"Go burn the books!"
Description: Mandate of the buffoonish dictator Moe Hailstone (Moe Howard of the Three Stooges) in the comedy spoof, You Nazty Spy! (1940). When sidekick Curly Pebble (Curly Howard) asks, “Why burn the books? Moe insists, “There are too many bookmakers. The bookies are overrunning the country. These are my orders.”
During an attempt to rouse the citizenry, Moe Hailstone, the dictator of Moronica (Moe Howard doing a spoof of Adolph Hitler) gives the following speech:
“My good people of Moronica. I’m very happy to see this little gathering. We must throw off the yoke of monarchy and make our country safe for hypocrisy. Our motto shall be: ‘Moronica for Morons.’ We will have less work and more play. Every Thursday, you will receive hamburgers and eggs. Moronica must expand. We must extend our neighbors a helping hand. We will extend them two helping hands and help ourselves to our neighbors.”
Note: Years later, in the motion picture Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones tells a Nazi Colonel, “Goose-stepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them.”
In Half-Wits Holiday (1947), one of the many black & white episodes of THE THREE STOOGES comedy shorts produced in Hollywood from the 1930-50s, Moe Howard reveals, “We are members of the Morons' Union, local 6 and 7/8! Their official song went, “We are Morons, through and through, let us sing our song for you (followed by grimacing and silly moaning).”
Other Stooge insults included the phrase “Why, I’ll murder ya!” and the application of 81-C (“No, Not 81-C!”) a two-handed eye-poke designed to take out two people at once.
In the 1940s, a popular series of moron jokes circulated in the form of questions and answer. For example, Question: “Why did the little moron throw the clock out the window?” Answer: “He wanted to see time fly.” DUH!