65. “Well, Paul Anka and I pulled off the Brink’s job together.”

The episode:Girls Town,” ep. 601

The riff: Inserted as dialogue by Servo after Mamie Van Doren’s character asks the mousy Serafina, “What are you in Girl’s Town for? I mean really.”

The explanation: First of all, Serafina’s big crush in the film, Jimmy, is played by singer Paul Anka. But the heart of the riff is the reference to the “Brink’s job,” aka the Great Brink’s Robbery of 1950. In a daring heist, a gang of 11 men planned for two years and successfully executed a robbery of the Brink’s building in Boston, getting away with around $2.5 million, which at the time made it the biggest robbery in U.S. history. Although all 11 men were eventually captured in the next five years, only a small fraction of the money was ever recovered, and it remains a mystery.

Novelty factor: I’d never heard of the robbery before, but it was interesting to read about. Brink’s I know, if only because they still are well-known today for their Brink’s Home Security systems.

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