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Strong Bad Email #145
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Mysterious Myth... or Legendary Legend?

Strong Bad recounts the legendary myth of the Bear holding a Shark.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, A Mighty Warrior (Easter egg), Trogdor (Easter egg), Bear holding a Shark, The Cheat, Bubs, Strong Sad, Homestar Runner, Coach Z (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, Bubs' Concession Stand, The Woods

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: February 13, 2006

Running Time: 2:54

Page Title: Lappy 486



STRONG BAD: {singing} I'm livin' the Strong Bad life, I take an email for my wife. I take an email for my wife. {brings up and reads the email}

{Strong Bad says "Strongbad" as "Two words. Two different words. That are not one word. That are 'Strong' and 'Bad'." and the name and location as "Cephas Cornwall of the Corn Army".}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Mysterious Myths or Legendary Legends? Isn't that a show on one of those channels up in the high hundreds? Ya know, like between the CG Dinosaur Channel and the Homes with Rollercoasters in Them Network? Well, if not, it should be! {makes a static-like sound} Come on! {makes it again, but this time the screen cuts to static} There we go.

{Cut to Strong Badia. Strong Bad carries a stick.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Badia. An idyllic fruit-opia. Rich in madeupstories and nottrueities. The nottrue-est of which...

{He prods The Tire with his stick. The Bear-Shark pops up. The Cheat runs by, panicked.}

THE CHEAT: {screams in The Cheat}

STRONG BAD: the mighty bear holding a shark. {spooky music starts} More than a mere security counter-measure, its origins lie in the skies above.

{Cut to a starry sky. Constellations of the Strong Badia flag's snake, the guy with the big knife, a hand giving the "OK" symbol, a board with nails in it, General Tso's chicken, a fish with an afro, and a marathon runner sporting a Union Jack singlet.}

STRONG BAD: The stars tell us that two of the seven elemental spirits of Strong Badia, the fish wearing a 'fro wig and the British distance runner, combined forces to defeat the others.

{The runner holds out a hand to the fish just before all the constellations fight in a cloud of dust. In the end, the runner emerges holding the fish over his head.}

STRONG BAD: In paintball... or maybe Red Rover.

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Then, through years of bad story-telling and the telephone game,

{Over the following, images of a satyr holding a fish, labeled "Wildernessman withst Sea-Beast", a moose with a chameleon in its antlers, and a bad drawing of the bear-shark on the fence appear.}

STRONG BAD: The mythic beast transformed into the bear holding a shark we know today. These ancient fence drawings show evidence of destroyed crops, stolen babies, and family bike-rides. {The screen pans over to show bad drawings of the same.} Or family pie-sitting contests. Bear-holding-a-shark fever gripped the nation.

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand, with various Bear-Shark merchandise.}

BUBS: {holding up an ice cream bar} We got Bear-holding-a-shark frozen delights, {looking at a pile of glasses near him} and these shot glasses are always popular with the kids. Oh, and my favorite: {reaches down and produces a necklace} these Bear-tooth-holding-a-shark-tooth necklaces!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Of course, not everyone caught the fever.

{Music starts and Bubs dances. Then, cut to Strong Sad. The screen reads "Bear Holding a Shark Skeptic".}

STRONG SAD: I'm sure it's just a weather balloon or a foreign exchange student. These strange beasts just aren't real!

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: ...said the elephant-footed ghost man. And then, one day, the Bear-holding-a-shark got the break all made-up creatures dream of. {The screen becomes more and more blurry, and zooms further and further into Strong Bad, on each word in:} Blurry photographic evidence.

{Cut to Homestar Runner}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now, I'm a little fuzzy on the details. But I was in the woods, walking my dog Pom Pom. All of a sudden, he started growlin' and poopin' all over the place {chuckles} . And that's when I saw it.

{Static, then cut to a very fuzzy video reel of the Bear-Shark walking through the woods.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {voiceover} A very. Scary. Monsterman.

{More spooky music}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Now that we've seen all the evidence, it's up to you to decide: {the following words appear on the screen} Mysterious Myth? Or Legendary Legend?

{Cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Join us next week when we examine startling new evidence in the Biscuitdoughhandsman conspiracy.

{More spooky music. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

Walking with Trogdor
Who actually made all those fence drawings...
  • After Strong Bad says "Corn Army", click on CA in the email to see a Teen Girl Squad frame of A Mighty Warrior taking on the Corn Army.
A MIGHTY WARRIOR: The corn army is no match for A Mighty Warrior!
  • Click on "CG Dinosaur Channel" to see Trogdor walk on the screen, advertising "Walking with Trogdor".
  • By viewing the Flash file, when the "ancient fence drawings" are going by, the following text is written in juvenile handwriting outside of the viewing area:
by strong
agɘ 5
  • Click on "startling" at the end to see a scene with Strong Bad and Bubs.
{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand}
STRONG BAD: {holding one of the Bear-Shark ice cream bars} So this is supposed to be the bear holding a shark? Looks more like...Morgan Freeman.
BUBS: Oh, right! That's what it is! Now gimme twenty extra bucks for that Shawshank style.
  • Click on "Biscuitdoughhandsman" to see Coach Z reporting an incident.
{Cut to Coach Z, standing in silhouette in front of a dark background. A caption appears reading "This guy's voice has been digitally altered again"}
COACH Z: {with voice digitally altered} So there I was, minding my own creepy business, when I found this severed hand in the lacker room! {He holds up a biscuit with a bite taken out.}

Fun Facts


  • "CG" is short for "Computer graphics".
  • "Telephone Game" is a game for children where a message is whispered from one participant to another, along a group, causing the message to be increasingly distorted as time progresses.


