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Jack in the box

Postby Dehitay » Thu 09.13.2007 1:01 am

I'm curious if this is well known in Japan (toy, not the restaruant). I borrowed one before and introduced it to my Japanese teacher as a music box. To my delight, it scared her to the point of dropping it and jumping back. I asked her how many people in Japan knew about these and she said she didn't know. If it's as uncommon as I think, it could be well worth buying one before my trip to Japan. I have an unhealthy love for pranks.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby keatonatron » Thu 09.13.2007 5:20 am

I'm pretty sure I've heard of them mentioned before (it has a different name, obviously) but I don't have any real experience with them.

Heck, I haven't even seen one in the states since I was 6 or 7. Aren't they hard to find nowadays? (Or am I just not looking at toddler toys anymore? -- Of course that seems like a horrible toy for a toddler)
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby Infidel » Thu 09.13.2007 5:38 am

well, it's not a toy that keeps its shock value for long.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby A_Nozomi » Thu 09.13.2007 6:33 am

Nah, little kids love that kind of thing. They'll sit there doing it over and over and giggling. Its anticipation of not knowing when the toy will pop out, not any kind of shock value that is the draw.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby Infidel » Thu 09.13.2007 6:46 am

I remember when my parents gave me one before my first birthday. They kept spinning the darn thing and the stupid clown kept popping out they made the same enthusiastic noise every time, and I was bored out of my mind. The toy became much more interesting after I ripped the clown out of the box used it to bang on my play pen to get my parents attention. It was even more amusing when I would hide underneath it and my parents freaked looking for me.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby Mike Cash » Thu 09.13.2007 7:46 am

Maybe your teacher is too young to know about them; they probably went out a long time ago over here. They're called びっくり箱.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby keatonatron » Thu 09.13.2007 10:40 am

A_Nozomi wrote:
Its anticipation of not knowing when the toy will pop out, not any kind of shock value that is the draw.


If you know the song (and who doesn't???), you know EXACTLY when it's going to pop out. ;)
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby Kagemaru » Thu 09.13.2007 11:49 am

keatonatron wrote:
If you know the song (and who doesn't???)......


Me... :(
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby richvh » Thu 09.13.2007 12:08 pm

One variation

(I learned it as "mulberry bush" rather than "cobbler's bench")
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby AJBryant » Thu 09.13.2007 3:11 pm

Oddly, I learned it as "cobbler's bush. "


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RE: Jack in the box

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 09.13.2007 4:32 pm

rofl, and when I saw the title to this thread I thought Dehitay was talking about Hamburger joints. Now, that's a classic.

And keatonatron, the original jack's didn't pop out in USUAL manner like they do now. there was a jig inside that would catch the spring and hold it and a seperate cog that would come around and release it, these were not set to go along with the song. the current jack's are not so well made and quite frankly make the "pop" goes the weasel and the jack occur at the same time.

too bad mass production took this off speed classic and turned it into Romper Room clutter
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby SirFirestorm » Thu 09.13.2007 8:55 pm

I haven't seen a jack in the box since I was a kid, the one I had didnt pop out at the end of the song it would pop out randomly anytime during the song.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby tanuki » Thu 09.13.2007 10:54 pm

AJBryant wrote:
Oddly, I learned it as "cobbler's bush. "


Cobbler's bush, jack in the box...
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby two_heads_talking » Fri 09.14.2007 8:52 am

SirFirestorm wrote:
I haven't seen a jack in the box since I was a kid, the one I had didnt pop out at the end of the song it would pop out randomly anytime during the song.


you have one of the "good" ones.
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RE: Jack in the box

Postby richvh » Fri 09.14.2007 10:06 am

The one I remember (dating to the early 60s, if not before) always popped on "Pop!".
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