Kids say the darndest things

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I had to post this, since I've been cracking up about it since Saturday.

The boys were in the bath, and they started screeching:

Ben: EEEEEEEEEEE! EEEEEEEEEEEE!

My wife: Ben! Use your inside voice.

Ben (quietly): eeeeeEEEEEeeeee.

schwantz, Monday, 2 February 2009 22:58 (twelve years ago) link

I heartily endorse this thread/post.

PappaWheelie V, Monday, 2 February 2009 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

When I told Ophelia told her for the gazillionth time to put her hand in front of her mouth when coughing.

"I don't have any coughs anymore."

Nathalie (stevienixed), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 08:37 (twelve years ago) link

Every male person outside the family is currently known and greeted as 'Funny Man'. Or occasionally 'Mr Tumble' (the latter unfortunately applies to women as well).

Archel, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 11:25 (twelve years ago) link

hahaha

JAM, DWANGELA, RELLY! (sunny successor), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

In the elevator at the gym with my wife, Owen read another woman's thoughts by asking "are you twins?" and then answered himself "yeah."

schwantz, Saturday, 7 February 2009 05:39 (twelve years ago) link

hahaha

JAM, DWANGELA, RELLY! (sunny successor), Saturday, 7 February 2009 14:40 (twelve years ago) link

Thank you for starting this thread. I love this stuff.

A friend at work has a two year old who has started using "Obama" as a name for pretty much everyone. He asks qustions all the time about Obama too. They're potty training him and so the other night she was asking Henry who poops. He said, "Mama poops and Daddy poops and Henry poops!" She asked who else poops thinking he's say grandma or something and he replied with, "Obama poops!!"

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Saturday, 7 February 2009 15:31 (twelve years ago) link

my 7 year old nephew to his mom:

"I stopped sucking my thumb. When you get older it loses its taste."

sleeve, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 02:17 (twelve years ago) link

That is exactly what I concluded about thumb-sucking (at an embarrassingly older age). Though it took having my arm in a plaster cast for seemingly years (I broke my arm three times in quick succession) to stop me in the end.

Also, Obama totally does poop!

Archel, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 09:35 (twelve years ago) link

Re: Honeymoon - "Did you GO to the moon?"

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:16 (twelve years ago) link

my son when 3ish, upon eating something good: "I can't believe my mouth!" I promise he made this up himself.

Euler, Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:20 (twelve years ago) link

AWWWWW!!!

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:23 (twelve years ago) link

My kids are too old for their current sayings to be here...

But, Alice (particularly) would say such WTF things back in the day. Most (or, man) are all over ILE, but here's one of the top ones...

She was about four, I reckon.

I was explaining the whole "eggs in mummy's tummy" business.

Alice: "But how did the eggs get there?"
Me: "They were all there when Mummy was born"
Alice: "hmm. So, that means My egg and Amber's egg are exactly the same age"
Me: ".... yeah!"
Alice: (saying nothing, but now has decided Amber doesn't have 2 years superiority anymore)

Mark G, Friday, 13 February 2009 11:10 (twelve years ago) link

Ophelia told her father: "Wannes is in love with me." I know, not the darndest thing but still made go all AAAAAWWWWWWWWW.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 13 February 2009 14:13 (twelve years ago) link

my son when 3ish, upon eating something good: "I can't believe my mouth!" I promise he made this up himself.

― Euler, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:20 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark

Get that kid a TV commercial.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Sunday, 22 February 2009 07:21 (twelve years ago) link

haha yeah

i was driving beeps home from daycare last week and had silver jews playing in the car. so black and brown blues comes on and i start singing along at the top of my voice when i look in the rear view mirror and beeps is smacking her knee along with the song with a big smile on her face. she catches me looking at her and says 'you go, mama!'. let it be known i have the worst singing voice ever. kid is good for the ego.

quadratrillionaire (sunny successor), Sunday, 22 February 2009 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

I will work on the tv thing!

