23. Popeye, Ducks, Shakira, Seedless Watermelon, The Truman Show, No-Show Socks

We add Popeye (the sailor man), ducks, Shakira, seedless watermelon, the movie The Truman Show, and no-show socks to the List of Every Damn Thing.
Phil and Jake go into rapid-fire mode and expand the List of Every Damn Thing by ranking the Popeye, ducks, international pop sensation Shakira, seedless watermelon, the 1998 Jim Carrey film The Truman Show, and no-show socks.

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  • Robert Altman’s 1980 Popeye movie might not be for everyone, but we love it. Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall are perfect as Popeye and Olive Oyl; it’s hard to believe Williams was the second choice (after Dustin Hoffman) and Duvall the third choice (after Lily Tomlin and Gilda Radner). In our discussion, Jake inaccurately claims that Poopdeck Pappy is played by Burgess Meredith, probably because the character reminds him so much of Mickey from the Rocky movies. The role of Pappy was actually played to a tee by Ray Walston (aka My Favorite Martian). Bluto is played by Paul L. Smith. The movie’s soundtrack by Harry Nilsson is delightful.
  • Burgess Meredith, by the way, is also known for being a world-class stickman.
  • Phil searched for documentation on the place in India where Popeye is the most popular movie. He thinks he read it in a Spy magazine in the 80s. He’s asked some experts on Quora and we’ll update you, loyal listener, on our social media if there are any developments.
  • The Popeye comic strip by E.C. Segar was originally called Thimble Theatre, and revolved around Olive Oyl. Popeye didn’t appear until ten years into the series, but quickly took the spotlight.
  • Chester, Illinois is the home or Popeye. Creator E.C. Segar was born there. Phil said Missouri, but it’s right across the river. 
  • Popeye’s Chicken at Hayes & Divisadero in San Francisco featured Bluto (not Wimpy) tied to a chair. Phil looked on Google street view of the location and found pictures going back to 2008, but the mural was already gone by then. Nothing lasts forever.
  • Popeye’s song “Popeye the Sailor Man” has caused Phil some trouble over the holidays because he had it stuck in his head and his son doesn’t know the tune of it, just the words so he sings it all wrong. Kids still sing alternate versions of this!
  • Duck courtship looks really bad to humans.
  • Are geese basically big, bad ducks? Technically no; ducks and geese are both (along with swans) members of the anatidae family, and they share a common ancestry but there are some real differences between them. If you look at them though, they’re pretty much the same thing. From our experience, geese are bigger assholes than ducks. Untitled Goose Game is a 2019 video game where you play as a goose who is a nuisance in a village. It’s good!
  • The part of the Donald Duck-discourse that’s best is the “Why does he eat so much poultry?” question. His cousin even went duck hunting. There’s a lot more to discuss there than “Why doesn’t he wear pants?”
  • Jake couldn’t (easily) find anything about Shakira breaking concert attendance records in Columbia, but she did break the record for biggest concert in Mexico when she played to over 200,000 people in 2007.
  • Phil was right when he said Jake would be impressed by Shakira’s new video for “Girl Like Me”. It features Shakira on a skateboard, as well as some really cool turquoise jewelry.
  • A watermelon is indeed a berry (and a strawberry is not).

Jessica Rabbit * crows * Dolly Parton * Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” * onions * Peter Weir (director) * Targeted Individuals (TI’s) * QAnon * Trading Places * dilapidated shacks * A-shirts * toe shoes * Crocs

Below is the List of Every Damn Thing as of this episode (for the most up-to-date list, go here):

  1. Dolly Parton - person
  2. Clement Street in San Francisco - location
  3. Prince - person
  4. Cher - person
  5. Donald Duck - fictional character
  6. Hank Williams - person
  7. air - substance
  8. Watchmen - comic book
  9. onions - food
  10. “Midnight Train to Georgia” - music
  11. sex - idea
  12. ducks - animal
  13. firefighters - people
  14. Shakira - person
  15. The Three Stooges - comedy act
  16. Christmas trees - seasonal decoration
  17. Trading Places - 1983 film
  18. intro to “Back That Azz Up” - music
  19. The Truman Show - movie
  20. dilapidated shacks - structures
  21. shirtless men wearing elaborate angel wings, gold lamé shorts & furry cha-cha heels - idea
  22. plants - life form
  23. handkerchiefs - accessory
  24. nail clippers - tool
  25. rye bread - food
  26. cubed ice - substance
  27. Antoni Gaudi - architect
  28. Run the Jewels - music group
  29. Popeye - fictional character
  30. land - substance
  31. Charmander - fictional character
  32. A-shirts (aka “wifebeaters”) - clothing
  33. “Dancing Queen” - music
  34. Watchmen - TV series
  35. Jessica Rabbit - fictional character
  36. Volkswagen “Bug” - vehicle
  37. Cheech and Chong - comedy act
  38. “Tulsa Time” - music
  39. cold brew shandy - beverage
  40. Jersey Shore - location
  41. crows - animal
  42. sea - substance
  43. coffee - beverage
  44. eggs (chicken) - food
  45. Whoppers (candy) - food
  46. national debt - idea
  47. band t-shirts - clothing
  48. Crocs - clothing
  49. Ice Cube - person
  50. wind chimes - decoration / instrument
  51. moist - word
  52. Nerf guns - toy
  53. lightning rounds - idea
  54. zipper jeans - clothing
  55. generation ships - idea
  56. seedless watermelon - food
  57. sardines - animal
  58. peanut butter ice cream - food
  59. Tommy Bahama shirts - clothing
  60. no-show socks - clothing
  61. zipper jeans  worn with no underwear - situation
  62. Barry Bonds - person
  63. man-bun - hairstyle
  64. toe shoes - clothing
  65. “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” - song
  66. Watchmen - movie
  67. blood - substance
  68. Oreos - food
  69. calamari - food
  70. The Last Starfighter - movie
  71. crushed ice - substance
  72. pigeons - animal
  73. Daylight Saving Time - idea
  74. capitalism - idea
  75. sports team jerseys - clothing
  76. Josta - beverage 
  77. Gambit - fictional character
  78. Surge - beverage
  79. Double Stuf Oreos - food
  80. Jenny McCarthy - person
  81. Hank Williams, Jr - person
  82. McRib - food
  83. QAnon - idea

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