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Old 04-10-2003, 01:36 PM
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Origin of phrase "Let's blow this popsicle stand!"

This one's been nagging me and a friend for the last few days...

Does anyone have definitive info on the origin of the phrase:

"Let's blow this popsicle stand!"

A little googlage brought up tentative references to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a Richard Dreyfus movie, both @1987 or '88, but I'd like a more reliable attribution, if anyone knows.
Old 04-10-2003, 01:53 PM
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Much earlier than TMNT!

And I've always heard it as "pop" stand but it could go either way.
Old 04-10-2003, 03:06 PM
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I've also heard Pop Stand. It goes at least as far back as my childhood in the 60s. I'm sure it's older than that.
Old 04-10-2003, 07:49 PM
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The origin goes back to using "blow" to mean to "leave a place" in 1898, at least in print. In that instance it was "I blew the bunch,...."

In 1902 it appeared as "...blew the joint." So there we have someone definitively using the sameold/sameold, just not using "pop" or "popsicle.'

There is an actual cite from 1974 using "Let's blow this pop stand." It certainly went back before that. There was a 1980 Mork &f MIndy show which included the "...blow this popsicle stand" language.

All info from Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang.
More than you wanted to know, perhaps?
Old 04-10-2003, 10:18 PM
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All I know is, I'm naming my son Popsicle Stand.
Old 04-10-2003, 10:24 PM
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Why not name him "Bubbles"?
Buy Whizzo butter.
Old 04-10-2003, 10:27 PM
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Or why not "Blanket" ?

I always thought it was "Taco stand." Hmm.

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