JumpStart by Robb Armstrong for May 23, 2022

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    yoda1234  3 months ago

    Most ice cream trucks in my area switched away from “Turkey In The Straw” last year when they figured out where the melody really originated…

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    maureenmck Premium Member 3 months ago

    The writing on the side of the truck must confuse people … “Ice Cream Police”

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    momofalex7  3 months ago

    And why is the music controversial?

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    Enter.Name.Here  3 months ago

    I was a child in the 1960s here in the south San Francisco bay area, and ice cream trucks would come down our street relatively often. Ice cream bars off the truck were 10 or 15 cents. They drove slowly up the street with music blaring.

    In the last 25 years or so the only ice cream trucks I have seen go down a street look like they are doing 25 mph or better, still with music playing but not stopping for anyone. Who would have time to get out to the street to catch one once they heard it?

    Are they still a thing, or am I seeing ice cream undercover trucks or some other use? Selling ice cream doesn’t seem to be their goal anymore. Puzzled.

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    OldsVistaCruiser  3 months ago

    The big ice cream truck company in Philly is Mr. Softee, which uses their original jingle, which they guard under copyright. Most people don’t know that their jingle actually has lyrics! Hear the audio of this old Mr. Softee commercial with the lyrics here:


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    jhpeanut  3 months ago

    Me too, Robb. Without the lyrics, let’s just get over ourselves and enjoy the tunes. Several weeks ago I saw little girls doing and singing Ring Around the Rosie. I wasn’t gong to ruin their fun.

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    jagedlo  3 months ago

    And without that music, how are kids going to know when the ice cream truck is coming?

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    Skippy the Magnificent  3 months ago

    I’m offended that someone found the music offensive.

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    WMORAN1  3 months ago

    I did a quick Google. Apparently, ‘Turkey In The Straw’ has racist origins.

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    LawrenceS  3 months ago

    Of course it was shown playing music yesterday. (See notes floating behind the truck, visual symbol for music.)

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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    Nowadays, everything is controversial.

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    chks  3 months ago

    Thinking a food truck serving doughnuts would be more appropriate for police officers, lol.

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    pony21  3 months ago

    I’m with Joe. If someone has to tell me I should be offended, am I really offended?

    (Note: I am NOT making excuses for things that really ARE offensive.)

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    goboboyd  3 months ago

    We didn’t know what we didn’t know. But then, we still don’t.

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    WestNYC Premium Member 3 months ago

    The ice cream truck music is way too loud and repetive.

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    logophiles  3 months ago

    In the 1920s, someone wrote horrendously racist lyrics to “Turkey in the Straw.” I won’t even share them here. But the tune predates those lyrics by 100 years. The tune itself is not offensive.

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    Jefano Premium Member 3 months ago

    Maybe I missed something, but as far as Googling led me, while racist lyrics were later written to go with the tune, so were additional non-racist lyrics, and the earliest lyrics weren’t racist at all. But I had no idea the tune was associated with ice cream trucks, either, so what do I know?

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    reedkomicks Premium Member 3 months ago

    Independent ice cream trucks come up my street. They each play their own tune. Neither is familiar to me.

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    mmcalkins  3 months ago

    At work, one of my coworkers had a cookie jar with a police officer as the character. When you opened up the lid, the recording would say “Get your hand out of the cookie jar!”. I loved it!!!

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    David Huie Green-HavePityOnOthersYouWillNeedItToo  3 months ago

    Google is good for finding things to be offended over.

    Life is good!!

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    What’s annoying about ice cream truck music is that they only play ONE SONG over and over again until it drives you wacky.

    One near me only plays “Pop Goes The Weasel”.I keep imagining Curly of The Three Stooges wrecking the truck.

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    beady.el  3 months ago

    Amen Robb.

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    Daeder  3 months ago

    It doesn’t play music, but it has a siren!

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    JoeMartinFan Premium Member 3 months ago

    I’m used to hearing Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” as the ice cream truck music.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member 3 months ago

    If people have enough time on their hands to worry about what an ice cream truck is playing, then they have TO MUCH time on their hands.

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    The Orange Mailman  3 months ago

    Well look what you did Robb. But the conversation here is civil. So, win for today?

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    Robb Armstrong  creator 3 months ago

    Yes indeed

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    edeloriea14  3 months ago

    The ice cream plays the muzak version of “Turkey in the Straw”.

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    ScretWitch  3 months ago

    We have a popsicle truck that plays Rick Astley – so you get rick rolled every time it goes round the city.

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  3 months ago

    If a person looks to be offended, they will be offended.

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