And now, in the running for one of the sillier threads of the week, I bring you…:
You know how cartoons often have a scene where someone gets clouted round the head, and they see stars? Well, that’s cool, because I’ve seen stars before - little points of light that zip around in your field of vision. (no violence required)
Buuuuut, the other standard for clout aftermath is to have birds tweeting. Now that’s something that may have originated not in cartoons but in the early slapstick movies shorts of the early part of the century, the Mack Sennet era.
Was it based on anything real, do you think? Do people see or hear birds when they get knocked about? Or was it just a convenient cliché representation?
Told you it was silly.