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(Slate)   That weird "Chicken Fat" song from Apple's iPhone ad was written by the composer of "The Music Man," sung by Robert Preston as a PSA for JFK's Council On American Fitness... and banned in Detroit   (slate.com) divider line 51
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2014-06-17 02:24:46 AM  
I remember our 7th gym class exercising to that back when I started junior high.
 
2014-06-17 02:59:37 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: I remember our 7th gym class exercising to that back when I started junior high.


That is when it was written.

Ten times!
 
2014-06-17 03:38:51 AM  

doglover: Bathia_Mapes: I remember our 7th gym class exercising to that back when I started junior high.

That is when it was written.

Ten times!


It was released in 1962, but at that time our local elementary schools (grades 1-6) didn't have gym classes. Those didn't start until junior high (grades 7-9), so it would have been around late 1964/early 1965 (12-13 years old).
 
2014-06-17 04:06:25 AM  
As I was the age, I wondered why I had never heard of it. Then I got to the part about Detroit.....yes Detroit had just fine schools up until the 1967 riots and didnt need the song.....my family moved to the suburbs 1966 one year before the riots.
 
2014-06-17 04:22:05 AM  
I didn't know about it being banned in Detroit, but I knew it was written by Meredith Hill and sung by Robert Preston. I love Preston and his voice is unmistakable. I also remember the song from gym class in school.
 
2014-06-17 04:23:45 AM  
* Meredith Willson, not Hill.
 
2014-06-17 07:12:41 AM  
My elementary school used it in gym class in the 1970's.
 
2014-06-17 07:52:38 AM  

dittybopper: My elementary school used it in gym class in the 1970's.


This.

/middle aged fist bump
 
2014-06-17 07:58:50 AM  
Your iphone will get you in to shape.
 
2014-06-17 08:13:13 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Your iphone will get you in to shape.


i.ytimg.com

Not as quickly as curls with one of these
 
2014-06-17 08:20:28 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Your iphone will get you in to shape.



disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com
I can't do that Dave.
 
2014-06-17 08:22:58 AM  
I just had to watch a 30 second commercial to watch a 61 second commercial.

I'm surprised a wormhole didn't open and suck me out into the Negative zone.
 
2014-06-17 08:23:24 AM  
Oh, so that commercial is just an attempt to get old people to buy an iPhone? When I first saw it, I thought it was stupid and kind of insulting, to be honest.
 
2014-06-17 08:36:10 AM  
I'm starting to think that it's Apple company policy to never show anyone in their commercials who has more than 5% body fat.
 
2014-06-17 08:41:32 AM  
We used to have to work out to it every morning before swim camp in the 60s
 
2014-06-17 08:43:22 AM  

dittybopper: My elementary school used it in gym class in the 1970's.


Mine too, 3rd and 4th grade.  By a gym teacher that didn't like kids.  I think he used it just to get a 3 minute break.
 
2014-06-17 08:46:07 AM  

ChubbyTiger: dittybopper: My elementary school used it in gym class in the 1970's.

This.

/middle aged fist bump


Have to fist bump:  Arthritis keeps me from straightening out my fingers......
 
2014-06-17 08:46:59 AM  

GoldSpider: I'm starting to think that it's Apple company policy to never show anyone in their commercials who has more than 5% body fat.


The beautiful people, the beautiful people....
 
2014-06-17 08:47:59 AM  
Something;s wrong in the headline.
 
2014-06-17 08:51:02 AM  
That was the song to which Mr. Bayless made us run laps around the gym. Then, if we were lucky, we got to play Turkey Ball.
 
2014-06-17 08:58:01 AM  

Feepit: Oh, so that commercial is just an attempt to get old people to buy an iPhone? When I first saw it, I thought it was stupid and kind of insulting, to be honest.


ad·ver·tise·ment
ˈadvərˌtīzmənt,ədˈvərtiz-/
noun
a notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy.

If you spend time online, Google will bombarded you with them.
 
2014-06-17 09:19:17 AM  
I use the StrongLifts 5x5 app religiously now... great simple app.
But the guy who came up with the programe is a little extreme - but his site is interesting

Link to commercial featuring app and no commercials
http://stronglifts.com/apple/
 
2014-06-17 09:22:38 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Your iphone will get you in to shape.


