Speaking of corn

On Saturday the Gentleman Husband and I were driving down to Provo for a BBQ with my family. On the way we listened to the songs on his iPod because he has attitude about the songs on mine.

A song by U2 started to play (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking for) and I asked a question that has long puzzled me.

Me: So what's the King of Corn?

GH: The what?

Me: You know, in the song. Bono says he "believes in the King of Corn."

GH: I . . . don't think that's what he's saying. Wait, do you mean when he says "I believe in the Kingdom Come?"

Yeah. He pretty much has not stopped laughing over that one.

But speaking of "Corn is King," have you seen the new high-fructose corn syrup commercials put out by the Corn Refiner's Association? You need to watch this, and then watch the response put out in the next clip.



Kelly said... [reply]

That's great! Have you seen "King Corn"? They go through the process of making HFCS in that and it's scary.

I love how even the HFCS ad says, "It's fine in moderation." They're not going to quite say it's perfectly harmless because of course, it isn't.

Nerd Goddess said... [reply]

Yay! This will make me feel even more smug when I drink my daily smoothie composed of only fresh fruit and homemade plain yogurt.


Jen, RN said... [reply]

This is hilarious! Makes me glad to be allergic to corn, thus I avoid all things high fructose corn syrup. Ha!

dietcokegrrl said... [reply]

My classic "wrong lyrics" story is from This Charming Man by The Smiths. I thought it was "put your bicycle on a hillside, can't sell it ".
(The actual words are:
A punctured bicycle
On a hillside desolate)

My husband and I were listening to that song in the car years ago and I started singing along. He turned off the radio, and looked at me incredulously and said "what did you just say?" I repeated the words and he just about died laughing. When he could finally speak, he told me the correct lyrics. Yeah, I felt pretty lame.

And my husband STILL makes fun of me to this day about singing the wrong words...and we've been together for 14 years. Good luck living that one down. :)

And yes, HFCS is evil and that second clip is hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

cooldad said... [reply]

I thought I taught you better. You shamed me.

Azúcar said... [reply]

So true.

And also, I laughed at you.


AmandaStretch said... [reply]

What do you know? I road-tripped and listened to that song this weekend too! When you start driving at 6 AM, the entire Joshua Tree album is maybe not the best stay awake choice. Luckily, I did not crash.

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Bone Junior said... [reply]

Did anyone notice that in the second clip, the popsicle keeps changing from orange to cherry and back again?


AmiZOOKey said... [reply]

My husband used to work for the city council as a "drainage and reticulation officer" - fancy way of saying "poo-pusher" - he looked after and maintained the city's waste water and sewer systems. Anyway as a result of seeing a lot of the sewers, the boys in that department had a saying "What's the point of corn?" and you know what? It actually DOES have a point. And here's the general consensus on the matter - What's the point of corn? Why, to give colour to the sewers!

Azúcar said... [reply]

Bone Junior, that's part of the reason that clip was so funny, it was intended.

daltongirl said... [reply]

I totally thought it was "King of Corn."

Also, your videos are awesome. Except for the first one, which is total crap.

Angela Noelle said... [reply]

A mondegreen! Wahoo! I shop for these like bargains in thrift stores! I'll tuck it away for sharing in geeky circles.

For at least a year (back in the 90s) I thought everyone was debating about young people in the East until I saw "euthanasia" spelled out.

And...I always smirk to myself when I distinctly hear a “T” sound at the end of the idiomatic phrase, “nip it in the bud” – because apparently many people think the phrase is all about bum-nipping (not clipping a bloom in its early stages, which to me, seems so much more logical). Freud would have a field day with that mondegreen.

Love 'em!

Rachel Sue said... [reply]

Thank you. Thank you so much. Those commercials and ads in magazines have been driving me nuts for a long time. I'm glad someone is doing something about it.

jeri said... [reply]

Sting had the King of Pain... U2 just had to jump on the wagon.

Audra said... [reply]

This is a horrible one to admit, but I never liked Michael Jackson's song "Man in the Mirror", which has such a nice message. But it is because I used to think it was:

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror, I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways, And no mustache could have been any more clever.

Instead of:

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror, I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways, And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

It was not until Kris Allen sang it on American Idol and annunciated (hope I spelled that right Mrs. Enlish major) tha I thought, "Stupid... STUPID Audra! What were you THINKING?"

And the "poo-pusher" comment made me bust out laughing! I am a 4th grader trapped in an adult woman's body! Stuff like that cracks me up!

chosha said... [reply]

That response clip is great!

Neil and Meredith Larson said... [reply]

when I was little I always thought the line in I Am a Child of God was "and so my knees are gray." This puzzeled me but I finally concluded the knees turned gray as an after effect of so much praying. Later when I could read I realized it really says "and so my needs are great" I was also confused about a Elton John song I heard- instead of hearing "electric moves" I heard "electric boobs"! I told my husband, in horror, to turn the song off. When I told him what I thought it said he almost died laughing

Maree said... [reply]

I'm glad I'm not the only person who has heard lyrics that aren't the real ones!

I LOVED the response video! We've just discussed this in our home when we found NO-HFCS syrup at Costco! Looking for more NON-HFCS products!

Mrs. Clark said... [reply]

Audra: Sorry, dear, it's enunciated. And Meredith, the Elton John song is "electric boots, a mohair suit..." But you're in good company. Donny Osmond once said at a concert that his wife thought it was "electric boobs, her mom does too..."

In our household, I am usually the one doing the correcting. My DH has trouble understanding song lyrics. I had to explain "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," "Ode to Billy Joe," and "Carroll County Accident" (an obscure Porter Waggoner song) to him. Sigh.

Loved the HFCS ads--but I do disagree a bit with the comments about the artificially high price of sugar. Do we really want to import that product? After what has gone on in China with the dog food, etc.?

Hope I don't sound too snotty!

Nadia and Jeremy said... [reply]

that's pretty awesome. i was going to comment on the movie King Corn also. it was an interesting flick. i think worth watching. also makes you sad for all of those corn fed cows out there.

april said... [reply]

for those who can remember the annoying song in the 80s that went: "all i need is a miracle - all i need is you." i used to think it was saying: "all i need is america!"

feel better?

april said... [reply]

"and so my knees are gray" is hysterical!!! you should probably submit that to the friend.

anyhoo, i thought of another. it isn't from song lyrics, but now that i think i understand what the word "mondegreen" means, it is one of those. for YEARS, i thought "my bad" was "my bag." it wasn't until my husband saw me type it to a friend that i found out the truth.

Holliberry Guttersnipe said... [reply]

Word Verification: Mentell. As in, The people who made that first commercial are mentell. Not even making this up.

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