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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Believe it or Not, George Isn't at Home
Long before Derek Jeter dressed in pinstripes, there was another New York dynasty: Seinfeld. You may remember it as the show that was 100 times funnier than Friends.

Seinfeld hit its peak right around my senior year in college, in spring 1994, when it aired at 9 p.m. on Thursdays. My four suite-mates and I liked to call this time Get Fucked Up at Home Before Heading Out to the Bars Hour. Needless to say, I didn't spend a lot of time studying for Friday classes, like Skiing.

Seinfeld is like pizza — everyone loves it. In fact, I've met maybe three people in my life who didn't think the show was funny. Of course, I never have, and never will, hang out with said people.

For the other 99.999% of people who are Seinfeld fans, I give you a new cell phone message: audio of George Costanza's "Believe it or Not" answering machine message.

For those unfamiliar, here's the transcript:

Believe it or not, George isn't at home.
Please leave a message at the beep.
I must be out, or I'd pick up the phone.
Where could I be?
Believe it or not, I'm not home!

Just download, hold your phone to your computer speaker and record.

It's gold, Jerry. Gold!

Also: you can view guitar tabs of the message (what?) and read the entire transcript of "The Susie," the episode in which this classic moment occurs.

Today's Web Finds:

622 Music Videos — More copyright violations than you can shake a stick at: from Beck to Nirvana, from The Beatles to U2.

storTroopers — Make an Animated Icon of Yourself — Select your hair, shades and clothes, plus any add-ons to make you seem cooler than you really are.

Virtual Bartender 2 — Jump the shark, anyone? Didn't they watch what happened when Jib-Jab came out with its follow-ups to This Land?

Dummies.com — The web site is pretty much a vehicle to sell books that scream "MORON" in the park, but there are some pretty good, free How Stuff Works-like articles.

How I Did It: Mike Veeck — An Inc. magazine feature on the second-generation baseball exec who believes that fun is good.

The Worst Jobs in History — Really interesting site, though I don't see "fast-food restaurant manager." You knows those customers who demand to talk to the manager over something stupid like someone giving them a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a fried chicken sandwich? One should be allowed to murder them without punishment.

Fuck the Police — Explicit Only — Someone went and edited out the clean stuff in the N.W.A. classic. Give it a listen to truly understand the impact of the late, great Easy E.

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Comments: Believe it or Not, George Isn't at Home

Seinfeld is like pizza — everyone loves it.

And pizza is a lot like sex, says my husband. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

Posted by bhw at April 19, 2005 9:27 AM

what? no george sleeping under his desk at yankee stadium? priceless.

Posted by Kathie at April 19, 2005 10:42 AM

Hey Paul,

Leave it to you to discover the zeitgeist of the 90s in one little jingle. Yada Yada Yada. Do you know if it's possible to put this into an AOL IM away message?

Posted by Larry at April 19, 2005 11:19 AM

BTW, big story on a new generation awakening to Seinfeld in today's NY Sun.

Posted by Larry at April 19, 2005 11:21 AM

Ok dammit PK now that GAH theme song is stuck in my head again.


We've covered this before http://paulkatcher.com/archives/000477.shtml

Posted by Shumpy at April 19, 2005 6:47 PM

Fucking assholes with twins 4 year olds allowed there children scream and cry for most of my flight from Vegas to Philly on Sunday.

Some guy yelled out "Shut those kids up!" and then yelled "Serenity Now!". I almost pissed myself that someone used a Seinfeldism in public like that.

Larry, I have seinfeld quotes on my AOL messages. Someone else set them up for me though so I can't tell you how to do it, but it can be done.

Posted by Cass at April 19, 2005 7:51 PM

Until the Virtual Bartender starts jamming bottles into her crotch as my instructions often command, she will remain a disappointment.

Posted by Larry BirdFlu at April 20, 2005 6:56 AM

Dude, I was a Seinfeld fan from the very first episode (when it was nearly cancelled).

this .wav file is the shiznit! I'm trying to turn it into a rington.

Posted by crusjumar at April 17, 2007 7:01 PM
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