I love that my kids love my singing. It helps that it's mutual; when they're caterwauling away I tend to complement them (you know, like you do when they bring you their latest painting or sculpture).

My youngest kid, age 2, went canvassing with my wife for the Dems during the campaign last fall. Now she's taken to calling the paper subscription inserts in magazines, "Democrats". I guess it's because they're like the voter info cards that we distributed? But now she is hoarding a big pile of these things and gets angry when you take her Democrats. Silly stuff but I love it.

Euler, Sunday, 22 February 2009 16:21 (twelve years ago) link

I love that all the two year old kids in SF know and mangle the words "Barack Obama."

schwantz, Monday, 23 February 2009 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

nothing like this ever happens to me

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 23 February 2009 17:59 (twelve years ago) link

Howie knows a lot of animal names but always calls a cat "Miaow", even though he can spell the word. Hence the following conversation:

Us: "Howie, what's the first letter of cat?"
Howie: "C!"
"And what's the second letter of cat?"
"A!"
"And what's the last letter of cat?"
"T!"
"[Pointing to letters in book] So, what does 'C-A-T' spell, Howie?"
"[Thinks for a moment...} Miaow!"

Meg (Meg Busset), Monday, 23 February 2009 23:28 (twelve years ago) link

my nearly 12-week-old has been babbling non-stop. it's such a nice change from shrieking.

Oh Why, Sports Coat? (Dr. Superman), Thursday, 26 February 2009 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

(Apologies if I've already told this story on ILX, can't remember)

A few weeks ago, Ava was being extremely naughty, pushing Pam away, shouting "Don't talk to me! Don't look at me!", etc. Pam wrote down "Naughty girls don't get visits from their friends or treats or get to go to the park" on a slip of paper and handed it to the noncommunicative hell-child.

Ava read it out loud, looked at the paper for a few seconds and then announced, "I'm going to tear this into tiny pieces." It was all Pam could do not to burst out laughing right there...

Michael Jones, Saturday, 28 February 2009 21:25 (twelve years ago) link

haa :)

ice cr?m, Sunday, 1 March 2009 00:26 (twelve years ago) link

this morning: "there are so many things in this room, it's like an optical course"

鬼の手 (Edward III), Sunday, 1 March 2009 00:46 (twelve years ago) link

SS, that's the cutest thing ever! Ophelia requests all my music to stop playing so she can listen to her music. Grrr. Elisabeth loves most music we play. This morning she immediately started waving her hand when Marvin Gaye started singing. She also looooves Pulsinger.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 1 March 2009 13:30 (twelve years ago) link

its still so weird to me these little creatures have already developed their own tastes. that silver jews moment was a rare one. usually she'll sit there going 'wonderpets? wonderpets? wonderpets? wonderpets? brobie? wonderpets? wonderpets? wonderpets? wonderpets? wonderpets? " etc until we put it on.

quadratrillionaire (sunny successor), Sunday, 1 March 2009 14:04 (twelve years ago) link

nickelodeon brainwash

quadratrillionaire (sunny successor), Sunday, 1 March 2009 14:04 (twelve years ago) link

she found a tampon and asked what it was. i mumbled her mommy bleeds every month and that it stops the bleeding.

"so mommy leaks."

uh yeah, i guess....

the tip of the tongue taking a trip tralalala (stevienixed), Friday, 6 March 2009 22:33 (twelve years ago) link

Edward, I'm amazed. That's amazing.

How can there be male ladybugs? (Laurel), Friday, 6 March 2009 22:41 (twelve years ago) link

We remembered another one from our son a few years back, when he was 2-ish: out of the blue one day, he asked "why we is not ducks?". I didn't know what to say. Really, why? The mind boggles.

Euler, Saturday, 7 March 2009 01:56 (twelve years ago) link

My friend did this facebook thing earlier where she had to ask her kids a series of questions about herself and write in their answers. Her sons are around 6 and 4, I think.