The commercial flashes through a bunch of sports/activities.  I do a couple they show, a little golf but mostly cycling and running.  Having a device monitor my performance takes the fun out of it.  I just want to know the big picture stuff.  Did I run the 5K in less than 27 minutes?  Did I keep my speed over 10 mph during the whole climb?  That's all I want to know.  Any more information than that is just numbers for the sake of numbers.
 
2014-06-17 09:23:51 AM  

ChubbyTiger: dittybopper: My elementary school used it in gym class in the 1970's.

This.

/middle aged fist bump


I heard it in elementary school... in the 90s
/ill get off your lawn
 
2014-06-17 09:27:55 AM  

Muta: HotWingConspiracy: Your iphone will get you in to shape.

The commercial flashes through a bunch of sports/activities.  I do a couple they show, a little golf but mostly cycling and running.  Having a device monitor my performance takes the fun out of it.  I just want to know the big picture stuff.  Did I run the 5K in less than 27 minutes?  Did I keep my speed over 10 mph during the whole climb?  That's all I want to know.  Any more information than that is just numbers for the sake of numbers.


Yeah...I get why some people are in to that granular level of detail. I'm not huge on that kind of fitness, mostly just light running, hiking, and hippie sports like frisbee.

I just question all this fitness tech's utility for about 95% of smart phone users.
 
2014-06-17 09:31:02 AM  
This is why people in Detroit are so farking fat now.  It all makes sense.
 
2014-06-17 09:33:30 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: This is why people in Detroit are so farking fat now.  It all makes sense.


I thought it was so they stood a better chance of harmlessly absorbing gunfire.
 
2014-06-17 09:39:06 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Muta: HotWingConspiracy: Your iphone will get you in to shape.

The commercial flashes through a bunch of sports/activities.  I do a couple they show, a little golf but mostly cycling and running.  Having a device monitor my performance takes the fun out of it.  I just want to know the big picture stuff.  Did I run the 5K in less than 27 minutes?  Did I keep my speed over 10 mph during the whole climb?  That's all I want to know.  Any more information than that is just numbers for the sake of numbers.

Yeah...I get why some people are in to that granular level of detail. I'm not huge on that kind of fitness, mostly just light running, hiking, and hippie sports like frisbee.

I just question all this fitness tech's utility for about 95% of smart phone users.


I have a friend who fancies himself a pro cyclist.  He tracks his watts with a special hub, heart rate and cadence.  He doesn't need an iPhone.
 
2014-06-17 09:42:05 AM  
Grade school for me.  They seemed to think it was some sort of reward for good behavior.
 
2014-06-17 09:53:20 AM  
So, your iPhone judges you to make you feel like you`re not doing enough?

I`m OK with that.

Not getting one though...
 
2014-06-17 09:55:11 AM  
Also, your iPhone warranty is void if you get it wet and you are encouraged to leave it within a few feet of the edge of a swimming pool?

Wouldn`t the high moisture in the air change the little moisture sensing tabs colour on its own?
 
2014-06-17 09:56:04 AM  

Pocket Ninja: That was the song to which Mr. Bayless made us run laps around the gym. Then, if we were lucky, we got to play Turkey Ball.


You played with balls made out of turkeys?

I'm calling PETA!
 
2014-06-17 10:04:24 AM  
Fact: there are no fitness apps for Android.
 
2014-06-17 10:09:46 AM  

dready zim: Also, your iPhone warranty is void if you get it wet and you are encouraged to leave it within a few feet of the edge of a swimming pool?

Wouldn`t the high moisture in the air change the little moisture sensing tabs colour on its own?


The derp is strong in this one.
 
2014-06-17 10:48:40 AM  

propasaurus: Fact: there are no fitness apps for Android.


That "fact" smells of truthiness.
 
2014-06-17 10:55:44 AM  

TheNameIs_Horace: I use the StrongLifts 5x5 app religiously now... great simple app.
But the guy who came up with the programe is a little extreme - but his site is interesting

Link to commercial featuring app and no commercials
http://stronglifts.com/apple/


I am glad it is free, that is a pretty simple program.

