Thursday, January 07, 2010

P is for POLKA DOT

Interesting how things come together.

Today is the first Theme Thursday of the year! The theme is Polka Dot.

That also fits to where I am on the alphabet, the letter P. Let's go ahead and combine them and do both at the same time. How efficient is that?


How in the hell did they come up with that name? There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the connection between Polka music and an equally sized pattern of dots. The whole things stinks of drug use, I tell you…

Let’s consider…

The polka dot is a pattern consisting of a series of equally spaced and sized dots. Outside of (bad) fashion…there aren’t a lot of references to polka dots.

“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” is one of the few. But I’ve been to Brazil and I’ve been to the beach and I can tell you with certainty that those itsy bitsy bikinis there don’t have enough fabric to be able to adequately portray any such pattern. There’s barely enough fabric to distinguish a color. Of course, I’m ok with that…


Perhaps the Beatles should have filled the Albert Hall with polka dots rather than holes. I saw Yellow Submarine. Drugs! Those could have been polka dots!


Apparently the only reference to the origin of these is that the pattern was popular when polka music was popular. This is sort of like saying we should have called tube socks disco socks instead because disco was popular when these hideous socks were popular.

I think if I had been forced to learn the Tuba as a kid, I would have started a polka band too. I think if I had a polka band, I would have called the band “Dots”. We would have been known as the Polka Dots. You can only imagine what our band outfits looked like.


Oh, and let’s not forget that the Tour de France gives out a polka dot jersey for the winner of the mountain climbing aspect of the race. So get this…these guys are killing themselves up these steep mountains just to get the chance to wear a polka dot jersey!!! I would think they’d be doing everything possible to avoid that circumstance. Shouldn’t the guy that comes in last wear the polka dot jersey? Maybe they have to wear tube socks…


Oh…and there are other weird polka references out there too…


81 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Right now I am dizzy from looking at all the dots, but I am still first. Oh yeah!!!

subby said...

I've dots before mine eyes! Great references, VE! Forgot all about Polka-dot Man, heh, heh...now I'm off to Polka! The Tour de France pic is a riot-LMAO!

Mrsupole will you join me in a Polka?

Mrsupole said...

The Beatles did drugs....I never knew that. And I totally do not remember The Polka Dot Man from any of the Batman Comics.

Funny how I seem to remember seeing that album for some reason. That's just too scary.

Happy TT to you. Gotta go get mine posted.

God bless.

Mrsupole said...

@subby

Yes I will, and I am posting about how the Polka Dot Dance got started. It's not how you are expecting. Mum's the word. Doing the Polka Dance is fun.

God bless.

subby said...

@ Mrsupole, you can cue up the Frankie Yankovich on my playlist, when you stop over, and we'll Polka our eyes out~HA!

Simpson/Lynch Studios said...

Gretchen says that her Aunt Dorette (a German variation of Dorothy), whom they always called "Tante Dot," was as big a fan of the polka as the rest of Kris Von Gruber's Happy Oompah Band, so she always thought that that's where the term originated. Probably not, but hey...!

otin said...

I was actually thinking about that same thing. It seems like an odd combination of words, almost like calling something "Waltz squares" haha!

Deb said...

I felt good when I woke up. Full of energy, ready to go to work and spend 8 hours with There's Always One and try to refrain from murder, but then I looked at those polka dots. Is that like s substitute for LSD? I'm now wrecked for the day.

Brian Miller said...

ha. batman characters were so cooky back then...love it. if you stare at that first picture, did you see the image that pops out?

happy tt!

CatLadyLarew said...

Holy Polka Dots, Batman! There's a new superhero in town!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...I'm particularly fond of The Beer Barrel Polka!...

Wings said...

Good stuff. I looked for a super-hero with polka dots, but couldn't find one! Kudos to you!

Alan Burnett said...

I am tempted to ask what the collective noun for polka dots is. Whatever it may be you have a great collection here. Happy TT.

nonamedufus said...

Polka dots spelled backwards is stod aklop. I don't know if that holds any significance. Just thought I'd point it out. You're welcome.

Kurt said...

There's no such thing as bad fashion. Only out-of-date fashion.

subby said...

@ noname: there are currently 124,000 entries for "stod"( Swedish )and "aklop" has a few...who new??

Roy Scribner said...