Q: How tall is your Mom?

A: "15 degrees" -Ben "Probably 10 inches high" -Zac

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Saturday, 7 March 2009 04:50 (twelve years ago) link

i seriously can't get over "15 degrees"

been HOOS, where yyyou steene!? (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 7 March 2009 05:02 (twelve years ago) link

I know, I love it.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Saturday, 7 March 2009 05:03 (twelve years ago) link

I showed Beeps a full page face ad of Gisele Bündchen in the lastest issure of Glamour and asked 'who is that?' She replied 'Mama!' Damn straight.

quadratrillionaire (sunny successor), Sunday, 8 March 2009 03:30 (twelve years ago) link

keep that one around!

yur twit (tehresa), Sunday, 8 March 2009 03:35 (twelve years ago) link

hopefully her eyesight will never improve

quadratrillionaire (sunny successor), Sunday, 8 March 2009 03:37 (twelve years ago) link

Howie does that when we read the book 'Terrible Trolls' -- points at them and says "Mummy! Daddy!"

I will have to send him round to Beeps for some training.

Meg (Meg Busset), Sunday, 8 March 2009 13:02 (twelve years ago) link

I showed Beeps a full page face ad of Gisele Bündchen in the lastest issure of Glamour and asked 'who is that?' She replied 'Mama!' Damn straight.

A keeper! :-)

the tip of the tongue taking a trip tralalala (stevienixed), Monday, 9 March 2009 14:19 (twelve years ago) link

z (4-yr-old) industriously constructing puzzle on the floor, while rex (11 mos.) repeatedly crawls through it, picks up pieces, sticks them in his mouth, etc. z fairly patiently nudges rex away two or three times, says "no, rex," but on about the 4th time, in exasperation, he yelps, "DAMMIT REX!"

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Monday, 16 March 2009 23:50 (twelve years ago) link

kids swearing: classic. One of my kids didn't really understand what the word dammit was, so he'd say, "debit", as in "debit card", which got us off the hook with my mother-in-law.

Euler, Tuesday, 17 March 2009 00:27 (twelve years ago) link

z (4-yr-old) industriously constructing puzzle on the floor, while rex (11 mos.) repeatedly crawls through it, picks up pieces, sticks them in his mouth, etc. z fairly patiently nudges rex away two or three times, says "no, rex," but on about the 4th time, in exasperation, he yelps, "DAMMIT REX!"

― paper plans (tipsy mothra), Monday, March 16, 2009 6:50 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

ok so this is the funniest/cuetest thing i have read in a while

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 02:01 (twelve years ago) link

Agreed. That's so cute.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 12:37 (twelve years ago) link

it cracked us up. but i guess we need to do some policing of it before he gets to kindergarten.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 17:08 (twelve years ago) link

Apparently in kindergarten I referred to a toy car as "that goddamn son of a bitch". Wasn't mad, that's just what I called it.

WmC, Tuesday, 17 March 2009 17:14 (twelve years ago) link

i once very cheerfully yelled to my pal "see you later, asshole!" as our parents were taking us home from preschool. my mom was not, uh, thrilled

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 21:54 (twelve years ago) link

^ That is awesome.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 22:51 (twelve years ago) link

ha i once came home from school in 1st or 2nd grade and told my parents "the bus driver is an asshole" not really knowing what that meant :-/

HHooHHHooHH-oob (harbl), Tuesday, 17 March 2009 22:53 (twelve years ago) link

Alice has been known to bang her fist on the table and yell 'dammit!' but I strongly suspect her dad has been coaching her for his own amusement. Though come to think of it she's also started a thing of regularly shouting 'it's a deal!' and shaking hands with us. Clearly a future CEO :(

Archel, Thursday, 19 March 2009 09:36 (twelve years ago) link

OK, heree goez:

In Venice, back at the flat, playing whist:

