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All images courtesy Meriwether.
All images courtesy Meriwether.

Garble Along With Mugs Adorned With Misunderstood Song Lyrics

All images courtesy Meriwether.
All images courtesy Meriwether.

Anyone who's ever participated in a road-trip singalong or wailed next to a jukebox after three beers will probably appreciate Meriwether's line of glassware. 

The online store and gift shop, based in the Montana ski town of Whitefish, now offers stainless steel cups, emblazoned with what you may have thought were the words to your favorite songs.

All the classics are here: "Hold Me Closer Tony Danza," "There’s a Bathroom on the Right," "I’ve Got Two Chickens to Paralyze," "I Like Big Butts and a Can of Limes," and even "On a Dark Desert Highway, Cool Whip in My Hair."

"I think they have a lot of nostalgic value to people," Dan Brown, owner, graphic designer and creative director of Meriwether, tells mental_floss. He says he considered more than 50 sets of oft-mangled lyrics before settling on the 16 available.

"The songs had to be recognizable to anyone 18 to 80, and we had to laugh out loud seeing them on a mug," says Brown. Generally, songs from the ’70s and ’80s worked best.

By far, the bestseller has been "Hold Me Closer Tony Danza," leading Brown to add a complementary mug of mistaken "Tiny Dancer" lyrics, "Count the Head Lice on the Highway," as well as one inspired by Elton John: "She’s Got Electric Boobs and a Mole Hair Suit."

"There’s just something about Elton," he says. "He’s just mumbly."

You can buy the mugs here.

All images courtesy Meriwether.

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Burger King Taunts McDonald's By Offering Free Whoppers to Scary Clowns on Halloween
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The rise of the scary clown trope, fueled by movies like It and real-life pranksters, has left McDonald’s with a bit of an image problem. The fast food chain took its mascot Ronald out of the spotlight following the clown crisis of 2016, but a new promotion from Burger King proves that suppressing the colorful mascot won’t be so easy. As Food & Wine reports, Burger King is offering free Whoppers to customers who come in dressed as scary clowns on Halloween night, an apparent jab at its competitor.

On October 31, from 7 p.m. to closing time, select Burger King locations in Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles will hand out free burgers to the first 500 guests who fit the spooky description.

A video advertising the stunt shows a diverse group of creepy clowns, but their ringleader—a familiar-looking red-headed clown dressed in red and yellow—makes it clear that the trolling is intentional.

This isn’t the first time Burger King has used Halloween as an opportunity to poke fun at the golden arches. Last year, a Burger King restaurant in Queens, New York “dressed up” as the ghost of McDonald’s. Customers interested in helping the chain with its latest prank better start planning their costumes now.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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German Police Tried to Fine Someone $1000 for Farting at Them
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In Berlin, passing gas can cost you. Quite a lot, actually, in the case of a man accused of disrespecting police officers by releasing a pair of noxious farts while being detained by the police. As CityLab reports, Berlin’s police force has recently been rocked by a scandal hinging on the two farts of one man who was asked to show his ID to police officers while partying on an evening in February 2016.

The man in question was accused of disrespecting the officers involved by aiming his flatulence at a policewoman, and was eventually slapped with a fine of 900 euros ($1066) in what local media called the "Irrer-Pups Prozess," or "Crazy Toot Trial." The errant farter was compelled to show up for court in September after refusing to pay the fine. A judge dismissed the case in less than 10 minutes.

But the smelly situation sparked a political scandal over the police resources wasted over the non-crime. It involved 18 months, 23 public officials, and 17 hours of official time—on the taxpayers’ dime. Officials estimate that those two minor toots cost taxpayers more than $100, which is chump change in terms of city budgets, but could have been used to deal with more pressing criminal issues.

[h/t CityLab]

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