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Homestar Water Container

Does anyone want to have some fun and guess how Homestar got in there.I think... hmm what do I think umm I don't know what I think never mind. Austio talk 06:17, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Chuck Norris - Volbeat A The Cheat 06:32, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Well, he was in Barbados, hanging a picture on the wall... -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 06:32, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Naturally he met a witch doctor who asked him where he spends most of his time, and he said in the water cooler...

Or even better, take this to the forum thradLoafing 06:54, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Anyone have any idea what Barbados has to do with a water cooler? Very odd. I feel like there HAS to be a joke there that I'm not getting. I mean why does that one partial sentence tell SB all he needs to know?? Is this a movie reference maybe?
I think it's just completely random. SB knew that Homestar was about to tell him some completely untrue and nonsensical story, so he stopped him right there... Trey56 11:53, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Ok maybe it's really completely random, but just for the sake of it I'll try. Homestar was in Barbados, hanging a picture on the wall of a bathroom. Much like Doc in Back to the Future when he was hanging a clock on the wall, he was standing on the toilet while doing it, but since it's Homestar, he didn't think of closing the lid. He slipped, fell in the toilet, and flushed himself on the way. He then went through a maze of pipes and ended up in the water cooler in the office. It almost make sense, no?

Old-Timey Nebulon?

Think this alien could be the Old-Timey Nebulon? Could be!--Image:Stinkwing.gif »Bleed0range« 07:20, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Well, The Homestar Runner doesn't like his style...--Bobo the King 07:33, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
True, but i expected that 1936 Nebulon would be green (in the easter egg, he's gray) and to be shaped more like him. --Y. Roy 13:00, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Actually, *all* the Old-Timey characters are in black and white, all the time. Even if they're outside of the Old-Timey dimension, such as 20X6 vs. 1936 and alternate universe. I'd say this is the Old-Timey equivilent of Nebulon. -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 20:23, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
I think it's possible; I did kind of think about Nebulon (the whole "Because you're a communist fool!" thing seems a bit similar to the "Nobody likes your style!" thing), but I don't think there's quite enough resemblance other than that to say he's definitely supposed to be 1936'd Nebs. - Image:TinySaturn2.GIF Saturn 13:27, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
It's not much of a stretch to see that as Neb. But "our" Neb has two eyes and doesn't talk... Not to mention no arms or discernible legs. I'm still going with that being Neb, however. —NFITC1talk 14:20, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Strong Bad tells nebulon that noone likes his style. 1-Up tells 20X6 Nebulon that no one likes his style. So, it's be legit that The Homestar Runner would tell 1936 Nebulon that noone likes his style. Also, he has no similar shape to him, Homestar says he's RED, and whne homestar says "Because you're a communist fool!" to him, he doesn't make the noise. Or any noise. --Young Roy
"Red" is just a nickname because he's a Commie, though. Or something like that. --DorianGray

Stretch in Real World References

"The Homestar fireworks at the end of the cartoon is a direct sendup from Super Mario Brothers 1 for the Nintendo Entertainment System; you recieved fireworks when you did very well on a level."

Highly unlikely. For one, you got that at the end if you finished at a certain time. Second, lots of things have fireworks at the end. I don't see how this is a referance to SMB more than, say, a political cartoon in which fireworks appear as a patriotical symbol.

I completely agree and removed the fact. Anyone who thinks differently may STUFF it. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 09:01, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

I agree completely with the Super Mario Bros. reference. That was my take on it. (Sorry if I'm screwing this wiki format up, I'm a newbie)

Frankly, I think that the fireworks in this mail are closer to the fireworks found in either one of the Main Pages or Strong Bad E-Mail #100. But that's about the same kind of stretch, so... Hah hah! ~ Jessica Ingmann 13:21, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Coulomb's law

...and I thought that I was going to go the rest of my life without ever hearing Coulomb's law again. Oh well. I R F 11:04, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

