Jan 16, 2019

Hipster Diet Coke


I'm usually a sucker for seasonal flavors and limited edition products, but I wasn't too interested in these when I first learned about them.  Some combination of the thin hipster can, the boring packaging artwork and the fact that it's Diet Coke (I'll always be Team Pepsi) caused this to fall completely off of my radar.  However, these were on sale so it's time ti give 'em a shot.

The flavors really aren't all that different from one another.  They're Diet Coke with a mild spicy aftertaste and a slight fruit flavor.  They're not bad, but they're nothing special.  If your local grocery store charges the same for this as they do for regular Diet Coke, give it a shot, but it's not worth paying extra.

Jan 15, 2019

Snickers White


The white chocolate trend continues with this spinoff of the Snickers bar.  It's not bad; not as good as the Reese's White Peanut Butter Cups, but definitely better than the spicy and coffee flavored Snickers that they came out with last year.

Jan 14, 2019

Two Hour Woody


Cartoon Carnival: Woody Woodpecker and Friends (1991)
I found this tape at the local Salvation Army over the weekend.  Now, I like cartoons as much as the next guy, but a two hour woody is a bit of an extreme response.

Jan 13, 2019

That's A Damn Good Taco


J. Zapata Mexican Food Truck
Route 309 - Hazleton, PA
And the award for best use of a restaurant sign in a former gas station that was converted to a cigarette shop that closed and was converted to a the home base of a Mexican food truck goes to Mr. J. Zapata.

Jan 12, 2019

Cooked Breakfast Crumbles


Breakfast Biscuit Pizza
Marketside (Wal-Mart)
I'm not quite sure what a "cooked breakfast crumble" is, but it was pretty yummy.

Jan 9, 2019

I Feel Happiness When I Eat A Potato


These poorly translated Asian shirts were shared by SadAndUseless.com.  I'm not gonna lie, I would rock the "Clock Over Here" hoodie, but I'd have to pass on "Crap Your Hands".

Jan 8, 2019

The Troxler Effect


This is a phenomenon called the Troxler Effect.  If you stare at the center of this image, it will slowly fade and disappear.  If you move your head or blink, the image might come back for a little while, but it will disappear again if you keep looking directly at it (source: ZME Science).

Jan 7, 2019

It's Happening Again...


You just can't keep a good underdog down.

Jan 5, 2019

I Still Think Digital Watches Are A Pretty Neat Idea


Douglas Adams
Cornwall, England (1981)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy made it's debut on BBC Television 38 years ago today (source: BBC Archive).

Jan 4, 2019

Naked Chick


Naked Chicken Chalupa
Taco Bell - Hazleton, PA
This is a taco with a folded piece of chicken as a shell.  It's stuffed with veggies and cheese and topped with avocado ranch sauce.  The little out-of-focus schnoodle in the background hoping that I drop the Naked Chicken Chalupa on the floor is Harvey.

Jan 3, 2019

And Here's To You, Mr. Robertson


Another awesome signing!  There's a lot of negativity online regarding the Phillies winter, but I think it's been a tremendous success.  Even if we don't get Harper or Machado or another starting pitcher, the 2019 Phillies are built for a playoff run.

Jan 2, 2019

Movie Of The Year


2019: After The Fall Of New York
Directed by Sergio Martino (1983)
Ring in the new year with this classic about the hunt for the last fertile woman in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland.  Good wholesome fun for the whole family.

Jan 1, 2019

A Ship Across Time


S.S. Warrimoo
Captain John Phillips led this passenger steamer from Vancouver to Australia in the winter of 1899.  On the night of New Years Eve, the steamer crossed the International Date Line.  The front of the ship existed in January 1st, 1900 while the rear of the ship was still in December 31'st, 1899.  For a few moments, the S.S. Warrimoo existed in two different centuries at the same time.

source: John Euller (Ships and the Sea magazine - 1953)

Dec 31, 2018

It Was This or a Bag of Doritos


Dear Sauder's Quality Eggs,

For lunch today, I bought two hard boiled eggs that were dipped in hot sauce from a vending machine.  I assure you, there's no need to make "cage free" the largest words on the wrapper.  I'm not that demanding.

