Oh Those Tombliboos and Their Potty Mouths

It’s old news that my boys are currently addicted to In The Night Garden. From my “Apparently Shopping Makes Me Cry” post:

“Yes, it’s the seizure-inducing, suicide-pondering, freakishly cultish ‘In the Night Garden’. My boys LOVE the show. Conveniently on at 8:00pm (just before the boy’s bedtime), we’ve been allowing them to cuddle up on our bed to watch the nightly episodes. Often, by the time the credits roll, they’re both sweetly sound asleep.”

Tragically, the “night” garden also airs in the morning. 

And that’s exactly how I found myself introduced to the foul-mouthed rantings of a Tombliboo. Earlier today, I was at my breaking point with the boys. After taking turns dragging each other across the floor by the hems of their pants (thanks for polishing the hardwood hun), poking eyes, stealing cars and screaming like banshees, I decided an early lunch was in order. I dumped Reid in his booster seat, ordered Ryder to sit at the kitchen table, and proceeded to heat up my mom’s famous chicken stew.

I also turned on the television, praying my home could be whine-free for the whole 5 minutes it took to get lunch on the table. I was surprised to see that In the Night Garden was on at 11:00am, but since both boys instantly fell into a Ninky Nonk trance, I decided to count my blessings and turn up the volume.

Moments later, as I was about to place Ryder’s lunch in front of him, my arm froze in mid air.

I heard something.
Coming from the television.
It sounded like a Tombliboo.

And it appeared that he had said… “Shut The F*ck Up”.

It couldn’t be.
No way.
Of course not.

So I proceeded to deposit Ryder’s lunch on the table… and then, I heard it again:

“Shut The F*ck Up!”

Wha-wha-whaaaaaaat???? Thankfully, due to the magic of YouTube, I was able to find the episode and attempt to confirm if I had indeed heard a Tombliboo drop the F-Bomb.

YOU be the judge. Listen at 1:53 and 2:01. Or watch the whole thing, if you’re feeling particularly self-loathing.

91 Responses to “Oh Those Tombliboos and Their Potty Mouths”

  1. Pamela in Calgary, AB
    January 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow…I heard it too…unreal. I’m sure they’ll deny that’s what was said, but I could hear it clear as day.


    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Totally creepy! And thanks for validating my suspicions! Nasty Tombliboos.

  2. Nicole King
    January 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I’ve seen this episode hundreds of times and not once had I heard “shut the f*ck up” until you mentioned it. It seems even more clear at the 2:01 mark.

    ~ Nicole, Domesticated Momma

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Funny thing? I’m certain I’ve seen this episode too but only today clearly heard those words. So, so strange!

  3. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
    January 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    shut the f*ck up – I heard it!!!!

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Bahaha! Me too!

      • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
        January 5, 2012 at 11:37 am #

        I just showed trev too, he agrees.
        Though giggling makes my tummy hurt, I needed the laugh.
        Thanks friend!!

        • Lena
          January 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

          Aw, happy I could make you giggle. Get better soon!

  4. Amy T
    January 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    :o definitely…. it’s like they were reading my mind :p

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      BAHAHAHA! Comment of the day!

      • Tammy
        January 5, 2012 at 11:10 am #

        Ha ha love it mine too!
        ~ @Inrdream ~

  5. Jennifer
    January 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    yeah what Tami said! lol that is ridoinkulous!!! I should probably feel outraged but I can’t stop laughing my butt off! those naughty tombliboos!!

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Naughty naughty Tombliboos!

  6. Julie
    January 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Oh my……………I heard it. I thought you lost your mind first but `yes` I heard it!!!

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Hahaha, I thought I’d lost my mind too! But nope, plain as day!

  7. Alyssa
    January 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Thats funny lol it does sound similar. Are you sure he’s not saying “Makka Pakka” though (the brown guys name)? I’m so glad my kids don’t watch that anymore!

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Hmmm… I’ll have to give it a listen again.

      Okay I did. Nope, he is definitely not saying Makka Pakka!

  8. Insane Mamacita
    January 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Oh my… that is hilarious! I will never be able to watch that show again without laughing hysterically.

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Ha ha ha, glad I could send some chuckles your way!

  9. Julia
    January 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    I didn’t hear it at the first one, but definitely at the 2:01 mark no doubt about it! Naughty. Naughty.

    • Lena
      January 6, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Naughty indeed!

  10. LilSugar
    January 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    WHOAH!! I heard it both times!! crrrraaaazzyyy night garden freaks! lol

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      LOL!!!! Glad we’re on the same track. Filthy little Tombliboos.

  11. Randi
    January 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    You are not going crazy…clear as day!! Hilariously Disturbing!!

    • Lena
      January 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      “Hilariously Disturbing”… I love your description! That it is!

  12. Donna Marie
    January 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I never did like this show! It’s creepy and I’m glad my kids don’t watch it any more. But yes I heard it too! And why is it that Upsy Daisy always sounds like she’s having an orgasm?

