Beads in Animated Cartoons
A Loony Tunes set in an "Indian" village had a "papoose" buy rain pills and pay for them with beads. The "Snake Oil Man" who sold them muttered, Beads -- I think you're stringing me [along], but here you are. Fortunately, they brought rain.
High marks go to "The Simpsons," as the series often mentions beads. In one episode, Bart is jealous of the attention his friend Milhouse is giving Samantha. Bart squeals on them to her dad, who reacts like any well-adjusted American parent - he puts her in an orphanage. The brokenhearted Milhouse goes to see her and during the tryst tries to kiss her, but Samantha puts him off by saying, I better not, Milhouse -- it's fifty rosaries a kiss. Talk about punishment!
In the episode Summer of 4'2" Lisa makes friends with a group of kids at the beach. They are mostly boys, one of whom wears a three-bead necklace. The girl of the group gave Lisa a friendship bracelet she made. After some thought, Lisa made one for the girl of shells (Turritella). Lisa's friend smells the necklace and instantly identifies the string, Oh, cinnamon dental floss.
In Homer the Vigilante a cat burglar steals Marge's beads.
Marge's (and baby Maggie's) real names are likely Margaret, which comes from the Greek and Latin margarite, "pearl" and by extension "bead."
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