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Strong Bad Email #184
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"The effects of cumulonimbus clouds on sheep, snowmen, and... cotton balls."

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Sad, The Cheat, The King of Town, Coach Z (Easter egg), Senor Cardgage (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, December 3, 2007

Running Time: 3:43

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: I baked you this special e-mail! It has raisins!

{Strong Bad reads "Charlotte, N.C." as "Charlotte, Not Charlotte" and comments, "Whoa, It's like you're no place!"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So you're telling me that Ms. Charbroiledburger, or whoever actually told you to make a crappy, really stupid diorama for an assignment? Now that's what I call edjakashun!! {clears screen} No sense in thinking about this one until you're on the bus on the way to school the morning it's due. Then it's time to whip out my old standby-orama:

{Cut to the desk, where a diorama with pencils, pens, a rubber and a bottle of glue inside falls down}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} The Whimsical World of School Supplies!

{Cut back to the computer}

STRONG BAD: But dioramas shouldn't be wasted, Mollyman. This is probably the only school-approved opportunity to melt small plastic animals and shame our beloved literary characters that you're ever gonna get. I say embrace it! I say deface it!! {clears screen} Here are my tips: first off, behind every good diorama is an even gooder shoebox. So unless you wanna get called The Stride-Rite Kid for the rest of your life, you better go buy a pair of the

{Cut to the desk. A red shoebox with "Air Cardgage" white-and-skyblue logo printed on its cover slides in from the right}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} coolest, most expensive shoes on the market.

{A pricetag with "37899" written on it appears with a ding}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Or at least modify a {a lime green shoebox with "Dr. Soft-Soolnd's Tan Medical Shoes" written on it slides from the right in front of the Air Cardgage box} box of cheapo, generico shoes to look expensive.

{Strong Sad's hand slaps a piece of paper with "Slam-Dunking" written on it on the shoebox}

{Cut out to see the Air Cardgage box, scissors and a hot glue gun. Strong Bad walks in from the right}

STRONG BAD: Now let's talk about topics. If the assignment calls for a science diorama, just slap some glue on some cotton balls and BANG!

{Cut to the Air Cardgage diorama, where a field and sky has been drawn}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} The effects of cumulonimbus clouds {cotton balls appear in the sky, forming a cloud-like shape} on sheep, {sheep made out of cotton balls appear on the ground} snowmen, {a snowman made out of cotton balls appears on the right} aaaaand... cotton... balls. {a pile of cotton balls appear on the left} But if you're out of cotton balls, real chunks {the cotton balls transform} of the King Of Town's beard make a great substitute.

{A blood trace trickles down from the beardcloud}

{Cut to the King Of Town, whose beard has been gruesomely ripped}

KING OF TOWN: To be fair, I did eat all the cotton balls.

{Cut back to the desk with Strong Bad, the Air Cardgage diorama, scissors, hot glue gun, colored paper and glue bottle}

STRONG BAD: If you need to make some historical diorama, there's only one way to go: presidential assasinations.

{Cut close to the desk, where a Dr. Soft-Soolnd's Slam-Dunking Shoes diorama slides in from the left}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} You can immortalize such tragic moments in U.S. history {a cardboard White House appears in the background} as... the robot that effortlessly offed Jimmy Carter. {a robot made out of a toilet paper roll and Jimmy Carter doll made out of a clothespin appear. The robot's lights start to twinkle with computer-like sound effects} And if it's a book report diorama you're doing,

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: the easiest way to get around reading an actual book is to make one up yourself! I can't tell you how many dioramas I got out of

{Cut to the Air Cardgage diorama, now with a purple sky, a sun and the King Of Town's castle the background plus King Of Town and a half-eaten Swiss Cake Roll in the foreground}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} The King Of Town's Adventures in Giant Cockroachland! {a sizeable amount of cockroaches swarm around the Swiss Cake Roll, bashing King Of Town down} Books one through seven.

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Though with the internet, it's probably easier for teachers to check your sources than in my day. To get away with that now, you'd also have to make

{Cut to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} A fake website for the book, {a website at www.bookazon.com appears, displaying information about "The King Of Town's Adventures in Giant Cockroachland" by Ronmartin Realdude} and the author, {a bio and a silhouette with a question mark appear next to the book information} and the publisher, {a logo for Actual Publishing Company appears in the bottom of the screen} and just to be safe, {Download the eBook Now -button appears on the screen} maybe go ahead and actually write the book.