Mum: "Hearts!"
Alice: (Oh, fuMMMFTH)

The sound of Alice slapping her hand over her mouth, too late.
She got embarrassed, we just laffed. (She was 8)

Mark G, Monday, 23 March 2009 14:02 (twelve years ago) link

lol

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Thursday, 27 May 2021 02:31 (three months ago) link

save her kisses for her mama!

massive lols at this

visiting, Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:14 (three months ago) link

this is the best thread. thank you all for sharing.

visiting, Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:16 (three months ago) link

My boy, who is neurodiverse and then some bless him, is the prince of daft questions. I should have kept a log over the years but as it's getting hot, I keep thinking about this beauty.

'What does sunblock do?'

Not to over-explain but I can't honestly think of a better example of economy of language in action.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 27 May 2021 08:57 (three months ago) link

Good question imo. Does it sun the block or block the sun? Not obvious. Sometimes the verb goes first: pickpocket, scarecrow.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 28 May 2021 23:10 (three months ago) link

(Older kid, smiling:) “Daddy, I just ate 50 chips…. do you think I’ll throw up?”

One day of summer break down; how many to go?

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Saturday, 29 May 2021 02:05 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

He was asking earlier what's the difference btw. a dog pound and an animal shelter – me: I guess nothing, a pound is just an older name for the same thing – him: "Yeah, and we don't even use pounds in the United States, we use dollars." I thought that was kinda funny.

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Monday, 21 June 2021 22:13 (three months ago) link

lol that's great

visiting, Monday, 21 June 2021 23:08 (three months ago) link

I'm sitting here trying to work at the computer; he's flipping through these I SURVIVED books he borrowed from a friend. Then he keeps coming over and asking me things like: Daddy... Who - or what - attacked New York on September 11, 2001?

Can we, like, have that conversation a little later; and not right at this moment when I'm trying to get this email out, please?

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Thursday, 24 June 2021 02:23 (two months ago) link

daddy? can jet fuel really melt steel beams?

superdeep borehole (harbl), Thursday, 24 June 2021 02:37 (two months ago) link

The boy was cracking me up the other night, saying how embarrassing it would have been for the first pilot had he missed and just gone between the two towers.

pplains, Thursday, 24 June 2021 02:43 (two months ago) link

"Yes, son, I suppose he would have had some egg on his face."

pplains, Thursday, 24 June 2021 02:43 (two months ago) link

encourage all parents to tell their kids who weren't born on 9/11 that it's ok to be funny about it

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Thursday, 24 June 2021 03:02 (two months ago) link

He brought it up again at bedtime (so I had to get into it) – he noted that 2001 was a year before Super Mario Sunshine came out, which I guess is a good yardstick.

It led into talking about other some heavy world history stuff that we had already addressed in a few difficult (for me) but ultimately good conversations around a year ago. He seems to have forgotten most of those details, though, so we had to go over it again. He was more ready to process some of the complexities/ambiguities this time around anyway (as best as I could touch on them in an age-appropriate way).

I never really anticipated having to explain, say, the Cold War as part of my parenting duties, and it’s not the most fun thing… hopefully I’m doing OK at it.

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Thursday, 24 June 2021 04:24 (two months ago) link

Living through a Donald Trump presidency really accelerated how much my kids learned about politics, the world outside their bubble, etc. Both for better and for worse - probably good to rip the band aid off early about the government being a source of good and having your best interests at heart; otoh, my daughter had a recurring nightmare for a bit where they were under lockdown at school and Donald Trump was the terrorist in the halls shooting.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 24 June 2021 15:03 (two months ago) link

I remember having to have these conversations - prompted by the attacks in Paris. It was horrible to have to let the awfulness of the world in like that and it led to difficult conversations about ideologies etc. I remember my boy processing 9/11 and saying 'well, they must have had their reasons' and a little bit of me breaking.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:23 (two months ago) link

There is an evergreen dilemma as a parent between wanting my kids to understand the world with clear eyes, and not wanting to crush their souls. And I'm not even that cynical a person

Climate change is a really big one too

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:28 (two months ago) link

(xp just typed the below, but LS said it much more succinctly)

Yeah it's really hard...

