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[edit] Requested Fun Facts

[edit] Grammar Songs

Can someone gather the musical knowledge of the HRWiki users and list all the real-world songs parodied by SB's grammar songs? I'm sure that all of them are parodies of real songs; it would be exactly the kind of thing TBC would do.

[edit] Closed STUFF

[edit] Scalawag

"Scalawag" may possibly be a reference to a Calvin and Hobbes strip in which Calvin and Hobbes sing the "Very Sorry Song" :

(Calvin) "I'm sorry, so sorry I took your precious flaaaaag"
(Hobbes) "Just don't do it again you scurvy scalawaaaaaag"
  • Revise Maybe "The fact that SB ends the song with the word scalawag..." DeadGuyPerez
  • Decline. Maybe it is a C & H reference. Maybe it's a reference to Southerners who supported Reconstruction. Maybe TBC just liked the sound of the word and thought it would be funny. -- tomstiff 05 Apr 2005
  • Decline. Geez, I already deleted this one! Scalawag is just a word. C&H didn't invent it. This is a huge stretch. Aurora the Homestar Coder 13:10, 5 Apr 2005 (MDT)
  • Decline I don't need to explain this, do I? Dasrik 14:31, 5 Apr 2005 (MDT)
  • Decline Calvin and Hobbes is a good comic strip, but as with the STUFF below, it is too obtuse to be called a reference to it. (Was this written by the same person as the one below?) --acekirby13 18:36, 5 Apr 2005 (MDT)
  • Declination Jackson So they just happen to have used the same word, and it's a reference? Not bloody likely. Besides, any fun fact with the words "may possibly be" should be burned instantly. With fire. Rudeboy87 20:01, 5 Apr 2005 (MDT)
  • Decline The word scalawag has been around much longer than Calvin and Hobbes. --Úħ¡ βøв 14:51, 6 Apr 2005 (MDT)
    • Second --Trogga 16:59, 7 Apr 2005 (MDT)
  • Buleeted It's a word! OWIE!

[edit] Rhythm n' STUFF

The title of Strong Bad's grammar CD, Rhythm n' Grammar, is a play on the musical style "rhythm and blues".

Posted on: 01:18, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
Closed: 07:09, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

VERDICT: This item was declined, 16–13. The votes and arguments have been moved to HRWiki:STUFF/Archive/local news.

[edit] SB making fun of Coach Z... again.

The sportscaster card says "sportscarster," and spelling mistakes are atypical for Strong Bad.

I submit that this is Strong Bad poking fun at Coach Z's accent again. - KieferSkunk 18:01, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

Another possibility, but one I think is less likely: The term "sportscarster" looks like "sports car-ster" - as in, a person who does something with sports cars. - KieferSkunk 18:05, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Meteorologist Tire

This may be nitpicky too much, but personally I think it would be worth noting that by calling the Tire a meteorologist, then that implies it holds a degree in meteorology. The general convention is that if a weatherman/woman/thing has a B.S. in meteorology, they're a meteorologist, and if they do not, they're a weather presenter (this has an example of the differences in the two). Just a word of thought as to the ... um, biography(?) of the Tire. (I only bring this up since, even though this is Free Country, USA and not the real world, things like the learner's permit/driver's license, for example, have been accepted in the past. And also because I'm a budding meteorologist.) Spell4yr 18:54, 6 November 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Rhythm N' Grammar

The title of Strong Bad's grammar cd, rhythm n' grammar, is possibly a refrance to rhythm and blues, the predecessor to rockabilly and rock and roll, strongly influenced by jazz and jump music.

Thank you, anonymous. May I point upwards?--Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 02:20, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Grammatical error on CD cover

Ohhh... If it's an abbreviation of "and" it's "apostrophe-n-apostrophe"
But Strong Bad spelled it without the first apostrophe... scalawag.--Jnelson09 20:33, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

No, that's not correct. An abreviation for and would be N'. No more arguements over it. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 04:09, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Rhythm nd Grammar? I don't think so. N' n' t' b' a j' --J' 22:31, 24 February 2007 (EST)

[edit] ITS song tune

What's the ITS song tune? It was used in Bugs Bunny cartoons IIRC. Can't think of the title. Music geeks, help! Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 09:23, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Well, it's very widely used. Yeah, I heard it in one of those old-timey cartoons, but I've also heard it in several other places. I don't really know.--Jnelson09 03:27, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Hmm. I only knew it from Bugs Bunny. Were the other places other WB works? If the tune was a part of their library, that would make sense. Nyperold 17:00, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

99 bottles of beer ('scuse me, I mean cold ones) on the wall? So makey outy 04:15, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Not a bad guess... not bad at all... --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 02:22, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Piano Man

The "And I Don't Care How They Spell Things On the Internet" song sounds noticeably similar in melody to the song Piano Man by Billy Joel. A reference, perhaps?

