YOU FUCKING EARNED IT is satirical rollercoaster that tosses the audience across the universe, across dozens of characters, and across time itself. Here’s a peek at a small portion of the research that went into the creation of the show.

Fertile Crescent:
The Fertile Crescent (also known as the cradle of civilization) is a crescent-shaped region containing the comparatively moist and fertile land of otherwise arid and semi-arid Western Asia, the Nile Valley and Nile Delta. The region saw the development of some of the earliest human civilizations, which flourished thanks to the water supplies and agricultural resources available in the Fertile Crescent. Technological advances made in the region include the development of writing, glass, the wheel, agriculture, and the use of irrigation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertile_Crescent

America the Beautiful:
You may be surprised by what you find in the original lyrics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful

Manifest Destiny was/is a Shady Business:

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/essays/1801-1900/manifest-destiny/the-many-shades-of-manifest-destiny.php

Decolonization of empires: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decolonization

America Goes Bananas for Bananas:
“Over and over, banana companies, aided by the American military, intervened whenever there was a chance that any “banana republic” might end its cooperation. … Labor is still cheap in these countries, and growers still resort to heavy-handed tactics.”

A quick synopsis: http://freakonomics.com/2008/06/19/the-economics-of-bananas/

Biggest coup involving banana trade: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Guatemalan_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

Hillary Clinton and Honduras coop aftermath: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/honduras/2013-11-22/hopeless-honduras

Good neighbor policy during FDR:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Neighbor_policy

United Fruit Company: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/books/review/Kurtz-Phelan-t.html

Edward Bernays and the Art of Public Manipulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiKMmrG1ZKU

“Engineering consent” http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/12/consumer.aspx

Chiquita Banana jingle: http://www.chiquita.com/our-company/the-chiquita-story/the-chiquita-jingle.aspx

Black Holes:

Stephen Hawking and black holes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/07/science/stephen-hawking-black-holes.html?_r=0

Coltan:
It’s very likely that whatever device you’re using to clink on these links has coltan in it. It’s quite possible that it was mined in a country where instability, rape, and slave labor are incentivized due to the blind world-wide demand.

Vice video with Gloria Steinem about DRC: https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/drc-rape-as-a-weapon-of-war/571a790731aefdc664a4e166

Coltan breakdown: http://www.congoweek.org/en/coltan-facts.html

Palm Oil:
The next time you’re at the grocery store, check out the ingredients. And not just in your food, but your bathroom and kitchen products as well. If the product in your hand contains Palm Oil, it may very well have contributed to the near extinction of Orangutans.

Palm Oil breakdown: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/harvesting-palm-oil-and-rainforests/

You can help: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-orangutans-are-going-extinct-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/

Ultimately, our research led us to confront the void so many of us hungrily attempt to fill. The great Shel Silverstein captures this phenomenon brilliantly. http://www.qu-i-x.com/hungry.html

Hungry Mungry by Shel Silverstein

Hungry Mungry sat at supper,
Took his knife and spoon and fork,
Ate a bowl of mushroom soup, ate a slice of roasted pork,
Ate a dozen stewed tomatoes, twenty-seven deviled eggs,
Fifteen shrimps, nine bakes potatoes,
Thirty-two fried chicken legs,
A shank of lamb, a boiled ham,
Two bowls of grits, some black-eye peas,
Four chocolate shakes, eight angel cakes,
Nine custard pies with Muenster cheese,
Ten pots of tea, and after he,
Had eaten all that he was able,
He poured some broth on the tablecloth
And ate the kitchen table.

His parents said, “Oh Hungry Mungry, stop these silly jokes.”
Mungry opened up his mouth, and “Gulp,” he ate his folks.
And then he went and ate his house, all the bricks and wood,
And then he ate up all the people in the neighborhood.
Up came twenty angry policeman shouting, “Stop and cease.”
Mungry opened his mouth and “Gulp,” he ate the police.
Soldiers came with tanks and guns.
Said Mungry, “They can’t harm me.”
He just smiled and licked his lips and ate the U.S. Army.

The President sent all his bombers–Mungry still was calm,
Put his head back, gulped the planes, and gobbled up the bomb.
He ate his town and ate the city–ate and ate and–
And then he said, “I think I’ll eat the whole United States.”

And so he ate Chicago first and munched the Water Tower,
And then he chewed on Pittsburgh but he found it rather sour.
He ate New York and Tennessee, and all of Boston town,
Then drank the Mississippi River just to wash it down.
And when he’d eaten every state, each puppy, boy and girl
He wiped his mouth upon his sleeve and went to eat the world.

He ate the Egypt pyramids and every church in Rome,
And all the grass in Africa and all in ice in Nome.
He ate each hill in green Brazil and then to make things worse
He decided for dessert he’d eat the universe.

He started with the moon and stars and soon as he was done
He gulped the clouds, he sipped the wind and gobbled up the sun.
Then sitting there in the cold dark air,
He started to nibble his feet,
Then his legs, then his hips
Then his neck, then his lips
Till he sat there just gnashin’ his teeth
‘Cause nothin’ was nothin’ was
Nothin’ was nothin’ was
Nothin’ was left to eat.

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