

“Hey dum-dum. You give me gum-gum!”: One of the most beloved attractions at The Museum of Natural History is “Dum Dum” the talking Easter Island tiki statue from the 2006 movie “A Night At The Museum” starring Ben Stiller.
‘Dum Dum’ is actually a Moai carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500AD. Nearly half are still at Rana Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu  around the island’s perimeter. Eleven of the 887 statues have been given to museums around the world and have become well loved, especially ‘Dum Dum’.
Their story is extraordinary:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moai
Night at the Museum (2006)
Easter Island Head: Hey! Dum-dum!
Larry: Yes?
Easter Island Head: You give me gum-gum!
Larry: I give you gum-gum?
Easter Island Head: You new Dum-dum. You give me gum-gum.
Larry: Gee, okay, you know what? I have no gum-gum. Sorry. And my name isn’t Dum-dum. My name’s Larry.
Easter Island Head: No, your name Dum-dum. [People screaming]
Easter Island Head: Oh, you in trouble, Dum-dum. You better run-run. From Attila the Hun-hun. [Larry runs as Attila and his gang are chasing him]
Easter Island Head: See you later, Dum-dum!
Larry: [on his second night at the museum] Morning, dum-dum.
Easter Island Head: Me no dum-dum. You dum-dum. You bring me gum-gum?
Larry: Yes I did, fathead. [holds up a handful of gum]
Larry: Lots and lots of gum-gum.
Easter Island Head: [shouts] Quiiiiieeeeeeettttt! [silence]
Easter Island Head: My dum-dum want to speak.
Many of you may not know that “Dum Dum” was also a hit pop song by Brenda Lee in 1961 ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ3bhgQWeJA