Weekend Word Wrap: just plain funny sounding words

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There are certain words that make me chuckle when I hear them, even if they're not supposed to be humorous. For example: highfalutin. Nothing really funny about the definition, obviously, but for some reason it just makes me smile. Others on my short-list include: rigmarole, doula, orangutan, curmudgeon, and Oscillococcinum (which always has me adding an additional cinuminuminum at the end).

Lately, my favorite funny sounding word has been bobblehead. Though not actually referred to as such, apparently the idea of a bobblehead can be traced all the way back to a Gogol short story written in 1842 called "The Overcoat." In the story, the protagonist's neck is said to be "like the necks of those plaster cats which wag their heads." Later, in Germany, it seems there were dolls called Nodders with those little springs connecting the necks and heads.

One of the first bobbleheads manufactured and produced here in the States was a New York Knickerbockers baseball player around 1920. Then they seem to have vanished until the 1960s when Major League Baseball produced a series of papier-mâché bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face. Wiki tells us that "The World Series held that year brought the first player-specific baseball bobbleheads, for Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Willie Mays, still all with the same face."

As you might have guessed from the photo, one of my all-time favorite bobbleheads happens to be a recent addition to the scene: the Dwight Schrute. I just can't stop myself from fondling his big-little bobbling head every time I see him on my colleague's desk. It's like the real Schrute was cast from the image of a bobblehead, rather than vice-versa.
In the tradition of interactive Wrapping, it's time to let us know EITHER the strangest bobblehead you've ever seen, OR your favorite all-time bobblehead, OR, why not, even your favorite funniest sounding word. It's Friday, we're comment trolling today.

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