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Riff: “I Though You Were Dale!”
Source: A Grape-Nuts Commercial*
…a creepy Grape-Nuts commercial where, thanks to a slimming cereal diet, a woman can pass herself off to a chlorine-blinded teenager as his girlfriend. It is only thanks to Grape-Nuts that she can be confused with her daughter, Dale, not at all that she has chosen the same bathing suit and hairstyle. Don’t you even dare insinuate that she both encourages and enjoys the mix-up in a pathetic last grab at her lost youth. Nope. Dale’s mom has got it going on, thanks to grapey nutty fiber!
The MST3K Wiki has a great entry on “I thought you were Dale,” citing at least 15 instances in MST3K of hand-induced Dale-ing. But, if you watch the above commercial you’ll notice that the boyfriend doesn’t even touch Mrs. Burke’s hand. So what gives? Satellite News says in their FAQ that the focus on hands to trigger the line about Dale was based on a misremembrance. Before Youtube and Google, people had to rely on their fallible human memories, and a writer/writers for MST3K had conflated two commercials that were on at the same time in the early 70’s: an Ivory Soap commercial that had women with youthful hands, and that Grape-Nuts commercial. The two were mentally mashed together. Such things happen in creative endeavors.
*I didn’t find an Ivory soap commercial that had anything to do with mothers and daughters, but there was this one that had a mom pass herself off at a party with the help of a make-over, and the “creamy, young look” (ew) that Ivory soap gave her hands.
Oh, yes. The infamous “I thought you were Dale” riff, which was a mistake.
Flotsam General Store: “Our Aesthetic Will Punch You in the Face”
If you, like me, are interested in things, Flotsam General Store (a new webshop from comedians Eugene Mirman and H. Jon Benjamin) looks promising: things, designed/chosen by them, shipped to you in a sack. It’s a retail concept Mirman and Benjamin have been considering for 20 years. Said Mirman: “People will often say to us, ‘If you weren’t doing comedy or acting, what would you do?’ And I always say ‘I’d be an entrepreneur of mysterious bags.’”
If you’re skeptical of the site, which promises “a post-structural online shopping experience,” you shouldn’t be. “It is definitely real, and the products are real, and the bag is real, and everyone who orders one will get one.”
What You’ll Get
Regarding what you’ll get in your sack: It’s not easy to pin Mirman and Benjamin down at this stage. They know that the initial customers will likely be fans of their comedy work, but they want their designs to stand on their own. “We’re entering the design world, naked as a baby,” said Benjamin. “It’s not going to be, like, a Bob’s Burgers mustache.” According to Mirman, it could be made of forged steel, but it’s not a Toyota Corolla. They won’t rule anything out, although there are no wood projects currently in the works. Some of the items will be wearable. Probably.
The small mystery sack ($40) will contain approximately three items. The larger sacks, currently delayed due to manufacturing lead times, will have more. Said Mirman: “The things that will come in the bag will be somewhere between useful and interesting. People are like ‘Oh, I hope it’s a bag of sand.’ No you don’t, and neither do we want to send you sand.” What will the items be useful for? “Take it to a bar and start a party. Or a fight!” According to Benjamin, they will be “products that will leave a legacy. Something to be proud of for time immemorial.”
Once the sacks start to ship (the site launched Monday), there will be no keeping the mystery products under wraps, and the curators know that. “We aren’t sending a nondisclosure agreement as one of the three items,” said Mirman. But the bag contents will change—“like flotsam, the word”—so what one guy Instagrams won’t necessarily reflect what you’ll get if you order. Once the stuff is out there, Flotsam may offer customer favorites for sale on an individual basis, but they plan on continuing the sack sale model: “Mystery bags forever.”
The Future of Flotsam
If all goes well, Flotsam is considering launching brick and mortar stores, following a traditional path: first New York, then Tokyo, then probably Massachusetts. It’s Benjamin’s goal for Flotsam to be as big as Starbucks. Eventually “in their coffee.” For the skeptical consumer, why trust two actors with $40 to deliver on their promise of good stuff? “$40 is not a big consumer risk,” said Mirman. Added Benjamin, “Look at Maurice McDonald, who started McDonald’s. He had $40, and look what happened.” Plus, shipping is free.
Not gonna lie I totally bought one.
I’ve been waiting for someone to make this a gif
damn near 30 years ago and still relevant
Can someone show me a similarly frank conversation about rape culture in any of your progressive faves….
Aaahhhh someone has all of Oyasumi Punpun scanlated so maybe I can find the time to reread the volumes I’ve read and finally read the last few volumes…
If you’re not familiar with Oyasumi Punpun it’s very dark and psychological and frankly at times uncomfortable but that’s probably part of the reason I love it, haha I’m so glad I found this
Please keep in mind that I’m not a professional or anything!
I just took some art classes when I was younger, so these are just a few things I remember or have learned since then!
Anyways, this ‘tutorial’ is just something I made very quickly…and I’m not good at explaining or teaching.
So please don’t take this seriously lol