I am annoyed there isn't a free 5/3/1 program out there that tracks your stuff. Not that those programs are much more complicated...
 
2014-06-17 10:57:36 AM  
www.fipresci.org
Go, you chickenhawk, go!

/Looks like he only touchdowned now and then...
 
2014-06-17 11:00:20 AM  

Muta: I have a friend who fancies himself a pro cyclist. He tracks his watts with a special hub, heart rate and cadence. He doesn't need an iPhone.


I'm NOT a pro cyclist and I really like being able to track my rides (mileage, speed, etc) with my iPhone.
 
2014-06-17 11:20:07 AM  
They played that song from a record over the loudspeakers at scout camp every morning, without fail. It was one way to rouse scouts, but dear lord did we all hate it by the end of the week. I can't imagine how the poor SOBs that worked there felt.
 
2014-06-17 11:36:01 AM  
Sounds schmaltzy.
 
2014-06-17 11:51:05 AM  
fat shaming apple.  HAES!
 
2014-06-17 12:33:29 PM  

liam76: TheNameIs_Horace: I use the StrongLifts 5x5 app religiously now... great simple app.
But the guy who came up with the programe is a little extreme - but his site is interesting

Link to commercial featuring app and no commercials
http://stronglifts.com/apple/

I am glad it is free, that is a pretty simple program.

I am annoyed there isn't a free 5/3/1 program out there that tracks your stuff. Not that those programs are much more complicated...


Actually, if you tap the circle where the 5's go, it will decrease the number each tap... So, 5,4,3,2,1 and record those as your rep number.

Also, JeFit is a good app I've been using in addition to the 5x5 to track the other workouts I do to supplement the 5x5. The JeFit basic app is free.
 
2014-06-17 01:24:35 PM  

rosstifer: ChubbyTiger: dittybopper: My elementary school used it in gym class in the 1970's.

This.

/middle aged fist bump

I heard it in elementary school... in the 90s
/ill get off your lawn


And give me my onion back, damn you!
 
2014-06-17 02:07:40 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: I remember our 7th gym class exercising to that back when I started junior high.


Situps on the cold concrete gym floor in grade school. Good times, good times.
 
2014-06-17 02:13:51 PM  
I thought it might've been the School Fight Song from "How To Succeed In Business" @ first...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZPB83_ApqY

/a company named for an Apple probably oughtta fatshame...
 
2014-06-17 03:11:09 PM  

felching pen: Bathia_Mapes: I remember our 7th gym class exercising to that back when I started junior high.

Situps on the cold concrete gym floor in grade school. Good times, good times.


Ours was wood flooring since it was also used for basketball games. Slippery as hell too if the janitor had recently went over it with the buffer.
 
2014-06-17 06:17:26 PM  
Wait ... you guys are actually familiar with that song?  I'd never heard it before, and I was happier in my state of bliss.

Truly, nothing is obscure on Fark.
 
2014-06-17 06:57:44 PM  
In our gym class we used the actual record (late 80's / early 90's)
 
2014-06-17 07:09:14 PM  

TheNameIs_Horace: liam76: TheNameIs_Horace: I use the StrongLifts 5x5 app religiously now... great simple app.
But the guy who came up with the programe is a little extreme - but his site is interesting

Link to commercial featuring app and no commercials
http://stronglifts.com/apple/

I am glad it is free, that is a pretty simple program.

I am annoyed there isn't a free 5/3/1 program out there that tracks your stuff. Not that those programs are much more complicated...

Actually, if you tap the circle where the 5's go, it will decrease the number each tap... So, 5,4,3,2,1 and record those as your rep number.

Also, JeFit is a good app I've been using in addition to the 5x5 to track the other workouts I do to supplement the 5x5. The JeFit basic app is free.


I am not doing SL, just familiar with it.

I don't think it works for most people past a certain level and wendler 531 has good progressions if you reach that point. All ofthe free apps won't record progress that I know of.
 
2014-06-17 07:09:27 PM  

Flying Code Monkey: Wait ... you guys are actually familiar with that song?  I'd never heard it before, and I was happier in my state of bliss.

Truly, nothing is obscure on Fark.


Heh!

Some of us are old, myself included :-D

Full-length version of the song
 
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