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:Well, Travelocity is the only company I can think of that has a gnome for a mascot. If you really disagree, try STUFFing it.  See what other people say. {{User:Compgrl323/sig}} 00:46, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
:Well, Travelocity is the only company I can think of that has a gnome for a mascot. If you really disagree, try STUFFing it.  See what other people say. {{User:Compgrl323/sig}} 00:46, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
::It's just a gnome, not a company mascot. - {{User:Joshua/sig}} 01:21, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
::It's just a gnome, not a company mascot. - {{User:Joshua/sig}} 01:21, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
:::I think it is travelocity. The gnome looks a more let go version of the travelocity gnome, and there are games where you had to harm the gnome that were made by travelocity.
== Miscellaneous fun fact... ==
== Miscellaneous fun fact... ==

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Is it just the transcript that we can't touch? Retromaniac 22:14, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

That's correct. Loafing 22:17, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Edit Conflict'd

I was trying to explain that the items advertised in the popup game parody are a reference to the scam where popups promise them free for participation by clicking the ad or playing the game, which usually results in spyware being downloaded to the user's computer. Retromaniac 22:26, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Well... do you have any proof that they normally DO upload spyware? I mean, I think that it varies. Bluebry 22:31, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
alot of these "scam" sites are actually legit, you just have to jump through so many hoops to get whatever it is and alot of times actually pay for services that you have to keep for a certain length of time it isnt worth the effort to get a crappy little ipod
See below. --Addict 2006 00:01, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Pink Floy'd!!

Can anyone verify whether or not the "cha-ching" in the gnome game is sampled from "Money"? It does sound like the same one... (And it would be sampled from "Money" if it's the same sound, because Roger Waters actually did record the little money clinks himself.)

It isn't. If you listen to a cash register in ANY cartoon, it makes almost the same exact sound. If it is the same one, then it's not a reference, it's a sound effect that can be taken from about anywhere. --TotalSpaceshipGirl3 23:36, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


In the opening loading screen, the overhead reflections visible in the monitor can be easily seen. Should this be classified as a goof? -- 23:17, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Not a goof. The loading screen for sbemails is always on the prominant computer's screen, and this is just the Corpy's. Look at the others and you'll see Lappy and Compy loading screens for the appropiate emails. - Joshua 03:40, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I can see how it might seem funny for the Corpy's loading screen to reflect the surrounding lights, since the Compy, Tandy, and Lappy loading screens never showed any signs of their immediate surroundings, but still, there's no reason to think this wasn't done on purpose. --Lux Acerbus 15:22, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Good Drawings'd

when the xbox/ipod/psp pop up, they look like they have been photoshopped, but they have actually been imported into flash, then "'Trace Bitmapp"'d, which makes them easy to manipulate in flash.

That's actually one of my favorite flash tools. -- 20:43, 11 April 2007 (UTC)


I don't think it's Travelocity. I think it's just a random character like the others. Retromaniac 23:27, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Well, Travelocity is the only company I can think of that has a gnome for a mascot. If you really disagree, try STUFFing it. See what other people say. CompGrl323 (talk · edits) 00:46, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
It's just a gnome, not a company mascot. - Joshua 01:21, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I think it is travelocity. The gnome looks a more let go version of the travelocity gnome, and there are games where you had to harm the gnome that were made by travelocity.

Miscellaneous fun fact...

I did this 'cause I was kinda bored so I went I played that Taser the Gnome Easter Egg just to see the limit on the amount of digits the score will allow and from what I've played, it goes up to six digits with that last one being cut-off slightly. - Ren Foxx 23:35, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Space Whale

I don't know if it's Fun Fact-worthy, but it occurs to me that a space whale of sorts was featured in Drive-Thru. --Jay stuck at home (Talk) 23:36, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

if you are going to go this far might as well say its a refrence to the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Uh... except that a reference to another Homestar Runner toon is more likely, and I never said that it WAS a reference, just throwing it out there for people to comment on? --Jay stuck at home (Talk) 23:49, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
The Space Whale in the bar graph has spots that kinda resemble the ones on the Europa-pean Lobster. Has Matt? (talk) 23:56, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
When Strong Bad mentioned "Space Whales", I fully expected to see the Drive-Thru Whale. That's exactly TBC's style. So, Jay, you weren't the only one who had that thought. =P -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 07:01, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