[edit] Rivalry?

The bolded part was removed with what i think is good reason, but was shortly replaced saying that the real-world reference needs an explanation. I don't think so. First of all, i don't even know what that's supposed to mean. Secondly, I think the joke is merely that he can't pronounce Tallaha... Tasalana... that place... so he says the name of a city near it. I don't think there's any reason to mention the football rivalry. I think the unbolded part deserves a reworded place in explanations rather than real-world refs. Thoughts? — Defender1031*Talk 22:58, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Unless we think the football connection is intentional, I don't see why this would be noteworthy in the article at all. — It's dot com 05:46, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Well then, i'll remove it. — Defender1031*Talk 17:16, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've always assumed it was in fact deliberate, especially considering that Matt Chapman went to Florida State. I'd think it'd be pretty hard for him to put that "correction" into the email without thinking of the rivalry. Heimstern Läufer 02:16, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

Given that I'm a student at the University of Florida, and I'm currently sitting in my apartment in Gainesville, RIGHT NOW, I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Tallahassee and Gainesville are not, in fact, close by to each other. The cities are several hundred miles apart. Funny SBEmail, though. :D --Lumpydog 13:13, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

[edit] Sportscarster

Several places seem to claim "sportscarster" is a misspelling of "sportscaster," but isn't it a blending of the words "sportscaster" and "sportscar," almost portmanteau-style? --TimMierz 16:00, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Makes sense. - 19:12, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

[edit] Removed a bunch of stuff

I removed a bunch of stuff. Here are my itemized reasons:

"The World in Crisis" is making fun of the fact that most news stations always start off by telling you about the most interesting news story and keep you waiting to see it for a long time.

Explains the joke.

The Cheat says that he didn't mention any roads, which may have been out of necessity—there are no known roads in Free Country, USA.

I thought about removing everything up to the em dash, but then I remembered there's a path in Tis True, Pom Pom, Tis True.

The sportscaster card says "sportscarster", an unusual spelling mistake for Strong Bad.

The DVD commentary makes it clear this was intentional, and several people above have suggested it's a play on "sports car".

When The Cheat comes back down from being thrown up in the air, Strong Mad almost instantly grunts and The Cheat shoots back up. This could mean that Strong Mad is not throwing The Cheat very high up in the air.

Unnecessary speculation. The real reason probably has more to do with the pacing of the toon being more important than physics.

Since almost immediately after Strong Mad's sportscast, he is heard throwing The Cheat in the air in the field, either The Classroom is very close to the field or Strong Mad ran very quickly. Or it's not live.

We have three explanations listed for something that's ultimately a pacing issue. Not notable.

It is ironic that one of Strong Bad's songs in the Easter Egg talks about spelling out the whole word, while the title of his CD is "Strong Bad's Rhythm n' Grammar."

This is a stylistic abbreviation, which is completely different from the kind of abbreviations Strong Bad is talking about ("UR 2 KUL 4 ME", etc.).

Strong Bad's songs are most likely making fun of Schoolhouse Rock, an educational cartoon that teaches children subjects such as multiplication, grammar, history, etc.

Most likely? I don't think it's necessarily making fun of any one specific kind of educational song, but rather educational songs in general. And maybe not even that—sometimes things are just funnier when expressed in song. — It's dot com 16:41, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

[edit] The ITS song

The ITS song seems to be based on the "Happy Happy Birthday" song. StarFox 19:26, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

It's close but not exact. The melody goes down on the second "happy" where it stays on the same note for "supposed to be possessive." They are similar otherwise, but I wouldn't go so far as to say one was based on the other. — It's dot com 20:45, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
For some reason this particular song was difficult to find, but I'm guessing this is the song being referred to. It does seem very similar, and I did have a strange sense of déjà-vu hearing the melody of the ITS song, but I assumed it was just because it was a generic melody for traditional or children's songs. DEI DAT VMdatvm center\super contra 16:32, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Better version perhaps. I have also always felt like the tune of the ITS song was familiar but could never place it. Now that StarFox has done so, I'm like "YES! THAT!". — Defender1031*Talk 18:34, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
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