1412: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My upcoming album, 'Linked List', has covers of 'The Purple People Eater', the Ninja Turtles theme, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini', and the Power Rangers theme, with every song played to the tune of the next.
Title text: My upcoming album, 'Linked List', has covers of 'The Purple People Eater', the Ninja Turtles theme, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini', and the Power Rangers theme, with every song played to the tune of the next.

Explanation

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This comic is a reference to the recently released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It is a list of Wikipedia article titles that are in the the same syllable-stress pattern as the first line of the theme song of the 1987 cartoon series.

The list is compiled in alphabetical order from top to bottom, without respect to the left or right column. Some of the items on this list (e.g. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) are drawn as headlines in the same style as the logo from that series. These articles are not in alphabetical order with the surrounding small face text, but these headlines are in alphabetical order with the other headlines from top to bottom, without respect to the left or right column. Some of these phrases are not actually the titles of Wikipedia articles, but rather the full names given in articles' lead sentences. For instance, the article on Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie appears under the title Woody Guthrie.

The syllable-stress pattern of this line is long-short-long-short-long-short-long-short, known in poetry as trochaic tetrameter.

The title text suggests an album of songs (The Purple People Eater, the aforementioned Ninja Turtles theme, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers theme), the title or primary refrain of which have a large number of verses in trochaic meter. Randall suggests that these refrains are so interchangeable that the lyrics of each could be sung to the melody of the song following it in the tracklist. Randall would title the album Linked List as each song would melodically reference the next song. The refrains of the songs, respectively are:

  • "One-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater"
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
  • "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"
  • "Go go Power Rangers"

Notes

See also 856: Trochee Fixation and 1383: Magic Words - other comics dealing with Trochees.

See also 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma - other comics dealing with Quantum vacuum plasma thrusters

Gloucester from "William Henry, Duke of Gloucester" is pronounced /ˈglɒstər/ (gloster).

The Wikipedia links

There are 6 headlines and 9 other article links in each block next to a headline for a total of 60 wiki links:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  1. Biggest Loser: Second Chances
  2. Cayman Island blue iguana
  3. Central Texas pocket gopher
  4. Church of Jesus Christ Creator
  5. Climate change and meat production
  6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  7. Daylight saving time in China
  8. Denver Airport People Mover
  9. Easter Island spiny lobster
  1. Edgar Allan Poe Museum
  2. Engine failure after take-off
  3. English as a second language
  4. Former Arctic Monkeys members
  5. Fowler's Modern English Usage
  6. Georgia Game and Fish Department
  7. Golden-mantled howler monkey
  8. Greater Cleveland Film Commission
  9. Hairy flower chafer beetle

Asian Human Rights Commission

San Diego City Council

  1. Harland David "Colonel" Sanders
  2. Human Tissue Resource Network
  3. Klondike class destroyer tender
  4. Legal code of North Dakota
  5. Lesser knapweed flower weevil
  6. Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket
  7. Maple syrup urine syndrome
  8. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
  9. Nablus mask-like facial syndrome
  1. Neo Geo Pocket Color
  2. New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
  3. Newton's second law of motion
  4. North Korean Workers Party
  5. Orange County Business Council
  6. Over/under cable coiling
  7. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
  8. Places named for Adolf Hitler
  9. Proton-proton chain reaction

Single payer health insurance

Spotted giant flying squirrel

  1. Puerto Rican lizard-cuckoo
  2. Quantuum vacuum plasma thruster
  3. Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  4. Royal Flying Doctor Service
  5. Russian Women's Fascist Movement
  6. Semi-active laser guidance
  7. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  9. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
  1. Trailing suction hopper dredger
  2. Vector graphics markup language
  3. Viti Levu giant pigeon
  4. Voting rights in Puerto Rico
  5. William Henry, Duke of Gloucester
  6. Windows Vista startup process
  7. Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
  8. Yaba monkey tumor virus
  9. Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Women science fiction authors

Trivia

  • Randall mistyped the word "album" as "alubm" in the original title text but it was fixed later.
  • He did not correct the word Quantum, which is mistyped Quantuum in the comic.

Transcript

WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE TITLES
With the right syllable stress pattern
to be sung to the tune of the original
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Biggest Loser: Second Chances
Cayman Island blue iguana
Central Texas pocket gopher
Church of Jesus Christ Creator
Climate change and meat production
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Daylight saving time in China
Denver Airport People Mover
Easter Island spiny lobster
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Engine failure after take-off
English as a second language
Former Arctic Monkeys members
Fowler's Modern English Usage
Georgia Game and Fish Department
Golden-mantled howler monkey
Greater Cleveland Film Commission
Hairy flower chafer beetle
Asian Human Rights Commission
San Diego City Council
Harland David "Colonel" Sanders
Human Tissue Resource Network
Klondike-class destroyer tender
Legal code of North Dakota
Lesser knapweed flower weevil
Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket
Maple syrup urine syndrome
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Nablus mask-like facial syndrome
Neo Geo Pocket Color
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
Newton's second law of motion
North Korean Workers Party
Orange County Business Council
Over/under cable coiling
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Places named for Adolf Hitler
Proton-proton chain reaction
Single payer health insurance
Spotted giant flying squirrel
Puerto Rican lizard-cuckoo
Quantuum vacuum plasma thruster
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Russian Women's Fascist Movement
Semi-active laser guidance
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Trailing suction hopper dredger
Vector graphics markup language
Viti Levu giant pigeon
Voting rights in Puerto Rico
William Henry, Duke of Gloucester
Windows Vista startup process
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
Yaba monkey tumor virus
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Women science fiction authors


