Dec
15
2011

Splendid Thing: Flula Borg

Cape Town can wait; have you seen these videos by a guy called Flula Borg? I know Flula Borg sounds like the kind of noise you make when you're sneezing really violently—"FLULA BORG!" "Bless you!"—but Flula Borg is actually a semi-famous German guy living in Los Angeles who makes hilarious videos about the weirdness of certain English idioms. 

Take this one about the phrase "the proof is in the pudding," for instance:

Or this one about "happy as a clam": 

My current favorite thing in the world is Flula Borg's disgusted reaction to someone asking him if he wants to "shoot the shit": 

And Sean and I have been quoting this particularly exasperated one all day. (Seriously, who did name the daddy long-legs the daddy long-legs? And what were they smoking when they did?) 

I can't quite figure out if it's an act—or at least kind of an act—but I love every single thing that comes out of Flula Borg's mouth all the same. 

25 Comments

1
Jane
Dec 15, 2011

Hilarious. It's like watching a German Ben Stiller.

2
Nicole
Dec 16, 2011

Ok this is entirely too entertaining. Thank you Holly, my Friday needed this! :)

But some Germans do indeed call daddy long legs "Opa langbein" (= Grandpa long legs). Maybe it's a regional thing? Either way, both really are ridiculous names for a bug...

3
Marcheline
Dec 16, 2011

AaaaahhhHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHARRRRRRGH! *gasp*

That's it - you are invited to my birthday party. Come to my blog and have a double whisky sour on the house. Yes, it's my birthday.

Heeehhheheheheheeeeeee *snort*

And by the way, I'm totally stealing Borg. Heeeeeheheheeeee!

4
Tall Girl
Dec 16, 2011

This was just what I needed to kick off Friday! Extra funny because my boss is German, and he often questions expressions my colleagues and I use (although, the best one is a German one he translated to English - "when a horse vomits outside of a pharmacy"... kind of like "when pigs fly", only much funnier).

5
hip hip gin gin
Dec 16, 2011

Oh my god I just about DIED watching "shoot the shit" just now!!!! I mean really, assuming it isn't an act, if I seriously thought someone wanted me to come shoot shit in the morning I wouldn't be able to sleep either!

Forget pictures of cute animals to cheer me up on bad days, from now on I'll be watching Flula!

6
stickyheels
Dec 16, 2011

The one regarding being a "party pooper" is particularly good as well.

7
Leah
Dec 16, 2011

Hysterical! "It's a fuzzy ball with sticks!"

Completely made my day. Thanks for sharing. :)

8
jen
Dec 16, 2011

you want to put your proof in a pudding? no! put your proof on the table!

this is awesome. i want to believe it's not an act because I love flula.

9
Talya
Dec 16, 2011

Oh Holly I really needed that today! Hilarious. Even though I got busted laughing at work it was totally worth it. Thanks for sharing.

10
kim l
Dec 16, 2011

that is not like grass hopping!

11
Home Sweet Sarah
Dec 16, 2011

I thought for sure the Flula Borg was going to be something from Ikea.

12
Katie
Dec 16, 2011

Flula Borg totally sounds like an Ikea product, some Scandinavian vase or weird-shaped ceramic art.

Thanks for a great laugh to start my Friday!

13
dani
Dec 16, 2011

"You are a lucky tiny bastard" is something that'll be saying for a very long time.

14
Margot
Dec 16, 2011

When he pulled out the YABBA DABBA DON'T I died. I didn't think he was going to go there, but then he did and it was awesome.

15
Amy
Dec 16, 2011

Oh, that's a great schtick. I didn't like the first one, but the others pulled me in so I'm glad I kept watching.

16
Angie Orth
Dec 16, 2011

You wanna put it in pudding, Einstein? Hilarious, Hol. This is just what I needed today =)

17
MsD
Dec 17, 2011

Thank you for enriching my life with Flula. "How does a Daddy Long Leg make a life?" I laughed aloud for several minutes...he's brilliant. THANK YOU.

18
Kate
Dec 18, 2011

Hahaha oh god, that last one about the daddy long legs made my day, "that is not like a grasshopping" .. it was hilarious!

19
Allison
Dec 18, 2011

Same here...and these aren't even his funniest. Wish he'd do more.

20
Philippa
Dec 19, 2011

I have a laugh which my friends call 'The Cackle'... It came out so many times watching these! 'The proof is in the pudding, just put it on the table'!! So great!

21
Camille
Dec 19, 2011

These are amazing. Thank you for sharing!

22
Venita Michelle
Dec 19, 2011

My boss just said, "Ooooookay. No more internet for Michelle during business hours. And stop that laughing. Stop right now."

23
Venita Michelle
Dec 19, 2011

My boss just said, "Ooooookay. No more internet for Michelle during business hours. And stop that laughing. Stop right now."

24
Sensibly Sassy
Dec 19, 2011

oh goodness gracious! I owe you one for showing me this guy!
Jon just asked me if this guy was for real and I told him I don't care if he is or not-I love it!

25
Annika
Jan 04, 2012

I feel embarrassed a little that he is a fellow German. But certainly yes, he is funny.
What I don't understand though is the last video. The literal translation for Daddy Long-Legs in German is "Grandpa Long-Legs" so what is he going on about?

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