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11th Oct '17 12:34:26 PM Briguy52748
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* The opening to at least one episode of ''[[American Country Countdown]]'' during the Don Bowman-era has the host blowing a raspberry. This was likely an episode from 1975, when several episodes had CouchGag-style openings.

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* The opening to at least one episode of ''[[American Country Countdown]]'' ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'' during the Don Bowman-era has the host blowing a raspberry. This was likely an episode from 1975, when several episodes had CouchGag-style openings.
11th Oct '17 12:33:49 PM Briguy52748
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* The opening to at least one episode of ''[[American Country Countdown]]'' during the Don Bowman-era has the host blowing a raspberry. This was likely an episode from 1975, when several episodes had CouchGag-style openings.
24th Jul '17 4:29:37 PM Briguy52748
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** The song "Telephone Rock" by Little Jerry and the Monotones, an all-Muppet (of course) band. The song is about a teenager (Jerry) who intends to spread the good times and great sounds of old-time rock and roll music over the telephone, but he and his buddies wind up harassing a telephone operator (an old spinster woman) in the process. After several warnings to quit, she makes good on a threat to call the police ... and it isn't long before an officer shows up to lock them in the telephone booth and carry them away, presumably to jail. The segment first aired in the winter of 1975, with later airings continuing through the early 1990s, and even got some minor airplay on Dr. Demento's radio programs, but surprisingly the song -- unlike others from ''Sesame Street'', either by their original Muppet performances or [[Music/TheCarpenters covers by other artists]] -- was never released as a single. [[note]]Incidentally, a follow-up (of sorts) was produced for a new Children's Television Workshop home video, "Rock & Roll!" (a compilation of classic shorts featuring musical performances from ''Street''), where the prank call from "Telephone Rock" framed the major backstory. A giddy teen-aged girl (Allison O'Reilly, best known as Gina) kept calling in requesting the song but the host (Jackman Wolf, a parody of legendary radio personality Wolfman Jack) was unable to connect her with her favorite band. Eventually, the police officer(from the original segment) physically carries the phone booth, with Jerry and his bandmates locked inside, into the radio station to corroborate their claim that they were intended as guests of his program. When Jackman indeed backs up Jerry's claims and lets them perform, the phone operator disgustedly gasps in disbelief while the police officer has no choice but to drop the charges.[[/note]]
** First aired around the same time as "Telephone Rock" in 1975 was a segment with Kermit the Frog (in his news reporter role) getting a phone call from an unnamed source claiming someone has been standing outside in a blizzard for a long time. Kermit, determined to get a juicy news story, asks passersby if they were the person the caller was referring to; all of them deny the claim, saying they've been outside just a short time. Eventually, Kermit has been outside so long he is almost (literally) buried in snow, when notorious prankster Harvey Kneeslapper admits ''he'' made the prank call and tricked Kermit into making a fool of himself.

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** The song "Telephone Rock" by Little Jerry and the Monotones, an all-Muppet (of course) band. The song is about a teenager (Jerry) who intends to spread the good times and great sounds of old-time rock and roll music over the telephone, but he and his buddies wind up harassing a telephone operator (an old spinster woman) in the process. After several warnings to quit, cease and desist, she makes good on a threat to call the police ... and it isn't long before an officer shows up to lock them in the telephone booth and carry them away, presumably to jail. The segment first aired in the winter of 1975, with later airings continuing through the early 1990s, and even got some minor airplay on Dr. Demento's radio programs, but surprisingly the song -- unlike others from ''Sesame Street'', either by their original Muppet performances or [[Music/TheCarpenters covers by other artists]] -- was never released as a single. [[note]]Incidentally, a follow-up (of sorts) was produced for a new Children's Television Workshop home video, "Rock & Roll!" (a compilation of classic shorts featuring musical performances from ''Street''), where the prank call from "Telephone Rock" framed the major backstory. A giddy teen-aged girl (Allison O'Reilly, best known as Gina) kept calling in requesting the song but the host (Jackman Wolf, a parody of legendary radio personality Wolfman Jack) was unable to connect her with her favorite band. Eventually, the police officer(from the original segment) physically carries the phone booth, with Jerry and his bandmates locked inside, into the radio station to corroborate their claim that they were intended as guests of his program. When Jackman indeed backs up Jerry's claims and lets them perform, the phone operator disgustedly gasps in disbelief while the police officer has no choice but to drop the charges.[[/note]]
** First aired around the same time as "Telephone Rock" in 1975 was a "''Sesame Street'' News Flash" segment with Kermit the Frog (in his news reporter role) getting a phone call from an unnamed source claiming someone has been standing outside in a blizzard for a long time. Kermit, determined to get a juicy news story, asks passersby if they were the person the caller was referring to; all of them deny the claim, saying they've been outside just a short time. Eventually, Kermit has been outside so long he is almost (literally) buried in snow, when notorious prankster Harvey Kneeslapper admits ''he'' made the prank call and tricked duped Kermit into making a fool of himself.himself. Harvey walks off laughing (and fortunate he avoided arrest on, at the very least, harassment charges) while Kermit is too frozen to care.