With regard to the wars & "foreign policy" stuff - he's young enough to not really have much of a sense yet of what gov't does (especially in that area) - so I'm trying to give a clear-eyed sense of things, without entirely dwelling on the negative (b/c that feels wrong too, and I don't want him to feel hopeless or cynical). For a sophisticated adult, it naturally feels like anything you may say comes with a caveat or counter-example; but I don't want to keep going down rabbit-holes with an 8-year-old... I feel you have to find a way to address a few basic themes and be truthful without overburdening him.

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:33 (two months ago) link

Yes, that is a huge part of it - it's not always that I want to shelter kids from harsh truths, but harsh truths inherently have a lot of nuance, and often that level of complexity is beyond them.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:38 (two months ago) link

and I'm not that cynical a person either - if anything I probably reflexively focus on the "good side" too much - but I'm wary of "indoctrinating" him too far in either direction, before he's able to learn & think about this stuff for himself... especially around topics that have huge bodies of historical scholarship and competing theories around basic points, or whatever.

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:41 (two months ago) link

I try to end conversations like that with what we do to help eg. “and that’s why I volunteer at a food bank” or “and that’s why it’s important to speak up when we see people being treated unfairly” or “and that’s why it’s important to buy things that aren’t made of plastic” or whatever. I don’t know if it helps the 7-y-o to end on a note of hope but it makes me feel better about having these soul-crushing discussions.

Madchen, Thursday, 24 June 2021 17:50 (two months ago) link

I like that - kind of the positive version of the George Bluth Sr. thing.

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Thursday, 24 June 2021 17:55 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

“j cole is an o.g.”

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 July 2021 07:34 (two months ago) link

I think my kid is a boomer in training—
We were listening to a Billie Eilish song on the car radio
“Why isn’t she really singing? Why is she just mumbling? She’s probably scared to sing loud because she has a bad voice. Why do they let people who can’t sing on the radio? I don’t want to listen to music. Can we listen to the news?”

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Saturday, 17 July 2021 18:40 (two months ago) link

My kid said the other day that he thinks “rock music” is “the worst kind of music”…

I would chalk this up as a failure as a parent, but I already know he’s not going to be a music head (which is fine by me).

aging goth couple™ (morrisp), Saturday, 17 July 2021 18:43 (two months ago) link

tell yr kid to meet me in the parking lot >:(

lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 17 July 2021 18:48 (two months ago) link

Ha ha!

aging goth couple™ (morrisp), Saturday, 17 July 2021 19:06 (two months ago) link

Now he just told me (in the car), “We don’t want to listen to your middle-aged man music!”

(ironically, this meant swapping a R&B playlist for “Octopus’s Garden”)

Max Ice (morrisp), Saturday, 24 July 2021 17:04 (one month ago) link

lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 July 2021 17:12 (one month ago) link

irony not identified

mark s, Saturday, 24 July 2021 17:20 (one month ago) link

"did you know that glenn danzig is 66 years old?"

joygoat, Sunday, 25 July 2021 14:44 (one month ago) link

My friend overhears his daughter playing:

"In THIS hairdressers we can make you bald in one minute"

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 15:17 (one month ago) link

My 23-month/old daughter keeps saying “I love you p…” (my real name starts with p) and then she takes a pause and says “…pigeons”

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 7 August 2021 20:19 (one month ago) link

psych

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 August 2021 20:32 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

My kid (the older one) asked if “one dog can marry another dog if they’re not owned by the same person”

[stroking chin emoji]

Shallot Shortage 2021 (morrisp), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 00:56 (four weeks ago) link

surely a matter for the courts to decide

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 03:02 (four weeks ago) link

Yesterday, I walked into a little country town via the church graveyard. There was a family of three among the stones and I heard the little girl say, to what I assume was her dad, 'how can you fall asleep forever, daddy?' A look passed between me and the dad, somewhere between 'how in the hell do I answer that?' and 'help!' but I figured this one was for him and kept going.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 07:01 (four weeks ago) link

woooof

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:27 (four weeks ago) link

My 3 yr old niece has been raised in a trilingual household.