{The badly done cover for KoT's Cockroach Book appears}

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Man. It's gotten so hard to cheat these days!

{The Cheat walks past in the background, carrying the Lappy}

THE CHEAT: {agreeing The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Finally, let me address your concerns about blood and gore. There's an easy loophole to exploit here, Molly. A little something I like to call... uh-dinosaurs. No teacher can argue,

{Cut to an Air Cardgage diorama, with a prehistoric setting}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} that an Allosaurus {an Allosaurus appears} tearing apart its prey {a rubber duck appears} is bound to be pretty gruesome. {spaghetti and ketchup appears on the duck, on the ground and in the Allosaurus' mouth} And if that prey {rubber duck disappears} just happens to be the signers of The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, {a table and four clothespin people appear} well that's bound to be pretty messed up too. {ketchup and spaghetti appears on the people}

{Cut back to Strong Bad, looking at his diorama, smiling}

STRONG BAD: Oh man, that is too awesome. I gotta get in on that action.

{Cut back to the prehistoric Air Cardgage diorama}

{Peanut Strong Bad walks in, holding a cocktail sword with an olive}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, take that, Nicholas Trist, representative for president James K. Polk! I'll teach you to mess with my Rio Grande! And my Rio Bravo! {Peanut Strong Bad pokes and hits Nicholas Trist clothespin}

{Cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well Mollybdenum, you think you got enough to go on? You're gonna dioRAM their socks off! Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go help that robot vaporize The Old Public Functionary!

{Strong Bad leaves, geddup noise}

{Cut to the green diorama, where the toilet paper robot is shooting a clothespin person. Peanut Strong Bad is standing by him}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Come on, Boltotron! Hit him with the Byoo-Cannon!

{A toilet paper roll with "Byoo-Cannon" written on it decends from above}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Byoo byo-byoo byoo byo-byo-byoo! {the Byoo-Cannon shoots red lights at the clothespin person}

{The New Paper comes down}

Easter Eggs

  • Click The "Byoo-cannon" at the end to see a clip with Senor Cardgage.
    SENOR CARDGAGE: {holding a shoe in one hand and a basketball in the other} Oh. Hello-quialism. {looks at what he's holding} Who are these guys?
    {Cut to an image of the shoe alone}
    ANNOUNCER: All new 2008 Air Cardgage! Only 249.99.99.99! {A price tag appears with that price on it.} Only at Styles Upon Styles!
    {Cut back to Senor Cardgage}
    SENOR CARDGAGE: This is not what I sagged on for. {The words also appear in a speech bubble next to his head.}
  • Click Peanut Strong Bad to see a clip of Coach Z with his new "cellphone".
    COACH Z: Well hey there Ronmartin Realdude. It's the big Z, just giving you a call on my new cell phone. What's that you say? Well I sure am flattered Ronmartin, but I've alredy got a gorgeous girlfriend named a Marzipan.

Fun Facts

Explanations

Remarks

  • Hello-quialism is a portmanteau of "hello" and "colloquialism".

Inside References

Real-World References

  • Strong Bad's mention of Rio Bravo may refer to the Rio Bravo chain of Mexican restaurants that was established in the Atlanta area in 1985. The concept was later sold to the company that owned Chevy's Fresh Mex restaurants. All Rio Bravos were surreptitiously closed in December 2002. Another possible reference to this sbemail is that the last company that Chevy's tried to sell Rio Bravo to before closing them down was located in Texas.
  • Stride Rite is a shoe maker of several mid priced brands, such as Keds and Saucony. The Stride-Rite brand is specifically for small children.
  • Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States of America. He was sworn into office on January 20, 1977. In charicatures, he is often ridiculed for his supposedly big lips, which is why Strong Bad gives him an oversized mouth in the diorama.
  • Neil Buchanan is a British artist and children's television presenter, who presented the make-and-do children's programme Art Attack for its entire run of 18 years, since 1989. The show often involved Buchanan showing viewers how to make quick and easy creative projects, including dioramas and other scenes. The show's cancellation was announced in July 2007.

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