According to Wikipedia (yes, there's an entry on the polka dot!) Dusty Rhodes wore polka dots in the WWF.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Ewww to that woman wearing the butt floss no matter how good she looks in it. I hope she waxed.

The Incredible Woody said...

In middle school, I was all about some polka dot fashion. Maybe that explains the lack of popularity...

Quirkyloon said...

I guess you have "dotted" the "i's" and crossed the "t's" for us, eh?

Heh heh heh.

Dot much?

Jill said...

AAAhhh, VE! I love this! BRILLIANT! Such fun!

I never was fond of a polka!

Elizabeth said...

My neighbor had a dog named Polka Dot. It wasn't a dalmation but a big black lab. I thought it was a cute name.

Cuppa Jo said...

Is that a real comic? The polka dot man? That is scary, but I would like to read it. Heh.

Me-Me King said...

Don't you love it when a plan comes together when you didn't even have one in the first place and then you high-five yourself because no one else is around and even if they were they wouldn't understand?

I get it!!!

angie said...

I'm a bit stunned right now. Trying to wrap my mind around how you found all this blog fodder on POLKA Dots. :)

Lifeshighway said...

"Traditionally polka dots are used in the clothing of flamenco dancers and performers." - that is a pretty far stretch from flamenco dancing to polka dancing.

M.Bug said...

Made me think about a 1950s puppet TV show (there were also Golden Books and comics) about Rootie Kazootie who had a little girlfriend named Polka Dottie. Polka Dottie wore polka dotted dresses (what else!) and everything she had was dotted in various sizes and colors of polka dots. There was an "arch villain" named Poison Zoomack who constantly tried to steal Polka Dottie’s polka dots and the magic kazootie from Rootie. When I look at the pictures of these puppets today, they are almost as scary to me as clowns.

AngelMay said...

Great post, VE! I'd type more here, but for some strange reason, I've gone cross-eyed.

Stephanie said...

Glad to see you came up with something! I drew a blank on this one.

Serena said...

I'm in and outta here really quick today because polka dots make me really dizzy. Gotta tell you, Polka Dot Man looks like a perv.:)

VE said...

mrsupole - And not surprising...

subby - You had a lot of obscure references too!

mrsupole - Shhh...don't tell anyone the Beatles did drugs...

silver fox - You'd have convinced me...I sure couldn't find anything substantial on the origins...

otin - Ha! Waltz squares. Well there was disco ball...

deb - Glad I could be of such service. I mean who wants to be chipper at work in the morning!

brian - Oh my gosh...there's Waldo! Finally...

catladylarew - Of course if you wash him in bleach...he's ruined!

phrankie - I don't suppose it would have anything to do with the beer part, would it?

wings - Nonsense is my forte!

alan - One should never try and collect polka dots...they're a nuisance...just read mrsupole's story...

nonamedufus - I'm pretty sure that name would get you beat up at school...that's about all I know...

kurt - Are you telling me some of that runway nonsense will come into fashion in the future? Scary...

subby - In Sweden? They were obviously named in the dark. They seriously need more sun there in the winter!

roy - That's kinda wrong...sort of like a NASCAR with polka dots...

perpetual chocoholic - Ewww duly logged! Wohoo!

incredible woody - Better than prison stripes I suppose...

quirky - Yep...because if you cross the i's they just become t's

jill - Then drink more...you'll begin to understand...

elizabeth - That would be one big polka dot!

cuppa jo - Sure is...look it up. They did some weird things back then in the name of comic sales...

meme king - I know, it's like that one time I actually got a parking space at the mall...

angie - It what I do! And I do it well...

lifeshighway - I've never danced with a flaminco...they always fly away...

M.Bug - I seem to remember that golden book...probably why I'm not quite "normal"...

angelmay - I suggest having to friends stand in front of you about 10 feet apart and then try to carry on a conversation with both of them simultaneously without moving your head...that should fix it...

stephanie - Have to admit...it was one of the tougher subject that has been on the theme...

VE said...

serena - Ha...you think?

Dakota Bear said...

Great references to the subject. I could not come up with anything myself.

The Mistress said...

I really should have looked for paparazzi before I removed my towel. Can't a girl go to the beach without worrying about photographers? Heehee! Your post is great!

~Angela

Magpie said...

Totally agree about the polka dot jersey...loser should be wearing it! Great job. Happy TT

Betsy said...

