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July 19, 2008 9:54 AM   Subscribe

Have some yip-yips with your weekend. [mlyt]
posted by shadow vector (27 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
When I was a kid I'd watch these guys on Sesame Street with a sense of incredulity and wonder which I could not, at the time, accurately put into words. This is because as a small child I was unfamiliar with the phrase "what in the fucking fuck?"

Thank you for the Saturday Nostalgia Theater.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 10:15 AM on July 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


I love the yip-yip aliens, but that final number was very rinky-dink. As an alternative, I suggest The Yip Song.
posted by robself at 10:17 AM on July 19, 2008


These used to scare the bejesus out of me. Now it seems that's been replaced by confusion: what made them think these were a good teaching tool?

That said, they were memorable.
posted by sonic meat machine at 10:27 AM on July 19, 2008


Do you know who else had the yips? Charles Barkley.
posted by ardgedee at 10:34 AM on July 19, 2008


Excellent.
posted by everichon at 10:36 AM on July 19, 2008


yip
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:37 AM on July 19, 2008


what made them think these were a good teaching tool?

My totally uninformed guess would be "large amounts of hallucinogens and/or ganja".
posted by everichon at 10:38 AM on July 19, 2008


"Do you know who else had the yips? Charles Barkley.
posted by ardgedee "

Poor Charles may never get over trying to play with, and being laughed at by, Michael Jordan. His golf yips may be permanent. Charles swing is a demonstration of "how not to do it".
posted by Cranberry at 10:56 AM on July 19, 2008


luckily, the yips brought my yippie family together with one great big "what in the fucking fuck...cough cough..."

thanks shadow, that was awesome!

the yippies meet the computer
posted by MsCoco@6:58 at 11:03 AM on July 19, 2008


sonic meat machine: I too found these Unspeakably Frightening as a child, and always wonder why they don't make it into the "things that scar children for life" lists. These are be the Amish upbringing that I fled screaming but will always be "thankful for".
posted by gorgor_balabala at 11:24 AM on July 19, 2008


Note to self: dress self as Yip Yip on October 31st.
posted by scblackman at 11:41 AM on July 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


i like these guys better.
posted by msconduct at 11:51 AM on July 19, 2008


I've long tried to convince my friend who works in the marketing department of Radio Shack that they should license these guys for their commercials. Imagine the yip yip martians beaming down in some random suburban strip mall:

"Yip yip yip yip radio....radio....Radio Shack! Uh huh uh huh uh huh!"

It would be much better than their current campaign: "Hey nerds! We still sell all those doo-hickeys you seem to need for your weirdo projects!"
posted by ericbop at 12:25 PM on July 19, 2008


I could have sworn from their current campaign that Radio Shack was now just another cell phone reseller.
posted by fusinski at 12:39 PM on July 19, 2008


Oddly, I knew what this post was about from the link text.

As for those of you questioning the wisdom of these guys being on Sesame Street, hands off. No way in hell are you guys retroactively removing these wonderful aliens from the imagination of my 4-year-old self.

Poor kids these days get Barney, Teletubbies, Dora the Explorer and Elmo. I'd rather have been scared out of my wits once in a great while by a semi-malevolent Count Von Count than listen to any of that drippy sing-along crap. Jim Henson, come back to us.
posted by JHarris at 12:49 PM on July 19, 2008 [3 favorites]


(And to be clear, by drippy, sing-along crap, I do not include Mr. Rogers, who brought along plenty of awesome.)
posted by JHarris at 12:51 PM on July 19, 2008


yip
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:37 AM on July 19 [+] [!]


When did YTMND start allowing full video? Pretty soon it will be indistinguishable from the rest of the internet, except with more racial slurs.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:00 PM on July 19, 2008


The make an awesome halloween costume
posted by DreamerFi at 1:04 PM on July 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think I like this one best...

yip, I do..

posted by DreamerFi at 1:06 PM on July 19, 2008


This explains everything.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:03 PM on July 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


My sister and I always referred to these creatures as the "Yup-Yups," and often quoted them whenever enthusiastically agreeing with something. Thank you for reminding me of this delightful silliness.
posted by Katherine Kimber at 2:34 PM on July 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


First these guys, then the fuckin' scientologists, and then next thing you know, real estate prices in our solar system are going to tank. Yeah, thanks a lot for posting this.

(now to look at condos in the Large Magellantic Cloud)

posted by not_on_display at 3:15 PM on July 19, 2008


what made them think these were a good teaching tool?

Education does not always have to be related to shoving words, numbers or even "social skills" down kids' throats.

Sometimes engendering a sense of wonder is enough.

I love the yip-yips.

yip yip yip
posted by Mephisto at 5:38 PM on July 19, 2008 [3 favorites]


Without doubt or exaggeration the clip in that first link was far and away the best thing I encountered in my first 8 years on the planet.
posted by dobbs at 8:15 PM on July 19, 2008


A sense of wonder would be awesome, Mephisto, but these inspired a sense of inexplicable horror. Now they seem pretty cool, but as a kid they were frightening.

(Maybe that's the problem: adults going "ohhh! that would be cool!" and inadvertently producing fuzzy Cthulhu.)
posted by sonic meat machine at 9:15 PM on July 19, 2008


I managed to get the audio from the Yip-Yip sketch with the phone and use it as my ringtone on my cell at my last job.

My phone rang an hour or so after that, and by the end of the day, half my coworkers *also* had it for their ringtones, rendering it a little difficult to tell whose cell was ringing at any given time.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:55 PM on July 19, 2008


thank you for this
posted by Hands of Manos at 9:12 AM on July 20, 2008


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