“The frisking is frantic and often futile”: David Attenborough provides commentary for women’s curling

We often hear about the “Martian zoologist”: a mythical creature who is invoked to show how baffling human behavior would seem to a non-Earthling. And here we see the venerable Sir David taking on that role—narrating, in his inimitable way, women’s curling at the Sochi Olympics.

As PuffHo notes,

The BBC somehow convinced the famed narrator to voice a segment of Team Great Britain’s epic Feb. 11 Olympic match in Sochi against Team USA. The result: a playful interpretation of a beloved game through the lens of a naturalist.

There’s a bit clearer version at the PuffHo site, but I can’t embed it.

24 Comments

  1. Liln
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    ‘The famed narrator’.
    David Attenborough, according to HuffPo.

  2. sgo
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I saw it the other day; hilarious! I was wondering if it was real initially, it sounded too good to be true.

  3. E.A. Blair
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that three of the most odd sports come from Scotland – golf, curling and tossing the caber?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted February 24, 2014 at 1:46 am | Permalink

      To quote Auric Goldfinger, “Once is happenstance, twice is circumstance and three times is enemy action.”
      The Scottish approach to sport can also be seen in their contribution to football (soccer) : Rangers, Celtic and the traditional “Old Firm Bloodbath”.

  4. bonetired
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    And here is the original Beeb ..

    http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26257895

    • Posted February 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      This is what I got when I clicked on your link:

      Oh je! Etwas schlimmes ist passiert!

      Tut mir furchtbar leid, aber es gibt hier nichts! Entweder existiert die Seite nach der du suchst nicht mehr, oder die URL Adresse ist falsch oder falsch geschrieben.

      Warum versuchst du nicht danach zu suchen?

      (a 404 error because you posted http:// twice)

  5. bonetired
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    or even here !

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26257895

    • Posted February 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      That’s better but only for UK residents…

      “Cannot play media. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory.” is what I got.

  6. Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Y’all probably have seen this, but in case not: Myley Cyrus Attenboroughized.

  7. Posted February 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    We won. Le hockey too. Both men’s and women’s. :)

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted February 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Yep, Canada deserves it after all this awful snow!

      • Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

        Good on our guys and gals, eh? :D

        I hope you’ve been weathering the weather, Diana. I’m ready for spring now. :)

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted February 24, 2014 at 7:45 am | Permalink

          Yeah I’m sick of winter and friends in Victoria keep posting pictures of flowers in their gardens!

          • Posted February 24, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

            Have you countered with pics of 10′ snowbanks? :) We desperately need a thaw.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted February 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

              I keep posting messages that show the temperature from my car’s outside thermometer!

          • Posted February 24, 2014 at 8:14 am | Permalink

            If it makes you feel better, we’re unlikely to have much of a wildflower season here in the Southwest. We haven’t had any rain in months and it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting any anytime soon.

            Instead, February has turned out to be quite a lovely summer, with mostly clear skies and daytime highs in the 80s for the past couple weeks. At this rate, we’re expecting summer to end sometime in April, transitioning to an early Hell, with a looming prospect of our normal June-through-August Hell season replaced with something unimaginable….

            b&

  8. Steve Clark
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    The video captures Attenborough at his best. The straight-man routine is hilarious. He’s one of my heroes. Thanks for posting this Jerry! I love this stuff.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    If we’re talking “Attenborough-ing” subjects, one must mention the “Not The Nine …” team doing a gentle sideswipe at His Attenboroughness : Youtube version, and script :
    PROF. TIMOTHY FIELDING I’m sorry, I’m sorry! Can I put this into some sort of perspective? When I caught Gerald in ’68 he was completely wild.
    GERALD, THE GORILLA Wild? I was absolutely livid!
    [...]
    GERALD Look, I know you’ve never got on with my mother.
    PROF. Well, she didn’t exactly like me either, did she?
    GERALD She got on perfectly well with David Attenborough.
    PROF. David Attenborough! All I ever hear is David bloody Attenborough!
    GERALD Let’s leave Dave out of this.
    PROF. Oh, shut up and have a banana!
    This sketch passes through my mind from time to time as I theatrically examine my fingernails in the middle of someone else’s comments during a meeting.
    Does anyone have enough Greek to translate what Gerald attributes to Aristotle?

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      “As Aristotle once said, ἣ ζώαι ἔι𝜈αι [???], ἣ γυνᾶικες ἔι𝜈αι [???].”

      I’m afraid that the combination of his diction (not very classical, and the distinctions of consonants are partly lost in the mask), my rusty ear (who am I kidding, I could never perceive the syllables in a distinct order in the days when I was dating a [non-classical] Greek girl and hanging out with her family and friends), and the sheer bloody Google-confounding number of things Aristotle in his surviving books claimed that “animals are” and “women are”, means… I don’t have enough Greek for that.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted February 25, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        When I saw “gunai” (γυναι)I immediately said “women are what?!” but too bad, no answer from Aristotle.

  10. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Got to comment #15 without someone mentioning the TSA ! Not that we have to put up with them here – but there’s still enough of it.

  11. Posted February 24, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Cat curling.


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