Haha...I like the comic book one the best!

Tom said...

ugh...Polka Dot man has some kind of plague, plus he's fruity and not allowed within 1 mile of any grade schools.

Roy said...

Huh! I never knew about Polka Dot Man. And by the way, more than the tuba, learning to play accordion when a child is a sure-fire way to ensure a career in polka bands; it's the mainstay instrument of the genre. Just look at Lawrence Welk and Myron Floren!

ReformingGeek said...

I'm tripped out by Polka Dot man.

Wheeeeeee!

Baino said...

Oh HUGE kudos for finding Polka Dot Man! Even if he does look like a relative of Pedobear

tut-tut said...

Polka music; please.

Janice said...

That was a fun read!!!

JeffScape said...

I figured if any TT would have a mention of Weird Al, it'd be this one.

Alas...

VE said...

dakota - It was a tough one. I'm lucky that way though...I can write something on anything; I've had readers suggest "marketing fecal murals" and "Man-Eating Aardvarks" as subjects before...

the mistress - Well, if you ever need a body guard...

magpie - The bikers should be hiding out at the pub hoping nobody recognizes them and makes them win the race...

betsy - The crazy comic book artists...they'll come up with anything in them...

tom - I try to stay within one mile of grade schools too...just as a policy

roy - You're so right...the accordian...an essential instrument to learn

reforminggeek - Don't let him turn you cross-eyed...

baino - Pedobear...ha! I am a magnet for the obscure...

tut-tut - That's right...don't folka with the polka...

janice - Thanks...and welcome...

jeffscape - I refuse to acknowlege him because he makes money off of parodies and I do not...damn him...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

would the chicken dance be considered a polka....maybe if it was a spotted chicken dance?

how Perfect that you are at P.... send me an email about where you think you may be next thursday in terms of the alphabet and I'll try and work on the TT selection committee to cooperate with your blogabet project!!

polka dot man missed that dastardly villian

carlae said...

I used to wear a polka dot dress in grade school. A girl in my class, let's call her Pepperming Patty because she sounded like that said to me one day, "Stop wearing that dress, it hurts my eyes" Thanks for the pointer Chuck!

Brian o vretanos said...

In these times of ethical consumers, we should all boycott polka dot material, since the dots are handpainted by underpaid Third World children who go blind before reaching adulthood from staring at the pattern for 12 hours a day. I myself have done without polka dot clothes, curtains and mousemats for many years now.

Secretia said...

Wow, my eyes are flipping all around from those polka dots! Where did they come from anyway!

Secretia

stacy said...

Great post. Loving polka dots!
I'm so glad you weren't forced to play the tuba as a kid -- that's a sure way to get yourself beaten up!
:-)

Janna said...

For all we know, polka dots are just Morse Code from someone who stutters a lot.

Jaime said...

polka dot man? i must have missed that comic... what's his super power?

Uncivil said...

I like that Polkahontas Brazilian chic!!!!!Smokin'!!!!

leelee said...

POLKA POLKA POLKA! dot...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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HUGS!

Gary said...

There was a Polka Dot Man in the comics?! Priceless!!

Lizzie said...

LOL @ Perpetual Chocolate

Interesting post that had me chuckling...as well as some of the comments.

Jen said...

I'm not the only one. I got lost after tube socks, I didn't realize we didn't have them before disco and I had to think about it a lot. I'm still not convinced however. Leg warmers yes, tube socks, not so sure.

Gladys said...

Where I'm from they are called powk eee daughts. you know like in the song eety beety powkeedaughtit beekeyknee?

I honestly thought that they called it a beekeyknee because you could see your knees. well that and according to your picture a heck of a lot more. Where did you find a picture of me in a beekeyknee?

Chris C said...

A Fritz Menkin reference!

Dude I have all his albums.

Okay, I'm kidding. I still need two more to complete my collection.

Mmm said...

butt floss? that description has me laughing. Yes, filling the Albert Hall with polka dots would have sounded quite as dreamy, now would it? LOL.

bon bon said...

wow, the research you put in to your posts. you're like VEkipedia!

Megan said...

Nice!

Candie Bracci said...

If there's one person who could come up with some great stuff with that theme then it's you!Ok,now I'm back we can discuss the importance of being you,lol.Yeah remember,you left a comment at my place saying that you wished there wouldn't be another one like you in the world,why?I think you are cool!Have a nice day!

