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What is "Narf"?

Discussion in 'The Warner Bros. Club' started by Craig Crumpton, Jul 13, 2001.

  1. Craig Crumpton

    Craig Crumpton This is a close-up?
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    This is for any fans of Warner Bros animated series "Pinky & The Brain":
    http://dmoz.org/Arts/Animation/Cartoons/Titles/P/Pinky_and_The_Brain/

    (...or for any others who have nothing better to do than to take the time to read this.)

    I've been working on an extensive and tedious project that has been a rather wearying experience, but there is a bit of pay involved, so I tried to ignore how much of a task it was.

    A few days ago, I felt the overwhelming urge to take a break from the monotony, and for no other reason than "why the @#$% not", I decided to do a google.com search on "narf".

    Now, any "hardcore" P&TB reading this will most likely recall a key plot point in the premiere P&TB episode "Das Mouse" when the CIA deciphered Pinky's random password "NARF" as "Nuclear Attack Readiness Formation".

    I can assure you that this organization does not exist (at least not on the web), though there was a P&TB fanpage with that name at one time.

    In the space (or waste, I should say) of 2 hours, I discovered that N.A.R.F. has been in use as an acronym by a number of organizations -- some of them many years before the actual "word" (or "emotional sound effect", as it has been defined by the show's producer, Peter Hastings) was popularized (immortalized, even) by Pinky -- with credit largely due to Rob Paulsen's performance as the voice of Pinky - and also to Peter Hastings, but especially to Eddie Fitzgerald, a Warner Bros animator who once received a gag credit on "Tiny Toon Adventures" as the: "Guy Who Says 'Narf.'"

    Following is the outcome of my research (from approximately 543 search results):

    First off, one that many A! fans should be familiar with:

    The Nifty Animaniacs Reference File (though horribly out of date)
    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/tv/animaniacs/faq/

    Now, prepare to be amazed and amused at all that is N.A.R.F. on the web:

    [Note: If there are any non-English sites linked which you wish to view and comprehend (for whatever reason suits your fancy), I recommend using http://babelfish.altavista.com ]


    The Native American Rights Fund
    http://www.narf.org/

    The Nortwest Agricultural Research Foundation
    http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/NARF.html

    The Nike Animal Rescue Foundation
    http://www.narfrescue.org

    The Northfield Animal Rights Front
    http://www.stolaf.edu/orgs/messenger/2000/021601/news/narf.html

    The Nordic Arctic Research Forum
    http://www.geo.ruc.dk/nors/phd_net/narf.htm

    NAzaRines In Fellowship
    http://www.naznet.com/

    The Nazarene Amateur Radio Fellowship
    http://www.norcal.org/NARF/

    The North American Railway Foundation
    http://www.narfoundation.org/

    The National Association of Research Fellows
    http://www.anu.edu.au/narf/

    The Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
    http://www.newportaquaticcenter.net/Rowing/pages/narf_main.htm

    Novell Account Request Form
    http://www.cas.unt.edu/gal/narf/

    The National Assembly of Rifle Forces
    http://www.eckardt-web.de/narf/

    The National Association of Retired Firefighters
    http://www.narfire.org.uk/narf.html

    Nathan Azrin & Richard Foxx (co-authors)
    http://www.nurturingourfamilies.com/spirited/books/narf/narf.html

    The North American Racewalking Foundation
    http://www.hoys.com/narwf.html

    Nambudripad's Allergy Research Foundation
    http://www.naet.com/subscribers/naro.html

    New Account Request Form
    http://mira.lcsc.edu/olg/narf.html

    The National Association of Retired Federal Employees
    http://www.narfe.org/

    Not Another Ridiculous Fanfic
    http://xovers.reikaifiles.com/a/NARF.html

    Natural Axial Resonant Frequency
    http://www.bently.com/support/glossary/BncglossNARF.htm

    The Natural Areas Rescue Fund
    http://www.savetheprairiesociety.org/NARF/NARFdo.htm

    Notgeile Alte Rentner Fraktion
    (A Series of "Counterstrike" Clans, mostly in German)
    http://www.narf-clan.de/
    http://www.narfclan.de/
    http://www.clan-narf.de/
    http://www.narf-clan.de.vu/
    http://www.clansite.com/NaRF/
    http://narf-clan.virtualave.net/
    http://narf.da.ru/
    http://counternarf.fateback.com/

    The Naval Air Rework Facility
    http://www.skyhawk.org/NARF_AL.htm

    The New Age Renaissance Fair
    http://www.california.com/~eameece/narf.htm

    NAtionale Regio Finale
    http://www.tsr-vidar.nl/archief/NARF1998/narf.html

    The Nuclear Air Resistance Fleet
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/8663/

    Norges Autoriserte Regnskapsføreres Forening
    http://www.narf.no/


    And for those of you wondering how others have "defined" narf:

    http://www.greyjedi.net/wordofweek.html#narf
    http://www.csupomona.edu/~jasanders/slang/csrpn.htm

    Two Dweebs Who Erroneously Claim to have Coined "Narf"
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=princeton+narf
    (The actual page is offline, but can be viewed via Google "cache". For the first search result listed after you click the above link, click where it says "Cached" to read the text in question. If you still can't get it to work, I'll post the text here later.)


