This question bothers me since I was a kid.
In Sam and Max - Hit the Road, what is the green thing in the "use" icon?
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Is it a duck? Is it a toy?

  • It's a useful item, apparently. Sorry, not a useful comment ;p
    – RedRiderX
    Mar 8, 2012 at 1:53
  • @RedriderX facepalm.. \:
    – Keeper
    Mar 8, 2012 at 1:56

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It's a cartoonish Stress Toy, sort of like this guy. You squeeze them and it looks like their eyes pop out. I know I've seen them styled just like that in other cartoons, so it might be a running gag I'm unaware of.


I believe it is a Bug Out Bob. However I don't think you can actually buy them in green :(

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    Avoiding copyright issues, probably.
    – KBKarma
    Oct 16, 2012 at 12:19

It is a toy known variously as Panic Pete, Jo-Bo, Obie, The Martian Popping Doll, The Martian Popping Thing, Popping Martian, or Bug-Out Bob. It has been around since around 1950.

Most likely chosen because it's an iconic but somewhat old-fashioned American toy, and the game is full of iconic Americana.

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