Buddy, Booger and Big Burps

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     Will Ferrell is known for, among other things, what’s arguably the most impressive belch in the history of motion pictures.  If you’ve ever seen Elf, you surely know what I’m referring to.  Buddy (the elf) sits down for dinner with his new-found family, explains how elves stick to the four main food groups, “candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup,” and then he lets loose with a burp loud enough to shatter glass.  Was that really Will Ferrell?  Probably not.  But here’s the question we should really be asking ourselves.  Was that memorable expulsion even human?  Let’s put it in the form of a multiple choice.

       

       Buddy’s big burp was:

            A.  Really Will Ferrell

            B.  A  Will Ferrell “stunt double”

            C.  Chewbacca’s roar played at half speed

            D.  A couple camels in the throws of orgasm

            E.  Manipulated sounds of heavy machinery

 

   I’m sorry to say that I really don’t know.   However, prior to 2003 when Elf was first released, the big burp champ was undeniably Booger, the character played by Curtis Armstrong in Revenge of the Nerds (1984).  The nerds won the day, in part because of Booger’s victory in the 

belching contest.  Armstrong will be the first to tell you that he’s not a natural belcher.  Where then did that belch come from?  Let’s try our multiple choice again.  The options are the same.  But this time, I promise one of them is the real answer.  Choose carefully.

 

       Booger’s big burp was:

            A.  Really Will Ferrell

            B.  A  Will Ferrell “stunt double”

            C.  Chewbacca’s roar played at half speed

            D.  A couple camels in the throws of orgasm

            E.  Manipulated sounds of heavy machinery

 

   Hold onto your hat because the answer is actually D.  I’m not kidding.  Armstrong was incapable of producing a sound anything like what the movie makers wanted.  He didn’t even try.  They held auditions, and every would be belcher bombed.  They ventured into the animal kingdom, and someone had a recording of camels having sex.  Don’t ask me why.  So, although there is a bit of human mixed in, mostly what you hear in the movie is full on camel climax.  I just learned this recently and thought I really should pass it along.  Admit it.  Aren’t you glad you finally know the truth?  Even Curtis Armstrong was unaware of where that sound came from until years after the fact.  But here’s the thing I keep going back to.  Booger’s burp was good.  But if that was a couple camels getting’ funky, that Buddy belch had to be from a Noah’s Ark style gang bang. 

    camelOf course I don’t expect you to take my word for anything you’ve just read.  I therefore invite you, encourage you, even challenge you to listen to the May 16th episode (episode #155)of the How To Do Everything podcast.  Hosts Mike and Ian get full credit for everything I now know about camel orgasms.  They likewise informed me that, on special occasions (like Cinco de Mayo), at least one national zoo uses custom made meat piñatas as treats for the animals.  Presumably, the non-carnivores get some sort of treat as well.  What do you suppose is in the camel’s piñata?  I’m thinking it’s got to be Viagra.  Giddy Up!  

     One final note–in a future Wishful Thinking blog post, I hope to get the poop on the fart scene from Blazing Saddles.              

   

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