Scottish gentleman is bewildered by newsreader's amazing appearing pen


61 Responses to “Scottish gentleman is bewildered by newsreader's amazing appearing pen”

  1. He’s not just some “Scottish gentleman.” That’s Brian Limond, aka “Limmy,” who is a somewhat famous professional comedian best known for “Limmy’s Show” on BBC 2 Scotland. 

    • Michael W. says:

      He is hilarious. I am so glad to make his acquaintance. Thanks for the info. 

    • bluest_one says:

      Limmy, the only person to ever block me on Twitter because I challenged him over some terrible pro-capitalist, anti-protestor tweets he made (which he subsequently deleted).

      • James says:

        Ah, so you’re one of the people who take everything he tweets 100% seriously? He spends his time being a contrary troll, fishing for the credulous. You got caught.

        • bluest_one says:

          I presume I’m speaking to a fan, but I had no familiarity with him up until that point. I wouldn’t know anything about “everything he tweets”.

          If you want to insult me and call me “credulous” that’s your call but I’d have more faith in your judgement on this matter if Limmy hadn’t shoved half a dozen of his tweets down the memory hole as a result of the backlash he got from them.

          If someone’s going to be ‘controversial’ it seems they should at least have the spine and conviction to stand by what they say, instead of scurrying to hide the evidence.

          • marilove says:

            Maybe he was just tired of dealing with clueless gits who weren’t getting his humor?

          • Guest says:

            and if someone is going to be a sucker, they should do it whole hog and from atop a high horse. bravo sir. 

          • bluest_one says:

            [Apparently you can't reply beyond a certain threshold of comments, so there's no reply button to marilove & mdhatter03, so I'll do it here.]

            Your defence of Limmy might might have looked better if you all hadn’t just responded with ad-hominem insults. Are you guys typical of his fanbase? You might do him more favours by just being quiet?

          • DataShade says:

            @ bluest_one Two buddhist monks leave a monastery to purchase supplies in a nearby town.  One monk is an elder of the temple while the other is a novice on his first journey outside the monastery walls since taking his vows.  On the way to the town, they come to a river, but where there should be a shallow ford, they find the river is instead several feet deep.  A young woman sits by the shore, crying, and the elder monk asks “child, why do you cry?” “I was supposed to bring medicine to my grandmother, but the river is full and I fear I will not return home in time.”  The elder monk strips off his robe, picks the woman up onto his shoulders, and carries her across the river.  The young woman thanks them both and runs to the town while the two monks continue at a more sedate pace.  The monks reach the town and take lodgings, where, in private, the young monk cries “brother!  we have taken a vow of chastity, we are not to touch women for any reason!  I cannot believe you would defy the law of our temple!”  The elder monk replies, “brother, I put that woman down hours ago.  Why are you still carrying her?”

          • Marktech says:


            “Two buddhist monks leave a monastery to purchase supplies”

            Coincidentally, I quoted that story to my father-in-law earlier today.

            Also coincidentally, I was reminded of the Four Zen Monks Of Usenet, who were under a vow of silence:

            “Why do people think this thread worth commenting on?”
            “Shush!  You know there’s no point commenting on this!”
            “You’re both fools for bothering to respond.”
            “All three of you who have spoken are wrong: I’m the only one wise enough to remain silent!”

  2. sigdrifa says:

    Some people are easily entertain… oh. Gosh. I just realized I just watched the whole thing all the way through.

  3. A Nonny Moose says:

    Is it bad that the most intriguing bit (for me) was what the announcer never got to finish saying about chest hair vis a vis elections?

  4. Mitchell Glaser says:

    The guy’s accent is intense: “Nae pen, pen!” should be a meme.

    • neapel says:

      the YouTube comments are working on that. His other videos already have been flooded with that… plus they took the tradition of quoting every single line and turned it fun: “But then that mystery got replaced by a BAGEL MYSTERY. —LiamTheWombat”

    • iamlegion says:


  5. Grant says:

    I think the biggest mystery is, what was the news story about chest hair?

  6. beemoh says:

    For bonus fun, put the subtitles on, and see how YouTube’s transcription software handles Scottish accents and slang, considering how artfully it mangles perfectly clear regular English.

    Spoilers: it manages “fuckin’”.

  7. Stitch says:

    “Nae pen, pen!” is the new “Back and to the left”

  8. hbl says:

    Yeah, that’s Limmy, his other youtube videos are incredibly funny and terrifying in equal measure. He also popped up as the unintelligible scottish window cleaner in The IT Crowd.