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Discussion

Looks like they renamed the Wikipedia article mentioned as "Maple Syrup Urine Syndrome" to Maple Syrup Urine Disease.Keavon (talk) 05:03, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

This rythmic sounding has to do with metrical foots feet, I think. Maybe someone more into it than I can explain... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_%28prosody%29 108.162.229.164 05:21, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

It's just a 4-foot trochaic ("trochaic octameter"?) meter. ^- ^- ^- ^-. Also, I'm curious now, is "foots" the proper plural when discussing meter, or is that just a typo/misunderstanding? 199.27.128.150 06:37, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
Oh, right, the plural must be "feet". I just had a brain fart. 108.162.229.164 10:23, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
It is a trochaic tetrameter. Tetra = 4, octa = 8.108.162.216.38 12:26, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
Right, it's number of feet, not number of syllables. My mistake. 199.27.128.150 15:04, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
This one is definitely related: http://xkcd.com/856/ --141.101.104.68 08:08, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Unless "Gloucester" is two syllables, Randall made a mistake/wanted to see if we're awake.--108.162.246.224 06:33, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Depending on where you're from, it can be pronounced (quasi-phonetically) as "Glow-ster". Jarod997 (talk) 13:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
Actually it is. Silly British accents. It's pronounced roughly "Gloss-ter". 199.27.128.150 06:37, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
In that case, I retract my previous statement and apologize.--108.162.246.224 07:20, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

With regards to the roll-over text, mention could be made of the long-running BBC radio show "I'm sorry I haven't a clue" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_Sorry_I_Haven%27t_A_Clue ). It is comedy panel game, and one of the regular rounds is 'One Song to the Tune of Another'. It may be coincidence, but one panellist of the show is Barry Cryer ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Cryer ) who happened to have recorded Purple People Eater... 141.101.98.184 08:26, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Why isn't Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the list? 103.22.201.120 11:41, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

There's a typo in "Quantuum vacuum plasma thruster". 141.101.98.184 12:08, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Dang someone beat me to writing in the transcript. Oh well, you did a much better job than I was doing anyway. =8o) Jarod997 (talk) 13:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Is it just me, or do these lyrics not REALLY match the TMNT title song? The first three lines are OK, but the following lines just repeats the pattern - the TMNT song has a different rhythm. 141.101.98.169 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Each title is meant to be sung only to the "TMNT" part of the song. They aren't meant to be sung one after another to match the whole song. 173.245.52.211 03:09, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

If you speak with a western US accent like me, museum is pronounced with 2 syllables (myoo zahm). I guess if you pronounce it correctly, its more like myoo-zee-uhm, which would make 'Edgar Allan Poe Museum' fit. 108.162.246.213 03:18, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Please check with your friends and relations about the pronunciation of museum. All dictionaries show /mjuˈzi.əm/ (myoo-ZEE-um). 108.162.238.144 19:49, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

It's a shame that "Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer" has a syllable too many, because that would've been perfect. 141.101.104.197 08:31, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

What's the extra syllable? I count In-fra Tur-bo Pig-cart Ra-cer. 108.162.238.144 19:50, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Is there any particular need to have a separate section for the wikilinks, rather than just embedding them in the transcript?--Marcus Hill (talk) 09:26, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

I wouldn't think so - that's how they were originally... Jarod997 (talk) 13:19, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

This makes me think of "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. 108.162.216.150 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Damnit Monroe, for two reasons: 1. Now this all I can think about whenever I find a phrase that fits the syllable stress pattern, and 2. Why couldn't you have held off until 1413 for this - XKCD fourteen thirteen fits the stress pattern as well. 108.162.250.204 06:15, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

I still don't know what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme sounds like, but I can't look at more than one or two of these tetrametric trochees without immediately thinking of the Peter Gunn theme [1] (which then stays stuck in my head for hours...). —Scs (talk) 17:25, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

Does anyone know how Randall compiled the list? 199.27.129.119 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Deleted pages

"Places named for Adolf Hitler" was deleted recently, which makes me wonder, how many other pages on Wikipedia that are linked here were also deleted? 108.162.237.135 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Missed articles

Is anyone compiling a list of articles that Randall missed, but that fit the rhythm? I can think of at least one: "Random number generator". Promethean (talk) 09:58, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

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