My friend Tim made a wonderful observation recently. Let me tell you about it.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Brick Tamland character from the Anchorman movie series. As described by Wikipedia:
“… the weatherman for the KVWN news team who has a habit of providing unrequested or irrelevant information. Tamland is good-hearted and loyal but not very bright, having an I.Q. of 48, making him intellectually disabled. Brick is an innocent led astray by the rest of the group.”
And now, as described by himself (in character, of course) while spooning mayonnaise into a toaster with a big smile on his face:
“I’m Brick Tamland. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks. Years later, a doctor will tell me that I have an I.Q. of 48 and am what some people call mentally retarded.”