Thighland

(Racy talk and joking about men’s bodies, so probably not to everyone’s taste.)

The background story is an error committed by the Imperator Grabpussy in reading from his text recently, with /θaj/ for /taj/ ‘Thai’, thereby introducing us all to the wonders of Thighland. (Details below.) Wags seized on the error for jokes, and on Facebook Tim Evanson offered photos of the King of Thighland, showing his massive muscular thighs and focusing our attention on the crotch they surround:


(#1) Thigh Guy: Kevin Cesar Portillo, who is all-around massive (he’s 6′5″), a former college basketball player at Miami-Dade CC, Mississippi Valley State, and Ave Maria Univ., now working as a male model (projecting smouldering sexiness) and fitness consultamt

Even more impressive:


(#2) Closer up

My first jab at a response:

This is in Thighland Park IL, right?

(Highland Park, a suburban city in Lake County IL, about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago.)

And then the much more elaborate racy parody (with Babes in Toyland apologies to Victor Herbert and the Disney Studios):

Thighland, Thighland
Delicious crotch and my land
While you dwell within it
You are ever happy there
Thighland, Thighland,
We’re on our way to Thighland
Don’t know when we’ll get there
But we know there’s fun in store

[Digression: from Wikipedia on Babes in Toyland, which may refer to:

— Babes in Toyland (operetta), a 1903 operetta by Victor Herbert

— Babes in Toyland (1934 film), a musical comedy starring Laurel and Hardy, based on the Victor Herbert operetta

— Babes in Toyland (1961 film), a Disney musical starring Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands, again based on the Victor Herbert operetta

— Babes in Toyland (1986 film), a television movie starring Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves, using only two songs from the Victor Herbert operetta

— Babes in Toyland (1997 film), an animated film featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, Joey Ashton and Lacey Chabert, using only one musical number from the Victor Herbert operetta]

Tim Evanson countered with a racy parody of his own:

One night in Thighland and the world’s your oyster
The bod’s a temple – pull the sausage free
You’ll find a god in every bulging crotch there
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel his devil sliding up in me

The original keeps us in Thailand. From Wikipedia:

“One Night in Bangkok” is a song [released in 1984] from the concept album and subsequent musical Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. British actor and singer Murray Head raps the verses, while the chorus is sung by Anders Glenmark, a Swedish singer, songwriter and producer.

The original words:

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the God’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

The song exists in many versions. Here you can watch the video from Chess: a re-recorded version from a TV performance in 1985 for the special “Lyrics By Tim Rice”.

The name of the actual country. From a NYT story (from Reuters) on-line on 8/7/20: “Not ‘Thigh-Land’: Thais Amused at [REDACTED]’s Slip”:

Citizens of Thailand were surprised and bemused on Friday to discover their country’s name had become a social media meme after U.S. President [REDACTED] mispronounced it.

Though [REDACTED] quickly switched to the correct pronunciation, people quickly seized on the slip to mock the U.S. leader online as #Thighland became one of the top-trending Twitter hashtags in Thailand with 32,000 tweets and in the top 25 in the United States with over 156,000, according to the tracking site Twitscoop.

… The American president made the gaffe during a speech in Ohio while explaining how his trade war with China had forced factories to move production to Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam and, as he pronounced it, “Thi-land”.

In the next breath, [REDACTED] got it right, saying: “Thailand and Vietnam – two places that I like their leaders very much.”

The meme escalated when conservative American pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was pardoned by [REDACTED] after a conviction of violating campaign finance law, argued in a series of tweets that “Thighland” is in fact the correct pronunciation.

Rikker Dockum, a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, told Reuters that Trump’s second pronunciation – with an aspirated hard “t” instead of a soft “th” sound – is the widely used one in both Thai and English.

“Among English speakers around the world, this is not a disputed pronunciation,” he added.

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