  9. mkultra says:

    This is how I hear the Wee Free Men…

  10. Michael W. says:

    I want to hear his analysis on this chest hair story. 

  11. Paul Renault says:

    Y’know, Limmy, there ARE other vowels besides ‘e’ and ‘o’, eh.

    But, really, everyone knows that the best reason to go to Oban is for some Fesh’n’cheps weth broen soss at Norrie’s.

    • CLamb says:

      Not in Scotland; the English took them.  But consider the plight of the poor Welsh who had nearly all their vowels taken by the English only to flaunt them by placing them as silent letters in words–such as the “e” on the end of many words.

  12. theophrastvs says:

    gratuitous assertion without any data (aka: typical comment):  English has the broadest bandwidth of all living languages.

    think about it:  Louisiana drawl to Scottish brogue and it’s still understandable – amaz’n!  (must have evolved-in error correction redundancies up the wazoo) so let’s hear it for the Queen’s:  best damn language on the f’n planet! yeah! (jingo jingo jingo)

    • doggo says:

      Oh aye. China and India have a goat load of dialects and languages many of which are  non-mutually-intelligible. Yet English can be understood from Manhattan to Perth (going west).

      ‘Course if you’re from the Mid-west U.S. of A, like I yam. Then it helps if you’re drunk when talking to the likes of Limmy (’cause basically all English speakers end up sounding like Scots when they’re drunk*).

      *I kid! I kid because I love! I love the Scots!

  13. Zero Sonico says:

    Nea Pen Pen was a friend of mine from Vietnam.

  14. RJ says:

    David Robertson is a mystery wrapped inside a conundrum wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside another mystery. By pointing this out, Limmy is messing with dark forces no mortal was meant to look directly at.

  15. Wow….what a great way to finish out 2011. Hilarious.

  16. Stephen M says:

    Hah! love it, more bewildered scots needed ASAP.

  17. Bodhipaksa says:

    It’s because of this spirit of enquiry that Scotland was able to give to the world inventions such as the pneumatic tyre, the macadamised road, the postage stamp, steam engines, the telephone, television, and mammalian cloning. 

    In other words, we fuckin rock, ya bastards!

  18. I will preface this by saying that I absolutely adore every UK accent. Each one is like music to my ears. That being said, “Nae pen… pen!”

  19. harvey the rabbit says:

    “Yesterday David revealed his grandfather had taught him the pen trick – and he had been doing it on news shows for years.” – Nov. 2009 

    • Maneki Nico says:

      The dateline on that story is actually Jan 27 2008.

      Choice quote: “Limmy’s YouTube clip has had almost 7000 hits in 12 days.”

      Viral had a lower threshold then, I guess.

  20. keith mccann says:

    Limmy’s great! I love Adventure Quest

  21. chrisspurgeon says:

    I’d love to see what this guy would do with a double rainbow.

  22. Have you ever tried any … Saurian brandy?

  23. bobcorrigan says:

    The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ pens 
    Gang aft agley, 
    An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, 
    For promis’d joy!

  24. pstarr says:

    that was strangely relaxing.

  25. Petzl says:

    What is the Bagger Mastery?   I must know.

  26. Edamame says:

    There’s Two Series worth of Limmy’s Show on the BBC.
    He takes a lot of risks with his humour. It’s experimental..
    When it works it’s as funny as the Pythons. Limmy rules!

  27. kartwaffles says:

    I love his accent.  Google audio transcription is hilariously wrong, too: “I don’t see octane desiccated fellow harvesting cacao!”

  28. noah django says:

    I greatly enjoyed this.

  29. anna reser says:

    I read all of these comments in his accent. NAE PEN, PEN!

  30. eli laztanguren says:

    Why has this silly story such a succes? And why are most of the people commenting here male? “Nae pen (nis), pen (is)” Do you get it guys?

  31. Anon_Mahna says:

    Think of me as  just another giggen yank, but I was highly enthralled listening to his accent. I spent 30min+/- after the 1st watch trying to copy the pronunciations.

  32. oliver schmieding says:

    …just showed this vid to my son (who started to learn english about a year ago…)
    his expression went from  ‘nae frown’ to ‘frown’ in about 5  seconds…priceless :)

  33. Dennis Smith says:

    Does this guy need glasses? It’s in his other hand FFS!

  34. bigidiot says:

    Am I the only one who was actually holding out hope for a rick-roll?

  35. efergus3 says:

    Old Scottish joke: Why do the Scots wear kilts? Because the sheep can hear zippers being undone from miles away.   (Ferguson)

  36. Listener43 says:

    F*ing Pens – how do they work?

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