Sunday, March 19, 2006

Freakies Cereal

"For instance, Hamhose liked ham sandwiches and lived in a garden hose so he could take long walks all by himself. Grumble had bad feet and so he is always complaining. Snorkeldorf had a long nose, so snorkel is part of his name. Goody-Goody well, we all know about Goody-Goody. The Freakies went in search of the legendary Freakies Tree which grew delicious Freakies cereal. They found the Tree, realize the legend was true, and promptly took up residence in the Tree which then became the backdrop for all the TV spots and package back stories."

I have the Hamhose magnet and the Cowmumble magnet may still be somewhere at my parent's house. I still remember how the magnet smelled when it came out of the box. Trying to find a commercial online - no luck so far. (Click on the image if you want to read the back of the cereal box.)

(Click Breakfast Characters below to see more 'Freakies' posts, including an original Freakies commercial.)


Remember this?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

This American Life Gitmo

This real audio link from the great radio show, This American Life, goes into our Guantanamo Bay gulag in Cuba - and asks basic questions that aren't about political spin.

Click the title bar to listen.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jesse "Don" Knotts

One of the funniest comedians who ever lived, his ability to create brilliant comedy out of absolutely nothing but his imaginative demeanor is something few if any comedians have even approached. As such he was misunderstood and often miscast as a fool (as in Disney's Apple Dumpling Gang) but some great TV never would have lasted past the first season without him though credit was given to others - The Andy Griffith Show and Three's Company especially. This skit from The Muppet Show showed his brilliant ability to make the audience think the absolutely absurd could be believable and have a logic of its own if you displaced your belief onto Knotts' character. You'll be missed Jess.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Shatner's Rocketman

Courtesy of Sheila

WARNING: The volume on this video is really loud at first; turn your speaker volume way down.

I somehow missed seeing this spoken chroma-key version of Rocketman as interepreted by Shatner even after it was copied by Stewie in an episode of Family Guy..

Shatner Sings Again

Horrible Food Packaging

I've been meaning to write about this since I first mentioned it 7 months ago in an indirectly related story - the complete obnoxiousness of food products with photographs of people's faces on it - beginning with Taster's Choice and most recently Good Friends cereal - a cereal made of twigs and bark with scary pictures like this. All I want to know is what customer are they envisioning that is going to look at this box and want to buy their cereal? The best I can imagine is the rare customer that ignores packaging and immediately looks at the label for fiber content. Absolutely ridiculous. Here they are at last for your viewing pleasure. If you have horrible examples of food packaging send them along - the winner receives a box of Good Friends cereal and a post announcing the winners in Horrible Food Packaging II.

Live Action Simpsons Title Sequence

Courtesy of Beep

Thursday, March 02, 2006

It's My Year

Year of the Dog

1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people's confidence because they know how to keep secrets. But Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dog people make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.