That's makes two of us... Elcool (talk)(contribs) 11:08, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
On my talk page we already talked about the horrors of Calc, now I have to relive physics again. I never really understood what a Gausian Surface was, but I got the problems correct on the test somehow. I R F 12:52, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Hey hey hey. Hey. Hey. Hey, now... physics is cool. Yes, I'm a physicist.--Bobo the King 23:41, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Do you teach physics or practice it? I R F 03:45, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
Well, in a sense we all practice physics every day... Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:50, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
re-phrase... Teach? If so HS or college? Practice Research? If so, what's your field? I R F 04:05, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
Still an undergraduate, but I'm hoping to teach it some day. I'm thinking about getting into solar cell design and that kind of stuff. But for now, I have enough to worry about with statistical mechanics.--Bobo the King 00:22, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
Forgive me for indirectly insulting your passion/future profession; I've always found that while physics is fun to rattle off (and hear other people do this), this past time loses favor as my will to live dives.--The4swordImage:The4swordssigpicisbetterthanyours.PNG 00:22, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

I'm just impressed that they stated the law correctly. TBC are pretty smart. --75.194.212.178 04:57, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

TTATOT Oprah

When homestar started talking about makeovers, did anyone else think that he sounded a little like Oprah? I'm enough people will shout TTATOT, so I'm not even going to bother putting it up. I R F 12:54, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, there are tons of shows like that, once again it's a reference to the whole genre of talk shows, instead of a particular one. Although that chair-throwing is clearly a Jerry Springer, because he is known for his violence. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 12:57, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Not just the chair throwing but the whole, let's bring on the bad boyfriend thing, which was obviously JS. I R F 12:59, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


The surprise guest is Springer, but the thrown chair if infamously Geraldo.
As is, the fun fact is horribly TTATOT. There's a certain reference to the Today Show logo as noted below, but listing specific programs the "makeover" and "reality talk show" segments refer to is a little much, in my opinion. This could be split into two facts, one a reference to the logo, another to the basic genres of shows being referenced (but not specifics). Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 04:06, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
I think you may have gone a bit too far. The incident where a chair gets thrown at Homestar is almost definitely from Geraldo. It pretty much the single incident most people think of when you mention someone throwing a chair at a reality talk show. NOT mentioning Geraldo in reference to that scene would sound like you'd missed a reference. El Santo
Wasn't it Jenna Jones who had rhyming titles for her shows, like Homestar does when intoducing his guest? Lord-z 19:54, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

AM

When the show comes on, there is a semi circle. I am certain that it is very close to a 1980's logo for either Good Morning America or a similiar show. Can anyone find it? I R F 12:58, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Nevermind, I found it, it was the old Today show logo. I R F 14:55, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Transcript

I'm pretty sure that Homestar says "sweet Jesus" after SB tries to get him out of the water cooler, not "sweet genius". Zero.exe 15:18, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

I am certain he said genius. Living the Atlanta, TBC have (very wisely IMO), never overtly made light of religion, and I listened a second time, just to me sure.--Saxon the Deutschmaster 15:31, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

It is "Sweet genius, that huht!!", babe. Though it probably is a take on "Sweet Jesus," which is part of an explitive some people say, blah blah blah. ~ Jessica Ingmann 13:25, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Old KOT?

The king of town's crown looked like it was in the King of town DVD.

Match Game PM

Could The Show AM be a reference to Match Game PM? Retromaniac 17:20, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

I was thinkin' it was more along the lines of early morning talk shows such as Good Morning America and Today. As IRF said about three subjects ago, the AM logo is the old Today show logo. Also, many things were based on The Jerry Springer Show. -Brightstar Shiner 20:54, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
When I saw the AM, that was actually the first thing I thought of. (Maybe The Show AM is in syndication :P) --Libertyernie 21:36, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
Just like Limozeen: But They're in Space!! -Brightstar Shiner 01:17, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Mongolian

This is another reference to a Mongolian Product, such as the Finest Mongolian Aftershave Lotion.--Zonis 17:46, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Mid-term Election Time??

Does anybody else think it was not just a coincidence that this came out fairly soon after the mid-term elections in the USA? I mean it even has Homestar as the Capitol building. Just putting it out there... Raptor5ix-Image:Raptor5ixsiggy.png 00:39, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I think coincidence. I R F 03:48, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
I think it's not just a coincidence; it's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw they were going governmental. Trelawney 05:52, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
The elections are exactly what I thought of. Why else would they make the governmental analogy in this e-mail? It seems out of place otherwise. (Another thought -- are TBC comparing our government to Homestar? Um ... never mind. Let's not go there ...) --Bobsmith84 16:38, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I think it's obviously about the election. I don't think it is for or against anything, it's just about the government generally, and it was done at this paticular time because of the recent election.