    Other noteworthy NARF-related sites ---- "Narf" is:

    An Internet Service Provider
    http://www.narf.com

    An Invention (En Espanol)
    http://www.argos.edu.uy/narf.htm

    A Usenet Spam Filter
    http://utcc.utoronto.ca/abuse/antispam-stuff/narf/

    A Stamps & Graphics Company (En Espanol)
    http://www.catar.com.br/hg/serv/narfs/

    A French Anime Fansite
    http://narf.free.fr/

    A Windows Application for Playing Chess on your Computer
    http://www.chessvariants.com/programs.dir/narf.html

    A Swiss Punk Band
    http://www.kuzeb.ch/narf/

    A Canadian-themed Star Trek Spoof (with sequels)
    http://www.theinsaneasylum.com/stories/narftrek/narftrek.htm
    http://www.theinsaneasylum.com/stories/narftrek/narftrek2.htm
    http://www.theinsaneasylum.com/stories/narftrek/narftrek3.htm

    A Dutch Hard Rock Band
    ("Narf - The Band")
    http://www.narftheband.com/ ...coming soon!
    http://move.to/narf
    http://members.tripodnet.nl/ANDRIESHANNAART/
    http://www.redrival.com/narftheband/indexe.html
    http://narfmusic.cjb.net/

    A Breakfast Cereal
    http://www.hytti.uku.fi/~halen/thepeli/pelinarf.html

    The We-Call-Our-Site-NARF-For-No-Apparent-Reason Homepage
    http://www.narf.gen.nz/

    A Clever, Brief P&TB Fanfic
    http://www.sonic.net/~xodiac/stories/narf.htm

    A Cult
    http://members.tripod.com/~Evk_Damascus/narf/


    On a related note - the following are registered domains for sites not yet online:

    http://naarf.com/
    http://narf.net/

    And in case anyone is curious, http://narf.cc/ is not currently registered.


    And perhaps the most useless (or creative, depending on your POV) uses of "narfdom" on the web:

    http://homepages.strath.ac.uk/~acu95268/narf.html
    http://home.allgaeu.org/mkaltenh/
    http://www.locksley.com/opennarf.htm
    http://www.wcug.wwu.edu/~narf/


    Gookie
    --wins the prize for the *longest*, *most researched* yet thoroughly useless post of all time.
     
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  2. Craig Marinaro

    Craig Marinaro The Feast of 1,000 Beasts
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    Well, I'll venture to say that I've made *MUCH* more pointless posts than that. Yours was even on-topic!

    But it would probably win the award for *LONGEST* useless post of all time, if it's any comfort. Not to mention most researched!

    The only one I was previously aware of was the Native American Rights Fund. "Narf Trek" is probably my favorite (the Swiss punk band might be if I could understand any of it). "Mr. Spork" was the same name used in the A! "Star Truck"...not sure if the writers are A! fans, or if it's just a coincedence. But making him a "strange guy from Mexico" was a nice touch, anyhow.

    Hope all the new guys who've come along since your original reign on the Board take notice of this...stuff like this is why we all love Gookie, kiddies! ;)

    -C
    The Man With No Sig.
     
  3. The Mad Hatter

    The Mad Hatter Whyyyyy'sis heead so biiiiiig?

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    I'll go with Craig... I've missed Gookie's meticulously-researched yet completely useless info. The man knows how to do useless facts that are absolutely fascinating.
     
  4. joker

    joker Rock N' Roll Heart

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    thats a lot of narfs
     
  5. Nftnat

    Nftnat professor/historian/chronicler

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    I'm just surprised NarfPinky hasn't weighed in on this yet.
     
  6. don Jaime

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    Narf is all, man.
     
  7. Danielle

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    Congrats, Gookie!

    Honestly, I went to that Renaissance fair and didn't even know...and that Narf cult page is creepy.
     
  8. Sharklady

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    Egad, Gookie, brilliant!

    Esp. that "Clever, Brief P&TB Fanfic." Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    And that Cult page was good for a laugh too.
     
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  9. Danielle

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    I'm not sure if this was already mentioned (I'm not looking through that whole list!), but whatever. Here's another acronym for NARF:

    NARF= Navy Arctic Research Facility

    If it is.....sorry. Go ahead and mallet me.
     
