Potato salad

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  1. Anonymous says:

    While I appreciate their remarkable strength and flexibility, contortionism just makes me a little queasy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It certainly is the best rendtion of potato salad I’ve ever heard, could win on AI.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you liked it, then you should’ve put a ring on it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    She’s 15? Then wouldn’t all those spread-eagled shots of the underaged girl, though clothed, make this clip illegal in the US(or for a US citizen to posses outside the US?)

    After all, the courts decided that clothed underaged girls in explicit positions are as illegal as the nekkid ones.

    Just wonderin.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am speechless! Are these gals made out of rubber?? Singing workout and all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The lyrics to this song were so beautiful I started crying.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I dunno what “potato salad” is, but I want some! I hope potato salad does not give them gas!

  8. Anonymous says:

    that is some freaky stuff. are they even human?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Haha that was awesome! Stumbled here! Woot!

  10. Boba Fett Diop says:

    Fantastic film, but it was a struggle to get through the first 45 seconds or so. Then I realized they hadn’t been exactly hired for their singing voices.

    Seriously though, if that was the kind of song I had to hear frequently in 1944, I probably would have volunteered to go on patrol in the Ardennes or something.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! Truly amazing!!! And they can sing pretty good too!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    It seems very titillating for the era. And I couldn’t help but find it sexy- like they tried to pretend it was musical, then an innocent circus show and yet the moves kept getting dirtier and more suggestive. True art!

  13. matt_maslanka says:

    Agent: “And what do you call your show, girls?”

    Girls: “The Aristocrats!”

  14. Anonymous says:

    My God what a bunch of cuties! And the dexterity OMG!

  15. Anonymous says:

    … o_o ….what the hell just happened…

  16. Uncle_Max says:

    After 2 minutes I just stared yelling “WHAT?!” at my monitor. Now I’m just in shock and reposting the hell out of this video.

  17. Anonymous says:

    These girls could make a fortune now, if they signed with Zero Tolerance or Vivid……

  18. troutfishinginamerica says:

    Sweet mother of Christmas, the cameltoe! I thought this was a family blog.

  19. Anonymous says:

    they better toss my potato salad

  20. ValuedRug says:

    Can this be the new Rick Roll?

  21. franko says:

    this is all very well, but what does their contorting have to do with potato salad?

  22. jasoo says:

    some primo (Barratt and Fielding) Boosh-esque ~crimp~ inspiration thar… with bonus twirling to boot!… I’ll never not-finish my paper-plated potato salad again…

  23. Daemon says:

    Keanu said it best: Woah.

  24. awwhoneybear says:

    wow. if you didn’t tell me to fast-forward i wouldn’t have watched it. that’s insane! and creepy. cool video though!

  25. Bill Albertson says:

    I love potato salad. Delicious, filling, and dreamy! Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!

  26. stosh machek says:

    1st saw this about a year ago & flipped my lid! ive always loved that 40′s style tight harmony & hepcat jive talk, as well as flexi-girls & potato salad…this vid has EVERYTHING!! & the daisy chain at the end takes the cake! a real gone solid sender jack!

  27. Suburbancowboy says:

    Honey, could you be a sweetheart and get that for me down there?

    Sure…..

    Holy shit!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I just wonder why the singing at all? I mean if she had eaten a whole plate of tater salad instead of grabbing the apple with her teeth. Still, pretty hot in my book.

  29. JoshP says:

    One of those squirrels carrying the hollow coconuts from the guys over at the large hadron has a message that says watching this video too much will create a bizarre fold in the fabric of space time.
    lol, potatoes
    does anyone else have the urge to watch South Pacific at this moment?

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is suck-a-golf-ball-through-a-garden-hose impressive.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Guess who needs a chiropracter now?!

  32. pinehead says:

    No matter in what context I think about that video, it’s impressive. That, in and of itself, is also impressive. Those sisters are very, very good.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Saw this movie on TCM this afternoon – well, part of it. Caught it from just before the Ross Sister’s big exit. What a hallucination-fest! Esp Dean Murphy’s (I think – not enough info in the credits) serenade of Trixie (Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern)). He’s an early Jim Carrey!