Dec 27, 2018

Dec 26, 2018

Horny Crap

I'm thinking the conversation behind this product went something like this:

Randolph: My great-granddaughter loves unicorns.  They're everywhere these days.
Mortimer: You're right.  You know what else I keep seeing is the poop emoji.  The kiddies love it.
Randolph: I've got a brilliant idea.

My apologies if you found this turd under your tree on Christmas morning.

Dec 24, 2018

Vintage Christmas Commercials


70's and 80's Christmas Commercials
Shared by Some Classic Game Music
I love old commercials, and few of them provide more warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings than the ones from the Christmas season.

Dec 23, 2018

Magical Creatures and Where They Live 2


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Cinema & Drafthouse - West Hazleton, PA
When the first movie of this series came out, I couldn't remember what it was called.  I knew it was wrong when I said it, but I blurted out "Magical Creatures and Where They Live" hoping that I would get my point across.  Now, I can't call it anything else.

We saw the first movie in the same theater when it came out.  If there's one thing I've learned from coming here, it's the fact that seeing a movie in the theater is even better with a Philly Cheesesteak pizza and a heaping bowl of chili.

Dec 22, 2018

A Very Joe Bob Christmas


A Very Joe Bob Christmas
Hosted by Joe Bob Briggs
What better way to spend the weekend before Christmas than watching a Phantasm marathon with a bowl of mac and cheese, a plate of cookies, and the greatest host in movie history.

Dec 21, 2018

A Dutch Apple Christmas Carol


A Christmas Carol - The Musical
Dutch Apple Dinner Theater - Lancaster, PA
We've been going to the Dutch Apple for ten years now.  It's a pretty fantastic place.  The food is always very good, the staff is extremely friendly and courteous, and the shows are very entertaining.  Tonight was no exception.  This may have been the best portrayal of Jacob Marley I've ever seen.

Dec 20, 2018

A 2600 Christmas


This photo was submitted to AtariAge by Robert Anne.  I love everything about this photo, from the ceramic lighted tree on the console television, to the Christmas lights strung on the stereo, to the Adventure open box and the cartridge sitting on the Atari, next to be played after Asteroids.

Dec 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Tony Taylor

Photo shared by Podolux (Flickr)
Tony Taylor (late 1960's)
Second Base - Philadelphia Phillies
Connie Mack Stadium - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia icon Tony Taylor turned 83 years old today.  The 2002 Wall of Fame inductee broke into the game with the Cubs 60 years ago and was traded to the Phillies in May 1960.  He would go on to be the Phillies starting second baseman through the entire decade and into the 70's until he was traded to the Tigers in the summer of 1971.  He returned to Philadelphia in the winter of 1973 where he was a utility player.  He ended his career after the 1976 season in which he was a member of a National League East Champion Phillies team.

An interesting fact was shared earlier today by Andrew Linker of Philadelphia Baseball History.  When the batting helmet rule was instituted in 1970, it allowed a grandfather clause for veteran players which allowed them to choose to not wear a helmet.  Tony Taylor was the last player in the National League to bat without a helmet.

An incredible article about the life and career of Tony Taylor can be found on SABR.org.

Photo shared by Andrew Linker (HarrisburgBaseball.com)

Dec 18, 2018

Chicken Roasting On An Open Fire


Colonel Sanders 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog
Kentucky Fried Chicken / Enviro-Log
For $18.99, you can purchase a fireplace log that will make your house smell like fried chicken for up to three hours.  Since they took out the trans fats, the smell is the best part of KFC, so it's worth a look.

Dec 17, 2018

You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish


Soy & Sesame Tuna Steak
Adagio Seafood - Bethlehem, PA
Dad and Trish took us out to dinner before Penn & Teller on Friday night.  The tuna steak was delicious.  The baked potato had Old Bay seasoned butter which was very good too.

Dec 16, 2018

Christmas Comes To Pac-Land


Christmas Comes To Pac-Land
Hanna Barbera (1982)
Thirty six years ago, the Pac-Man cartoon series aired its Christmas special for the first time.  It follows the adventures of Santa Claus, who takes a wrong turn due to some faulty sleigh equipment and gets stuck in Pac Land.  It's a bizarre holiday special that could only have come out of the 80's.