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*Strong Bad's calling the e-mail sender 'Shim Sham Sam' could be a reference to the 1960s rock and roll band [[Wikipedia:Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs|Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs]].
*Strong Bad's calling the e-mail sender 'Shim Sham Sam' could be a reference to the 1960s rock and roll band [[Wikipedia:Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs|Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs]].
*Strong Bad's "Grumblecakes" song sounds remarkably similar to the "Remix to Ignition" by R. Kelly
*Strong Bad's "Grumblecakes" song sounds remarkably similar to the "Remix to Ignition" by R. Kelly
*"Let me see you grumble down!", the last line of "Grumblecakes," is a reference to "1,2 Step" by [[Wikipedia:Ciara|Ciara]].
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Some sort of challenge buried in the GROOOUUND??

Strong Bad Email #115

Strong Bad tells us what he would put in a time capsule, to preserve his awesomeness after his death and be opened in at least X0 years.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Coach Z (Easter egg), Homestar Runner, Stinkoman, 1-Up

Places: Computer Room, Planet K

Computer: Compy 386

Date: October 4, 2004

Running Time: 3:21



STRONG BAD: Checkin' emails with a VISCOSITY since 2001, it's a Strong Bad Email.


{Strong Bad puts an extreme emphasis on the STRONG in Strong Bad, says "This, I know" after "you are extremely awesome," reads "soooo" as "sue," pronounces "you'rre" as spelled, pronounces "capsule" as "capsoole," and pronounces "X0" as "exty," as in 20X6.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Rest assured, Shim-Sham Sam, my time capsule would reign supreme. Like your hot single Mom is gonna wanna date my time capsule. So, the key to a good time capsule is it being an actual capsule. None of these shoe boxes or tennis ball cans. No. Those things are called time boxes and time tennis ball cans. {clears screen, continues typing} Those are different and lame and differently lame. And they always get dug up in about 4 days. And they're filled with uncool stuff like those leaf rubbin's {an image of leaf rubbings pops up}and current newspaper clippin's {a newspaper clipping pops up} and... toenail snippin's? {toenail snippings pop up onscreen} Anybody? {clears screen, continues typing} Anyways, I'm talking about a f'real capsule. Y'know, like a big old headache medicine. So, what kinda cool stuff should I put in there? I guess I'd throw in a cassette tape with one of my #1 jams on it. And then in the future it'd be a huge hit and they'd send all the royalties and groupies back in time to me right... {mumbles to self for a second} NOW!

{The doorbell rings. Cut to zoomed out view of Strong Bad at his computer desk.}

STRONG BAD: Holy gosh! It worked! I'm the meanest genius!

{Homestar enters holding a shoebox.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Strong Bad, hey, can I put this gross old wig in your time machine?

{Homestar produces a gross old wig from the shoebox.}

STRONG BAD: Uhhm, it's a capsule, no, and I hate you get out.


{Homestar puts the gross old wig on his face.}

STRONG BAD: Why would you want to put that nasty old thing in a time capsule anyway?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: 'Cause it's gross and nasty and old and I don't want it.

{Homestar takes the wig off and puts it on Strong Bad's floppy disk container}

STRONG BAD: It's not a trash capsule. Look, this is for cool stuff so people of the future know how cool I am.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well then I'll just make my own time box with a gross old wig in it. So all the future peoples will know I had a gross old wig!

{Homestar puts the gross old wig back in the shoebox.}

STRONG BAD: Good. Now leave.


{Homestar leaves. Cut back to Compy 386}

STRONG BAD: {typing} And I might as well spit in it, just in case they ever figure out how to make people {slight pause} from spit. Ooh! Then I'd put some dry ice in there so when they open it up it looks all smoky and steamy and it says a-like "froosh" when they first open it. There'll be no doubt about my coolty.

{Cut to the field, circa 20X6. Stinkoman is kneeling in front of a hole with dirt around his mouth}

STINKOMAN: Oh man, those first four hundred bites of dirt were not so good. Maybe the next one will be better.

{Stinkoman sticks his hand in the hole where it makes an audible clanging sound against an unseen object}

STINKOMAN: WHAAAT is this? Some sort of a challenge buried in the GROUUUND?

{Stinkoman snatches a red and white capsule out of the hole. It opens with Strong Bad saying "froosh," and a cassette tape is revealed.}

STINKOMAN: Lookie here! A power crunch!

{Stinkoman grabs the cassette and jams it into his mouth, crunching it up.}

STINKOMAN: It tastes like a #1 jam!

{Stinkoman suddenly stands up, and bulks up , making the cliché powering up sound. 1-Up walks in with the gross old wig on his head.}

1-UP: {not noticing Stinkoman's buffed up form} Hey, Stinkoman! Look what I found buried in the time box!

{Cut back to the present and the Compy 386.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Yeah, cassette tape is definitely the way to go. What could ever replace the durability of magnetic tape? Duct tape maybe. Man, I wonder when those groupies and royalties are getting here. What about right (hamina hooo) NOW! {stops typing} CRAP! OK, what about right... here it comes, just a little bit longer NOW! Ugh. This could take a while.

