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What were the Brits thinking?
Topic by: IronS
Posted: June 11, 2006 - 3:21 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 20, 2006 - 11:17 AM PDT

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author topic: What were the Brits thinking?
IronS
post #1  on June 11, 2006 - 3:21 PM PDT  
WARNING! INCLUDES KIDS SHOWS THAT MAY CAUSE MAJOR DISCOMFORT OR MENTAL ANGUISH (depending on one's tolerance for horrible kid shows)!

As stated in another thread, Teletubbies totally freak me out. However, I've heard of another series that is even freakier than Teletubbies! Yes, I heard this shocking news from some dads of little kids (5 and younger) and it was corroborated by my cousin (the same one who brought Bear in the Big Blue House, a totally awesome kids show with really fun music, into my life). I've even seen a whole episode (my cousin showed it to me last night)and it's true! If you think Teletubbies as best on hallucinogens, then hold on to your mescaline (not that I condone illicit drug use) for

Boohbah

Yes, brought to life from the same outfit that did Teletubbies, Boohbah is even more strange. The show is supposed to encourage children to move (instead of sitting still like the Teletubbies). However, the Boohbahs themselves are even freakier than the Teletubbies (and I didn't even think it was possible for that to be true). Boohbahs are round fuzzy critters who look like they each have a fuzzy turtleneck (could be rolls of neck fat, I don't know) that covers their nose and mouth, leaving only their big round eyes. Their chests glow and so do their eyebrows. They come out of their pods (which look like cross-sections of figs) with a whoosh that sounds suspiciously like flatulence and fly around that way with lights all around them and such (my cousin had to cover her eyes for this portion of the show; she couldn't bear watching it). Then the Boohbahs dance around until their names are called.

The less said about the Storypeople the better.

The Boohbahs dance again and finally they go back into their fig-pods and fly off, again amidst lots of bright, flashing lights.

Well, at least Boohbah has real kids in the show, but that's about all I can say. My cousin points out that at least each episode of Teletubbies has a story/plot. Still, there are so many much, much better British kids shows like Angelina Ballerina, Microscopic Milton or Kipper, even "Bob the Builder", "The Koala Brothers", "Peppa Pig" and "Charlie & Lola" are much better.
IronS
post #2  on June 11, 2006 - 3:23 PM PDT  
So, now you know.

What I suffer through for the sake of the GC community....
woozy
post #3  on June 11, 2006 - 3:37 PM PDT  
> On June 11, 2006 - 3:23 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> So, now you know.
>
> What I suffer through for the sake of the GC community....
> ---------------------------------

Well, fortunately my second grade teacher had the sense to see sesame street and think she'd show it to her class rather than condemn it as many others did.

I'll need to see one to have an opinion, although to me the Boobahs look plastic. Teletubbies were for babies so I think they were supposed to be "weird" but Boobah's are supposed to be for 3-6, a more sophisticated audience, so it seems a little juvenile to me.

Still, gotta keep in mind Brits are different then us. More cerebral and less market oriented.

hamano
post #4  on June 11, 2006 - 3:38 PM PDT  
Well I'm glad you escaped from the dungeon or woke out of your coma or whatever... Those of us with children have had to actively avoid the Boohbah for a couple of years now. Shhh... I can hear them calling! I gotta log off now. Bye!
hamano
post #5  on June 11, 2006 - 4:56 PM PDT  
Hmmm... come to think of it, the character "Auntie" kinda reminds me of someone I know... who was it? Auntie, Auntie.... it'll come to me. Someone's Auntie... her name's on the tip of my tongue...
Ursus
post #6  on June 11, 2006 - 5:50 PM PDT  
> On June 11, 2006 - 3:23 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> So, now you know.
>
> What I suffer through for the sake of the GC community....
> ---------------------------------

SWEET... MERCIFUL... JESUS!!!

They look like Skittles with foreskin! I think that I'm gonna be sick... Those are quite possibly the FREAKIEST whatever-the-hell-they-are's that I have ever had the misfortune to witness.

I CAN STILL SEE THEM LEERING AT ME WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES!!! They are the proof of God's cruelty! ...gonna have night terrors from these freaks.

