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Strong Bad Email #140
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"Ahh, there's no such thing as mysterious."

Patrick asks Strong Bad about his younger years.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat (Easter Egg, Photo), Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Coach Z, Strong Sad, The Poopsmith (as The Diapersmith), Pom Pom, Homestarmecium, Bubs (as Bubsamecium), Strongbadiophage, The Homestar Runner (Easter Egg), Old-Timey Strong Bad (Easter Egg), Don Knotts (Easter Egg), Sickly Sam (Easter Egg)

Places: Computer Room, Abandoned Pie Factory, High School, Middle School, Free Petry Dish USA, Bubsamecium's Protozoa Stand, Rome (Easter Egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Sunday, January 8, 2006

Running Time: 3:02

Page Title: Lappy 486

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Five

In some cases the exchanges are connected together directly; but when the volume of traffic is not sufficient to warrant the adoption of such a course connexions between two exchanges are made through junction centres to which both are connected. 1 1

By the time Dean had finished his meal, the traffic had thinned out, making the balance of the trip northward much more pleasant. 2 2

These railways provide outlets for through freight and passenger traffic southward to Boston and New York, and to the north to St Johns and Montreal. 1 1

The traffic crawled to a near standstill as Dean's blood pressure mounted, sure the 8:00 direct flight to Norfolk would leave without him. 1 1

He had requested a table in a corner of the room, away from wait staff traffic to and from the kitchen. 1 1

Dean had hoped to make it as soon as possible so he could beat the worst of the late afternoon traffic when he returned from his chores in Philadelphia. 1 1

This university was founded in 1621 and the university of Buenos Aires in 1821, but although Bonpland and some other European scientists were members of the faculty of Buenos Aires in its early years, neither there nor at Cordoba was any marked attention given to the natural sciences until President Sarmiento (official term, 1868-1874) initiated scientific instruction at the university of Cordoba under the eminent German naturalist, Dr Hermann Burmeister (1807-1892), and founded the National Observatory at Cordoba and placed it under the direction of ' There are two distinct statistical offices compiling immigration returns and their totals do not agree, owing in part to the traffic between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. 1 1

I would love to write about how all the time that drivers waste driving will be returned to them to spend however they like and how there will never be another traffic death, another DWI, or another driver who falls asleep at the wheel. 1 1

The revenue from stamps includes as its chief items the returns from stamped paper, stamps on goods traffic, securities and share certificates and receipts and cheques..

At that date the superintending and managing staffs of the Post Office comprised 590 persons, the staff of the old companies with only about one-third of the traffic having been 534 persons. 1 1

Open for traffic, upon which nearly £135,000,000 had been expended. 1 1

The contract for building the railway was put in the hands of Thomas Brassey; English navvies were largely employed on the work, and a number of English engine-drivers were employed when traffic was begun in 1843. 1 1

Shipping has been fostered by paying bounties for vessels constructed in France and sailing under the French flag, and by reserving the coasting trade, traffic between France and Algeria, &c., to French vessels.

The Code also regulated the liquor traffic, fixing a fair price for beer and forbidding the connivance of the tavern-keeper (a female!) at disorderly conduct or treasonable assembly, under pain of death. 1 1

"You're pretty good at interviewing," Winston noted, as they joined the sparse midday traffic northward. 1 1

Sighing deeply, he told Rita he was finished for the day, jogged down the stairs to his car, and fought the late afternoon crosstown traffic to Ethel Rosewater's office. 6 6

In that year the Swiss government reduced the rate for inland telegrams by one-half, and the traffic immediately doubled, but the cost of carrying on the service increased in a larger ratio. 1 1

The Murray automatic system is not regarded as suitable for short telegraph lines or moderate traffic, printing telegraphs on the multiplex principle being considered preferable in such circumstances. 1 1

Overland routes had now been found possible, though scarcely convenient for traffic, between all the widely separated Australian provinces. 3 3

Is it actually that blue-eyed redheads have the same number of accidents as non-redheads, but brown-eyed redheads are even more clumsy, accident prone, and traffic hazards? 1 1

I had opted to skip the short flight to Santa Barbara as Betsy, the seasoned traveler, had no difficulty renting a car and maneuvering the traffic to pick me up at LAX. 1 1

Any luck with traffic cams? 4 5

These Chaco rivers are obstructed by sand bars and snags, which could be removed only by an expenditure of money unwarranted by the present population and traffic. In the southern pampa. 2 3

The Sind, Punjab and Delhi railway (North Western) and Grand Trunk road, which runs parallel with it, afford the principal means of land communication and traffic. The area of the district is 1601 sq. 2 3

Exiting traffic from the fireworks delayed his progress, but as he turned in front of Bird Song both Fred and Cynthia were on the porch to greet him. 3 4

For one thing, you can have a completely fluid, fully dynamic, real-time map of traffic patterns in your city. 1 2

The channels can be worked in either direction according to the traffic require ments.