  • This is the shortest Lappy email to date, at 2:54.
  • The T-shirt in Bubs' Concession Stand reads: "My baby got stole by the bear holding a shark!"


  • The location given in the star chart, 118 degrees north and 28 degrees west, is impossible. As on Earth, 118 degrees north does not exist in star chart notation.
  • Cephas is the Greek name for Peter. It is pronounced KAY-fus, not See-fus as Strong Bad says it.
  • Although Strong Bad calls the Bear Holding a Shark by that name in this e-mail, he also called it a "bear-shark" in date.


  • When Strong Bad is introducing Strong Badia for the first time, his right arm is briefly missing.
  • If you click on the Trogdor Easter egg directly before the static, the egg will appear over the static and disappear as soon as it arrives in Strong Badia.
  • Although Strong Bad berates the email's author for combining two words into one ("Strongbad"), he includes the word "rollercoasters" in his reply. "Roller coaster" consists of two separate words.

Inside References

  • The ancient fence drawings include another appearance of pie.
  • A Mighty Warrior first appeared in Teen Girl Squad Issue 10, and has mentioned corn each time he has appeared.
  • Biscuit Dough Hands Man first appeared in Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon.
    • In the email pizzaz he was also the subject of the "next episode".
  • The constellation scene features the Strong Badian flag's snake, the big knife guy and his knife, and General Tso's Chicken, which all had connections to Strong Badia in the past.
  • The fish constellation's 'fro wig also appeared in monument.
  • Coach Z's voice was digitally altered before in couch patch.
  • The Cheat was revealed to be scared of the Bear-Shark in date.
  • The "Bear Holding A Shark" ice cream bar is similar in style to the ice cream bars of Homestar Runner, Pom Pom and Strong Bad, as seen in the Museum.
  • "Strong Bab" is a reference to The Secrets That I Keep, in which Strong Sad's birthday card was signed the same way by Lil' Strong Bad.
  • Homestar Runner's pronunciation of "monsterman," as one word with the last syllable unaccented, matches the pronunciation of "Santaman".
  • The cottage and Trogdor sprite used in the "Walking with Trogdor" Easter egg come from the game TROGDOR!.
  • One of the fence drawings appears to be a thatched-roof cottage being burninated.
  • Once again Homestar refers to Pom Pom as "his dog". He was previously called that in Pumpkin Carve-nival.

Real-World References

  • "Walking With Trogdor" is a reference to the TV special Walking With Dinosaurs, which features CG dinosaurs.
    • The "Walking with Trogdor" Easter egg is a reference to the recent trend of television networks to advertise for their shows by displaying short video clips along the bottom during the broadcast of another show.
  • The British Long Distance Runner is likely a reference to Roger Bannister, the first man who ran the mile in under four minutes.
  • "Bear Holding a Shark Week" is a reference to The Discovery Channel's Shark Week.
  • One of the fence drawings is a TIE fighter from the Star Wars movies.
  • "Shawshank style" is in reference to the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption in which Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman plays a convict.
  • The Strongbadia Myth Show is a reference to In Search Of... and similar shows and documentaries that investigate paranormal phenomena such as monster sightings and alien abductions, and often include interviews with people who claim to have encountered such things.
  • The blurry video footage of the bear holding a shark is a reference to the famous Patterson-Gimlin home-movie footage of an alleged Bigfoot (Sasquatch) moving through a forest.
    • A notable detail about Homestar's footage is that the bear-shark's feet are white and have blue soles, suggesting that the footage is not authentic. The Bigfoot footage has been debunked for similar reasons.
  • Fruitopia is a fruit drink manufactured by Coca-Cola.
  • Strong Sad's mention of a weather balloon refers to the 1947 UFO incident in Roswell, New Mexico. Government officials identified strange debris as a weather balloon, which was later alleged to be a cover-up. Since then, weather balloons have become a typical rationalization of UFO sightings.
  • The "Homes with Rollercoasters in Them Network" is likely a reference to the many home improvement shows that exist on channels like TLC and The Discovery Channel, in which rooms are redecorated to fit a specific theme. Such shows include Trading Spaces and Monster House.
    • This could also be a reference to the Travel Channel showing various such houses on their programs.
  • Strong Bad's remark about babies getting stolen, and the "My Baby Got Stole" T-shirt in Bubs's Concession Stand, are possible references to the Azaria Chamberlain disappearance in Australia in 1980 (of "a dingo took my baby" fame).
  • "Cornwall of the Corn Army" is a reference to "Stonewall" Jackson, the famous Confederate general during the American Civil War.

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