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Pleasant Plains, Sunday, 4 November 2007 03:41 (ten years ago) Permalink




Abbott, Sunday, 4 November 2007 03:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh god, a whole Wikipedia section on Mypos:

Mypos is the fictional island country which Balki Bartokomous is from. Its exact location is never specifically stated, but it is clearly modeled on the Greek Isles and so is presumably located near Greece in the Aegean, Ionian or Mediterranean seas. It has some customs which are unusual by American standards. In one episode Balki wears a traditional necklace that is in the shape of the island, which resembles Cyprus.

Mypos neighbors the also fictional island of Skeptos to the west and the fictional island of Pathos to the east. Together the three islands form the Tri-Island Area.

Cuisine includes:

* Halkidiki: A Myposian travel food which consists of milk, eggs, flour, honey, and goat spleen set out at room temperature until it gets that "little green fur" (as Balki described it).
* Booglie muzacman: Pig bladder stuffed with cheese.
* Dingding makhmud: Pig snout with saffron.
* Bibbibabka: A Myposian delicacy which must be prepared very carefully or it will explode. As Balki puts it, "If you don't make the bibbibabka in the traditional Myposian way, The bibbi in the babka... goes boom." Balki has a mnemonic device to aid in the preparation of bibbibabka in the form of a song (to the tune of "Limbo Rock"): "When you're rolling out the dough, just make sure you roll it slow. If you make the dough too quick, bibbibabkas make you sick...", etc.

Customs include:

* At bed time: in the middle of the day, someone rings a bell, and each person lies down to take a nap wherever they happen to be. On Mypos when it is a person's birthday, the person whose birthday it is gives presents to other people.

Misc facts:

* The king of Mypos was King Ferdinand, who was king until 1991. It is not known when he became king, but it was prior to 1986. After King Ferdinand died in 1991, the queen of Mypos was Queen Cookie. The royal family of Mypos were the only people on the island who had indoor plumbing.

* From the episode "The Lottery", if Balki won the jackpot he would pay off the Mypos national debt of $635.

* According to Balki, Mypos has only one phone on the entire island, located in the country's single 7-11 store. ("But it has Call Waiting.")

* The national sport of Mypos is long-distance spitting.

* In the episode "Ladies and Germs," it is established that Mypos has developed a cure for the common cold, a horrible-tasting potion brewed from herbs and fish parts. Balki makes the potion for Larry, who has a cold. But Larry drinks too much of the potion and falls asleep for three days.

* Other than during the opening credits when Balki waved goodbye, Mypos was only shown in one episode "Citizenship" in Season 7. Including convincing the travel agent that there was such a country, Larry traveled there to convince Balki's mother that her son, who had become a U.S. citizen, was happier back in Chicago.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 05:17 (ten years ago) Permalink


Warner Home Video will release the first and second seasons on a four-disc DVD set in Region 1 for the very first time on February 18, 2008.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 05:24 (ten years ago) Permalink


In the German dubbing, Balki was said to be an actual Greek and Mypos a Greek island. Even the show was called Ein Grieche erobert Chicago (A Greek captures Chicago), and in the opening credits Balki said that he became bored with his sheep in Greece, so he went to America to visit his cousin.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 05:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm sorry, the title in America so should have been A Greek Captures Chicago. It would still be running today.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 05:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it "captures" as in "beguiles", or...

roxymuzak, Sunday, 4 November 2007 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

A Greek Seduces Chicago

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 05:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Chicago Gets Greeced Up

latebloomer, Sunday, 4 November 2007 06:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Perfect Strangers - The Complete First and Second Seasons

On DVD tomorrow!

svend, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 00:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Holy shit, the man's gonna have so many more reasons to hate my Netflix abuse! (Yesterday we got "Little Monsters" and a docu called "God Told Me To" about murderers, neither of which I remember even putting on the q, let alone moving to the top.)

Abbott, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 00:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

I can't sink any dollars into this, but someone out there please tell me that the episode guide descriptions actually fit the episodes. I just need to know.

Mackro Mackro, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 03:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh, they do, but in a really saccharine way. Like how a Library of Congress summary fits a novel.

Abbott, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 05:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

The first guy I dated, pretty much the only reason I came to his house is because he had some Perfect Strangers episodes he'd taped as a kid.

Abbott, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 05:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Thank god, the Balki B video is still on YouTube for instant roffles, so to repost:


Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 August 2008 18:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

My brother just emailed me:

I remembered that perfect strangers is on AOL TV. At least some episodes. So I decided to see if that second episode of their winter expedition and cabin avalanche was on there. Of course the episode is not on there but the first part is! Will we EVER find out what really happened? Will I ever forgive mom and dad for taking us from grandma's house the one time it actually comes on tv? What awful torture must I bear?!

I knew you could sympathize. Thanks. I love you!


P.S. For torture inducing memories, the first episode is here: http://video.aol.com/video-detail/perfect-strangers-snow-way-to-treat-a-lady-part-1/355878549

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Thursday, 16 July 2009 18:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Being robbed of watching that second episode has been a lifelong grudge we both share.

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Thursday, 16 July 2009 18:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh good, Balki B video link still works.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 July 2009 18:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

This is the greatest thing ever.


Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:23 (five years ago) Permalink


just to sing the song

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:29 (five years ago) Permalink

oh there are some shitty entries on the dream board

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

quality video game

lag∞n, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

dammit, beaten by minutes!

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

lolling at the tri-island area

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

beaten by an hour actually

polyphonic, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't cotton on to catching stars til about halfway through, I was too busy singing

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:46 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

We've had a few Wikipedia links above but anyway, a further celebration:


Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 March 2013 23:27 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Oh Balki

Ned Raggett, Friday, 29 March 2013 17:07 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 20 February 2014 22:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Who they?

Tuomas, Friday, 21 February 2014 13:55 (three years ago) Permalink

tuomas if there was an embed for getting a thread to slap someone in the face i would paste it in below even if it inadvertently slapped everyone else who loaded this thread in the face because then it would also slap you in the face for asking such a fundamentally dense question about the very thread in which you were asking it, my gawd

j., Friday, 21 February 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

why would tuomas even click on this thread?

*plop* son (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 21 February 2014 16:36 (three years ago) Permalink

^zen koan

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 21 February 2014 16:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Because it had a weird title and I was trying to understand what it was about. I read the first 10 posts or so, but I still didn't get it. Who is cousin Larry?

Tuomas, Friday, 21 February 2014 16:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Hey Tuomas, I don't know if you use Chrome, but if you do you can right-click on any pic in the world and click "Search google for this image", which will usually tell you what you're looking at.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 21 February 2014 17:13 (three years ago) Permalink

or you could just type "Cousin Larry" into Google

sent as gassed to onto rt dominance (DJP), Friday, 21 February 2014 17:58 (three years ago) Permalink

i gotta say those two have aged pretty well, it's been like 25 years

Nhex, Friday, 21 February 2014 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

mark linn baker looks like Larry David

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 21 February 2014 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Dancing In The Moonlight

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 21:28 (one week ago) Permalink

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