She wasn't the only one who stopped traffic and conversations. 1 2

Ariminum became a place of considerable traffic owing to the construction of the Via Aemilia (187 B.C.) and the Via Popilia (132 B.C.), and is frequently mentioned by ancient authors. 2 3

Water traffic, which is chiefly in heavy merchandise, as coal, building materials, and agriculture and food produce, more than doubled in volume between 1881 and 1905. 2 3

Paris is served by the Vandalia, and the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St Louis (New York Central system) railways; the main line and the Cairo division of the latter intersect here, and the city is the transfer point for traffic from the E. 2 3

The group specially described as indirect taxes includes those on alcohol, wine, beer, cider and other alcoholic drinks, on passenger and goods traffic by railway, on licences to distillers, spirit-sellers, &c., on salt and on sugar of home manufacture. 2 3

Excluding coal lines and other lines not open to general traffic, the length of railways in private hands is only 382 m. 2 3

This involved a large extension of wires to cope with increased traffic. The reduced rate took effect as from the 1st of October 1886. 1 2

The car, the traffic, the wind, all went motionless. 6 8

There was in addition a considerable inter-colonial traffic between Australia, New Zealand and the Fijis. 2 4

The mountain traffic was at a peak with the massive influx of visitors, especially at the lower elevations. 2 4

Would you contribute your anonymous location to a traffic speed optimization engine? 2 4

Thankfully, there was no mention of a tip, psychic or otherwise; only a "routine traffic stop." 3 5

It seems possible that the road at first led to Tusculum, that it was then prolonged to Labici, and later still became a road for through traffic; it may even have superseded the Via Latina as a route to the S.E., for, while the distance from Rome to their main junction at Ad Bivium (or to another junction at Compitum Anagninum) is practically identical, the summit level of the former is 725 ft. 2 5

In the traffic; and similar statistics pointing to increase of business consequent on reduction of rates were produced in regard to France, Switzerland and Prussia. 2 5

The sidewalks were jammed with people and smells, the traffic thick and loud. 3 7

Read more at http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/traffic#aJwDMsh2FDuP1AsJ.99


Easter Eggs

  • Click on the word "unphotographic" to reveal a photographic memory of the jumble caper.
    • Click on the resulting image to reveal the doodle memory version of the same event. Strong Bad is carrying a large gemstone out of a vault, The Cheat is drawn as a rattlesnake-like creature carrying a turkey on a platter, and a sign points to the right reading "Subwoofers".
  • Click on the word "Roman" after the paper comes down to see what those times were like.
{Cut to The Homestar Runner and Old-Timey Strong Bad in a black and white Roman land. The Homestar Runner is dressed as Julius Caesar and Old-Timey Strong Bad is dressed as a Roman legionary.}
THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh... aqueduct.
OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: Hm... yes! Vomitorium!
DON KNOTTS: {pokes head in} Andy?
{Pan to Sickly Sam wearing a sack reading "OLIVES". He vanishes, and an Ionic column takes his place.}

Fun Facts


  • "Cowichewa to you too" is an aural allusion to "konnichi wa", a basic Japanese greeting.
  • Homestarmecium, despite his name, is drawn without a nucleus. This suggests that he could actually be construed as a bacterium (a prokaryote), rather than a paramecium (a eukaryote), and that he replicates himself using binary fission (eukaryotes replicate via mitosis).
    • On the other hand, the "hairs" on his head area may suggest he's a ciliate, not a bacterium. However, since some bacteria have cilia as well, this is not conclusive. While Bubs also has "cilia" patches, his outline suggests the stereotypical image of an amoeba rather than the typical "footprint" shape of a paramecium.
  • Strongbadiophage, which has a hexagonal head upon a column ending in 6 legs, appears to be a T4 Phage bacteriophage. This type of virus attacks bacteria, not paramecia, and forces the host cell to create copies of the virus by modifying the cell's DNA.
    • Just as "bacteriophage" means "one who devours bacteria," "Strongbadiophage" may be taken to mean "one who devours Strong Badia" or simply "one who devours Strong Bad".
  • The Homestar Runner mentions aqueducts. The Roman Aqueduct system is perhaps the most famous ever built, running over 250 miles across their empire and supplying over a million gallons of water a day to ancient Rome alone.
  • A Roman vomitorium was a passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre, through which the crowds could "spew out" of the building at the end of a show (essentially an exit). Contrary to popular belief, it does not refer to a place where people would go to vomit.
  • In the Roman Easter egg, Sickly Sam is wearing a sack that says OLIVES; these were quite valuable in that era, both as a foodstuff and a source of oil which could be used for fuel, cleaning, etc.
  • Patrique is a French spelling of Patrick. Patrice is the feminine equivalent.