  34. olafthekid says:

    It got me thinking of this video:
    http://www.transfatty.com/supermodelmeat.html

  35. Anonymous says:

    Awesome. I imagine they were followed by a sketch featuring an Irish cop, a bum, and a bottle of seltzer.

    But I was deathly afraid of seeing ’3 girls, 1 plate.’

    Excuse me, phone.

    That was 2006, calling for its meme back.

  36. Anonymous says:

    makes my back hurt just watching but it looks like fun

  37. Billegible says:

    The weird thing is I remember seeing this video a year or few again – and I’m pretty sure I saw it here. Can’t find anything in the archives but damnit…

  38. Billegible says:

    Better link : Found it! 2007.
    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/07/25/a_surreal_and_suprem.html

    (sorry about the multiple posts, feel free to delete #64.)

  39. Anonymous says:

    thats hot

  40. gibson5string says:

    Wowzers….Them dames could get a good look at their own cameltoe!

  41. Anonymous says:

    weird…
    i almost vomited though.

  42. GoDownMoses says:

    For a laugh, they make their own beards.

  43. TuesdayWeld says:

    I don’t think it’s “Solid Potato Salad” but “Salad, Potato Salad”. Makes more sense that way.

    I find it interesting that the women are obviously just as strong as any Cirque du Soleil performer, yet they don’t appear sinewy and super-low-body-fat – a testament to being healthy, athletic performers? Must be all that potato salad keeping them robust. Mind-bendingly enjoyable video!

    • arkizzle / Moderator says:

      Not according to the wikipedia link at the top of the page..

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ross_Sisters

      Some people like their taters Lyonnaise, some prefer French fries.
      I prefer mine with mayonnaise, cole slaw on the side.
      Solid potato salad, that’s solid salad, Jack,
      Solid potato salad, boy, take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back.
      Solid potato salad, and let’s have no Yak Yak
      Solid potato salad, boy, take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back.
      The farmer said to the spud, your skin looks slightly pallid,
      So I’ll dig you later bud, with some solid …potato salad.
      Solid potato salad, that’s solid salad, Jack,
      Solid potato salad, boy, take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back.
      Take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back.
      Take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back.
      Take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back.
      Solid potato ….salad, it’ll be so fine that you better latch on,
      Solid potato ….salad, whatever it takes get a plate before it’s all gone.
      The farmer said to the spud, your skin looks slightly pallid,
      So I’ll dig you later bud, with some solid …potato salad.
      Solid potato salad, that’s solid salad, Jack,
      Solid potato salad, boy, take a plate… fill it up…
      Take a plate, fill it up, and bring it right back.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I think I’m in love!

  45. Anonymous says:

    What does that mean for my own three kids?????

  46. Anonymous says:

    i would like to be able to do this

  47. jimmie proof says:

    potato salad? i was thinking more like pasta salad until the end when it became clear the obvious name should have been tossing salad

  48. Anonymous says:

    the track was in an episode of tom and jerry when jerry goes to new york

  49. Anonymous says:

    SELF-POTATO!

  50. Anonymous says:

    Wait! THey had colour back in 1944?

  51. Anonymous says:

    gimme some of that solid potato salad!

  52. Anonymous says:

    Damn! Thanks, that made my night.

  53. hubbledeej says:

    mix mix, stir stir, him him, her her, married young, it’s all a blur!

  54. nnguyen says:

    I had never seen this video before, but despite the “Whoa”-tastic quality, the song constantly reminded me of Jerry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6egdKxbvtbU#t=1m15s

  55. Fritz Bogott says:

    Vaudeville was a tough gig.

    “Contortionists? Dime a dozen. Don’t call us; we’ll call you. Oh, you also sing close harmony? Well, you can work off-nights for a week and we’ll see.”