DNA on your desk by five....

did i just miss it, but should we mention that Homestar referred to DNA in this email, just like the past couple emails? not quite sure.... A to the M: Fallen Star hr.png

It's already on the page. See "Inside References" or DNA Evidence. --Jay stuck at home (Talk) 23:40, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Here are my thoughts on the situation

Before I started using AdBlock on the Firefox browser I'm using, I saw a couple of those badly-made Flash game banner advertisements by FreePay (for example). I'm saying it's weird because there's apparently a time limit on things or whatever, especially on this odd shooting gallery-type thing where you're supposed to shoot targets. And this "time limit" in this case is when all the targets pass the length of the banner and the screen says "you lose, try again" and restarts from the beginning on its own. How weird is that? Also, I saw one where the objective is to cut a certain color wire to avoid a time bomb going off, but apparently those wires twist and turn around "like they don't care".

Also, since the SBEmail song for this one is similar to trading cards, and that song stated dribbling down the court with an email, wouldn't it fit with the fact that in this one, a basketball is blocked?

Oh yeah, anyone see ? They have examples of this sort.

--Addict 2006 23:46, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

NT6 = Windows Vista

The "NT6" in the name of the computer is a reference to Windows Vista according to the Wikipedia entry on Windows NT. Rocket Lobster 00:38, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Good call. i guess you could try STUFFing it, but it would be better to "decode" the computer language first. keep it short and sweet, though, otherwise it might never survive STUFF. -Zerlock1124

How can you possibly say with any sort of assurance that they were referencing Vista with NT6? They could have just been sticking random letters and numbers together for all we know. 05:03, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Well, NT is far too specific to not be a reference to some form of MS Windows. But I gotta tell ya, I'm a Comp. Sci. major and I didn't know that Vista is NT 6 internally. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 05:13, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Well then you're not a very good comp sci major now are you? j/k Still, i think it IS a ref. DeFender1031 05:22, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I knew that NT5 is XP. So I just assumed NT6 would be Vista when I first watched the sbemail. But I didn't know it. And I doubt that TBC would have known. A google search does not bring up too many results either, so I doubt that this is common knowledge for people who don't major in compsci. Loafing 02:00, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Nothing about the Corpy NT6 is Vista-ish so such a reference would make no sense. On the other hand, we have things like Compy 386 and Lappy 486, and following that pattern is a much, much more reasonable explanation. 01:35, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Isn't Corpy NT6 a play on 20X6? fireyfuzzball 01:50, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Why? Because of the "6"? Just because something ends with the same digit doesn't make it a reference. DeFender1031 01:51, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
I was referring to the way it is pronounced. Corpy NT6 has the same amount of syllables and sounds similar to 20X6. ("Twenty Xty Six") fireyfuzzball 01:58, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Ah, i hear. I still think not though, but you make a valid point. DeFender1031 02:02, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Percent Signs

The Percent Signs that come out of the tasered gnome in the last easter egg are a reference to Senor Cardgage's commercial. "Percent signs... I dunno..." Agree or disagree? -- Someguyerson

That was the first thing I thought of, especially since the text on the game seems to be from a mortgage company, or at least some sort of financial intermediary. I strongly accept. EYanyo 02:58, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Um, I'm gonna add this as an Inside reference, but if anyone's got problems with it, go ahead and remove it. EYanyo 19:46, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
UPDATE: I guess this fact won't work. It was reverted a record two minutes after I added it. This is funny, because I thought that the general consensus was that parts of the game referred to Senor Mortgage, especially given the caption under the picture of the game. EYanyo 20:04, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Well... you know how some wikipederasts are. -- 01:43, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Alt, tab, esc, both shifts, etc etc.

