Category Archives: Advertising

Myriapod Mania

I played a little bit of Centipede at the Silverball Retro Arcade in Asbury Park this past weekend, and I remembered seeing something online about the manual for the Atari 2600 version having a crazy back story. The game, introduced in … Continue reading

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Songs to Sell By

The other day, Beth was listening to the Lovin’ Spoonful, and I made a reference to how “Do You Believe in Magic?” used to be in McDonald’s commercials, which bothered her. Then I asked why it doesn’t when I bring … Continue reading

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California Scheming

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – This was a quite ambitious movie for its time, bringing together many of the most famous comic actors of the time. Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Phil … Continue reading

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Don’t Toy with Me

The Toys That Made Us – We’d started watching this Netflix series some time ago, back when it only had two seasons, but the third one premiered before we’d finished the other two. Each season has four episodes, so there … Continue reading

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Ozian-American Studies

The five most recent stories on Hungry Tiger Tales are fairly obscure promotional material for the Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz comic pages. A set of faux news stories about the visitors landing on various planets before … Continue reading

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Ape Bit Theatre

We all know about Captain Lou Albano on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, and I’ve written about pretty much every episode. I was aware, however, that there had been a cartoon with Mario that I never watched, a Donkey … Continue reading

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It’s Koopa Clobbering Time

Here are some more Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode reviews, and for once I haven’t heard the reviews on the Super Show Show podcast at the Hard Times, because they haven’t gotten to most of these yet, “Mario of … Continue reading

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em, Then Beat ‘Em

Toad Warriors – This episode seems to be a favorite, or at least it is with the guys who host the podcast on Hard Times. I can’t say I disagree, as I tend to like it when Toad takes a … Continue reading

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Turtlenecking with the Best

Before he and John Linnell started They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh was in a band called the Turtlenecks (even though it seems to be Linnell who actually WORE turtlenecks more often), which he’s mentioned before as sort of a … Continue reading

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You’re in Luck

I’d thought before about how the appellation “lucky” is applied to so many Oz characters. Well, only three that I can think of, but that’s still kind of weird. They were introduced by three different authors, however. The first is … Continue reading

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