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307213.  Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:27 am Reply with quote

Here they are:

Their songs included "Little Betty Bouncer". Competition time: assuming the first line of the song is "Little Betty Bouncer", write the second line.

The actual answer is in white below:

Little Miss Bouncer loves an announcer
Down at the BBC

(actually that's not the first two lines, but it is the hook)

307230.  Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:24 am Reply with quote

This song is still pretty well-known, isn't it? It crops up quite often on Radio Four archive programmes and the like.

Incidentally, it was Flotsam who, in 1949, gave Tony Hancock one of his first important engagements as a comic, in Bognor. During this run of Flotsam’s Follies (which BC Hilliam had established after the death of Jetsam), Hancock devised the stand-up act which he carried on using pretty much unchanged for the rest of his career.

307231.  Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:28 am Reply with quote

Their sign-off song was “Yours very sincerely, Flotsam and Jetsam.”

307245.  Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:56 am Reply with quote

That one who opened a message in a bottle could be hanged comes curtesy of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, no less.


A fine institution whose authority can surely not be called into question.

307311.  Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:01 am Reply with quote

Towards the end of WW2, RAF Transport Command was using former bomber planes to fly troops between the UK and India; “the first time that a regular and large-scale movement of troops over great distances has been undertaken by air.” The journeys were notoriously horrible, even though they took “mere days,” so much so that many men being demobbed preferred to travel by sea, even though it would take them a month to get home.

This meant that “for quite some time we serviced eastward planes that were full of people and westward planes that were full [..] of Indian carpets.” Obviously, this use of RAF resources by entrepreneurial personnel couldn't be done too openly:

We were told how the aircrew, prevented by regulations from overtly using their planes for commercial purposes, loaded carpets onto their planes in India and, by agreement with farmers near the English airfields, flew low over the farmers’ fields and bombed them with carpets, then turned innocently towards base.

S: “Monkeys, bears and gutta percha” by Colin MacLean (Tuckwell Press, 2001).

308011.  Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:02 am Reply with quote

Insert joke about carpet bombing

308019.  Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:10 am Reply with quote


313347.  Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:54 am Reply with quote

Bunter commented that "allied carpets" could be another quality forfeit.

313351.  Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:56 am Reply with quote

Oh, I rather think so ...!

331242.  Tue May 06, 2008 5:24 am Reply with quote

More on Curtis Ebbesmeyer and his floaters (see above); this “expert on floating objects” has also discovered that severed feet floating in the sea end up in different places depending on whether they are left or right footed.

“Left footwear and right footwear wash up at different times at different places because they float differently," Ebbesmeyer said. "There are beaches that collect mostly rights and other beaches that collect mostly lefts. The winds of the currents sort out left and right foot wear."

This all arose because of a floating feet scare, which has obvious links to Missing Penis Syndrome.

Links: Feet; Fear.

S: Fortean Times June 08

342717.  Fri May 23, 2008 5:27 am Reply with quote

Ocean flotsam, especially that in the Sargasso Sea, can provide shelter for juvenile fish such as tuna that use it to hide from sea birds.

342720.  Fri May 23, 2008 5:31 am Reply with quote

Not mentioned explicitly over the page is that as well as Flotsam, Jestam and Lagan, there is "derelict" which is property which has been abandoned and deserted at sea by those who were in charge without any hope of recovering it.

s: OED

342747.  Fri May 23, 2008 5:43 am Reply with quote

Egg, a couple of the outer board guys did some good research on the topic of messages in bottles. post 305819.

342755.  Fri May 23, 2008 5:50 am Reply with quote

The cornish word for flotsam, jestom and the like is "scummow"


342758.  Fri May 23, 2008 5:52 am Reply with quote

Mermaids tears are small plastic pellets of waste that wash up on beaches and look like little plastic fish eggs.


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