Candie Bracci said...

Absolutely LOVE the comment of Bon Bon!HAHA :)

VE said...

mouse - It looks like I'll be at "S" for next week's TT...

carlae - Did you know she went on to make disco balls? Go figure...

brian - Ha! Hilarious. I suspected the dots were a child labor conspiracy...because isn't everything?

secretia - From the planet Polka. We're one more cheesy instrument away from being allowed to discover their planet...

stacy - True, the the tuba makes a good shield or hiding place just in case...

janna - Ha! Check to see if their raised slightly...they might be brail from an insurance document for the blind...

jaime - Apparently he can throw his dots and turn them into super novas and other minor disturbances. Personally, I think you go cross-eyed...

uncivil - How can you say that about my niece! Just kidding. That one was for you...

leelee - Is that the three step polka?

gary - I'm thinking it would be hard to come up with somebody they DIDN'T do in the comics...

lizzie - Of course after her comment my instinct was to go check! hehehe. Yes, these readers are wild and unruly...join in on the fun...

jen - Ha! Only you would contemplate the accuracy of that! For your satisfaction, they came out in the 60s...I just sort of rounded up to the nearest convenient fad...

gladys - The gnomes stole it...it'll be in your police report next week...

chris c - Ha! You're scaring me...

Mmm - I think it would have. Obviously they didn't have enough drugs yet to come up with that version...

bon bon - Awesome...your first visit and you already have a new VEism! I like it. All things nonsense!

megan - You're becomming Kurt with your one word comments. Ha! How do I know the two of you aren't one and the same?

candie - If there were, he'd be stealing my ideas! Doh!

Ronda Laveen said...

I'm enjoying watching subby and Mrsupole do the polka.

VE said...

ronda - See no evil, hear no evil...I can't know about such things... ;)

lime said...

polka dots
disco socks
macarena leggings
electric slide hats

it's maddness i tell you!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Polka dots? I was afraid you were turning this into a quilting blog. ;)

Maureen said...

The only Polka I can tolerate is Weird Al's... sorry VE.

VE said...

lime - Either that or Paris on the weekend...

arizona - Ha! Now that's one thing I'm pretty sure this blog won't become...

maureen - Drink heavily...it might help...

Dalton J. Fox said...

I'm now inspired to paint polka dots on every wall in my house.

lettuce said...

i've never considered the question why they are called polka dots.

its a good question
and i find your answer quite convincing...

VE said...

dalton - Once my co-workers put red sticker dots all over my office (because I'd had adult chicken pox) and I couldn't work because they were bugging me out...

lettuce - Well...if I can sell you on that maybe I am ready to market my humor too!

R.J. Edwards said...

I don't know if my vision will ever recover from that first pic. lol

Hilarious post. I never knew polka dots could be so amusing. Thanks!

Collette said...

WOW! A whole post about polka dots & Polkas! I love it! I don't wear many polka dots but I do polka quite a bit. I am 100% Polish, well American, too, since I am 3rd generation here. Not sure if the chicken dance is truly a polka but we have done it at every Polish wedding I've been to.
There is one reference to polka dots that wasn't mentioned here. The Polka Dot Door. It was a kid's show in the 70's.

Dalton J. Fox said...

Yeah, VE. I was kind of thinking if I did go with the polka dotted walls, everyone that came to my house would likely have a seizure. Even me. Hence, the idea was scrapped.

Chris Eldin said...

I've never heard so much discussion on the polka dot before... This blog is veeerrry eenteresting...
:-)

Carla said...

Man, I'm never going to listen to a polka in the same way again.

VE said...

rj edwards - Nor did I. Sometimes it works that way when I'm given a topic to work from...

collette - Given your blog's name; I suspected you were of Polish decent...oh, and I wasn't familiar with that kids show...

dalton - It was disturbing, I had to take the stickers down from my office real fast...

chris - I don't call it Fantastical Nonsense for nothin'...

carla - I tend to do that with things...

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello ve its dennis the vizsla dog hay that polka dot man has kleerly stolen the deezine of my majik flying koasters!!! i am so going to soo his polka dotted beehind!!! ok bye

VE said...

dennis - Welcome. Hopefully your koaster design was done in the 40s before that comic strip...