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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sheldon Sings "I Got Algorithm"

Hello there. As I'm sure you know, I'm Sheldon Cooper, noted theoretical physicist, mentor to famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking, and trusted adviser to Professor Proton and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

I'm a whiz with numbers, statistics and equations. The only figure that's a mystery to me belongs to Amy Farrah Fowler.

Shady told me to say BA-DUM-BUMP. I'm pretty sure it means the same thing as BAZINGA, a word I spoke a total of 19 times from season two through eight.

Although, to be completely accurate, I didn't
say BAZINGA at all in season six or seven.

Naturally, the fact that I am a star mathlete
makes me the perfect candidate to present
Shady's arithmetical trivia question.
It's a real brain buster so look out.


What is the square root of


While you're mulling it over in a
feeble attempt to come up with the
answer, why don't you listen to a
few songs with numbers in the title?

"Two Little Kids" - Peaches and Herb
(Jan. 1968, highest chart pos. #31)

"Deep Six" - Marliyn Manson
(Jan. 2015, highest chart pos.
#8 U.S. Mainstream Rock,
#1 Germany Alt. Singles)

"Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat"
Paul Evans (Nov. 1959, highest
chart position #9)

"Thirteen Women" 
Bill Haley & His Comets
(May 1954, original A side of
"Rock Around the Clock" single)

"Just Seventeen" - The Raiders
(Jan. 1970, highest chart pos.
#82 Hot 100/#73 Cash Box)

"96 Tears" - The Stranglers
(Feb. 1990, highest chart pos. #17 UK,
#9 Ireland, live on Top Of The Pops)



What is the square root of


It's 141...

...and you could have arrived at that figure
simply by adding the numbers in the titles
of the above songs. Now don't you just
feel silly, inadequate, and completely
inferior to yours truly?

I must admit that I rather enjoyed
serving as master of ceremonies.
For years I've tinkered with the idea
of becoming a stand-up comic on the
laugh club circuit. Perhaps it's time
for me to blow this pop stand and
make my mark as a comedy legend.

I'll call myself Shecky Shelley.
Let me try a joke out on you.
Here goes. On his day off, a
physicist put a sign on his
door. What did the sign say?

(Wait for it.)

(snicker snort, snicker snort)

BAZINGA... er, I mean

I don't know about you, but I
get a big bang out of that one.
(snicker snort, snicker snort)

Watch the season 11 premiere of

The Big Bang Theory

tonight at 8/7c on CBS!


  1. Hahaha— one by one you are doing something with all of our favorite TV shows and characters. Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory makes a great guest host— and you nailed his quirky personality and his air of superiority. It was clever to have Sheldon challenge us with a math problem and use songs with numbers in the title that— when added together— give the answer.

    I don’t remember that song by Peaches & Herb but it is terrific. I also never heard the one by Marilyn Manson— Is it brand new? I was very young when Seven Little Girls was popular but I do remember it. Thirteen Women is a fun Bill Haley song— but I can’t believe it was originally the A side of Rock Around the Clock. How could they not hear the enormous hit potential of that B side? I vaguely remember this rock song Seventeen by Paul Revere & the Raiders. It’s pretty cool— and I wonder why it didn’t do well on the charts. I know the song 96 Tears— but never heard this 1990 version and never heard of the Stranglers— are they British?

    This was so much fun— and I can’t wait to watch tonight’s season premiere of Big Bang!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for joining the fun as Sheldon Cooper sings “I Got Algorithm” and poses a mind boggling math question on the day that his long running hit TV series The Big Bang Theory kicks-off its 11th season.

      Actually this is the third SDMM post to make reference to Sheldon Cooper. Way back in a Feb. 2011 post Sheldon wrote a letter to the editor. More recently, he made a cameo appearance in my 2015 birthday tribute to actress Yvonne Lime:

      I’m glad you enjoyed some of these tunes beginning with that rare and wonderful clip of Peaches & Herb singing “Two Little Kids,” a track from their 1968 album Golden Duets which I owned and played often.

