bucket list


Late last year, a movie came out called Bucket List, which then inspired a bunch of people to write their own “bucket lists”. Somehow I missed all of it. However, having seen the movie poster hanging in a video store window a few days ago, I’ve had that title running through my head. Running through my head and collecting things in a little bucket, as it were. Things about buckets as it turns out. So I present to you a ThThTh list of buckets.

A Bucket List

  1. kick the bucket: an expression meaning “keel over”, “bite the dust”, or “buy the farm”.
  2. bucket list: a list of things one hopes to accomplish before one’s death. (As in before one kicks the bucket.) The term may have originated with the screenplay from the movie (below).
  3. Bucket List (2007): a movie directed by Rob Reiner and starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. About 2 men who write a bucket list and work on accomplishing the items on the list. Said to be a tear-jerker. You can watch the trailer (YouTube).
  4. “There’s a hole in my bucket”: a folksong, possibly with German origins.
  5. mercy buckets: an English distortion of the French merci beaucoup, meaning “thank you much.”
  6. a drop in the bucket: an expression meaning “an inconsequential amount in relation to a larger quantity”.
  7. sweat buckets: an expression meaning “perspire copiously”
  8. Mr. Bucket: a game/toy (by Milton Bradley) from the early 90s. The commercial, (which you can watch on YouTube, if you like) had lyrics which apparently raised a few eyebrows:

    I’m Mr. Bucket put your balls in my top.
    I’m Mr. Bucket, out of my mouth they will pop…

  9. Buckethead: a musician noteworthy for performing with a bucket on his head.
  10. bucket drummers: percussionists, typically street performers, who use upended buckets (usually plastic paint buckets) as drums. Buckets are often supplemented with pots, pans, and other improvised instruments. There’s a blog on bucket drummers. You can also find a bunch of short clips on YouTube of some very impressive bucket drummers, like these guys:


  11. lolrus: A pinniped, usually a walrus, featured in a lolcat-style image. The captions of these typically feature commentary about buckets, especially the loss of buckets and the seeking of buckets. (Or, in the language of lol, buckits or bukkets.) To explore lolruses and their buckets (and to see the original), i can has cheezburger has the tag “bucket” for your convenience.

    funny pictures

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The picture at the top of the page is Phoebe with her bucket. Well, it’s small for a bucket. Really more of a pail, by comparison. (I’m sorry. I had to say it.)

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11 responses to “bucket list

  1. what a bucket ful story! you are a promising writer.

  2. yaay! you included the lolrus’ bukkit!

    (during a work-related conference call last week, someone mentioned the need to “put all the cases in one bucket.” i nearly snarfed my coffee, envisioning the lolrus’ unhappiness at a bukkit filled with small children.)

  3. Beautiful. And to the trend I say, bucket.

  4. can I kiss those cheeks please?

  5. That “there’s a hole in my bucket” song is going to be in my head ALL NIGHT.

  6. Snort.

    We’ve always referred to those plastic buckets like those drummer play as “pickle pails”, because the first time I ever encountered them they were cast-offs from a friend of my mother’s who owned several Burger Kings – and yes, pickles came in them.

  7. I think your list is a lot better than Jack Nicholson’s.

  8. can i climb inside your brain for awhile and jumpstart mine? :)

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  10. jason-
    Thanks. Or, um, mercy buckets!

    jenny-
    I don’t know–what do lolruses eat? A bukkit full of small children could be a special treat.

    Mme. Meow-
    Nice one.

    flutter-
    Phoebe’s cheeks? Or the walrus?

    dragonfly-
    I know. That song is insidious. Sorry about that.

    maggie-
    Pickle pail is a fine name for them.

    Ashley-
    Aw, thanks.

    Tabba-
    My brain is a bit crowded with useless stuff. You might be disturbed by the mess in there…

  11. I wonder: Does anyone — besides my dad — say “kick the bucket” in real life? ;b

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