The keyboard combo as described by Strong Bad to Strong Sad doesn't do anything except make your computer start beeping at you, but I still wouldn't recommend it anyways. Also shouldn't it be noted that there is no difference between logging off and logging out?

For what it's worth, it is possible to purposefully make Windows have a BSOD, if you enable the proper setting in the registry, restart, and press the proper key combo. [[1]] I don't know that it's meant to be a reference, but it's what it made me think of. --AshyRaccoon 08:59, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Honestly, I think it's more of a reference to the half-assed computer solutions people usually give. Specifically, "Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete." 0rion 10:01, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Another one being Alt-F4, which is the common shortcut key to close a program. - Ren Foxx 18:27, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I don't even have a num-lock key so I'd go with one of those Ctrl-Alt-Delete type solutions. Sir Vimes 22:41, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

It is possible to hold down this key configuration, at least on a MacBook Pro. One could do so as follows:

Left hand: -thumb on alt -pointer finger (bent) on shift + ctrl -middle finger on tab -ring finger on tilde -pinky on esc Right hand: -thumb on right shift -pointer finger on num lock (F6)

Try it out.

Yeah, it was just removed. And if I'd managed to be a little quicker on the draw, I'd have removed it myself: I can do it on my Compaq Presario laptop. Sure, I have to hold my hands in awkward positions and hit two keys with the same finger, but I'm still hitting all the buttons at once.(Of course, it doesn't DO anything. ;) --Jay stuck at home (Talk) 03:00, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Edit Conflict'd... but yeah: It is possible on your stock PC keyboard as well. It's not comfortable at all and I also had to press both TAB and "the squiggly" with the same finger, but it's definitely possible.BryanCTC 03:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
There are some keyboards that put the tilde in a different place (I don't remember where, I only remember it's different because I actually use the tilde everyday...). On those keyboards it might well be an impossible thing.BryanCTC 03:08, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

The Nitwon

What is a nitwon? Here's the relevant Google searches I could find. --DorianGray 07:01, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

The Nitwon seems to be his nickname. What's a Qermaq? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:28, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
In all but one case all evidence leans towards each of those google results pointing to the same person, a gentleman from the UK (who happens to own a Wii). I guess someone could send him an email and ask if he wrote to Strongbad, and what the story behind his handle is if they really cared.BryanCTC 02:42, 11 April 2007 (UTC) is the online home of a guy who on the internet goes by the alias of Nitwon. includes a few Flash animations, a personal blog...Retromaniac 04:42, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Strong Sad Goof

Has anyone else noticed this? When Strong Sad says, "Oh! Thanks!" He just disappears. His head doesn't go down like it's intended. Should this be counted as a goof? -- Abelhawk 13:40, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure I saw Strong Sad's head go down. Besides, even if he did just seem to "disappear," keep in mind that this is a cartoon, and one would expect to see these sorts of cartoony antics in it. --Lux Acerbus 15:26, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
No, it definately just disappears...and even if it was a cartoon antic, I'd think they'd at least make a puff of smoke or something. It literally just blinks off the screen. Not necessarily a Goof, but a Remark or something perhaps? -- Abelhawk 20:42, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I really don't think so. I think he just moves so quickly that in one frame he's there and the next he's not. (At a framerate of 12 per second, that's not moving all that fast, giving the short distance he has to move). BryanCTC 22:16, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking along those lines too, I just wasn't articulate enough to explain it in that way at the time. --Lux Acerbus 23:50, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I added that goof about half an hour ago without seeing this article before. I haven't checked if it's still there yet. Homestar-Winner (talk) 22:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC) Well, someone deleted it but I do agree with Abelhawk about it.
It's not a goof, it's how animation works. You are free to disagree with TBC's technique, but this is not the right outlet to discuss it.BryanCTC 00:06, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

GNOME server

Should there be some comment relating Bubs' gnome server line to the Linux GNOME server? That's what I thought of when he said it. —NFITC1talk 13:57, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