      "Deep Six” is not brand new. It was the second single released from Marilyn Manson’s January 2015 album Pale Emperor. As you might recall, I introduced the first single from that album, "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge," in vol. 1 of my series School Of Rock:

      Incidentally, the Manson band will release their 10th studio album Heaven Upside Down eleven days from now on October 6.

      Yessum, it is a wonder that the decision makers in charge of Bill Haley & the Comets failed to recognize that they had a smash hit hidden away on the B side of that single. It is one of the greatest examples of poor judgement, in my opinion. With “13 Women” as the push side, the single sold poorly, but when “Rock Around The Clock” was introduced in the soundtrack of the hit 1955 social commentary film Blackboard Jungle, it took off and went on to become a genre classic. While not considered the very first rock ‘n’ roll song, “Rock Around The Clock” is, according to Wiki, “widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world.”

      Paul Revere & The Raiders were hot in the mid 60s, but by late in the decade, music tastes had changed and the band’s records didn’t fare as well on the chart. The name of the act was shortened to The Raiders and in 1970 they released the album Collage. Although it drew praise from a reviewer at Rolling Stone, the album fizzled as did the single “Just Seventeen.” (Seems I am one of the few that bought it.) “Just Seventeen” made only minor dents in both the Billboard and Cash Box charts. Another single from Collage - "Gone Movin' On," - a re-recorded version of a track from the band’s 1967 album Revolution! - performed even more poorly. It Bubbled Under on Billboard and reached #92 on Cash Box.

      Yessum, The Stranglers are an English punk rock and new wave band. Their 1990 cover of “96 Tears,” the 1966 hit by the U.S. band ? (Question Mark) & The Mysterians, brushed the top 15 in the UK and went top 10 in Ireland. For this post I stole a clip that could have been used in my series Bandstands in Foreign Lands. The Stranglers are still performing in 2017.

      Thank you again for your comment, Kathryn. I hope Sheldon and his friends on the BBT keep the funny meter pegged tonight!

  2. Tom,

    I featured "Peaches & Herb" on a Saturday my site a couple weeks in my post 7 Peaches for Herb.

    Marilyn Mansion is disturbing to look at and his mewsic is not a good suit for my ears, either. All of the mewsic shared is new-to-me, except for the first one "Two Little Kids" which I also shared in my post.

    You really have panache reminding us of new episodes with the return of upcoming TV programs. I got a real big bang out of this! :D BTW, I love your number theme! I might have to borrow your idea, if you don't mind to use in a Monday Mewsic Moves Me post. Have a totally cool day, my friend!

    1. Cathy Cathy Cathy!

      I don't know what to say, dear friend. I just discovered your Peaches & Herb post. I remember you telling me weeks ago that you were going to trace the career of Herb Fame and his female singing partners but I swear I never saw that post published until now. Great job!

      I'm happy to learn that I exposed you to several new-to-you tunes in this post and glad that you liked my number theme and references to Big Bang Theory.

      Yessum, MM is an acquired taste, not for everyone, but I acquired a taste for the band and love their thundering single "Deep Six."

      Yessum, the number theme is fun and there are many popular recordings with numbers in the title. I would enjoy listening to the batch that you come up with. Please let me know when you publish it so I don't miss it.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cathy, and please forgive me for missing that P&H post of yours until now. Have a super week!

    2. Tom,

      No problem with missing the post. I think I realized after sharing with you that when it went live was during Irma's shenanigans and you had way more important matters on your mind than my post. :) Friday, we spent the day in Nashville at the Opry Mills Shopping Center. Most of the mewsic they played in the background was country but oddly they switched gears and guess what came over the speaker but "Two Little Kids" by P&H! I thought that interesting and thought of your number themed post. I will certainly let you know when I put together my own number themed post. Have a blessed day, my friend!

    3. Thank you, dear friend Cathy!

      This is another dark day for America and I am depressed but I appreciate your cheery message letting me know that your heard "Two Little Kids" at the Opry Mills Shopping Center. How unusual! It is almost surreal, I would have to say, because I never hear that particular song from one decade to the next.