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Ha ha ha! I honestly think Upsy Daisy is getting some from all the garden characters… especially that sleaze Makka Pakka ;)

      • Deborah / Mom2Michael
        January 5, 2012 at 11:34 am #

        Iggly Piggly is her BF isn’t he? ;)

        • Lena
          January 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

          Yup, they do a lot of hand holding a kissing… BUT I have a feeling she’s gettin’ some on the side from Makka Pakka – that’s why he’s always cleaning things ;)

  13. Pam
    January 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    OMG! Isn’t that something!

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 6:38 am #


  14. Lisa
    January 5, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    I heard it! Hillarious! As bad as it is. I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s almost like they threw it in to see if you’d spot it.

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 6:39 am #

      Some people via Facebook and Twitter have been insisting that it’s simply Makka Pakka saying his name. But I’ve listened to it so many times now… and I only hear one thing!

  15. ~she~
    January 5, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Wow…that’s disturbing. Remember the days when people were rioting over things that were supposedly in Disney movies? Disney denied all allegations and gave some pretty confincing explanations. The only one they couldn’t justify was a photo of a sexy movie star that flashed by quickly in The Rescuers many years ago. That scene was removed in later versions of the movie.

    But this…I definitely hear it. Have you googled it at all to see if others have noticed it?

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      It’s funny you ask about Googling to see if others had noticed, because if you watch the episode on YouTube, the very first comment suggests the same thing!

  16. Shivani
    January 5, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    oh this post is too funny. I don’t have kids yet so I’ve never seen the show, but I do agree it’s terribly irritating from all 5 seconds that I just watched it. And, I also agree with your suspicions — they fully said it. :p

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      OMG if only I could watch it for 5 seconds! My boys are addicted, I get about 45 minutes worth of the show every day :(

  17. Tricha Fraser
    January 5, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    My husband is insisting that he is saying “Makka Pakka” even though it sounds suspiciously like “shut the f*ck up”.

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Looks like he’s firmly in the “Makka Pakka” camp. I think there are two people in life – those that hear Makka Pakka and those that hear Shut the F*ck Up!

  18. Tammy
    January 5, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Lol yes i heard it too…. Not my favorite show…. My kids run around making rude sounds after watching night garden! ~ @Inrdream ~

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      LOL! Thankfully my boys don’t do that, but i’ll keep an eye on it!

  19. AC
    January 5, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    That’s sofa king hilarious! Reading the YouTube comments, there’s a quieter one at 2:05 as well after one of the character says Upsy Daisy.

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Sofa king… priceless!

  20. Deborah / Mom2Michael
    January 5, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    LM(F)AO! I can totally hear that :) I always thought the creators of this were on drugs. Can’t you just see a bunch of them sitting around the computer and giggling while they put that in? ;)

    • Deborah / Mom2Michael
      January 5, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      JOKING! Of course. It’s just such a surreally odd show.

    • Lena
      January 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      Oh totally! They MUST need something to keep the sanity while they write that show, seriously it’s seizure-inducing.

  21. dannyscotland
    January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Holy cow, it DOES sound like they’re saying that!!!

    • Lena
      January 6, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      I know!!!

  22. Cee@SmookieStyle
    January 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Smook likes this one too. Oddly enough, she’d never seen it, until we were at a play-date before Christmas – and our friends are British – and she’s been hooked ever since. I want to stab myself in the eye with a spoon every time the beginning music comes on…and yet, there I sit, wildly entranced by these odd looking and foul mouthed things.

    The things we do for our kids!

    • Lena
      January 6, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Ha ha ha, I feel your pain. I always try to tune it out, but sometimes I too get roped into the “garden”.

  23. erin m.
    January 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    wow nope heard it clear as day

    • Lena
      January 6, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Oh goody, score one more for the Shut the F*ck Up side.

  24. Cathy Tibbles
    January 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    So, since I didn’t believe a single word that you wrote, I played the video with my kids sitting behind me. My daughter, says, “Hey! Thats In the Night Garden!” and then a second later, at the infamous moment, “MACK-A-PACKA”!!

    Apparently, to the innocent, it is “Mack-a-packa”, you potty-mouth you.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Ha! Maybe I have potty ears???

  25. Wendy [mapsgirl]
    January 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Oh my!! That’s so bad!

  26. Tracy
    January 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Oh my! Who would have known. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks for such a great blog. I was directed here by another Canadian blogger, can’t remember who at this moment, your blog was a must see I was told. I’m glad I took the time.

    I recently started couponing and I started my own small blog. Come by and see me some time.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Tracy! Will definitely take a peek at your site too – welcome to the world of blogging!

  27. Jan B
    January 8, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    This post made me smile… There is a difference in what you hear and what you want to hear. It’s kinda like albums being played backwards a couple of decades back. To funny. I listened tings back for a couple of times and I think you’re right! Could you be on to something fishy? Do we need to call the media? ;) Just kidding. I enjoyed this post (and all the comments).