  56. Itsumishi says:

    I’m sure glad you informed us when shit started getting real. The voices, the slightly out of sync dance moves. These things did not bode well in the first 58 seconds or so.

    Everything after that. Well. Just. Wow.

  57. Anonymous says:

    She has a magnet in her mouth and it’s a paper apple with a small metal plate on part of the surface.

  58. Roy Trumbull says:

    Through the 1940s such performers were known as contortionists and could be seen in any variety show. By the 1960s the name “acrobatic dancer” was used. I don’t know what they call themselves now.

  59. Anonymous says:

    The ‘grabbing the apple’ trick looks like it was shown backwards, the apple kind of jumps up into her mouth. Not that that makes the contortion any less amazing. I have to say that was a real jaw-dropper once the action started until they tumbled out of there!

  60. Anonymous says:

    wow, my mouth was wide open after that…that was almost pornographic

  61. Anonymous says:

    This video made me scream and look away. thankfully, when I looked back, nobody was dismembered!

  62. lakelady says:

    I have to wonder if one of these fine ladies ended up being the mother of Moses Pendelton.

  63. Yamara says:

    In 1944, there were still states in the Union that would allow marriage to a 15 year old.

    Besides, it can’t be lewd because their bellybuttons are covered.

  64. Anonymous says:

    While those are all things young girls can be trained to do, it’s still totally F-ed.

    I got nothin.

  65. Anonymous says:

    she couldn’t have just climbed down the ladder and picked up that apple? what a show-off…

  66. Anonymous says:

    WOW! Cirque Du Soleil 1944!

  67. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I was looking for a potato salad recipe, and found this! Thank you, internets!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t I see them in John Carpenter’s The Thing?

  69. Yamara says:

    BTW, while I hope Jackhammer Jill always remains the masthead mascot for BoingBoing…

    if Happy Mutants LLC ever needs a logo/mascot, you could take inspiration from the shot of the Ross Sister at 2:35…..

    • Michael says:

      oh if only they had “demonic possession” movies in the 50s, they would have made terrifying demon hosts… that hand walk with the ass on the head and the feet dangling is one makeup artist short of making me piss my pants.

  70. Anonymous says:

    That’s either faked or we were invaded by hand walking fembots from outer space somewhere in the mid-twentieth century.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously you’re too young to know about vaudeville which this was the norm for entertainment. These women were double-jointed. No tricks. You’re used to computer graphics and Janet Jackson showing her boob. Youth it wasted on the Young.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you are right, it must be faked… there is no way a ghost really closed the door at the end.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Is that what they’re recommending to help your digestion of their cooking??!!! “Solid”?!!!

  72. Anonymous says:

    this is both impressive AND sick!

  73. Anonymous says:

    The apple trick doesn’t look backward to me. You’ll notice that at 2:54, a piece of hay falls in just the right direction. Also, when her hands brush the hay, they move after contact and not before. There may be some other trick to explain why the apple hops into her mouth, or it could be that the image quality is not sufficient to properly make out what’s happening. Their obvious talents and confidence being what they are, I doubt they’d have any reason to fake this routine. That’d be like Elvis using auto-tune or Buster Keaton using a stunt-double, don’t you think? What’d be the point?

  74. Enormo says:

    Proves my theory, “Just because you don’t eat potato salad doesn’t mean you can’t masturbate to it.”

  75. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who thinks pornography wasn’t as suggestive in the early 20th century is just plain wrong. There was NO reason other than for the explicit fancy of imagination for that girl on the wheely-barrow to prove she can stand on her head with her feet still on the floor.

  76. Anonymous says:

    I was all prepared to make a witty response to this video, but frankly it left me speechless.

  77. unklstuart says:

    Entertainment gave you your money’s worth in those days.

  78. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    For anyone finding this clip especially sexy:

    ggaylmer (1 month ago)
    Careful!…the youngest was only 15 at most in 1944 (Dixie, born 1929, married Dickie Henderson 1948, died 1963)

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t advocate fraternizing with minors, but are you saying we shouldn’t be aroused? Whatever their ages, it was for me not so much a circus performance as a cleverly lewd awesomeness dance. But oh my, were they forced to wear that stuff?