      Thanks again, Cathy, and have a nice week!

  3. Haha, my younger was a fan of the Big Bang theory, but I've never seen it.

    I'm so glad that Rock Around the Clock became the A side of that particular record by Bill Haley and His Comets. What a classic, 13 women.. less so.

    1. Hi, Joey!

      It's great to see you again, my musical English friend. Welcome back to SDMM!

      I'm happy to learn that at least you are familiar with The Big Bang Theory even though you never watched it. There are 10 seasons of laughs already in the can and I encourage you to give the hit sitcom a try.

      Wouldn't it be great to travel back in time and eavesdrop on the meeting that resulted in the decision to make "13 Women" the A side of that single? It's about the same as somebody sifting through songs for the Beatles to record and deciding that "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" are losers - bound to fail - and belong on the bone pile. :) A wise saying comes to mind: "Hindsight is 20/20." :)

      Hey, thank you again for coming to visit, good buddy Joey. Enjoy the rest of your week in the UK!

    2. PS: I tried to watch it nd loved it ... until I fell asleep ... seems like I always fall asleep when watching TV ... or anything on gorgeous oh so gorgeous IMAX theaters or Science Center presentations ... this is kinda bad, friend ... I have been more than one time being wakened at the end of some show by various family members: Hi, mom, time to go ... ya ... and that's just how it is ... Anyway ... Love, always ... smiles ... cat.

    3. Hi, cat!

      I needed to do some hunting for your latest comment, dear feline friend! :)

      I usually require total darkness and dead silence in order to fall asleep. Mrs. Shady is a lot different. She routinely falls asleep in front of the TV with a crime show playing loudly and the sounds of gunfire and crashing cars filling the room every few seconds. I don't know how she does it. :) Are you saying that you are able to fall asleep in a loud IMAX theater? That is quite surprising, dear friend. :)

      Have a great weekend. Lubbins lubbins lubbins to you, dear friend cat!

  4. ... okay, and since me on your territory I accept 141 then ... for now ... until I prove u otherwise .... That was fun, Mr Shady ... Love, cat

    1. ... am really good at math but it is MY Way OR NO WAY ... never learned anything when pressed ... c.

    2. Hi hi hi, dear cat!

      Thank you for coming, dear feline friend! Are you saying that you were stumped by Sheldon's math problem? The answer "141" didn't pop immediately into your mind? :) That's AOK, as long as you had some fun. Math isn't my strong suit. I had a rough time getting through high school algebra, trig, geometry and calculus. I remember taking my slide rule along to the Shady Dell at night and trying to study there while the music was blasting. :)

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend cat, and have a wonderful week!

    3. O ya? Blast away then, friend Shady ... U so sweet ... smiles ... Love, cat.

  5. TBBT is one of my fave shows to date. I love it! I wish they can go on making it but I've heard each lead actors are paid 1M per episode so not sure how the studio will afford. Still, love it!

    1. Hi, Luxie!

      How are you, my dear friend around the world? Thank you very much for joining the fun!

      I'm thrilled to know that you are familiar with Sheldon Cooper and the rest of the gang on The Big Bang Theory and that, in fact, it is one of your favorite shows. Mrs. Shady and I consider it "must see TV."

      The latest I read is that the main actors - Galecki, Parsons, Cuoco, Helberg, and Nayyar - took a 10% pay cut to give Bialik and Rauch a pay boost. The principals' salaries were reduced to a paltry $900,000 per episode and the two supporting women will now reportedly receive $500,000 per episode. Shucks, I routinely find that much money in my couch cushions! :)

      Thank you again for being here, dear friend Lux. Enjoy the rest of your week there in the Philippines!

  6. He makes it look so easy.
    Looking forward to tonight's season premier!

    1. BAZINGA!

      Thanks, good buddy Alex. Mrs. S and I will be tuning in, too!

  7. Very clever! And here I was, calculating the square root of 19,881. I'm sure my genius son, Bubba would have figured it out by the numbers in the titles.

