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Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 10:24 AM


....but there are a lot of learned people on here who may know. I was having an argument with my sister over a really dumb phrase. I searched both variations on yahoo, and both yielded results (although mine had more). Anyway: is the expression "Let's blow this POPSICLE stand" or "Let's blow this POPCORN stand"? Or has this phrase morphed with the times, and each generation blows a different kind of stand? I know it's a stupid question, but thanks for any input.

Lakerkobe  (Level: 18.2 - Posts: 31)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 10:47 AM

I have never even heard the popcorn variation. I've always heard popsicle.

Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 10:49 AM

I'd never heard popcorn stand either--but my sister had never heard of the popsicle variation.

Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 10:52 AM

We use popsicle stand in this house.

Oogie54  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1120)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 11:21 AM

Popsicle definitely...I think oogie

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 11:32 AM

never heard of popcorn stand, but i do use the popsicle one all the time


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 11:39 AM

I have always heard popcicle joint, or stand. never heard popcorn stand.

Redbaron  (Level: 206.8 - Posts: 297)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 12:08 PM

Same here, popsicle all the way.


Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 1:25 PM

I've also heard cookie stand!!

Tgallag2  (Level: 13.6 - Posts: 60)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 1:44 PM

Around these parts it is popsicle stand that we are blowing in reference to a place so beneath our standing that we should leave quickly as to not besmerch our reputations by being seen there.

Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 3:47 PM

I have heard the Popsicle variation.

Hope you won!

Action23  (Level: 113.6 - Posts: 180)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 5:40 PM

Let's blow this joint or 'popsicle' stand..........but never heard the popcorn one.

bon chance!


Aquamar  (Level: 186.9 - Posts: 927)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 9:20 PM

I have never heard either. I remember "Let's blow this joint." I hope this doesn't mean that I am over the hill.

Twinboymom2001  (Level: 67.0 - Posts: 197)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 9:34 PM

Definitely popsicle....never heard of popcorn stand before.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 9:36 PM


Oogie54  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1120)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 9:45 PM

Hey, maybe it originates from Mskillian's recipe for turkey-stuffing, it's not" blow this popcorn stand", it's blow out this turkey's butt.

Margiematt  (Level: 202.1 - Posts: 388)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 10:01 PM

Definitely popsicle stand!

Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Wed, 23rd Nov '05 10:36 PM

I always heard popcicle stand. I think the "let's blow this joint" (which I also remember) was pertaining to something totally different!! Teresa

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 2:25 AM

I've never heard of either one-that phrase never make it this far south,I guess...

Surreyman  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 2775)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 3:01 AM

I haven't the faintest idea what any of you are talking about.
Could someone translate into English?

Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 4:19 AM

surryman--I'm afraid it's one of those strange american terms! I'm sure you have some that we have no idea about. Hmm, could be a new quiz??? Teresa

Surreyman  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 2775)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 4:32 AM

I'd do one if I knew the questions!

Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 6:15 AM

idioms of the uk? sorry, my cat is not helping!!

Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 6:25 AM

i meant mycat was climbing on me.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 6:56 AM

Popsicle. Although I have also hear "pop stand"

Kiddo2316  (Level: 22.1 - Posts: 24)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 11:04 AM

Ive only heard popsicle or pop stand...never heard popcorn before today

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 1:24 PM

Surrey...I think it translates to something like This Drum is sucks. it is nickle and dime ter Scapa Fla. Or maybe This Moriarty is rathead. We should leef. Someone will clock us 'ere.

Oogie54  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1120)
Thu, 24th Nov '05 7:42 PM

Let's make like a cow-patty and hit the trail?

Surreyman  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 2775)
Fri, 25th Nov '05 2:30 PM

My dear Tuzilla, how on earth would you expect a Surrey Gentleman to be able to understand a single syllable of your Americanised Cockney.
Even my Cockney wife can't!
Try American English, and we might stand half a chance.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Fri, 25th Nov '05 2:57 PM

LMAO!!! "Let's blow this popcicle stand." It means you are wasting your time at some declass establishment of minor importance and having recognized such have made the announcement that it is time to leave for whatever reason...boredom, fear of being recognized, whatever.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 2775)
Fri, 25th Nov '05 7:25 PM

But would still appreciate a translation of the American Cockney!

Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Sat, 26th Nov '05 9:51 PM

Woo-hoo!!! I won! She conceded--it's popsicle all the way!!!