At first, I didn't think about it, but now that you've mentioned it, It does sound like a hidden-plain-in-sight reference to the Linux GNOME servers and GNOME System Tools. - Ren Foxx 18:34, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I dunno, I don't see any indication of a reference. Typically a linux server wouldn't likely be running GNOME in normal operation (GNOME is a GUI Desktop environment, and most servers don't have heads on them).BryanCTC 02:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

The Sky

Should it be worth noting that Homestar's cut-away to the goldfish has the new sky and that it's the first email to include it? 19:00, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Okay, never mind. I just found out that the chair email was the first. 19:05, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

5 times DNA at 5

is it worth noting that, coincedentaly, that this is the 5th toon to include DNA evidence AND that HSR said he would have the DNA evidence by 5? -Zerlock1124

I think it's most jobs are "9 to 5", and he'd get it to him before the end of the day. Coincidence, probably. --DorianGray 21:57, 10 April 2007 (UTC)


What should we do about Tetris? Retromaniac 04:43, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Can this question get any more vague? DeFender1031 05:29, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I propose, we do nothing (shock). Leave it as it is with a reference to the wikipedia article. Anything else is pure speculation, and totally unsubstantiated. Tetris is ubiquitous. (and the claims regarding gameboy are just wrong, the game's first boom in popularity was Spectrum's version for the IBM PC).BryanCTC 06:09, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Isn't there an article somewhere on the site where it might reference video games that are mentioned or referenced? If there isnt, there definitely should be... Jorb Is A Four Letters Word 06:11, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure there is not. Do so many references exist to make it worthwhile? (that's not a challenge, but a serious question).BryanCTC 06:17, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Well, maybe..from what I can think of, stuff like the game screenshots from the email/toon I can't remember, the TGS Tompkins "Bowser on the Ropes" thing, I think there was another reference to Tetris, but I cant remember if so, and maybe that Stinkoman 20X6 is based off of Megaman's sprites and gameplay...but I'm not sure..if there was more, maybe, but with the information I just provided, thats not enough...Jorb Is A Four Letters Word 06:20, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Wait, just found the Atari and Nintendo Pages, and a page about Video Game Allusions, but there seems to be no place for Tetris to ever be noticed for now.Falanalanel 06:49, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

The Office TV show

Why was my real world reference addition about the TV show "The Office" deleted? Can anyone give another plausible explanation for why Pom Pom is carrying a bike through the office? Don't you think the similarities between the character Josh Porter and Pom Pom (carrying bike through office, being the boss) are enough to qualify as a real world reference? I dunno, maybe nobody here has seen the EMMY AWARD WINNING SHOW The Office, hmm?! I for one am sure that the Brothers Chaps have.

below is my original entry:

  • Pom Pom as "the big cheese" carrying a bike through the office may be a reference to Josh Porter, a managerial character on the show The Office[2] who carries a bike through his office.
You're right, and i changed my mind. I originally removed it because he wasn't a main character, but have reconsidered based on the fact that there's no other explanation for the bike, it IS an office, and he IS a manager. By the way, wikipedia links are done by [[wikipedia:example link page name|example link text]] rather than an external link. DeFender1031 08:20, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I have a good friend who works for an alarm and security company. His boss also has a contract with Segway to sell those. He's seen Segwaying around and lets employees take them home to show their neighbors. I also have worked for a few bosses who are archetypical sports-jocks, and seeing them with a bike or similar stuff isn't anything to bat an eye. I've never watched that TV T-V show you're referring to, but I think even if I had I'd still relate the bike to bosses in general being go-do-it types who'd be regularly seen with the "toys of their craft" by their employees. Just my two cents. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 08:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I personally have to say, what? huh? But that's because I don't own a television. So I must defer. I assume you people know what your speaking of.BryanCTC 09:11, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree with Qermaq, carrying a bike after lunch break is nothing unusual for trendy looking big cheeses. If that Office character would have been nicknamed "big cheese", that would have been a different story. I deleted the fact from the article. Loafing 22:46, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Wasn't 169 supposed to be special?