Therefore, I think the page should mention that this was done shortly after the election and link to Wikipedia's article about the election. --NERD42  email  talk   h²g²  pedia  uncyc  20:51, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I didn't notice it, and even now that it's mentioned, it seems pretty irrelevant. It boils down to "there was a government in a cartoon around election time, but the cartoon stated nothing/insinuated nothing about the actual government" - I mean, I'm not sure if it's even intentional. Even so, it couldn't hurt to put a link in or at least acknowledge the fact. Anyway, I'm not from the US so maybe it just didn't jump out at me -- Michelle Mabelle 21:50, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Collecting the correct line

Yeah, uh oh, it's me questioning a line in the transcript. Again. Sorry. Okay, anyway, the word "collect"/"correct" may never be fully distinguishable thanks to it being Homestar, but I do not and cannot hear "calls". I hear a distinct M, especially with my good headphones. Sure, maybe "calls collect" makes the most sense, but... this is Homestar. Doing stupid things. --Jay v.2020 (Talk) 06:30, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I agree. I also clearly hear an "M". Exhibit A (talk · edits) 16:20, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

So what are you suggesting, then? "Comes Correct"? --Bobsmith84 18:14, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I hear "calls collect". Elcool (talk)(contribs) 18:18, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
Bobsmith: pretty much. As I said, I recognize that it's nonsense, but that's what I hear. And would Homestar saying nonsense really be that unexpected? --Jay v.2020 (Talk) 19:33, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
I hear "Comes correct". — SamSF%20sig.jpgFisher (Come in, Lambert.) 15:34, 15 November 2006
For once, I agree with Jay against all reason. It sounds more like "comes correct", even though I want to hear "calls collect".--Bobo the King 00:34, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
I also hear "Comes correct". The phrase is not nonsense, (it sounds odd to me too, but I have heard it used before). A few google queries for reference: [1][2]Bryanc 00:45, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
I agree with Bryanc. I definitely hear "comes correct", and since it is rap vocabulary, it also makes perfect sense in the sentence Homestar uses it in. He's also half-rapping, IMHO. Loafing 00:55, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Communists.....

Is "War of the Worlds" really an example of aliens representing communists? It's about the right time period, but that's the only reason for this as far as I can see, and there's nothing about it on the Wikipedia article, or any of the references to that. If anything it seems to carry the same message as the original book (that however great man's power is we are still dependent on nature). Plus it was hardly likely that the communists were going to all die of a cold..... DumbMuscle 20:35, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Jolly Dumple = Cast?

Is the Jolly Dumple a cast member? Homestar is not actively portraying this mascot. The costume is being used as a kind of house. I simply don't see how this character is a real cast member. He appears, sure, but the appearance of a costume does not, in my mind, constitute an appearance by the character the costume represents. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 22:58, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Mascot's cast list says "Homestar Runner as The Jolly Dumple", so since Homestar isn't playing ol' Jolly, it shouldn't be in the cast list. —BazookaJoe 01:51, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

"Correct" Spanish Form

I am under the impression there technically is no "'correct' Spanish form" for New York, as you are not supposed to translate proper nouns. Shouldn't this be noted in the remark in question, or am I just being an English major again?

Proper nouns get translated all the time. It's true that some words are not translatable, but those that can be tranlated, are translated. Most of the words we use for foreign cities and countries differ (at least slightly) from the local spelling and pronunciation, and in some cases it differs drastically (what we call Germany the Germans call Deutschland). Likewise, English proper nouns are translated into other languages. The United States of America is les États-Unis d'Amérique in French and los Estados Unidos de América in Spanish. — It's dot com 22:27, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

yes BABY, the whole password

frame 1376 or so, he says baby, im pretty sure. at any rate, it sound more like baby than lady to me, and it would fit the changing pronouns that he uses, ie, maam, sir, baby, etc.

also, could we note somehow in inside references that the work they do at the office consists of trying to get ppl's passwords? csours 04:35, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

I also think he says "baby" and I was just about to make a post on it here. It is rather difficult to tell for sure, but I've watched the toon several times (I just can't get enough of Homestar stuffed into a water cooler!) and each time I listen close to that part. I give it about 70 - 30 in favor of "baby".

