I don't miss a whole lot about school. Whomever insists that your school days are the best days of your life is either:

  1. Completely full of it
  2. Has an incredibly sarcastic and ironic sense of humor
  3. Living a really, really miserable post-school life

But one of the things I do miss about that time is the absolutely insane videos that we got to watch; the informative videos teaching you how to avoid smoking crack, that sort of thing. The weird dystopian concept of high school that those movies had--that randomly you might get someone to offer you crack rocks in the hallway--seemed way more interesting than what high school actually was.

No one ever offered me crack. Maybe I was just hanging out with the wrong--er, right?--people.

Now, as someone who grew up in the post-crack epidemic 1990s, most of the videos we watched in school pertained to drugs and HIV. But they used to be about things like... well, lunchroom manners. And this video, which is from the 1960s, introduced kids to a character named Mr. Bungle, who is basically just a jerk with no manners. He's also a kind of terrifying puppet:

And yes, of course, the band Mr. Bungle used this character as inspiration for their name. I believe the Lunchroom Manners video was featured by Pee-Wee Herman, and Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and company decided the character provided the perfect name for their unique, often deranged brand of music.

If you've never checked them out before, you really need to. Not because I think that everyone who listens to them will love them, but because--like the video above--it's an experience you just have to have because it's unlike nothing else.