    Have a great week!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for swinging by, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      Absolutely! I have no doubt that your brilliant son Bubba would have snapped out the answer "141" in two seconds flat, probably by using some mathematical hack or shortcut we don't even know about.

      I hope all is well with you and your clan. Thank you again for your kind visit and comment and have a super week, dear friend Sherry!

  8. Bravo to Shecky Shelley for a job very...well, very interestingly, well done!

    Peaches and Herb were such a cute and talented couple, weren't they! Although, I did not know the song, "Two Little Kids", it is a good song, and they performed so well together. I believe I would just adore getting to watch them perform any song!

    And, too...I do know who Sheldon is even though I don't watch the BBTheory. He has become so well known, and is loved by a bunch of us! I know my son will be on top of that season premier!

    Ooooh, Marilyn Manson! Well, I have to give the guy credit for being around all these years...BUT! Well, I didn't understand much of what he was singing, and I have to admit, I've heard that song before, and it's not half bad. Also, the video is pretty far out, and, I had to cut the guy off halfway through it!

    Wow! "Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat"! My Elementary school held a talent show every fall with a Fall Festival, carnival, and all. A classmate Jon, and, seven girl classmates, with me as 'Fred' performed this song in the talent show, I'm guessing in 1959-1960 (6th grade). I did play Fred, wearing my hair tucked up under a sailor hat with the front pulled down, and t-shirt and jeans! Actually, we only used six girls, with me in the middle, singing the chorus with them. Our friend Jon was fantastic as the lead singer, and we brought the house down. What a fun time, and, an adorable song! Thanks, Sheldon!

    I have always been a fan of Question Mark and the Mysterians "96 Tears". Who would think someone else could master this song? I started listening and watching the video with just an 'ok' attitude. Then it became, "Well, OK. Then it was "good job". Before the song was over, they had me! Don't know who "The Stranglers" are, but I think they nailed this one, with their musical abilities, and their easygoing stage presence!

    Just so you know, Sheldy, I used my calculator to find the square root of 19,881 (not clever enough to have thought about adding the numbers of the songs, lol).

    This was pretty great-don't know whose hat you pulled some of these songs out of, since you weren't around yet for most of them, lol. I guess that Shady character was breathing down your neck most of the time! Good luck on your premier of The Big Bang Theory! Have a great week! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Welcome welcome welcome, dear friend! I hope you don't mind me replying on Sheldon's behalf. He's already in make-up running through his lines and getting ready for tonight's big season premiere. :)

      I'm so happy to know you enjoyed the post. Herb Fame has a smooth, mellow singing voice and he and his ever changing lineup of "Peaches" singing partners gave us many great songs in the soul and disco categories. As I told my friend Cathy K who recently ran an entire post devoted to the history of Peaches and Herb, I bought their Date Records album Golden Duets at the campus record store at Penn State in 1968. It contained "Two Little Kids" and another big favorite of mine, a cover of "Love Is Strange," the 50s hit by Mickey & Sylvia. 1968 was a pivotal year. The kind of music being performed by Peaches & Herb - smooth, romantic soul ballads - was falling out of fashion as radio listeners, record buyers and concert goers developed a taste for funk, acid rock and British blues bands. I was one of the few students at PSU that still listened to soul music. In response to the changing times Herb shifted gears and brought different women into the act as Peaches. The duo hit pay dirt during the disco era (with Linda Greene as Peaches) singing dance and roller skating ditties that included "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "Roller Skatin' Mate." The duo's biggest hit came around that time with a return to the romantic ballad - "Reunited." I saw P & H perform live on the grandstand at the York Interstate Fair in Sept. 1979 as the opening act for Sister Sledge.

      If you close your eyes and just listen, I think you'll agree that Marilyn Manson's "Deep Six" is an enjoyable number. It makes reference to Greek mythology with the lines:

      You wanna know what Zeus said to Narcissus
      You'd betta watch yourself

      According to Wiki: << Tim Noakes of Dazed Digital wrote that the song is about "sin and sex." >> I'd say that makes it an ideal rock song! :)

      I can't picture you as a boy, Suzanne, but thanks for sharing that interesting anecdote relating to Paul Evans' old novelty ditty "Seven Little Girls." I wish you had video of that performance or at least pictures to share.