{The Paper comes down.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, the time is passing by, oh it's such a lovely day NOW! 5-4-3-2-1-NOW! 5-4-3-2-1-NOW! 3-2-1-NOW! 2-1-NOW! NOW! 1-NOW! NOW!

Easter Eggs

  • Clicking on "differently lame" shows a small advertisment for Coach Z Ale. Its slogan is "Differently Lame!"
  • Clicking on "big ol'headache medicine" shows a bottle of "Jobar's Big Ol' Headache Medicine." Its slogan is "Eat'em like candy!"
  • Clicking on "cassette tape" at the end lets you listen to a R&B-esque song about Grumblecakes taped over The Cheat's Cheatcakes theme song.
Intro Voice: Only liars and thieves eat Grumblecakes,
and those people go the prison
just ask the Cheaaat...{tape slows down}
STRONG BAD: Girl, I know we haven't been through a lot together.
In fact one might say we just met standing here in line at the batting cages,
but there's one thing I'm sure of already.
Let me get them Grumblecakes and please don't grumble babe,
I just need them Grumblecakes.
Ohh I'm Grumblecaking with you.
Let me get them Grumblecakes, and please don't grumble babe, I just needed them Grumblecakes.
Ohh I'm Grumblecaking with you.
I'm really going to grumble bake another batch of them Grumblecakes.
So let's raise the Grumblestakes.
Clean the yard with the Grumblerake.
Girl give me a Grumble break.
I wanna see you Grumble shake.
Don't make a grumble mistake.
Let me see you grumble down!

Fun Facts


  • The year "exty/X0" is a reference the 20X6 era. Suitably, Stinkoman shows up in a flashforward (like a flashback).
  • Viscosity is a measure of the fluid's resistance to deformation under shear stress. It is commonly perceived as "thickness," or resistance to pouring. Viscosity describes a fluid's internal resistance to flow and may be thought of as a measure of fluid friction.


  • The date on newspaper clipping, October 4, is the day this e-mail was released.
  • The newspaper clipping reads:
Oct 4. - Little Boy Saves Turtle!
"I found it in my shoe!!!"
News - A local boy known as "Geoff," found a turtle in his shoe 
and returned it to the terrarium on his desk. "His name is Slowbie, 
but now I think I'll call him Mr. Shoe." The boy's mother is very 
proud of her son. Calls to the turtle's mother were not immediately 
returned, but most agree she would be proud of Slowbie/Mr. Shoe.


  • After making fun of Sam's typos, Strong Bad proceeds to miscapitalize "Mom," which is supposed to take the lowercase after the possessive "your."
  • When Strong Bad thought the royalties came he said "holy gosh!" instead of saying his favorite phrase, "holy crap!"
  • Homestar's eyes appear to be placed closer together than usual in this email.
  • When Stinkoman opens the time capsule, the wheels of the tape are still (or already) turning.
  • Dry ice is a genericized trademark for solid carbon dioxide, which is very cold. This solid form is constantly sublimating to carbon dioxide gas, which would build up pressure in a closed container. If dry ice had been put into the capsule, then it would have popped open just a few moments after Strong Bad closed it. If the container was sealed it runs the risk of exploding if there is enough dry ice placed within. Gaseous carbon dioxide is not visible, but dry ice is indeed often used for mist effects, as Strong Bad points out: this is because the cold temperature causes water vapour to condense in its vicinity. After X0 years, though, the dry ice will have all heated up and turned to gas, so it would not have the effect shown in the flashforward.
  • The time capsule and box were found on Planet K, which may hint that Planet K is the future version of Free Country USA, and not a separate planet.
  • 1936 Strong Bad effectively left a time capsule for Strong Bad by enclosing half his mustache in a letter (see flashback Easter egg). To date, Strong Bad hasn't been seen with this envelope or the mustache.

Inside References

  • Homestar Runner's Time Box is a Freshley's shoe box, the same one he wore on one of his feet in "anything."
  • The turtle featured in the newspaper clipping is the same one used in new hands.
  • Stinkoman is willing to eat dirt as he was in Under Construction.
  • Slowbie is probably a reference to 2 years, when Strong Bad calls The Cheat a "slowbie."
  • The time capsule looks an awful lot like the The Isle of Pom.
  • Strong Bad sounds like Senor Cardgage when he mumbles.
  • The hole in the ground is the exact same shape as the one that will be in Strongbadia 2 years from when the email 2 years was written.

Real-World References

  • Stinkoman's huge, buff form is a reference to Broly's Legendary Super Sayian transformation, seen in a few Dragon Ball Z movies.
  • "Jobar" is the name of a large monster from Tuareg mythology.
  • Strong Bad's calling the e-mail sender 'Shim Sham Sam' could be a reference to the 1960s rock and roll band Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs.
  • Strong Bad's "Grumblecakes" song sounds remarkably similar to the "Remix to Ignition" by R. Kelly

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