24th Jul '17 8:09:06 AM Briguy52748
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** In 1993, Gina, while working the afternoon shift at Hooper's Store, gets a harassing phone call; viewers hear only Gina's side of the conversation, but from the context, the call apparently was from someone who objected to a white girl (Gina) dating an African-American (Savion). Telly Monster is also at the store, has overheard the call and Gina becoming upset at what the caller told her, and immediately starts to get upset, wondering why some people hate others just because of their race, religion, etc. -- especially since the ''Street'' is racially mixed but everyone is friends. Gina and Savion explain and help Telly understand that there are "just some really stupid people in the world, who can't stand to see it when people of different races are friends." [[note]](They also explain a way to deal with hate calls in the future, which most people would not recommend ... BlowingARaspberry; the recommended way is to simply hang up and if the calls persist call the police.)[[/note]]

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** In 1993, Gina, while working the afternoon shift at Hooper's Store, gets a harassing phone call; viewers hear only Gina's side of the conversation, but from the context, the call apparently was from someone who objected to a white girl (Gina) dating an African-American (Savion).(Savion)[[note]]; indeed, there is evidence their movie date and foreplay prior to said scene went more than what viewers were shown[[/note]]. Telly Monster is also at the store, has overheard the call and Gina becoming upset at what the caller told her, and immediately starts to get upset, wondering why some people hate others just because of their race, religion, etc. -- especially since the ''Street'' is racially mixed but everyone is friends. Gina and Savion explain and help Telly understand that there are "just some really stupid people in the world, who can't stand to see it when people of different races are friends." [[note]](They also explain a way to deal with hate calls in the future, which most people would not recommend ... BlowingARaspberry; the recommended way is to simply hang up and if the calls persist call the police.)[[/note]]
24th Jul '17 8:06:03 AM Briguy52748
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** In 1993, Gina, while working the afternoon shift at Hooper's Store, gets a harassing phone call; viewers hear only Gina's side of the conversation, but from the context, the call apparently was from someone who objected to a white girl (Gina) dating an African-American (Savion). Telly Monster is also at the store, has overheard the call and Gina becoming upset at what the caller told her, and immediately starts to get upset, wondering why some people hate others just because of their race, religion, etc. -- especially since the ''Street'' is racially mixed but everyone is friends. Gina and Savion explain and help Telly understand that there are "just some really stupid people in the world, who can't stand to see it when people of different races are friends." [[note]](They also explain a way to deal with hate calls in the future, which most people would not recommend ... BlowingARaspberry; the recommended way is to simply hang up and if the calls persist call the police.)[[/note]]
24th Jul '17 7:48:19 AM Briguy52748
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** First aired around the same time as "Telephone Rock" in 1975 was a segment with KermitTheFrog (in his news reporter role) getting a phone call from an unnamed source claiming someone has been standing outside in a blizzard for a long time. Kermit, determined to get a juicy news story, asks passersby if they were the person the caller was referring to; all of them deny the claim, saying they've been outside just a short time. Eventually, Kermit has been outside so long he is almost (literally) buried in snow, when notorious prankster Harvey Kneeslapper admits ''he'' made the prank call and tricked Kermit into making a fool of himself.

