Show #103: The Shoot and the Giff

The hunnerdthirdth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: we invent the Solstice Ghost, and ponder his duties; Keanu Reeves is contemplated, along with other guilty pleasures and late-’80s action films; the cruise is nigh; foreign languages; Rankin-Bass animated specials are debated; Storm’s got a new guitar; carols; and the unsuccessful search for bumbergiff.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What is your favorite language that you don’t speak? Also: What is “bumbergiff?” A real answer is appreciated, but made up answers will work as well.

Post-show song: “Dominick the Donkey”, Lou Monte

Show #103: The Shoot and the Giff



  1. Brett Glass
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Jacob Marley and his brother Bob appear in the movie, “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”

  2. Rebecca
    Posted December 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    There is a BBC radio series called I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue.It is billed as the alternative to panel shows, improvised games, singing one song to the tune of another, silliness abounds. For a few years while the Late Great Humphrey Littleton was alive they performed Christmas specials A Christmas Carol and Humph in Wonderland.One of the performers Jeremy Hardy is “famous” for his lack of musical talent, he performed the role of Marley with his chain rattlling backing group the Wailers. It has to be heard really,it’s available on iTunes.

  3. Posted December 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    My best guess: If Bumber = Umbrella (apparently it’s where Seattle’s Bumbershoot gets it’s name), my best guess at Giff = usin’ it like a Boat! Sail on Storm!

    Also… drawing a currently bearded Paul feels weird!

    – Minion #293

  4. randy
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    The urban dictionary defines bumber as 1. lover of boobies 2. boobs and giff may be the pronunciation of GF, or girlfriend, so bumbergiff may be girlfriend’s boobies.

  5. Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I checked a boatload of dictionaries, including the OED (which is supposed to have every word every written), and couldn’t find bumbergiff.

    In other news, what I learned from this episode (which I just now finished listening to, and that donkey song is still in my head) is that Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time is the Cobra of Christmas carols. Yes?

    I actually like it, too. But more for the beat than the melody. Admittedly, I’ve not heard it in some time, so maybe it’s just rose-colored glasses or something like that.

  6. Robin (the Mini-Minion)
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    When recommending movies, I generally just go ahead and make the distinction between “good film” and “enjoyable to watch”. For example, Center Stage is by no means great cinema, but I pull it out and watch it a few times a year because it’s fun, fluffy, and pretty to look at. I keep recommending things like Doctor Horrible, Reefer Madness, and Repo! the Genetic Opera to people who don’t usually like musicals simply because I think they’re entertaining enough to transcend the stigma a lot of people attach to the genre. On the other hand, there are things like Schindler’s List and my recent favorite, Black Swan, that are amazing films, but aren’t exactly a barrel of laughs.

    I’m fascinated by Gaelic and Welsh. They’re both such an odd mix of lilting and guttural sounds.

  7. Posted January 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Bumbergiff is what an elf becomes after being chewed on by the Bumble from Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.

  8. Eric
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Bumbergiff is probably a misrememory of Bumbergriff – like a griffin. “Step right up and see the amazing Man-Eating Bumbergriff!” No one knows what they look like, though. All descriptions died in the Bumbergriff’s tummy.

  9. M Sieiro
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Just catching up with your cavalcade of hilarity and jocularity.
    As a Portuguese speaker, I have had people tell me that my Spanish is bizarre. Well duh, it’s because I’m speaking Portuguese. My fav is when the MENSA candidates tell me, “No, ALL of south America speaks spanish” Um, no. “How do you know?” Because I paid attention in school and 50% of my family is from Brasil… in south America…where they speak Portuguese.

  10. Peter
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Bumbergiff is probably a typo, given that these books all appear to be quoting the same source material:

    Eric raises a good point above. While all of the books I can look at online say “wild man, eating bumbergriff”, in context it does seem like “wild man-eating bumbergriff” makes more sense. However, so far as I can tell, there’s nothing on the internet to confirm that; it’s either books with “man, eating” or something new that derives from the podcast itself.

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