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Boiled Beef and Carrots [Sep. 6th, 2012|08:32 pm]
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Yesterday I made boiled beef and carrots, and today we ate it.

After she'd finished eating I said to Julia "I suppose you're familiar with the song."

It turns out she's never heard of the song. Imagine my consternation! Imagine the disruption to my world view! Now I'm worried that my friends are similarly poorly exposed to my culture. Hence, a poll.

Poll #1864695 Boiled Beef and Carrots
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 62

I am familiar with that song

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No
27 (35.5%)
It rang a bell after I Googled it
0 (0.0%)
Yes
10 (13.2%)
Yes -- and I was singing it after reading the subject line before I went on to the body of the post
26 (34.2%)
Ticky thing
13 (17.1%)
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[User Picture]From: brithistorian
2012-09-06 07:53 pm (UTC)

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And in half a moment on youtube I found the song and doubt that I'll ever get it out of my head. :-D
[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2012-09-06 07:57 pm (UTC)

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This is in my "have always known" song repertoire, along with things like 'e Ain't Gonna Jump No More, Firty Fahsand Fevvers, Mairzy Doats, and the Lumberjack song (it's older than me, it counts).

Tonight we had meatballs with spaghetti, all covered with cheese... and yes, we all sang. (smallclanger decided to sing it to the tune of Chariots of Fire. Maximum ISIHAC exposure works!)
[User Picture]From: dougs
2012-09-07 12:05 pm (UTC)

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On top op op op op op op op...
[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2012-09-06 08:11 pm (UTC)

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That's the stuff that'll make you tough.
[User Picture]From: stegzy
2012-09-06 08:34 pm (UTC)

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The same tune was the ringtone on my phone back in the days when it was fun to have annoying ringtones on phones. (circa 2002)
[User Picture]From: kaberett
2012-09-06 09:50 pm (UTC)

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But then what do I know I am only dubiously culturally British anyway :-)

[by which I mean "significantly at a superficial level, but less so as you pay more attention"]
[User Picture]From: not_vacillating
2012-09-07 05:22 am (UTC)

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As it happens, I know the Peter Sellars version ('Boiled Bananas and Carrots') somewhat better.
[User Picture]From: j_lj
2012-09-07 12:58 pm (UTC)

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Is it sad to admit that this song is on the music USB stick in the car.
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2012-09-07 05:27 pm (UTC)

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Not heard it - but I do know Any Old Iron and I'm Henery The Eighth, I Am.