Bug In Mouth Disease

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Homestar swallows a bug and fears the end of the good times while Strong Bad is taped to the TV and Strong Sad searches for "the blue ones".

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Sad, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Pom Pom, Bubs, The Bug

Places: Strong Bad's Basement, The Field, Bubs' Concession Stand

Date: May 9, 2005

Running Time: 5:10

Page Title: Don't...kill...bugs.


Contents

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • A Boolean operator is a logical conjunction describing the relationship between two assertions ('and' and 'or' being primary examples). Some search engines accept them.
  • Using quotes refers to putting a multi-word search term inside of quotation marks. Most search engines will find the entire, unbroken phrase instead of the individual words.
  • The pancreas is a large lobulated organ that secretes digestive enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon.
  • A bail bondsman is a person who posts bail in exchange for a fee, usually 10 percent of the total bail.
  • A "quack" is an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
  • The telephone numbers on Bubs' business cards have the prefix 555, which is commonly used for fictional numbers in North American movies and television.


Remarks

  • Strong Sad has underwear even though he says he "doesn't really wear clothes" in his blog.


Inside References

  • Bubs provided VCR repair in the email 12:00.
  • The scene featuring Homestar running over darkened hills is similar to Old Intro 2.
  • "The most quackinest" may be a reference to Pom Pom's character video, the page title of which is "The Most Mackinest".
  • Caleb Rentpayer first appeared in secret recipes. This is the first time the show and Tucksworth have been named.
  • Homestar uses the same sunglasses in the email "the bet."
  • The VCR on the top of the TV is the same VCR as the one used in the Characters page and the email 12:00.

Real-World References

  • The title of the toon is based on foot and mouth disease, a disease which affects cattle.
  • The page title (Don't...kill...bugs.) is a reference to Bob & Doug McKenzie's "Great White North" album. Specifically, it refers to the "Elron McKenzie" track, where Doug plays a preacher whose sermon deals with the importance of not killing bugs.
  • The "Whom shot Caleb?" episode is a reference to the often-parodied shooting of J. R. Ewing on Dallas.
  • Homestar overreacting over swallowing a bug is similar to a Seinfeld episode, in which George did the same thing.
  • When Strong Sad says, "I even did an image search..." he is referring to web sites (such as Google Image Search) which feature search engines that allow you to search for pictures instead of web pages.
  • When Strong Bad removes his head from the TV, on the left side of the screen, you can see a Super Nintendo which was a popular video game system in the early and mid 1990's.
    • You can also make out what appears to be an Atari 2600 on the right side.
  • Dairy Queen is a restaurant chain that was founded in 1940 in Kankakee, Illinois. It is best known for its line of "soft-serve" ice cream products.

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