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Dollop of Whipped Cream
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I've had this conversation with multiple people over the past several years, which makes me curious. How many of us who grew up in the 90s (at least 80% of the boards) owe most if not all our knowledge of literary classics to a spotted mutt on PBS?

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For the love of God, that is wrong with you? Can't you understand that we have to stop the spamming? All the useless topics and pointless remarks must end now. Why, you ask? Just because.

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Dollop of Whipped Cream
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I'm not just spamming. I truly want to know. I have heard the line "I past the English test from what I remember on Wishbone" many, many times. Besides, you're too old to understand. :P

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That dog never did a damn thing for me. I passed school thanks to Oregon Trail and AoE. The amount of times I wrote about things that happened to me in those games and passed them off as pure history is incredible.
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Hello? Foreign here. I've never heard of it, but sounds useful. :P

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Originally written by nannanannannnanaa:

Hello? Foreign here. I've never heard of it, but sounds useful. :P
Typical cartoon fare. It's what people do when they can't be bothered to read to their children. Or can't read, which is a very likely possibility in the United States.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


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Dollop of Whipped Cream
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Originally written by Salmon:

Typical cartoon fare. It's what people do when they can't be bothered to read to their children. Or can't read, which is a very likely possibility in the United States.
Actually, it was a live-action show. Anyway, what parents read Charles Dickens to their children? :P

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We've done worse things like reading Winnie the Pooh in Latin, Asterisk too. It was fun, believe me, and a good exercise as well.

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Totane? Minime!

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Amazing. I actually got that!

Although admittedly, it was easy to tell the context.

Edit: Even more amazing! The thread Salmon linked to was back when Polaris was hosted by Lady J!

[ Wednesday, November 01, 2006 02:27: Message edited by: Robert Daniel Oliver ]

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Perhaps I don't meet your definition of growing up in the 90's, which cover ages 7-18 for me, but I've never even heard of Wishbone.

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Wishbone was the best. Too bad he died recently.
I had all the books and I still have a stuffed version. And there's that action figure in my closet.

Asterix is the best foreign comic ever. I've only read one, but I need more.

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I could claim prolapse of the memory, but I was thinking of Clifford. And yes, my parents and grandparents did read Dickens, Twain, and other classics aloud to us children. It was (of the day) considered good practice both for the reader and the listener.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


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Mr. Dressup FTW!!!

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I don't remember where I've heard of Wishbone, but I have. I can't vote, though, because I have no opinion. I never made a choice not to watch the show, but I didn't (and still don't) watch television in general.

—Alorael, who supposes that his decision will have to depend on how much the show butchered great literature and how much it presented it faithfully but in a way that could appeal to a younger audience. Judging by Wikipedia, it at least stayed away from the former.
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Mr Dressup was pretty good, as I recall. I heard that in the show's later years, they actually killed Casey. It was a kids' show, a little kids' show. And Casey was a little puppet boy, in an otherwise live action show. He lived in a tiny little treehouse, with a puppet dog named Finnigan. And they had him die somehow. Yeesh.

That's some negative capability.

EDIT: It appears I was misinformed. According to Wikipedia, they just gradually eased Casey and Finnigan out of the show, so that kids would not have to deal with their sudden departure or change when their longtime puppeteer retired. Sort of thing you have to deal with in a show that runs every weekday for very nearly 30 years. Now I feel a lot better, actually.

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Originally written by Alorael:

I never made a choice not to watch the show, but I didn't (and still don't) watch television in general.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


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Wishbone? Bah. Reading Rainbow all the way!

Just take a look!
It's in a book!
Reading Rainboooooow!

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We remember Wishbone!!! And some other people!!! And the thirty million other people who watched it!!!

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Hmm. Wishbone did have a large effect on -X-'s reading, but mainly because of the books, not the show. -X- also remembers long, tortured hours watching Reading Rainbow in school *-X- shudders*.

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I watched Wishbone. I don't really know why. It wasn't all that good, actually, and once they added a bunch of new characters, it was terrible. I never watched Reading Rainbow (probably because I was never home in time to catch it).

Dikiyoba remembers watching some other reading show, though. Something featuring a white van with a happy face on the side of it. Anyone know the name of it?
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I heard of it, but never watched it. Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street (before it became stupid) for the win!

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I had never heard of it before. I have watched Clifford though and Dragon Tales. I once saw 5 full minutes of the Teletubbies before running away in disgust, seriously.
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Reading Rainbow is what I recall. In Wisconsin, they created this thing called Storylords too which was awesome.

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