      Yessum, The Stranglers are a British punk rock and new wave band. They successfully covered the Mysterians garage classic "96 Tears" and are still together and performing in 2017.

      I'm delighted to know you had a good time with this post, dear friend Suzanne. Thanks again for joining the party and have a wonderful week ahead!

  9. Fun and Sheldon interesting !
    I love 96 Tears
    Just a really great post today.

    I wrote about an old band today on my post also !
    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for popping in, dear friend. I'm glad to see you!

      I'm pleased to know you got a kick out of Sheldon's guest post and that you also enjoyed the Brit band The Stranglers and their cover of "96 Tears."

      Holy smokes! I just watched and listened to The Mavericks on the CBS Morning Show and played a few other vids of theirs as well. They are terrific. Wiki calls them a blend of neotraditional country, Latin and rockabilly. They have a great sound and they look cool, too!

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Gayle, and have a super week!

  10. I'm SO out of touch when it comes to TV shows, whether cable OR network. *sigh*

    I know 96 Tears, but I'm thinking it was an earlier version I remember (though I've just looked it up and I don't recall any of the earlier versions).

    Peaches & Herb... now that's a duo I haven't thought of in awhile!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks a lot for coming over for the main event - Sheldon Cooper's stint as my guest blogger.

      There's no need to sigh, dear friend. As far as I am concerned, we are all here to teach and to learn from each other. If you were not familiar with Sheldon's personality before, you are now, and maybe you will be inspired to give his series TBBT a try.

      I have no idea how old or young you are, Kelly but, if you happened to be around in 1966, then surely you must remember the original version of "96 Tears" by ? (Question Mark) & The Mysterians which topped both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in the fall of that year:

      Peaches & Herb are best known for their disco era hits "Reunited" and "Shake Your Groove Thing" but I prefer the earlier incarnation of the act with the original "Peaches" - Francine Hurd Barker. P & H were known as "The Sweethearts of Soul" back then and recorded some fine sweet soul ballads and mid tempo songs including "Two Little Kids," the song posted here, "Love Is Strange," "Let's Fall in Love," "Close Your Eyes" and "For Your Love."

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend Kelly. I hope you enjoyed reading, listening and learning. Have a wonderful week!

  11. Nice to see Sheldon here, though a little advance warning of how to solve the question would have been nice!

    1. Hi, Nick!

      How are you, my new author friend? Thanks for taking a peek at the post!

      I think Sheldon is so used to snapping out the answers to tough math problems that he forgets there are some of us out here who need help. :) If you are already a fan of The Big Bang Theory, then surely you are looking forward to tonight's premiere. If you aren't a regular viewer yet, perhaps this post will inspire you to tune in.

      Thanks again for visiting SDMM, Nick, and best of luck with your new book!

  12. I had the answer before I read through the post..I googled it! I sure wish I had google in high school! I did know every song posted here..well, except for "13 women". 7 little girls in the backseat with some dude...that's creepier than Marliyn's makeup..which, by the way, looks pretty similar to my makeup last Halloween. Of course the Raiders are near and dear to my heart! So on that number I'll say ta for now! I've never watched The Big Bang Theory..I know, I know, I'm probably the only one in the world who hasn't...wait, I googled it and found out that I'm one of 141 who haven't seen it! Whew, for a minute there I thought I would be thrown out of class! Have a great week!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over to sample some songs and get to know lovable braniac Sheldon Cooper, the star attraction of The Big Bang Theory. Ha! When you quipped that you are one of the 141 who haven't yet watched Big Bang, you made me laugh so hard that I sprayed Ovaltine all over my screen. :) Good one, dear friend! The zingers you wrote in this comment are funnier than those of Sheldon and Shady combined! :) Question: does the Yeti have cable out there in the Creepy Woods? :)

      Thank you again for your visit and very witty comments, dear friend YaYa. I hope your week is off to a great start. Take care and enjoy the rest of it!

