6. QAnon, Nail Clippers, Jessica Rabbit

We add QAnon, nail clippers and the animated character Jessica Rabbit to the List of Every Damn Thing.

Phil and Jake continue their quest to assemble the List of Every Damn Thing by ranking the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, nail clippers, and Jessica Rabbit (from Who Framed Roger Rabbit).

SHOW NOTES:
  • The meditation app that Jake was using just before rolling his ankle is Headspace.
  • We mention Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys. He said a lot of things that stick with us, but the one that sticks the most is “If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense."
  • Jake references an article from The Atlantic entitled The Prophecies of Q, in which author Adrienne LaFrance provides a great brief history, summary and analysis of the QAnon movement.
  • Direct energy weapons are currently a big preoccupation, maybe because of the fires in CA? Here's a video of irrefutable proof of #dew.
  • Microchip brain implants are pretty commonplace nowadays.
  • #Synlight - We don’t even want to write this stuff out because it gives oxygen to the thing, but people believe the sun that we see in the sky every day is not the real sun. Read the comments here; it’s unclear how many people are joking. 
  • A 2019 FBI memo identified QAnon and related conspiracy theories as a threat to national security, citing as evidence (among other things) the Springfield, Illinois and Hoover Dam stories mentioned by Jake.
  • In the 1980s G.I. Joe comics, Springfield, Illinois was the headquarters of COBRA, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.
  • Biff from Back to the Future II was explicitly meant to be living a Trump-like life. The idea when writing the sequel was “What does a dolt like Biff think a successful life looks like?”
  • Phil mentions the vegetarian food brand Loma Linda, which was formerly owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church but was sold in 1990 to a company that has no apparent religious affiliation.
  • Jake & Phil both kind of got the Know-Nothings wrong. The Know-Nothings' name came from them meeting in secret and denying knowing anything. They’re actually more similar to the Tea Party or QAnon than we’d thought, as they were rooted in conspiracy theories about Catholic immigrants.
  • Phil is banned from discussing the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not fingernail guy at home.
  • Jake mentioned that Jessica Rabbit's breasts have opposite physics. Director Robert Zemeckis said “What never really works in animation is the Prince and the Princess, because you can't exaggerate humanoids because they start to look too grotesque. The Dwarves always work good, and animals always work good. So I said 'how can we make Jessica sexy and sensual and all of that and still be toon-y and not just be stiff as a cartoon character'. And Richard, or Russell - I can't remember now - came up with the idea of reversing her actual anatomic movement. So, in other words, when a normal woman's breasts would bounce down Jessica's bounced up as she took a step. And it's so subtle, but it just works like gangbusters. She moves very impossibly as far as human anatomy is concerned but it works because it's very toon-y.” It’s such a strange idea but really makes sense, they couldn’t distort the proportions any further so they just made her move in an unnatural way.
  • It looks like the Los Angeles freeway construction conspiracy that inspired Who Framed Roger Rabbit was more of a failure of public policy than a coordinated campaign to sabotage streetcars. The water wars that inspired Chinatown were a real thing.
  • Tex Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood is a true masterpiece.
ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
Jeffrey Epstein * Pizzagate * Hank Williams, Jr. * Jenny McCarthy * Kathleen TurnerGadget from the Rescue RangersDisney’s Robin Hood * furries * Zootopia

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

1. Prince (person)
2. Hank Williams (person)
3. air (element)
4. intro to Back That Azz Up (music)
5. nail clippers (tool)
6. land (element)
7. Jessica Rabbit (fictional character)
8. crows (animal)
9. sea (element)
10. coffee (beverage)
11. national debt (idea)
12. band t-shirts (clothing)
13. lightning rounds (idea)
14. generation ships (idea)
15. sardines (food)
16. Tommy Bahama shirts (clothing)
17. blood (substance)
18. Oreos (food)
19. sports team jerseys (clothing)
20. Josta (beverage)
21. Gambit (fictional character)
22. Surge (beverage)
23. Double Stuf Oreos (food)
24. Jenny McCarthy (person)
25. Hank Williams Jr. (person)
26. QAnon (idea)

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The theme song for this episode is by Jade Puget.

Podcast cover art by Jason Mann.

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