Everything I know about being myself and achieving my goals, I learned from the motivational posters lining the chalk-scented walls of my elementary school classrooms. “Reach for the stars!” exclaimed a startled-looking cat riding a saucer through outer space. “Plant the seed of knowledge and it will grow,” suggested an elderly farmer and his shovel. No matter the classroom I rested my world-weary 8-year-old eyes in, though, I could always count on a pick-me-up from the most motivational motivational poster of all: “Dare to be different!” commands the gangly yellow tulip, rising proudly above a field of basic red tulips. Might we, in the sea of stock-model crimson, aspire to be the yellow tulip?
That brings me to two of pop cultures most memorable yellow tulips: Luna Lovegood and Kimmy Schmidt. Any true Harry Potter-phile knows they can count on Luna Lovegood for an eccentric line or two to break up a tense scene. Who doesn't love a dreamy Luna quote? Fast forward to 2015, and many of us have found an equally fond soft spot for the idiosyncratic heroine of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and her off-the-wall one-liners.
Luna, Kimmy, in their endearing refusals to conform to the pack, are spectacular in their weirdness. So, in the spirit of yellow, take a look at the following quotes, and see if you can determine from which quirky lady they came.
1. "Oh, I’m very normal. I’ve had everything normal happen to me."
2. "Oooh, look, a Blibbering Humdinger!"
3. "Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."
4. "That was like listening to a mirror."
5. "Well then, I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning."
6. "I feel like a butterfly bursting from its chrysalis and falling from the nest!"
7. "If you're confident on the outside, good things will happen."
8. "I hope they have pudding."
And the answers are...
1. Kimmy Schmidt
2. Luna Lovegood
Blibbering Humdingers: a girl's best friend.
3. Luna Lovegood
Reassuring words, indeed.
4. Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy, the world's best (and only) mirror listener.
5. Luna Lovegood
A circle has no beginning, and time is a flat circle.
6. Kimmy Schmidt
Have you ever seen a more enthusiastic butterfly?
7. Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy takes optimism to new heights!
8. Luna Lovegood
There's no problem a little pudding can't solve.
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