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Smokin' candy cigarettes
Some called it a gateway drug.

Others called it a candy stick with a little bit of red dye on the end.

Ah yes, I'm talking about candy cigarettes, which used to available down at the corner store for kids of all ages to enjoy, so they could act like all the really sophisticated grown-ups. I remember buying packs of them at Ray & Gen's Grocery Store, which was just down the street from where I grew up in Stevens Point. I'd share them with my friends, and we'd be sure to warn each other if the wrong, fiery end of the cigarette was accidentally put into our mouths.

There were lots of brands, and they also came it small "fun-size" for trick or treaters (about 3 "smokes" to a pack).

A lot of people probably look back that in shock and dismay, but if candy cigarettes did not exist, I probably would have found a way to improvise, with a licorice stick or something.

And besides, if the tobacco companies didn't get me with those, there was a chance that the great neighborhood game we used to play would. Did any body else play "CIgarette Tag/?" I don't remember quite how it worked, but I'm pretty sure we didn't chase each other around with lit cigarettes.

(I did smoke when I was a teenager--for around a month, until a little incident with lighting a cigarette on a gas stove singed my bangs and made me quit, cold turkey).
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Monster Mash: Senior version
Who says Halloween is only for the kids?

Some senior citizens at a retirement community in Virginia had a little fun lip synching to the old Bobby Boris Pickett song "Monster Mash."

They don't always stay in character and the lip synching is not spot on, but I think it will make you smile, as you wonder "whatever did happen to the Cryptkicker 5?"

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Zombies on the Titanic!
Some of you with very good memories might remember when Matt Solomon did movie reviews on the Triple M Morning Show. Well Matt was back on Triple M today to talk about the book he wrote with his friend Chris Pauls.

I assumed when I first heard about their book, Deck Z: The Titanic, Unsinkable, Undead, I assumed it would be a parody and a hilarious one at that, because Matt was also in a sketch comedy group in Madison called The Prom Committee, and he wrote some hilarious stuff.

I assumed incorrectly. Publisher's Weekly calls it a "fast-paced nightmare."  

I can't wait to read it. But I think I'll reserve this one for daytime reading. I have enough trouble with insomnia the way it is.

Matt and Chris will sign copies of the book at Frugal Muse, 235 Junction Road (near Target) on Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1pm.
 
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Taylor Swift Explosion
I used to have a teeny girl crush on Taylor Swift. I never really liked her music, but thought she seemed nice when she went on the Ellen show.

But now that Ms. Swift has exploded, with pieces of hair and shrapnel falling everywhere, I must back away.

I realize that she has a new album out and that promotion is all important, but come on! 

In my Target flyer on Sunday I found half a page dedicated to Taylor Swift items. No thank you, I don't want Taylor Swift body lotion, mascara, or headphones.

Then I saw the big sign in front of Walgreens advertising: Taylor Swift items are here!  I was afraid to go into the store, for fear I get swallowed into the Taylor Swift vortex of mind numbing pop.

But I did go online to see what was available..there's a Taylor Swift blanket I could snuggle up with on a cold winter night, a variety of rubber bracelets, tour books, and even a Taylor Swift iPhone sound amplifier (so I can let all my friends hear all her songs loud and clear, I presume).

The one thing I didn't see offered for sale? A Taylor Swift Slow Cooker.
(Think about it.)
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Little Steven Needs You!
Little Steven is a huge fan of the band, the Rascals, which brought us such great songs in the 1960s like "Groovin'" and "Good Lovin.'" He was instrumental in getting them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is now producing a series of concerts in Port Chester New York this December.

He wants the shows to be extra amazing, multi-media affairs that showcase this band..the first band Little Steven and Bruce Springsteen ever saw live (but they didn't know each other at the time).

So he's asking folks to chip in through a kickstarter campaign, and for various levels of contributions you can get some pretty cool stuff, with pledge requests starting at $1. For 5 grand, you get tickets to a show, and get to meet Little Steven and the Rascals (and more.)

Click here for more info.

Jonathan & Kitty chatted with Little Steven about the project, and a lot of other stuff. Hear the interview here.
 
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Could you live in a pumpkin?
Since it's pumpkin season, I thought it would be a good time to bring up this question.

What's up with that Peter Peter dude? 

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, had a wife and couldn't keep her.

So he put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well.


First of all, why is he Peter Peter? Is his first name the same as his last? Or is he just kind of a redundant dude? 

And if "he couldn't keep" his wife..why didn't he just let her go?  Why did he think of hollowing out a giant pumpkin and telling her to hang out in there?

Just how many square feet were there in that pumpkin?  Did it come with window coverings?  How about central air?

What happens when the thing starts to mold?Couldn't she just get out at that time?

And if this is just a fictional Mother Goose rhyme, what was Ms. Goose smoking when she came up with this idea?

Next time: why didn't that little piggie who cried all the way home try an anti-depressant?
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Binder Mania
Got binders?

Mitt Romney says he had "binders full of women" back in his days as Massachusetts governor, and that awesome declaration has now gone absolutely crazy on the internet.  I've got some ideas to take advantage of this binder craze and keep it going for a while.

Consider for submission:

Movie: Binder Full of Zombies

CD: Binder Full of Bieber

Book:  50 Shades of Binder

TV Show: Family of Modern Binders

Scratchy kind of rope:  Binder Twine


Okay, that's just off the top of my head...I'll have to check my big Binder of Cleverness when I get home to see if I can come up with some more.
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Minty potato chips?
I didn't run out to the store and buy the limited edition candy corn Oreos.

Nor will I be putting the new limited edition Pringles chips on my shopping list.

Coming this November--pumpkin pie spice, white chocolate peppermint, and cinnamon sugar.

Wait a minute...Pringles are potatoes, right? Or at least some kind of potato-ish curvy shaped concoction.

I just can't imagine any of those flavors going well with Pringles, especially the peppermint ones. That just sounds revolting.

But maybe the folks in the research and development department are on to something.

Why not concord grape Pringles?  Or perhaps cola flavored?

What--I think I'm on to something!  How about beer chips? They could make a whole line of them. For a blustery winter day, a nice oatmeal stout chip might hit the spot..or maybe a lemon shandy chip for a nice summer evening?

Add a side of beer nut flavored chips and I'd be all set.
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That drink cost how much?
If you think the cost of Jaeger Bombs has gotten out of control, you're going to think the price of this cocktail is ridiculous.

According to the story on Yahoo News, "famed cocktail bartender Salvatore Calabrese has broken the Guinness World Records mark for creating the most expensive cocktail in history."

Wait. There is some one that is a "famed cocktail bartender" and somehow I don't know of him? How can that possibly be? I'm going to have to start boning up on my potent potables trivia.

The record breaking drink will set you back $8,824. And you don't even get to keep the glass!  What a rip-off.

Watch this video to see this "famed cocktail bartender" mix up the four ingredients used to make the cocktail are hundreds of years old: a 1778 Clos de Griffier vieux cognac, a 1770 Kummel liqueur, a circa 1860 Dubb orange Curacao and two dashes of Angostura bitters dating from around 1900.

Hey, I'd try it. If you're buying and it includes a chaser of Point Special beer!


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