Tripp webcomic (which i BEG you to please ask some questions about - it's on-topic :) had a hover over in 11/21/2013 "Claw Game" strip that stated:

Actually, Hell probably does have a prize door, something akin to sticking your hand in that tree stump in Flash Gordon.

What was that Flash Gordon "tree stump" bit in reference to?

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I think the comic is referencing the Flash Gordon (1980) movie where Prince Barin doesn't like or trust Flash so he makes him play "Outer Space Russian Roulette" (so to speak).

Prince Barin basically makes Flash stick his hand in a hole and if the creature inside bites him, he's dead.

Here's a clip of the first part of the scene describing the ritual of manhood.

I can't find the rest where Barin makes Flash stick his hand in.

  • I think the same scene is in the tv series too. Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 8:34
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    Flash doesn't cheat in the scene. Indeed I'd say cheating would be contrary to the whole character of Flash. Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 9:33
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    @djim Daniel's correct: he didn't cheat sticking his hand in. He did however pretend that he was stung, then used that to escape.
    – Andreas
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 14:22
  • @Andreas: Yes! I remember now; thanks!
    – djm
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 17:04

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