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Question #26708 posted on 02/22/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
In the movie "That Thing You Do", they refer to outant. Who or what is that?

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Who is utante? In "That Thing You Do" Guy says, in response to Fay's claims that Jimmy is a genius, that if Jimmy is a genius he's utante? Who's utante?
--The Leetz

A: Dear Leetz & 2010,

While I thank you for giving me the opportunity to brush up on my "That Thing You Do" trivia, I regret to inform you that with incomplete information (you will notice the discrepancy here in the spelling of the word in question) I was unable to find an answer for you. I would suggest you both getting together and agreeing on a common spelling of said word, and resubmitting your question.

Yours truly,
- Kronk

Editor's Note: It has since been determined that the song is referring to U Thant, a Burmese diplomat.
posted on 02/24/2003 midnight
Board Question #26708
"U Thant," referred to in "That Thing You Do," was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving in that office from 1961-1971. Originally from Myanmar (Burma,) U Thant took the office after Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden was killed in a plane crash in 1961.

A biography of U Thant can be found at www.un.org/Overview/SG/sg3bio.html, along with biographies of other past Secretaries General.

I don't know what any of that has to do with Fay, Guy, and the Oneders, though.
- Eric Overvolt