Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Jack-in-the-Box


is for Jack-in-the-Box.


Who's the sadistic freak who thought that a severed head popping out of a box would make a great kids' toy?

Creepy.
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A Clay Baboons Alphablog: 26 Things That Annoy Me, Confuse Me, Creep Me Out, or Otherwise Make My Life More Difficult.



38 comments:

  1. Hahahah you made an awesome jack! And yes, they are creepy.

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  2. Everybody in my house is terrified of them.

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  3. Or the fact that the tune to which the severed head makes its grand entrance is "Pop! Goes the Weasel?" That kid's song is just as bad.

    -Barb the French Bean

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  4. you are so right!!!
    i remember cringing ahead of time, just waiting for ol' jack to pop out of his box.
    and i have definitely seen kids (when babysitting, or my cousins or my nieces) cry at the jack in the box!
    very good clay jack in the box - at least you made him look as friendly as possible, stephanie!

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  5. Thinking outside the box today then HA HAHAH Hah ah ha hah hah hah ha hah a

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  6. Same people who think clowns are funny. And tickling. Not. Funny.

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    1. An afterthought...

      Pop goes the weasel.
      Exploding rodents are definitely NOT funny. I mean, who's gonna have to clean that up??

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    2. Very true. I'm nodding sagely over here.

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  7. I never understood that one either...although I liked the things when I was a kid.

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  8. yeesh... no kidding. Especially a severed CLOWN's head...

    terrifying.

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  9. I couldn't agree more. Just the music makes me shudder.

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  10. This was a perfect "J" post. Those things creep me out too! :D

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  11. You reminded me of the scene in 'Elf' where he's testing the jack-in-the-boxes.
    I used to torture my baby brother with one. He probably needs therapy, thanks to me.

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  12. Hahahaha. Please save this guy and use him again in a future post. So much potential! (Potential energy, maybe?) Jack in the boxes ARE creepy. It makes me really hate the "round and round the mulberry bush" song.

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  13. so true........

    best,
    MOV
    (put a monkey in the box? not much better)

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  14. Happy to finally learn I'm not the only one who thought Jack was creepy.

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  15. Then you'd love (hate) the one that my kids have- a hand-me-down bugs bunny one that is also missing his ears and some of his face. ooo zombie jack in the box!

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    1. I might actually buy a zombie-in-the-box...

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  16. all I can say is that I love yeahwrite even more than usual b/c it introduced your blog to me. have just read all the letters and am wishing we lived in like, china or something, so you would have to illustrate what is it, like 48 characters? Or you could tackle arabic next--all those squiggles would be fun in clay - and arabic is 28 letters, plus vowels (which don't really count as letters) plus diacritical marks (aka the squiggles above and below the word that radically change pronounciation and make the whole goddamn thing just ridiculously difficult). But anyway - am delighted to have met you, however virtually, and thank you for the wonderful, wonderful writing!

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    1. What an amazingly nice comment! Thank you so much! :) And 26 is MORE than enough letters, thank you very much. I'm looking forward to going back to my regular storytelling.

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  17. Totally creepy. The person who invented them was probably much like the character in Edgar Allen Poe's "Cask of Amontillado." Both things creeped me out as a young person.

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  18. AWESOME.. you are so clever.. where do you find the time?

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    1. Honestly, I don't. This challenge is really tough for me! Ha!

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  19. LOVE! Another wonderfully creative post.

    My daughter was seriously creeped out by the jack-in-the-box she got for Christmas one year. :-o

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  20. Yikes! The kids are traumatized, not entertained by this unexpected thinggiemajiggie that pops out of nowhere...

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  21. lol, so true. Bahaha severed head!

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  22. Some how yours doesn't look that creepy at all. Nice work.

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  23. I agree! 3001% agree. When I was a kid I had a jack-in-the-box out of which a scary clown (picture Pennywise from It... at least in my mind) would pop.

    And guess what I'm scared of. Yeah, clowns. Sigh.

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  24. I think the sensibilities of older generations are pretty widely divided away from those of the current. Heck, they'd probably sell this thing today with a warning sticker and a prescription for anxiety meds.

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  25. I never thought of a jack-in-the-box as being scary for little kids, actually I never really think about jack-in-the-box's at all.
    You have a very entertaining blog and I love your clay figures

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  26. First, WOW. All that clay is made by you? WOW

    Second, I'm not a fan of clowns or moving heads, needless to say moving clown heads.

    www.mamaandthecity.com

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  27. Creepy yes, but my nephew would go ballistically crazy (happy) for me to turn that crank a million times in a row and be "surprised!" I, on the other hand, had nightmares about it--and the music it played)!

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  28. I think it's mainly the winding and music build up that makes Jack in the Boxes creepy.

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  29. Jack in the Box fast food is good I hear. Although it's across the country from me so I wouldn't know.

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