It's been a long time, but somewhere back in the past, didn't SB mention that something would happen "until email 169"? Was it supposed to be the successor to Lappy, or something?

Please tell me I'm not hallucinating.

It's ok your probably just insane. It happens. Sorry.BryanCTC 09:15, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
He never mentioned #169, but you may be thinking of montage. "The Paper stuck around until email #173, at which time Strong Bad upgraded to an inkjet printer." Shwoo 09:16, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Shwoo, you found it! Ok, so I'm 4 emails early and got the wrong hardware, but I'm not hallucinating. Paper watch begins... Thanks! Steve Rapaport
Heh, I was about to say that. I've been waiting for The Paper's disappearance for about ten e-mails now, ever since I downloaded the montage podcast. But yeah, you're a little early. --Lux Acerbus 20:26, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
And come #174, The Paper will probably still be around. Three years of your life waiting...for nought! And if you don't believe me, just look at 2 years and mile... – The Chort 20:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Or look at stunt double. 2 years were more of an abstract mental prediction from the brain of Strong Bad, and mile was from the brain of The Cheat. The commentary in montage was more of a retrospective look back from the future, and with a difinitive email number given, it's gonna be way too hard to just ignore that. They'll definently do something to aknowledge it, whether it actually results in The Paper's demise or not is the real question. I'm still holding out for this DNA evidence running gag to climax at email #173... Thunderbird 22:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Done and Done

The computer screen says 'Done and Done' at one point.. does anyone remember which other sbemail this was said in? I can't recall.

Perhaps you're thinking of radio? Trey56 16:51, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Dullard Glitch

I know the contrast buttons can sometimes be clicked through Strong Bad's various body parts in some emails, but in every email where that's been the case, I'm sure I've seen it mentioned in the Glitches section. What the heck? --Lux Acerbus 20:46, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Bubs's tool... thing

What is that thing that Bubs is wearing? I want to call it a tool belt or a utility belt, but it's not really a belt at all. Does anyone know what that thing is called? Has Matt? (talk) 22:02, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Looks more like a shoulder holster type thing. Surprised there isn't a gun in it actually... Thunderbird 22:07, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Another goof

I added another goof to the list, but if anyone can say it better please do. If it sounds good enough please say so here so I know. Homestar-Winner (talk) 22:33, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

There was a discussion on that goof a few headings up at Talk:from work#Strong Sad Goof. You can continue the discussion there if you like. Has Matt? (talk) 22:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Keyboard Sounds?

Does anyone else think the keyboard sounds are different in this sbemail?— Bassbone (TALK Strong Mad Has a Posse CONT) 04:27, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes. That's intentional. He's got a quieter keyboard at work. — It's dot com 04:29, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Taser != Stun Gun

To me, the taser in the gnome tasering game looks more like a stun gun than a taser. Is this noteworthy enough to be put into Remarks? Grayson 23:54, 13 April 2007 (UTC)


did anyone notice that in the gnome game there are two rows of states on the right side (one has 26 and one has 24) should this be noted as a goof?they could have had two 25s.

I don't know if it should go in the Goofs section of the page. Maybe you could put it under Remarks. Homestar-winner 14:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Log Off/Log Out is wrong. I have taken an ICT course and my teacher mentioned that when you "Log Off" the computer is still on, but you user name/admin what ever is "off" so other user can log it on their accounts, but If you "Log Out" the whole computer is off "Another Words" Logout is the same as "Shut Down". MJN SEIFER 21:23, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

"Oversized Novelty" inside reference

In one of retirement's easter eggs, Strong Bad's Cloud Shape Spotting Log includes an "oversized novelty comb." Here, Homestar dreams up using an "oversized novelty toothbrush" to paint clouds. Anyone else think the similarity is worth inclusion in the list of Inside References (or maybe a Fast Forward in the other email)? --Rriegs 04:11, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Wow, good observation. There are some strong similarities: "oversized novelty" toiletries in both cases, and both concerning clouds. I think there's enough of a connection to include in the article — anyone else agree? Trey56 04:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
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