  • When this email was released, the main page button read "new strong bad email" and "nothing else!". The site had just experienced an unusually long hiatus, 35 days, since the last major update.
  • "The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries" is written by Youdbetterbelieveit Chimendez.
  • The summary for the Podstar Runner RSS feed reads, "Strong Bad makes up a buncha stuff that's not true. Don't you believe a word of it!"


Homestarmecia, before and after cutaway
  • Strong Bad breaks the fourth wall by acknowledging the fact that he is a cartoon character.
  • Teenage Marzipan has legs.
  • This email appears to support the idea that Strong Bad and Homestar were once friends, as was first suggested by Homestar in The Best Decemberween Ever.
  • Teenage Homestar plays guitar left-handed.
  • Teenage Homestar sings out of tune.
  • While Strong Mad generally plays bass (i.e. Cool Tapes), his teenage counterpart plays the drums, normally played by The Cheat.
  • Baby Coach Z wearing green pajamas supports the theory that he wears a green body suit, as Strong Bad questioned in labor day.
  • Strong Bad seems to be a little confused on Coach Z's age: In his "middle school" flashback, Coach Z appears about the same age as he is, but in stand-up, Strong Sad's video tape reveals that Coach Z was already an adult when Strong Bad was a little kid. Their conflicting ages were also seen in record book.
    • He also seems to be confused on the age of Homestar. In the high school variant, Homestar appears to be a teenager, much like all of them. However, in the middle school variant, Homestar acts as the babysitter for the other characters, who are toddlers.
  • Petri dish is misspelled in "Free Petry Dish USA" as a reference to Free Country, USA.
  • When Homestarmecium replicates himself, he does so horizontally, each time. However, every time the screen pulls out, the Homestarmecia are lined up vertically prior to the next replication, despite having never moved from their horizontal alignment.
  • The high-school aged Homestar's eyes appear to be essentially his normal eyes rotated 90° clockwise.
  • According to his name, Strongbadiophage is a virus. However, he is the same size as the full cells of Homestarmecium and Bubsamecium. In real life, viruses are far smaller than any single cell.
  • Homestarmecium, Bubsamecium and Strongbadiophage are portmanteaus.


  • When The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries title card drops down, Strong Bad's head is seen in front of the card for one frame.
  • Baby Strong Bad's right eye doesn't have the star-shaped pupil as his left does.
  • When Strong Bad says "we were a bunch of melon-headed babies with gigantic eyes...", there is a slight skip in the audio when Strong Bad says "gigantic".

Fixed Goofs

Masking goof
An unsettling mistake
  • When the email was released, Strong Bad's reflection went outside of the Lappy's screen as he got up. This occurred due to lack of using a masking effect. This was corrected shortly after it was released.
  • Originally, on the Mysfit-steries title screen, Strong Mad's fist was visibly protruding from between Marzipan's thighs. This too was fixed promptly.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • "The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries" parodies Scooby-Doo, as well as numerous other Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Jabberjaw, Josie and the Pussycats, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, and Speed Buggy. These cartoons featured common themes of teenagers and young adults solving mysteries and occasionally playing together in bands.
    • In addition, "Stampers" is a parody of the ubiquitous nonsensical Scooby-Doo exclamations, such as "Jinkies!", "Jeepers!", and "Zoinks!" and Teenage Strong Bad's comment on "no such thing as mysterious" is a play on the repeated claims of characters saying "There's no such things as ghosts", mostly used in the similar cartoons.
  • The "middle school" portion of the email parodies Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and other American cartoons that followed the trend of presenting established characters in a franchise as children or toddlers (such as Scooby-Doo).
  • Based on the "freakin' duck", Baby Strong Bad is most likely playing Adventure.
  • The black and white picture behind Baby Strong Sad and The Diapersmith is from the historic first flight made by the Wright brothers in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
    • Live action backdrops such as this one and the football field behind Baby Coach Z were used in Muppet Babies when the babies would use their imaginations.
  • Homestar as the matronly nursery character saying "Now you children skedaddle" is a reference to and hybrid of both Nanny from Muppet Babies and the Mammy-Two-Shoes character from Tom and Jerry. The costume and Southern colloquialisms are suggestive of the "Mammy" character, who often wallops the cat with a broom when he misbehaves. "Nanny", likewise, was only shown from the waist down.
  • Baby Pom Pom's peglike limbs give him the appearance of a Bumble Ball.
  • Don Knotts (1924-2006), who passed away shortly after this email was released, was an actor best known for playing Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. He also twice guest-starred in the New Scooby-Doo Movies cartoons.
  • The "Roman times" Easter egg is a reference to The Roman Holidays, a Hanna Barbera animated sitcom from 1972. Like The Flintstones and The Jetsons before it, the basic premise was plunking a typical sitcom family into another time period (in this case, 63 A.D.).
  • "Just the facts" is a reference to the phrase "Just the facts, ma'am", which was made popular by the TV police procedural Dragnet, despite the fact the phrase was never used on the show.