Completely agree with "baby". I'm gonna go ahead and change that if it's not reverted immediately.--Bobo the King 15:07, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

I'm a little surprised, but yes, I hear baby now too. —BazookaJoe 21:44, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

I definitely hear baby. Trey56 21:57, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Super quick geddup noise

If you have a flash seek bar and 'fast forward' through the email you can hear the super quick geddup noise! Weird...

Yeah, I hear seek bars do all kinds of wierdness... --DorianGray
There's a record scratch in there too. Most toons have at least one sound effect that isn't embedded into the Flash, but is triggered by it. Take virus: Strong Bad crying as he runs back to his Compy. I dunno why they do that though. It must be easier in some way. —BazookaJoe 21:59, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
theres another one too, around the mascot part of the email...
The record scratch. —BazookaJoe 00:52, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
I'm guessing that TBC add all the sounds as individual sound bites, and Flash mixes them all together when the .swf file is saved... and every now and again they forget to change one of the clips from "Event" to "Stream"... so it just plays when that frame is reached, rather than being tied directly to the video... something like that, anyways. It'd probably be easier to do this way... they could add or remove parts of the toon without having to remix all of the audio again... Flash would do it all for them. --phlip TC 00:48, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
That's what I was thinking too, but I didn't know a whole lot about the technicalities to be confident. —BazookaJoe 00:52, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

Fro-tardent?

Am I the only one who hears "flame fro-tardent" even though pro-tardent makes more sense and is funnier? Yes? I am? Oh, okay then...--Bobo the King 23:48, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Okay then. ^_^ —BazookaJoe 23:59, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
yea i actually do hear fro-tardent but that may be the compression doing that. i think flame thro-tardent would be funnier. csours 00:29, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
Thro-tardant? What does that even mean? Protardant is hilarious because it's meant to be the opposite retardant. —BazookaJoe 00:37, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

Communist

Took out remark about how "communist" would not be perceived as an insult before WWII, because that statement is simply untrue.

Why is it untrue? Please give a more detailed reason than this. Heimstern Läufer 06:13, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
I assume the line of thinking is about U.S. relations with the Soviet Union, which were pretty good until the Allies had to divide up the conquered Axis territory. That all fell apart and basically caused the Cold War. That, however, resulted in the second "Red Scare". The first one began shortly after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in response to fears that a Communist revolution would destroy the American way of life. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 07:38, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
According to that 'Kipedia article, the "first red scare" ended 1920, about 15 years before the Old-Timey time. Loafing 08:02, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
That does not suddenly make it not an insult. According to Wikipedia, "As a result of the fear and oppression around the First Red Scare, membership in the Communist Party of the United States and similar Marxist/Communist groups was reduced by some 80 percent." If there was not some negative stigma connected to being labeled a Communist, why would this have happened post-1920? It's a mistake to read the article and assume that everything was all nicey-nicey for 25 years. From Anti-communism:
The 1920s and 30s saw the fading of traditional conservatism. The mantle of conservative anti-communism was taken up by the rising fascist movements on the one hand, and by American-inspired liberal conservatives on the other. Communism remained largely a European phenomenon, so anti-communism was also concentrated in Europe. When communist groups and political parties began appearing elsewhere in the world, such as in China in the late 1920s, their opponents were usually colonial authorities and/or local nationalist movements.
While this paragraph is speaking specifically about European sentiment, note how the anti-communist attitude was inspired by American ideals, which at this point were partly instrumental in transforming the largely monarchial European governments into the democracies we see today. Later in this article, we read how public opposition, even fear, of communism started to occur in the 40's. What history teaches us is that these public hostilities are always preceded by more private beliefs. To state, as this fact does, that the 30's were a "golden window" when there was no negative attitudes toward Communists in the US is simply misguided. That's why I believe the fact should be removed. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 10:13, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
It's now STUFF'd I R F 15:01, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
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