  79. dculberson says:

    The lack of safety equipment for the stunt at around 3:20 is amazing. One slip and whoops!

  80. fistula spume says:

    I didn’t want to go here but to quote Fanny Pack “is your crotch hungry girl, cause it’s eating your pants”.

  81. Anonymous says:

    2:08 – 2:16 makes me wish I could find a girl that could do that. That was hella hot.

  82. Bender says:

    Man, that is craziness. And me without a time machine!

  83. Anonymous says:

    i have never been more turned on…………..lmao

  84. geekd says:

    I bet they were popular with the boys!

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re right, because clearly these talents are only good for pleasing men. Why would a talented woman ever have any other goal?

  85. Anonymous says:

    The shit is gangster!!!

  86. Anonymous says:

    I fascination is tainted by the thought that these women would be in their 80-90′s by now.

  87. Kercules says:

    Precisely why I love BoingBoing.

  88. Anonymous says:

    Just one song in a long musical tradition of potato salad songs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_tKu4Zr54c

  89. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Everyone knows that ‘solid potato salad’ is a euphemism for ‘sleeve job’.

  90. Anonymous says:

    What the hell did I just watch. All I remember is some singing about potato salad and some creepy Exorcist-like contortions and shit.

  91. vagueblur says:

    Wow, I was wondering why they were packing thinly-veiled, I-hate-life grimaces while they were singing. It’s because they were worried about the death defying stunts!

    The whole thing is just amazing, and here I have trouble just crawling under my desk when I drop my bag of Cheetos.

  92. hbobrien says:

    * Proof that once upon a time, we didn’t need a Quebecois circus troupe (Cirque du Soleil) importing ex-Soviet Bloc performers to do similar things. No, we produced them on our own.

    * Man… I can just picture the James Ellroy “live sex acts” write-up of this in some neo-noir novel.

  93. dross1260 says:

    Wow! Did they really sing also?
    Have always been more partial to nat king cole’s version.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4wrjiJ3Q4M

  94. Suburbancowboy says:

    Ya know, that’s the problem with music today. No one sings about Potato Salad. You can keep your Umbrella-ellas and your lady lumps and your boxes with dicks in them! I want songs about potato salad! Now 23 skidoo!

  95. Purly says:

    I’ve actually always wanted to learn contortion.

  96. Purly says:

    BTW, thanks for posting this and reminding us what the human body is capable of if we just use it!

  97. drewand1200 says:

    My mouth started watering at 2:16… I don’t know why just yet and I am frightened…

  98. Anonymous says:

    what.the.fuck.
    so glad i wasn’t stoned when i watched this, it would have been terrifying

  99. Anonymous says:

    it would be real interesting to get those little ladies in the sack

  100. joanna says:

    Is it weird that all I could think about was the scene from _The Road_ where father and son discover the human chattel dungeon? I was eating a suddenly not-so-yummy slice of pizza while watching the clip.

    But wow them sisters! I can’t even touch my toes!

  101. MadMolecule says:

    I figured it was going to be a song with a flirty subtext or something. Instead, it was a terrible song with an AWESOME video. (Sort of the opposite of the Pixies’ “Velouria” in that regard.)

  102. Anonymous says:

    this is real, it is a form of rhythmic gymnastics.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMJorfZpAiE with no hoop and stuff.

  103. scifijazznik says:

    Ne plus ultra. Bravo, Xeni. You may take the rest of the week off.

  104. Conroar says:

    Witches!

  105. Anonymous says:

    i especially like their singing. and very, very much so. would be more than enough for me.

    but they… well forget it, i am speechless.

    .~.

    p.s.: recaptcha is asking me to write “harmony leaders”. something is very wrong and very right here.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Er… what’s the connection between these acrobatics and potato salad? I’m guessing that potato salad is what you’re joints turn into after a life spent doing this stuff… ;-)

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