I have nothing but concern and pity for your sacrifice, IronS... which is only compounded by the stearn demeanor of your icon. I feel like such guilty shite for letting one GC'er bare the brunt... I shall toast your sacrifice this evening, IronS, repeatedly... if only to purge the visions of horror burnt into my cornea.

Ahhh... sweet liquid eases the pain.
hamano
post #7  on June 11, 2006 - 6:54 PM PDT  
You pathetic childless adults, so ignorant of the horrors of parenthood. You remind me of the Ouran Host Club guys with their attitude toward the "poor"... Like Haruhi I clench my teeth, shake my head, and shrug my shoulders at you!
Ursus
post #8  on June 11, 2006 - 7:23 PM PDT  
Bu-B-But Hammy!? THE FORESKIN!!! THE FORESKIN, HAMMY!!!

"My God; it's full of stars..."


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Perhaps DBooher is not the only non-human amoung us? ^__^
Ursus
post #9  on June 11, 2006 - 7:24 PM PDT  
And, wasn't ep. 10 funny? I thought it was rather an interesting turn for Ouran; very funny!
hamano
post #10  on June 11, 2006 - 8:27 PM PDT  
> On June 11, 2006 - 7:23 PM PDT Ursus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Bu-B-But Hammy!? THE FORESKIN!!! THE FORESKIN, HAMMY!!!

When our son was born, I was hanging out in the hallway of the maternity ward keeping an eye on him... Mao-mama was "recovering" in her private suite (Kboy was born around 2am). They swaddled the baby up and took him in this little warm room full of newborns to be weighed and stuff before being handed over to their families for good. He was fine but I could see a little girl who was crying and crying. She was okay though. They were all so tiny and CUTE! But then a gaunt Doc in surgical blues went into the room, and opened a door in the back. There was a baby-sized surgery there, and the doc put on a mask and motioned to a nurse. She put on a mask too, and picked up a baby and took him inside. They put this little tiny boy on a flat bed that had tiny velcro restraints for the wrists and ankles. They had a sheet of sterile blue paper with a window cut-out which they placed on the unsuspecting little one. The window went right over his crotchal area. The nurse focused the halogen light there, and the surgeon took these steel forceps and pinched the end of the boy's penis. He pulled and the foreskin stretched toward him... the whole thing was taut like a fat rubber band. The surgeon lifted his other hand, which held something like the kitchen shears I use to cut a chicken apart. My jaws dropped as I saw the blades of the shears close around the delicate skin, and SNIP! I could hear the baby wailing through the double glazed window, and I quickly glanced back at the other bassinets to make sure Kboy was still there with the other babies (he had a DNC... Do Not Circumcise... order attached to his clipboard). He was crying too, no doubt in sympathy for his poor ward-mate (Where was HIS dad? Probably hiding in the bathroom, covering his own shriveled member...)

I'll never forget the sight of that baby strapped to a table like a lab monkey. He was all alone, with a masked stranger who silently mutilated his tiny manhood. Someday, when you have kids, you'll see there are things much scarier than Boohbahs.
woozy
post #11  on June 11, 2006 - 8:31 PM PDT  
> On June 11, 2006 - 5:50 PM PDT Ursus wrote:
> SWEET... MERCIFUL... JESUS!!!
>
> They look like Skittles with foreskin! I think that I'm gonna be sick... Those are quite possibly the FREAKIEST whatever-the-hell-they-are's that I have ever had the misfortune to witness.
>

Now let's not react just for the sake of reaction. "Skittles with foreskin" is very clever but, c'mon, the jpg just shows some sparkly rubber spiky things. The don't look any worse than any other sparkly rubber toys that appeal to six year olds. You, that rubber bouncy ball for those who can't handle yo-yo's. Bubble sparkle stickers with soft bumpy reliefs. Those squeeze balls that remind me (and not just me) of testes. Those rubber squishy things that generate flashes when you throw them at walls, etc.

That said, I haven't seen these rubbery blobs in action and to see them as aliens they might be totally freaky but as a jpg for an ad, one can't tell. (IronS actually braved an episode; whereas you and I have only seen a jpg.)
hamano
post #12  on June 11, 2006 - 8:45 PM PDT  
Animated representations of foreskins in action.
IronS
post #13  on June 11, 2006 - 9:28 PM PDT  
For a taste of the weirdness... (and that's without the flashing lights)

If any of you have OnDemand, you can check it out (that was how my cousin showed me an episode).