  10. Narfpinky

    Narfpinky ~splash~
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    NAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRFFF!

    Egad, interesting, but NARF for me is just like ZORT or POIT!



    Narf-ragious!
     
  11. Craig Crumpton

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    Nope, didn't find that one.

    There's no website for it though - I checked. I found a "Navy Arctic Research Laboratory" which is also called the "Navy Arctic Research Consortium", but no "Facility".

    Thanks for the addition.
     
  12. Craig Crumpton

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    If I'd been looking for comfort, I'd have gone to bed instead. ;)




    Well, it's nice to have friends who can appreciate this sort of pointlessness. I'm pleased you guys got a kick out of it. If you wanna know my personal favorite finds - it'd have to be:

    - the 2 Nazarene organizations (really got a chuckle out of those two, for some strange reason - perhaps because it was 3am)
    - The National Association of Research Fellows (which I find delightfully clever)
    - Norges Autoriserte Regnskapsføreres Forening (those wacky Norwegians...)
    - NARF Cereal (admit it, you know you wanna try some)

    And like Sharklady, I also enjoyed that little P&TB fic.


    Gookie
    --Nerdy Anal-Retentive Fanboy
     
  13. Calhoun07

    Calhoun07 It's Me

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    I am most certainly impressed. Next time somebody asks me about "narf" I will know what to tell them!
     
  14. DR. BELCH

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    And here I thought--

    --"narf" was just "Fran" spelled backwards. Perhaps Pinky is subconciously yearning for some kindly female scientist who took care of him as a whelp but has since left Acme Labs...and his poor, fragmented, backwards brain is still pining for her in its dim monosyllabic fashion....


    ...or perhaps that's one too many pina colada fruit smoothies talking. :p


    This was post 600.
     
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  15. Danielle

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    Re: And here I thought--

    *gasp* What if Billie found out?!

    Post 191 for me.
     
  16. Nftnat

    Nftnat professor/historian/chronicler

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    And now it'll be interesting to get Romey's take on this. You must admit, it'd make for an interesting plot twist. As if Billie didn't have enough to worry about with the non-human competition (the dolphin, the pig, still waiting on Phar). Not to mention it maybe being genetic as Pinky's (& Brain's) clone --- oh, what was his name >:E) --- fell for a human, Pat / Bunny.
     
  17. DR. BELCH

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    La amor de ratones

    A further mystery of Pinky and Brain's origin...Dr. Mephisto apparently headed the B.R.A.I.N. project, though we see two male scientists, presumably his underlings, did most of the work. Fran may have been either a third scientist, or a kindly intern who comforted young Pinky in his darkest hours. Somewhere in the back of his tiny mind he still harbors a crush....
    And what of whatever Snowball and Billie had? I've referred to it as a Liza-Higgins thing, although the hamster's intentions may have been less than noble--maybe a scheme to breed the perfect offspring with her (which she would have none of). She seldom speaks of it, and to my knowlege Brain never asks. Also, there's no reason Billie coundn't have her own crush on an Acme doctor....
    As for Pinky's strange affairs, there was also (in the FanFic realm) Quinn Morgendorffer, who shares, as Brain might say, "Pinky's perversely original take on life". Here's a particularly humorous exerpt from my own "The Plot in a Nutshell" where Brain, posing as a Spanish tutor, tries desperately not to lose his mind as he teaches Quinn espanol:

