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September 26, 2007

Fun Facts: Boob Tube

The term "boob tube" is a colorful phrase that people often use to describe television. Also, it rhymes! But most people have no clue where this term comes from. Nor do they care. But since a tiny minority of you might be interested...

The use of the word "tube" to describe a TV harkens back to the days when television sets contained glass vacuum tubes. Vacuums were necessary because the tiny gnomes working their magic inside the television set were allergic to nitrogen, a key component of earth's atmosphere. Modern televisions don't require these tubes because the gnomes have been replaced by pixies (who thrive in a high nitrogen environment).

But why is it called the BOOB tube? You see, early television sets had very small screens.


Though it was technically possible to display two female breasts on screen simultaneously, the image quality was so poor that viewers couldn't really enjoy them. Therefore, early tv programs would only show one breast at a time. Hence the singular Boob -- as opposed to the plural Boobs.

Heh, boobs.

Anyway, it's a little known fact that many popular actresses couldn't make the transition into the "two boob era", when TV screens expanded to accommodate double boobage. It turns out, these performers only had one good boob. The other was rubbish.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

Posted by Joey at September 26, 2007 06:32 PM

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DUMB! It was called the boob tube because when it first appeared on the wasteland of American culture, people wathced it so much they became BOOBS, as in IDIOTS

Posted by: Clot Spurkin at November 12, 2007 08:12 PM

But he's spot on about the gnomes, right? See, I had always thought it was the other way around. Gnomes needed the nitrogen, and pixies were the ones who needed the vacuum. Thank you for correcting me on that.

Posted by: Brendan at December 8, 2007 03:30 PM

So, in other words, Joey is a boob... lol... =D

Posted by: Aileen Lewis at January 26, 2008 03:56 AM

But am I the good boob, or the rubbish boob?

Posted by: joey at January 26, 2008 07:05 AM

Actually, boob is connected to BOB, usually in the plural-- and also Bobby/boobie, as in blue footed. The TeeVee (or Bübe Tübe in the Swedish) is therefore referring to T&A only marginally.

Posted by: numinator at March 21, 2008 07:46 PM

d00d you are BLOWING MY MIND!

Posted by: joey at April 15, 2008 04:34 AM

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