We're looking at a picture book together:

Me (pointing at a picture of a sock): What's that?

Niece (clearly trolling): A rucksack

Me: Very funny. I think you know that's a sock. How do you say sock en Español?

Niece: Paco!

(Later)
Me: Teach me how to count en Español because I don't know it very well. I know it goes Uno, dos, tres...

Niece (clearly tired of my inane line of questioning): Quattro, cinquo, PACO!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 09:10 (four weeks ago) link

lol

peace, man, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 11:26 (four weeks ago) link

When my daughter was somewhere between 2 and 3 probably we went to the Cloisters, a castle that was transplanted to New York City and we walked in a room that had a bunch of ancient caskets of knights and whatnot and Opal just yelled out "look they're all sleeping!" and I said "yes, sleeping".

dan selzer, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 12:25 (four weeks ago) link

When my sister was around the same age we went to Shaw's Garden (Missouri Botanical Garden) in St. Louis. There is a mausoleum and tomb for the garden's founder, Henry Shaw:

https://i1.wp.com/discoverandshare.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/henry-shaw-mausoleum-e1507058518410.jpeg?fit=1194%2C1200&ssl=1

My sister was informed that Shaw was dead, and this was his tomb. She processed that information, then said: "Okay, but... why did they paint him white?"

subpoena colada (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:11 (four weeks ago) link

We watched the 1978 Superman movie the other night. There's a scene where a bunch of pedestrians crowd around a window to watch Superman on a tv screen. My son says, "A long time ago, when they made this, people didn't have televisions in their houses. If they wanted to watch tv they had to stand in the street outside a store."

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:10 (three weeks ago) link

I'm now trying to think when the last time was that I saw an electronics store which just had a bunch of tvs in the display that anybody could watch from the sidewalk, or indeed if I ever saw one outside of a movie or tv show.

silverfish, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:53 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, no kidding.

I mean, it must've been something to see at midnight when all the TVs played the national anthem and then turned into static.

pplains, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

Would surely have turned them all off when the shop closed at 5pm?

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:39 (three weeks ago) link

In the movies, it seems like the crowd shows up after hours!

pplains, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:41 (three weeks ago) link

If the TVs at the TV store weren't on, you had to find that dive where they always had a TV behind the bar tuned into the news - then you had to tell the bartender to turn it up so you could hear the story that would advance the plot for you.

BrianB, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:54 (three weeks ago) link

Geezer alert! Having a tv turned on in the display window of the small shop on main street actually was a thing for a while, back when televisions were still full of vacuum tubes. When I was very young I actually remember accompanying my dad on a Saturday morning to a small shop that had a "tube tester".

When your television abruptly stopped working you had to open the back, remove a variety of tubes, put them into a paper sack and go plug them into the tester to see which one(s) had gone bad. Then you asked a man at a counter, who'd disappear into the stock room and come back with a tube of the right type, of which there were hundreds, all identified only by a stock number that differentiated them by plug-type, size, and other technical characteristics. Then you'd bring the paper bag home, put all the tubes back in, turn it on and hope it worked.

Superman originated in the vacuum tube era, so the mid-80s movies were a bit self-consciously anachronistic.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:07 (three weeks ago) link

NERVOUS MAN: "Hey, bartender! Turn up that volume, will ya?"

BARTENDER *slowly looks at TV and then back at NERVOUS MAN*

BARTENDER: "It's 2005! Can't you read the captions like everyone else?"

pplains, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:38 (three weeks ago) link


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