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You've probably seen it during The Golden Age of Animation. Here, a character eats a strip starting at one end of the corncob, along its long axis (takka takka takka), reaches the other end (ding!), rotates the corncob a few degrees and returns to the starting end (kachunk!), repeat. This action mimics typing on an old-fashioned mechanical typewriter with moving carriage. They then continue in a different spot.

This trope doesn't seem to be used anymore (and if ever used today, kids would ask what the sounds are).

Compare Rapid-Fire Nail Biting, which may also use a typewriter sound effect, and Buzzsaw Jaw, where the sound effect is (or at least can be) a buzzsaw. See also Rhythm Typewriter.

Mind you, this trope is not about people eating typewriters.


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  • Walkers used to run adverts for their "French fries" (basically long, thin potato-based snacks) where they were eaten like this (though without the ding).

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Rare live-action example in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, where Chaplin is strapped into an automated eating gizmo that presents the corn this way.

  • In The Girls Guide To Hunting And Fishing, the narrator says her older brother normally eats corn on the cob this way, but the first time he brings a girlfriend home from college he's suddenly too adult to do it in front of her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A downplayed example occurs in an episode of the 1975 version of Filmation's Ghostbusters. Kong asks Spencer to grab him a hot dog on his way to the office. After being given his hot dog, Kong uses a typewriter to help him put mustard on it.
  • An episode of Happy Endings concludes with Alex proudly displaying a corn cob on which she's spelled out Dave's name.

  • One of the many wacky inventions introduced by comedian Ed Wynn in his stage shows was a typewriter reconstructed for eating corn on the cob, complete with carriage return bell.

    Visual Novels 
  • In The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, Juror No. 5 in "Return of the Great Departed Soul" eats several cobs of corn while making typewriter sounds.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: In Pop's Barbecue Smoochie, the "Corn" button gives Pop a corn cob that he eats this way.


    Western Animation 
  • Out of the Inkwell features a literal example of this trope with the corn being attached to a typewriter.
  • On Animaniacs, Wakko did this once, complete with Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter" as accompaniment.
  • One Porky Pig cartoon when Porky was a farmer had chickens getting into his cornfield and doing this.
  • Used in the Classic Disney Shorts Mickey's Trailer, Donald's Cousin Gus and Pueblo Pluto (the latter case used with Pluto biting on a buffalo bone).
  • Scooby-Doo has done this several times with corn on the cob.
  • Tom does this with a rib in an episode of Tom and Jerry.
  • Happens on the Sanjay and Craig episode "Tufflips' Tales of Terror" during the "Haüs of Vings" short when the duo eats the roof of said "haüs".
  • In the opening sequence of Tiny Planets, one of the protagonists eats a corn cob like this before setting out on the day's adventure.
  • The Nazi goat ("A Beowulf in sheep's clothing") in the Daffy Duck cartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy" does this to a pile of tin cans in Daffy's scrap yard.


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Mickey's Trailer

Mickey and Donald eat their corn like they're typewriters.

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