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  •  welp, back to the books for me: (5+ / 0-)

    slapstick:
    The phrase comes from the batacchio or bataccio — called the 'slap stick' in English — a club-like object composed of two wooden slats used in Commedia dell'arte. When struck, the battacchio produces a loud smacking noise, though little force is transferred from the object to the person being struck. Actors may thus hit one another repeatedly with great audible effect while causing very little actual physical damage. Along with the inflatable bladder (of which the whoopee cushion is a modern variant), it was among the earliest special effects that a person could carry.

    betcha there's more at the linky ...

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. (But go ahead and arrest Rumsfeld, too.)

    by greenbird on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:11:08 PM PST

    •  Creepy clowns with slapsticks used to (5+ / 0-)
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      mrsgoo, chuco35, crystalboy, Byblis, greenbird

      smack the kids as they headed down the crazy stairs or the massive wooden slide at Luna Park in Coney Island in the 1950s.

      “I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve.” PBO

      by OleHippieChick on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:14:37 PM PST

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