    BRAIN: Greetings, class, and welcome to Basic Introductory Spanish I. I am your teacher, Professor Braindulce. Today weshall be examining the differences between "ser" and
    "estar", conjugating a few simple "-ar" and "ir" verbs
    [PINKY starts waving his hand in the air and "ooh ooh"ing
    excitedly. When BRAIN fails to notice him, he starts waving
    both hands and "ooh"s louder], and, if we have the time, we
    may examine masculine and feminine noun endings and how they
    correlate to the endings of their respective adjectives--
    [he notices PINKY at last and breaks off with an impatient
    sigh] Yes, Pinky. What do you want?
    PINKY: Poit! May I go get a drink of water, BRAI--er--Professor Braindulce?
    BRAIN [sighs]: Yes. You may.
    PINKY: Woo-hoo! Zort! [leaps off the pile of books onto the
    floor and races happily out the door. QUINN starts raising
    her hand and "ooh"ing for attention.]
    BRAIN [sighs again]: Spit it out, Quinn.
    QUINN: I don't think I need Spanish in my life, Professor
    Braindulce. I mean, I have all I need to get by.
    BRAIN: Oh, really? If life were all about getting by, my
    child, then that would be all well and good. But it isn't.
    Tell me--just how much Spanish do you know?
    QUINN: Um-- [counts on fingers]--taco...enchilada...chimichanga... guacamole...burrito grande...lasagna....
    BRAIN: That's Italian, Quinn.
    QUINN: Oh. I meant to say...crepe suzette.
    BRAIN: That's French.
    QUINN: Schnitzel?
    BRAIN: German.
    QUINN [gasps]: God! I am so out of it!
    BRAIN: Perhaps it would help to figure out where your interests are.
    QUINN: Oh...that's easy. One, clothes. Two, bouncy hair.
    Three, boys. Four, school. [ticks off each on her fingers]
    BRAIN: Are you sure you don't wish to pause and reconsider
    your priorities?
    QUINN: Mmmm...nope.
    BRAIN: Very well. From what you've told me, and from what I
    see here [noticing QUINN's overstuffed closet], you are very
    interested in haberdashery. Correct?
    QUINN: No...just clothes.
    BRAIN: Yes...well...suppose you purchased a garment that had
    a label saying "Lavar en lavador en agua tibia con colores
    similares. Secar en secadora a tempertura baja
    ." What would
    you do?
    QUINN: Get a salesgirl to translate for me.
    BRAIN: Forget the salesgirl. There is no salesgirl available.
    QUINN: Find the label instructions in English.
    BRAIN [exasperated]: There are none! [sighs] The garment is
    made of 100% "algodon"...cotton. What would happen if you
    washed it in hot water?
    QUINN: The shirt would shrink up and pinch my [chest]! Duh!
    BRAIN: Yes. The washing instructions clearly say "Machine wash in warm water with like colors. Tumble dry low." If you
    can understand how to read the label instructions in another
    language, you can avoid having your--ah--mammaries
    constricted by a confining garment.
    QUINN: Oooh...I think I'm going to like this class.
    BRAIN: Okay...now...the Spanish word for "a shirt" [writes
    it on the board] is "una camisa". Repeat that, please. "Una
    camisa".
    QUINN: Una camisa.
    BRAIN: Now..."los pantalones" [writes it] means "pants".
    Repeat that, please.
    QUINN: Los pantalones.
    BRAIN: Good. "Los zapatos" [writes it] means "shoes".
    Repeat, please.
    QUINN: Los zapatos.
    BRAIN: Excellent! "Underwear" is "la ropa interior".
    QUINN: La ropa interior.


    Time passes, and Quinn eventually catches on.

    BRAIN: Quinn...What would you say to the salesgirl if you
    purchased a pair of trousers that were too tight for you?QUINN: "Perdoname, senorita, pero esos pantalones me demasiadan apretato."
    BRAIN: And if your shirt had a stain on it?
    QUINN: "Mi camisa es sucia."
    BRAIN: And if you wished to look at a pair of brown shoes?
    QUINN: Brown shoes? Uck!
    BRAIN: Very well. Red shoes, then.
    QUINN: Oh! OK! "Me deseo a mirar a los zapatos rojos, por
    favor
    ."
    BRAIN: Excellent! Excellent! You've done very well today,
    Quinn.
    PINKY [raising hand]: Oh! I've got one too, Brain! Ahem!
    "Puedes tu poner el sopa en mi bolsillo y vomitar en mi
    sombrero?
    " Narf!
    BRAIN [an exasperated sigh]: Pinky, you just asked me if I
    could put the soup in your pocket and vomit into your hat.
    PINKY: Oh...well...could you? Poit?
    [QUINN claps her hand over her mouth and tries to stifle
    giggles.]
    BRAIN: Okay, class. Before we wrap this session up, we shall
    learn one more useful phrase. [taps chalkboard with
    chalk, indicating a phrase written there in block caps]
    "Estas creando que yo estoy creando?" it's something to ask
    another person to determine if the two of you are in
    agreement. It means "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
    QUINN [tilts head, smiling]: I think so, Professor
    Braindulce, but calling it a flea market! I mean, what were
    they thinking?
    PINKY [high silly giggle]: Narf!
    QUINN [high, girlish giggle]: Narf!
    BRAIN [sotto voce, an aside]: D***ation...they're multiplying.

    Be thankful Billie doesn't know about her. I have a feeling the words "strawberry-blonde tart" would be the nicest words out of her mouth at this revelation. :p
     
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    and all this time, I thought Narf was a misspelling of my initials..
    N.A.F.

    *sigh*

    Nicholas A. Frame
     
  19. Sharklady

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    It's amazing what nuggets of information pop up on this Board from time to time.
     
  20. Calhoun07

    Calhoun07 It's Me

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    Re: Re: And here I thought--

    *gasp* Danielle's been keeping track of those post numbers for quite some time!

    And isn't there a time limit when old threads should no longer be resurrected? Wow...this one goes back to July. brings back memories...
     

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