In this comment over at Hogewash! there’s a clip from The Princess Bride. In it, Vizzini says:
You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia” – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha..
[Vizzini keels over dead.]
I have just now realized this statement shows that Vizzini is, in fact, an idiot.
According to him, the most famous of the classic blunders is “never get involved in a land war in Asia.” Hence, to avoid making that blunder, one must ALWAYS get involved in a land war in Asia.
Similarly, one should ALWAYS go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line, or else risk making that only slightly less well known classic blunder.
In both cases, however, the opposite seems the prudent choice (Vizzini himself being the exceptional Sicilian who proves the rule).
Is anyone else confused?