This has been around for a while — actually, from 2003 — but it’s a pretty classic bit, and Chris Hardwick himself caught it at LikeCool.com and passed it along to share with all o’ yez. And, really, do you need to come up with any reason to watch Eddie Izzard try to use the Old English language in Holland to buy a cow? No, you do not, so here:
The clip is from Mongrel Nation, the three-part Discovery Channel series Eddie did examining the origins of the English. The idea for this clip was that if the language spoken in Friesland, a province in the Netherlands, shares roots from a thousand years ago with English, it stands to reason that you could go to Friesland and people there would be able to understand you if you spoke Old English. Right? Sort of. Gestures and nodding also help.
The series is around in bits and pieces on YouTube; it’s worth seeking out.