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October 30, 2000: We Can't Rewind (Day 6)
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Poll results

If only real elections were this close: out of 779 total votes, the democratically-chosen best Schoolhouse Rock of all time is Conjunction Junction, hooking up words and phrases and clauses. But with 273 votes, it was hardly a landslide.

Other strong contenders: I'm Just A Bill, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here, and Three Is A Magic Number. And bringing up the rear with less than 20 votes each, No More Kings (that's television without representation and that's not fair!), Little Twelvetoes (yeah, me too), and The Energy Blues.

And what you had to say...

"But what about..."

  • Figure Eight. "Sorry, Figure Eight was THE superior song of Schoolhouse Rock, being as it was the only one that was depressing and moody and shown to millions of children." - Eric.
  • A Victim of Gravity. - Tom Croson.
  • A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing. - kdietel.
  • Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla. - "It is my favorite." - John. Stelling; "You can't argue with Rufus Xavier Sasparilla and his rhinocerous." - Jeremy VanAntwerp.
  • Ready or Not, Here I Come. - The multiplying-by-five song, though Ben Milam knows it by the more accurate title 5, 10, 15, 20....
  • Do the Circulation. - "I notice "circulation" isn't on the poll list. Sigh. It's a great one." - Jenifer Wells.

"Y'know what..."

  • "I mean, I'm not actively stating that Grammar Rock made me become a linguist. But I'm not denying it either." - Lance Nathan.
  • "I hope you are listing choices among the 60s version of Schoolhouse Rock. The 90s artists are lame by comparison. The one who did Conjunction Junction didn't even know who Jack Sheldon was, when asked on morning TV how his version compared with the original." - H. D. Luessenheide. (Yes, he might just be who you think he is.)
  • "Did you guys know that people overseas in the military get schoolhouse rocks about 20 times a day? Since all the programming they get on their military channel is free, its' usually reruns of shows with schoolhouse rocks used as commercials." - Jenifer Wells. (And they wasted time with that "be all that you can be" crap....)
  • "You left a selection off of the new poll: 'Schoolhouse Rock? What's that?'" - David Holm

"I hanker for a hunka..."

And thanks to the folks who pointed out that the little yellow guy was named, as Kat knew, Timer! Read more about everyone's favorite thing of indeterminate species (but undeniable love of cheese) at Yesterdayland and Toon Tracker. Thanks to Rick Innis and Gabe McLain for finding these!

And if you're still hungering for Schoolhouse Rock information, may we recommend the ultimate Schoolhouse Rock portal, GXtv's Schoolhouse Rock pages. (Word up to Kip DeGraaf for the suggestion!)

As for this week

The presidential campaign is down to the wire, a neck-and-neck horse race where winner takes all and no stone is left unturned because when your nose is to the grindstone and your shoulder's to the wheel you need to put your money where your mouth is and, uh, what were we talking about again?

Anyway, we tossed together something about the news.

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