  13. You got me there, and he does make it look all so easy doesn't he. It's a great show, one I haven't sat through an entire season of though.
    Those songs are really interesting and nice of you to share. Greetings and do have a delightful week!

    1. Hello, my good friend Blogotatti!

      Thank you very much for taking a look and a listen as Sheldon from TBBT makes his debut as guest host, challenges you with a difficult math problem and spins a stack of records with numbers in the titles. I am happy to know that you are familiar with this hit comedy series and I hope you heard a song or two that suits your taste.

      Thanks again for coming, Blogoratti, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. What a selection! I love the go go boots Peaches is wearing...sorry....the music is good and then we go to Manson which I would never listen to but he is such an intelligent person since you know he has a hand in the video. The video is quite artistic and disturbing which goes with the song. From that, a complete 180 to Paul who sings about the 7 girls in the back seat. He lost out for sure! I also like the Bill Haley song with that guitar doing that repeated, I don't know what to call it, but I like it and feel it has some blues inspiration in that. The 1970s' song is just ok for me but I like that song from The Stranglers. I know that song and found it quite good. I know someone who knows the band members quite well. That's all I know as I never asked too much more:)

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks so much for dropping in, dear friend! I'm pleased to see you today.

      Seems like you found a thing or two to like in Shecky Shelley's guest post. (It was all Sheldon. I had nothing to do with it.)

      Thanks for evaluating most of the tunes. I always appreciate knowing how various styles of music strike you. Gotta love Marilyn Manson (or not :). I do love the artist/band and enjoy the dark, mysterious lyrics, sounds and images he/they use to assault our senses. If it isn't disturbing... it isn't Manson.

      Seems like Paul Evans and Bill Haley had the same thing on their minds - having an entire harem of women surrounding them. As it turned out in both songs, neither guy was able to turn his fantasy into reality.

      I'm delighted to find so many readers who enjoyed those fugitives from Bandstands in Foreign Lands - The Stranglers - a Brit band appearing on the London TV show Top Of The Pops performing their cover of "96 Tears," the 1966 garage rock hit by The Mysterians.

      Wow, BB, you always leave excellent comments, and I thank you very much for coming. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

  15. Shady!

    Thank you for posting Deep Six! I LOVE that song! I also like the cover of 96 Tears.

    I will have to give the rest a listen tomorrow.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for popping in, dear friend!

      I figured you'd know and like the MM single "Deep Six" and I'm thrilled to see another vote for The Stranglers, an English band that was brand new to me until I discovered their cover of "96 Tears" and decided to use it in Sheldon's post.

      I hope you will return to listen to the rest of the tunes. Thanks again for coming, dear friend JM!

    2. Hi Shady,

      I watched the Big Bang Theory for the first time last night and so far, I like It!

      I gave the rest of your post a listen and I really love the oldies. I like how you incorporate both old and new to your playlist.

      Thanks for the laugh, dear friend!

    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Welcome back, dear friend!

      Yessum, this post contains something old - "13 Women" and "7 Little Girls" -
      something new - "Deep Six" - and something borrowed - "96 Tears" - borrowed from The Mysterians. I should have figured out a way to include something blue like "99 Blue Balloons," the VERY obscure, UN-released follow-up to "99 Red Balloons." :)

      I'm happy to know you enjoy TBBT. If you watched the latest episode you have ten years worth of character and plot developments to catch up on. :)

      Thanks again, dear friend JM!

    4. Fortunately, the library has the DVDs!:D

      I would like to hear "99 Blue Balloons"! I'm going to look it up!

    5. Hi, JM!

      I was only joking about there being a song "99 Blue Balloons," and yet I see that there is actually one posted by Cosimo Fogg. The famous recording to which I was referring is an antiwar protest song entitled "99 Luftballons" by the German Band Nena. They also released an English language version called "99 Red Balloons" but the version I best remember is the German language original, "99 Luftballons," a refreshingly different new wave sound on the charts in 1983.

      Thanks, JM!


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