December 30, 2005

This Still Annoys Me
— Ace

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy is told that the Staff of Ra should be "six Kaddams high" -- "that's about six feet," Sullah says -- but then he should "take one Kaddam back to honor the Hebrew God whose ark this is."

And yet when he gets to the map room, the staff is at least two feet taller than him.

So, either Indiana Jones is three feet tall, or he completely botched the instructions for the Staff he was so keen on. And, like the Germans, he should be "digging in the wrong place!"

I'm just sayin'. A commenter mentioned the "Kaddam" thing for no reason, and it just started bugging me all over again.

Posted by: Ace at 12:15 PM | Comments (23)
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1 A wise man once said: Let it go, Ace, Let it GO.

Posted by: carin at December 30, 2005 12:33 PM (HtKod)

2 ...That was Indie's Dad who said it - and it was something like, "Let it go, Indie, let it go."

Posted by: Cheese_Tensor at December 30, 2005 12:49 PM (41Dd+)

3 they pay people to take care of this crap.

it's called continuity

or key grip. something, hell I don't know.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at December 30, 2005 01:14 PM (wOeV6)

4 In Serenity, Kaylee says she's rigged the door so that it can't be opened from the outside. River goes through it to seal her friends off form the Reivers.
Then, when Mal returns form sending the broadband, the doors open up again to show River, elbow-deep in blood, standing framed ceter-stage on top of a pile of Reiver corpses.
Mal was back with the rest of his crew.
River was posing.

Who opened the door?

Posted by: DaveP. at December 30, 2005 01:16 PM (4dxlt)

5 Is this like an Encyclopedia Brown mystery for geeks?

Posted by: ace at December 30, 2005 02:11 PM (UxtY9)

6 ...this coming from the man who remembers what a Kaddam was...

Posted by: DaveP. at December 30, 2005 02:16 PM (6iy97)

7 If it isn't one kaddamned thing it's another...

Posted by: Cheese_Tensor at December 30, 2005 02:20 PM (41Dd+)

8 Whoa, an Encyclopedia Brown reference = instant flashback to 1977 and my elementary school's library.

Posted by: Enas Yorl at December 30, 2005 02:48 PM (5wPX8)

9 That's just an illusion because of the camera angle.

Now, go see my masterpiece, Munich.

Posted by: Steven Spielberg at December 30, 2005 02:57 PM (CDwI3)

10 I guess you're okay that Indy broke the staff over his knee while he was in the map room. That brings to mind an old adage my daddy taught me about woodshop.

Measure with a micrometer,

Mark with a crayon,

just break about a foot or so off across your knee.


Posted by: BumperStickerist at December 30, 2005 03:03 PM (urtOD)

11 Here's that scene from a different angle--

Posted by: abberblab at December 30, 2005 04:54 PM (kJcST)

12 I never noticed that, but I have wondered if the ancient Egyptians had the same 1:1 ratio of kaddams to cubits, which is the standard of length from the Old Testament. I figured they just changed it to feet, in case the audience wouldn't know WTF a cubit was.

So how long's a cubit? This site says the general consensus in 18 inches.

So Indy's staff was 90 inches or 7.5 feet, if it was 5 kadams. Now, how did he know what diameter he needed to fit into the hole?

Posted by: Moonbat_One at December 30, 2005 06:47 PM (ivB4r)

13 It's kickass that in a movie that requires the kind of suspension-of-disbelief that RotLA does we're arguing units of measurement.

Which brings me to my riddle: Why am I at home on a Friday night?

*scroll for answer*

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Too many bad dates.

I'll get my coat.

Posted by: tachyonshyggy at December 30, 2005 06:58 PM (Q6dMR)

14 There's another possible explanation - Sallah is a dumbass. After all, the guy digs holes in the ground for a living.

Posted by: John at December 31, 2005 04:58 AM (acjPX)

15 Sullah: That's about six feet.
Indie: I know it's about six feet, but how much is it exactly?
Sullah: Exactly...nine feet.

They had to cut that dialogue because the movie was running too long.

Posted by: Wanda at December 31, 2005 05:11 AM (p45JN)

16 If you go to :

You can discuss this at length amongst similar devoted fans.... :-)

Posted by: Sergei at December 31, 2005 07:19 AM (cr1Vy)

17 Too many bad dates.

Try the Syrian dates...they are the best in the middle east.

Posted by: rls at December 31, 2005 08:40 AM (Lh7Vt)

18 It still bugs the hell out of me that when they opened the ark, GHOSTS came out. That offends me as a Jew, and I'm slightly less Jewish than Conan O'Brien. Why not have some mummies climb out of it? Maybe some manefestations of Thoth and Ammon could have made appearances. Hint: Judaism is DIFFERENT from the cult of Osiris, and the God of Abraham isn't a whole bunch of human ka's stuffed in a box.

Posted by: Dave Munger at December 31, 2005 11:22 AM (ecJDu)

19 I didn't think they were ghosts. I'm not sure just what they were, but not ghosts. I thought they were sort of like guardian angels, who turned really mean when they saw who was messing around with the Ark of the Covenant.

Posted by: Wanda at December 31, 2005 12:12 PM (p45JN)

20 Dont look keep you eyes shut but we remember what came out of the ark ghosts lots of ghosts and all those persons rememeber when the person melted and the main villian exploded? eewwee

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