Joshua Rich
February 27, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The FCC may seem like a group of buttoned-down government appointees — and they are! But it must be a party a day there, popularizing catchphrases like vast wasteland and V-Chip.

— Since 1934, the FCC has set TV standards like equal time for political candidates and public-access channels (party on, Wayne!).

— A 1973 radio show broadcast George Carlin’s routine about the seven filthy words you can’t say on the air. The FCC then banned the words.

— Chairman Michael Powell (above) is Colin Powell’s son. Other Michael Powells: the long-jump record holder, and the director of 1960’s kinky Peeping Tom.

— Okay, fine! The seven filthy words are:

s — -, p — -, f — -, c — -, c — — — -er, mother f — -er, and tits.

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