Fast Forward

  • Teenage Strong Bad reappears in the abandoned factory and is seen in the supergroup in alternate universe.
  • Teenage Strong Mad reappears in his room during the Strong Bad Email imaginary although he looks slightly different. This may be due to the fact that Strong Bad has a "doodle memory".

DVD Version

  • The DVD version features creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman, and Karen Wagner)

MATT: You guys went to high school, right?

MIKE: I've been to high school once!

KAREN: Yeah, I— I went to the same high school!

MATT: Me too, though. DHS, '92!

KAREN: '88!

MATT: And ye— And yes, and yes, and yes we are the best! {laughs} Strong Bad has a serious problem discerning, uh, people's, like names, uh their—

KAREN: —from the state that they live in.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Yeah—

KAREN: ...or country.

MATT: —And also usually in—includes their little, uh, signoff... What's the opposite of a salutation? What do you call the "Sincerely"?

MIKE: A valutation.


KAREN: An unutation.

MIKE: An unutation!

MATT: {in response to the "Mysfit-steries" title screen} Um, so, this is not a parody of anything; this is a completely original idea that we came up with.

KAREN: {laughs} Yeah!

MATT: Stampers! There was stampers!

MIKE: That's—

MATT: — an homage to Neil!

KAREN: Another— another reference to Neil!

MIKE: There's Homestar, in his sweet Jim McMahon jersey with no sleeves!

KAREN: Stripe— stripèd pants!

MATT: {laughing} Stri— he's wearing a mid-'80s, uh, football player, but then his pants are clearly, like, late '70s.

MIKE: Well, his pants are also, um, Indiana University's basketball team, their warmups are those pants.

MATT: Really?

MIKE: Yeah, they're awesome.

KAREN: They're striped?!

MIKE: They look like clowns. Yeah, it looks like a circus when they're in their pre-game warmups.

MATT: Well, doesn't our brother Donnie have a pair? I feel like there's a picture of all of us from, like, you know, '78 or something, and Donnie's wearing some ridiculous stripèd pants!

MIKE: Homestar looks kinda like Donnie... {laughter} from the '70s!

MATT: He does! If we put giant glasses on him?

KAREN: Yep, that would be him!

MATT: —and tube socks pulled up to his neck!


MIKE: Sorry, Donnie. He's not even here to defend himself.

MATT: Yeah, that's ch—

KAREN: Poor guy.

MATT: —cheap shots. Cheap shots. Donnie's responsible for... the reason we— we're funny at all

MATT: {In response to the "middle school" scene} This is also not a parody of anything.

KAREN: Nope! {chuckles}

MIKE: I like how this— the wall in Strong Bad's nursery is similar, but just more baby-oriented.

MATT: Yeah.

KAREN: {laughs} Pink, and baby yellow...

MATT: I should paint that in, uh, in my nursery!

MIKE: Yeah, there you go!

KAREN: Okay, seriously, we need to make a onesie that has the little—

MATT: Diapersmith? {laughs}

KAREN: —little Diapersmith on it. {laughs} I do get requests for, uh, you know, Poopsmith baby clothes!

MIKE: Makes sense!

MATT: What are those balls called, that Pom Pom just looked like?

MIKE: Oh, the Bumble Balls?

{speaking simultaneously}
MATT: Yeah, those things. They jiggle— yeah! {laughs}
MIKE: You turn 'em on, and they just jiggle!

MATT: We should maybe, uh, I can't tell if it's just this monitor, but that background is really nice. You can't really see it on this monitor. Mike made this creepy cellular background. {laughs}

MIKE: That's the only cellular device I have, is a cellular background.


MATT: It's true.

KAREN: I think those things kinda freak out, um, Little Girl a little bit.


KAREN: She didn't like those, unh-uh.

MATT: She doesn't like those sh— Homestarmeciums?

KAREN: No, she doesn't like 'em.

MIKE: So there was a show that was not, uh, very widely seen called The Holidays, that was basically The Jetsons and The Flinstones, but in, uh, Roman times, and they had a pet lion.

MATT: {laughs}

KAREN: I do not remember that at all!

MIKE: Yeah! Yeah, I—I saw it a few times on the USA Cartoon Express.

MATT: That's right.

Fun Facts

  • Jim McMahon played football in the '80s and early '90s, most notably as a quarterback with the Chicago Bears when they won the Super Bowl in 1985.
  • USA Cartoon Express was a block of cartoon programming on the USA Network in the '80s and '90s.
  • The opposite of a salutation is a valediction.

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