Action23  (Level: 113.6 - Posts: 180)
Mon, 28th Nov '05 5:20 AM

Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!! Pour the wine and cut the know........have a drink on,us -

Bobbsey  (Level: 158.4 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 2:34 AM

in gangster movies ive only ever heard of "lets blow this joint" andd this is why its good to be and aussie at times like this, as we have the best of worlds both ways, american sayings, and pommie sayings.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 3:46 AM

In the late 1970s I heard someone say "Let's blow this pop stand". Never remember it as a kid.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.6 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 9:19 AM

I've always heard "Let's blow this pop stand" too.

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 10:07 AM

In the last 15 years of living in NY I've never heard either.
Maybe they dont have popsicles in NY (they certainly have popcorn and it is one of the divides greater than the Atrlantic between Sue and me; I think the stuff is wasted calories she loves it)

Lucimoore  (Level: 193.8 - Posts: 1737)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 10:18 AM

Rancho Deluxe released in 1975 starred Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston has a quote by character Laura Beige "C'mon Henry, let's blow this pop stand. I wanna get to Great Falls and spend my cut." I thought I remembered it from before that time (before most of you were probably born) but not sure.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 11:51 AM

Definitely pop stand. I'm from midwest, I always said pop stand.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 12:28 PM

Yes. Pop stand was the original saying, as in "just sitting around having a few pops" usually meaning ethanolic beverages, and a pop stand being a place where you do that. But lately I've heard Popsicle stand as well. Never popcorn.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 21612)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 4:04 PM

Know I saw this in some old quiz about saying, phrases, or slang of the 60 or 70s but my computer keeps hanging up on Sploofus quizzes so quit looking. Found a couple of very interesting ones by SuzanneC and Curreau (misspelled but you know it is Richard) but not with this phrase. Also saw some on Scottish slang but didn't attempt those You can find quizzes by topics by typing in the Sploofus search box-Linda -

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 5:20 PM

"Legend has it that this term was first coined in the 1940's by a Jamaican named Antoine Cleo. Antoine Cleo believed that filling the area of a popsicle with deadly radiation, could be used against certain countries as biological warfare. He believed that the radiation had certain brainwashing chemicles inside of it and that placing the popsicles at stands at random areas could allow more people to buy the popsicles, thus was his plan for world domination.

However, his plans were soon foiled when a strange cult called the Kindred Spirits (The Cult leader was Later identified as a man named Dushka Deshvky) blew up all the popsicle stands in America, including killing the perpetrator, Antoine Cleo.

"Lets blow this popsicle stand" was then started as an inside joke between 4 teenagers, then it spread throughout the United States, the phrase from then on meant, "Lets get out of here fast, before something bad happends to us."

Now maybe after hearing this, we can walk away a little wiser about what this phrase means.
Source: Evil minds of the 1900's."
Urban Dictionary

Mcelfie  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 3)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 7:12 PM

I've alway said " Blow this berg and swim with Elvis

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 7:19 PM

Mr Bo: I heard a similar story about 420. Inside joke, 4 teens...

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 7:26 PM

Tuzzie and Surrey..what chance does a poor DownUnderian have trying to understand ANY of you when you break into your own particular version of English!!

Geez, I have enough trouble understanding the Strine around here!

Bewildered Bev

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 8:15 PM

Thanks for the info, Mr.Bo.

I believe that the phrase has morphed to mean, "Let's get out of here because it so so BORING!"

I also remember "Blow this Pop stand" from the 70's and 80's.

If you're from Generation Y or Z, you probably add "WhatEVER!" to the end of the phrase.

No offense intended, Zers.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 11th Apr '09 9:22 PM


Cindyjo422  (Level: 97.4 - Posts: 43)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 10:49 AM

I have heard both popcorn stand and "let's blow this joint".

Funnybunny02  (Level: 1.9 - Posts: 4)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 5:28 PM

I have never heard of popcorn either and I know a million people that say the other one

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 5:33 PM

Ron, PM me the joke. It sounds funny.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 7:44 PM

Emphasis on 'inside' rather than 'joke', Bo. Kind of a coded signal, in some quarters.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 7:47 PM

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 7:48 PM

for some reason that last parentesis won't copy into the link...or something....what?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2765)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 7:54 PM

Who the heck revived a three and a half year old thread?

And I've always heard "popsicle stand", my high school nickname, translated as "me".

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 8:18 PM

Ron, are you suggesting popsicle = maryjane?

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 11:40 PM

No, no no. (sigh) Your story made me think of the source of the 420 designation for cannabinoid activities, at least in the US. That's all. YMMV. Happy trails. Peace out.

Nanpaulhus  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 354)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 12:02 AM

Action 23: doesn't cut the cheese mean something more flatulatory and less congratulatory?

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