To think I was sooooo fortunate as to not know of the existence of this show for such a looooong time (the kids I hang out with don't like to watch much television).
woozy
post #14  on June 11, 2006 - 10:24 PM PDT  
> On June 11, 2006 - 9:28 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> For a taste of the weirdness... (and that's without the flashing lights)
>
Okay, that's just gross. Kinda like the Grimace in McDonaldland or jelly doughnuts. I don't like squishies.

Don't think it's weird or freaky per se. Just gross. The teletubbies were weird. (I'm a fan and like the teletubbies a lot.) Of course, maybe the show is weird. Tell me about the storyboarders.
hamano
post #15  on June 11, 2006 - 11:17 PM PDT  
> On June 11, 2006 - 9:28 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> For a taste of the weirdness... (and that's without the flashing lights)

Hmm... that clip is actually pretty tame for a Boohbah routine. No full extraction/retractions of their bald little heads out of the "hoods"... no blinking, no rolling of the eyes.
Battie
post #16  on June 12, 2006 - 12:17 AM PDT  
Okay. I am never going to have sex again.

This is why I don't have children. I grew up with Barney, but by the time I was seven or eight, we all had that Barney's dead song down pat. *shudder*
hamano
post #17  on June 12, 2006 - 7:14 AM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 12:17 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I grew up with Barney

Oh, that explains a lot of things!
;-)

> but by the time I was seven or eight, we all had that Barney's dead song down pat. *shudder*

How does that go? I want to sing it. It's only wishful thinking though because there are reruns of even the oldest shows ALL THE TIME! I actually have seen some of those cast members literally "grow up with Barney"... I think there was actually one girl who grew breasts, and a boy with a fuzzy moustache. I think the "differently abled" deaf boy was on the show long enough to see the FDA approval of cochlear implants and got his hearing back (but then he was fired).

My favorite was a game mod (I was playing a Mac game called Marathon where you hunt down evil aliens, but I think there was a version for Doom as well) which turned a bunch of characters into Barneys with his trademark "Huh hooo!" laugh. You could frag Barneys right and left or lob grenades at them and they'd explode in a splash of blood and gore.
woozy
post #18  on June 12, 2006 - 10:21 AM PDT  
> My favorite was a game mod (I was playing a Mac game called Marathon where you hunt down evil aliens, but I think there was a version for Doom as well) which turned a bunch of characters into Barneys with his trademark "Huh hooo!" laugh. You could frag Barneys right and left or lob grenades at them and they'd explode in a splash of blood and gore.
> ---------------------------------

At my last job we used to play Half-Life after work and we had our modified skins. I always used Buttercup of the power-puff girls (Although occasionally I'd do the Disney Tigger). One co-worker used Bert from sesame street (he was the best player too so I learned to fear the grinning unibrowed muppet). But one coworker made the most elaborate John-Phillip Sousa skin.

Ursus
post #19  on June 12, 2006 - 10:56 AM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 7:14 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> My favorite was a game mod (I was playing a Mac game called Marathon where you hunt down evil aliens...

Ahh, Marathon... good times! My Macs of yore played more than a few rounds of that game. I get misty-eyed just thinking about it.
Battie
post #20  on June 12, 2006 - 12:40 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 7:14 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, that explains a lot of things!
> ;-)
>

Like what? My deep fear of children? My hatred of children's programming?

> How does that go? I want to sing it. It's only wishful thinking though because there are reruns of even the oldest shows ALL THE TIME! I actually have seen some of those cast members literally "grow up with Barney"... I think there was actually one girl who grew breasts, and a boy with a fuzzy moustache. I think the "differently abled" deaf boy was on the show long enough to see the FDA approval of cochlear implants and got his hearing back (but then he was fired).
> ---------------------------------

Well, I can't remember most of it. You have to know it's been at least ten years since I chanted it. Lemme think...

-Took him to the doctor and the doctor said, "Oops, Barney's dead."-

There's also something about GI Joe and tic-tac-toe in there...Which I think is how Barney accidentally gets shot. LoL.

I actually kinda wonder where that came from. I never saw it on tv, I simply picked it up from a classmate. So where'd they get it? Who originally "wrote" it?
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