    // Jan

    • Lena
      January 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      I’ve been trying SO HARD to hear “Makka Pakka!” but I just can’t. Sigh. Thanks for stopping by!

  28. Patricia
    January 9, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    not as clear when you’re actually watching that part, but I showed the clip to my brother in law & left the room & OMG it was clear as day!

    • Lena
      January 11, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Ha ha ha! I know! It’s so clear!

  29. Kendra
    January 10, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I totally heard it! OMG so bad!

    • Lena
      January 11, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Sooo bad.

  30. RubyRed67
    January 10, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Shut the f%@$ up! He said it! Makes me wonder how bored writers of childrens shows are to include profanity in the program.

    • Lena
      January 11, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      They probably needed something to ease the tension of all the “Upsy Daisys!” and stuff.

  31. SassyModernMom
    January 12, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Good grief!!!!

    • Lena
      January 12, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Ha ha ha, did you hear it Steph?

  32. Lisa
    January 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I definitely heard the f-bomb, Lena! I don’t know how you stand watching that show – kudos to you for your patience! I’m something of a tv nazi, because there’s a rule in my house – if Mama doesn’t like it, it’s not watched! LOL But, seriously, I hate the Wiggles, Barney, 4Square and much more… and my kids know not to even ask for it. I try to check out shows before my kids see them, and if it’s on my “can’t stand” list, I don’t even give them the opportunity to see it. I don’t think mine have ever even seen In the Night Garden! Muwaaaaahhhhhh! ;)

    • Lena
      January 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      Girl, you just keep on being a TV Nazi. I WISH I had kept their impressionable eyes away from In the Night Garden!

  33. Erin OK
    January 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Hmm, I hear it, but it’s certainly not enunciated. It sounds more like twittering nonsense to me. Maybe somebody’s funny joke. Funny because there’s no way a kid would pick out those words from it (otherwise it would not be funny at all), but adults hear it in the intonation.

    • Lena
      January 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      It’s just us darn adults and our potty ears :)

  34. Allison
    January 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Um… sorry to be a buzzkill here, but that’s not what they’re saying at all. He’s saying “Makka Pakka”. I’ve watched these for 4 years now and it’s clear that’s what it is. Makka Pakka joins the dance and he always announces himself.

    It’s a funny thought though, but sorry- no F bomb here!

    • Lena
      January 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      LOL, you’re not a buzzkill. I’m quite certain he probably is saying something very innocent; I just think it’s hilarious that over 80% of us hear something completely different!

  35. Sabrina T
    December 6, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Ha! Ha! Ha! I needed a good laugh tonight. I wonder if the power of suggestion made me hear that very naughty Tombliboo say such nasty things or if it was in fact said. I can see where you’d hear it though :)

    • Lena
      January 27, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      I think for most of us it’s the power of suggestion – but there is an uncanny resemblance to a very naughty word!

  36. Sharlene
    January 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Wow – they did not say Makka can hear it very clearly! tsk tsk tombliboos…

    • Lena
      January 27, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Hahaha another one for the naughty team!

  37. Jennifer Abbott
    January 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Omg that was definitely the F bomb wow that was crazy I can’t believe those foul mouth little tombilboos LOL

    • Lena
      January 27, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      LOL! Love your reply!

  38. Mandy
    January 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Wow..I’ve seen this one before (this is my least favourite Treehouse show) and never noticed that. It’s crazy all the inuendos and adult jokes you hear on kids shows..

    • Lena
      January 27, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      And now you’ll never hear anything else, I promise!

  39. Mandy
    March 21, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    ok…I think the people who created In The Night Garden had a sick sense of humour. When my DD was little, she too, adored this show. The first time we SWORE we heard them say “Motha f**ka”……when we started listening more closely, we noticed it was Macka Packa….but when said quickly…sure sounds the same to me!!!!!!!

    • Lena
      April 29, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Hahaha that WOULD sound that way, I’m sure!

  40. Amy Heffernan
    March 27, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    lol love it!!

  41. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 21, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I kinda felt like saying that to them lol what an annoying show, reminds me of tella tubbies as soon as that came I I switched it so fast so my youngest couldnt see it was on it was so annoying.

  42. Flora M
    August 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    ROFL ! Too funny – these British kid (baby) shows are SO annoying to the adults but seem to entertain the little ones for hours ! I would lump this show in with Teletubbies on the annoying scale ! Where on EARTH do they dream up the names for these characters LOL !

  43. amy lovell
    October 22, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    I heard it too, but I think it might be makka pakka just saying his name.

  44. Valerie godin
    October 28, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Whoa! I heard it too! how weird!

  45. Steve Gilbert
    February 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    I think it was makapaka

  46. Guppy5700
    February 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    I heard it clearly both times – wow…
    I don’t curse at all and while I have gotten more complacent with what my pre teen watches/listens to I wouldn’t be impressed with a toddler being exposed to it.
    I’m amazed how parenting with regards to bad language has changed over the 2 decades I’ve experienced it.


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