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** First aired around the same time as "Telephone Rock" in 1975 was a segment with KermitTheFrog Kermit the Frog (in his news reporter role) getting a phone call from an unnamed source claiming someone has been standing outside in a blizzard for a long time. Kermit, determined to get a juicy news story, asks passersby if they were the person the caller was referring to; all of them deny the claim, saying they've been outside just a short time. Eventually, Kermit has been outside so long he is almost (literally) buried in snow, when notorious prankster Harvey Kneeslapper admits ''he'' made the prank call and tricked Kermit into making a fool of himself.
24th Jul '17 7:39:48 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** The song "Telephone Rock" by Little Jerry and the Monotones, an all-Muppet (of course) band. The song is about a teenager (Jerry) who intends to spread the good times and great sounds of old-time rock and roll music over the telephone, but he and his buddies wind up harassing a telephone operator (an old spinster woman) in the process. After several warnings to quit, she makes good on a threat to call the police ... and it isn't long before an officer shows up to lock them in the telephone booth and carry them away, presumably to jail. The segment first aired in the winter of 1975, with later airings continuing through the early 1990s, and even got some minor airplay on Dr. Demento's radio programs, but surprisingly the song -- unlike others from ''Sesame Street'', either by their original Muppet performances or [[Music/TheCarpenters covers by other artists]] -- was never released as a single. [[note]]Incidentally, a follow-up (of sorts) was produced for a new Children's Television Workshop home video, "Rock & Roll!" (a compilation of classic shorts featuring musical performances from ''Street''), where the prank call from "Telephone Rock" framed the major backstory. A giddy teen-aged girl (Allison O'Reilly, best known as Gina) kept calling in requesting the song but the host (Jackman Wolf, a parody of legendary radio personality Wolfman Jack) was unable to connect her with her favorite band. Eventually, the police officer(from the original segment) physically carries the phone booth, with Jerry and his bandmates locked inside, into the radio station to corroborate their claim that they were intended as guests of his program. When Jackman indeed backs up Jerry's claims and lets them perform, the phone operator disgustedly gasps in disbelief while the police officer has no choice but to drop the charges.[[/note]]
** First aired around the same time as "Telephone Rock" in 1975 was a segment with KermitTheFrog (in his news reporter role) getting a phone call from an unnamed source claiming someone has been standing outside in a blizzard for a long time. Kermit, determined to get a juicy news story, asks passersby if they were the person the caller was referring to; all of them deny the claim, saying they've been outside just a short time. Eventually, Kermit has been outside so long he is almost (literally) buried in snow, when notorious prankster Harvey Kneeslapper admits ''he'' made the prank call and tricked Kermit into making a fool of himself.
20th Jul '17 9:59:51 AM charliebiggs
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* "My Downfall," on [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG The Notorious B.I.G's]] "Life After Death" album, begins with Biggie receiving two harassing phone calls, as the first call is heavy breathing (which he thinks belongs to his wife, Faith Evans), and the second call is a man whispering death threats, whom Big mocks and insults before hanging up.
20th Jun '17 11:13:14 PM LinTaylor
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** In another episode, Rabbi Krustovski keeps getting silent phone calls, occasionally punctuated by heavy breathing. It's actually his estranged son Krusty the Clown, trying to work up the courage to speak to his father and sighing in frustration before hanging up.
24th Feb '17 7:48:57 PM ChesterPolarbear
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* This is how the late Dr. Albert Ellis, who was a psychologist, sexologist and sex and love researcher described the guys who make obscene phone calls:
-->"They are crazy and compulsive. I think they are essentially harmless and are the sort of [[SituationalSociability people who lack the guts to do more than make a telephone call]] and hide behind the anonymity of the telephone. The act is a toned-down form of sexuality.
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