The episode: “Money Talks,” the first of two shorts before “The Beast of Yucca Flats,” ep. 621
The riff: Asked by Mike as the spirit (more like the shadow) of Benjamin Franklin appears and says “William? William, my boy…”
The explanation: In the upper Midwest, the phrase “borrow” as a different colloquial meaning for whatever reason, being used in situations where the rest of the country would say “lend.” I’m not sure why it’s centered around this area, but it stands to reason that all of the lakes in Minneapolis have a way of making their nearby residents deranged in the ways of the English language.
Novelty factor: I’m not even sure why I know this, but I did. I know I’ve heard it before, but I’m not really sure where. I’m sure it would be confusing to someone outside the Midwest, though.
The episode: “Commando Cody pt. 9” (FINALLY THE LAST ONE), the short in front of “Robot Holocaust,” ep. 110
The riff: Said in astonishment by Crow as one of the sky pilots leans in on Commando Cody.
The explanation: It would seem that the phrase “zactly” or “zactlies” is a reference to an old joke about “zactly breath.” Basically, it describes someone with breath so bad, it smells “zactly” like their anus. Likewise, “zactly disease” would be the debilitating condition of having “yo face look zactly like yo ass.” I think we can all agree that these are dread diseases that would condemn the sufferer to a lifetime alone.
Novelty factor: Definitely no idea. I like how with one riff, these guys are discussing advanced scientific theory, and with the next they’re joking that someone’s breath smells like butts. BUTTS I SAY.
I wouldn’t advertise that I suffered from the condition, but to each his own.
The episode: “The Puma Man,” ep. 903
The riff: Added by Mike to the end of a car-driver’s sentence as he talks to other thugs over a dash-mounted radio.
The explanation: “Good buddy” was apparently a staple term of 1970s CB radio enthusiasts, particularly truck drivers, who evolved the CB slang into its own little anti-language. In CB parlance, “good buddy” was something one would call a fellow CB user who you were friends with over the air. Interestingly, from what I read the term eventually fell out of favor, and now “good neighbor” is more common. In fact, it sounds as if “good buddy” took on a secondary meaning, a somewhat derogatory one applying it to gay truckers looking for other interested men.
Novelty factor: I have always been amused by trucker lingo, especially “I’ll catch you on the big bounce-around,” whatever that means. Never heard this, though.
NOTE: Don’t watch this video if you are easily offended by idiots. I believe it sums up the average user of this terminology in 2013, though. Can you believe this has only 1 view? What a crime.
The episode: “Hercules,” ep. 502 (Steve Reeves is the episode’s resident Herc, if you were wondering.)
The riff: Cheekily said by Tom as a villain is mauled by a savage lion.
The explanation: I have to admit, I didn’t get this one right away, perhaps because I was expecting something really obscure. As it turns out, they’re instead making a very juvenile joke indeed! “Claude” sounds a lot like “clawed”…Tom is saying the dude’s balls got clawed. Hardee har har. Apparently this is an old schoolyard joke as suggested by this Urban Dictionary entry. Claude Balls: author of “The Tiger’s Revenge.” Get it?! Joel’s disgust at the joke confirms its dirtiness–Joel was always too high-minded for that sort of thing.
Novelty factor: I definitely have not heard this joke before, and I’m surprised that it has over 100 upvotes in Urban Dictionary. It must be common parlance somewhere. Anybody know? Unbelievably, the reference even made it into this Adult Swim show, Eagleheart. Oh, Chris Elliot. I’m glad you’ve got something to do, even if it is this show.