Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

This is a clip from a UK tele program called Family Fortunes. It's their version of Family Feud...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Sauce of Paul Sorvino

Let's get back into the swing of things with another odd supermarket shelf find. Actor Paul Sorvino often plays mobsters and crime lords. And let's face it, we all picture mobsters as Italian guys who like to eat alot of pasta. So it makes perfect sense for Paul Sorvino to run with that stereotype and start a line of his own pasta sauce. I don't know, Paul! It's gonna have to taste at least half as good as Paul Newman's Sockarooni sauce!

Paul Sorvino Foods make two kinds of sauce and four different kinds of sausage. Now all he needs is to make the pasta too. Maybe that's a business for daughter Mira to pick up.

See Paul pitch his sauce here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Playing Catch Up

You might have been wondering where I've been, the blog hasn't been updated in a few weeks. Wednesday November 11 I suffered a massive heart attack which almost killed me. An ambulance took me to our local hospital and after an hour or more of extreme pain I was flown to Hershey Medical Center, some 60+ miles away, where they operated on me and put a stent in my heart.

I spent five days and four nights in the hospital but I've been home now for a little over a week. Everyone that I encountered at both Hanover Hospital and Hershey Medical Center were absolutely amazing and helpful and I owe a huge thanks to everyone involved that saved my life!

You hear the term "life-changing event" tossed around quite freely, but two weeks ago I did have a life-changing event. Not only did sitting on Death's doorstep open my eyes to the way I take care of myself but hugging and kissing my children good-bye and knowing full well that it could possibly be the last time I ever see them again is an experience I will NEVER forget!

Among other (more important) things, it made me think that I might not want to return to writing this blog. But, keeping up with this silly blog is a very important creative outlet for me and it's something that I enjoy doing alot so after a brief break from it, I'm happy to return to the Wonderful World of Blog. Besides, who else is going to share with you Miley Cyrus Muffins or pictures of old Flintstones junk!?

Before all this heart attack stuff happened, I had a contest running on WWoB courtesy of the fine folks at General Mills. I didn't get the chance to promote the contest as much as I had hoped but we'd like to announce Jason as our lucky winner. He'll receive 4 free movie tickets to the flick of his choice plus a free box of General Mills cereal. You can get your free movie tickets by purchasing specially marked boxes of General Mills cereal.

And also, if you've been wondering...the only movie I've watched since the last instalment of "My Week In Movies" is Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), which I watched on a laptop computer in my hospital room. I probably would have watched another movie or two but the TV in my room was in the wrong aspect ratio and I tried...but I just couldn't sit through a movie where everyone was all squished.

Last, regarding my hospital stay, I've already thanked people on Facebook but I want to again say thanks to my visitors (and great friends) Kevin, Mike, Amanada, Diana, Tad, Grant, Mr. Corley, Andy, and Chad. And most especially my wonderful wife, Jennifer, who made the 1 1/2 drive from our home to the hospital numerous times during my stay. I couldn't be luckier to be alive and have such an incredible family!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pancakes on Parade

As I've mentioned before, I love food that is flavored like other food. It's like a 2-for-1 deal! When I laid my eyes on Tastykake's new Pancake Krimpets they were in my shopping cart quicker than you can say "Mrs. Butterworth!" Everyone enjoys the classic Krimpets varieties of jelly filled or butterscotch, but the thought of sinking my teeth into a pancake flavored snack cake simply sent chills up my spine. The description on the box reads: "Butter Flavored Cream Filled Sponge Cakes with Maple Syrup Flavored Icing". Yes, they are that tasty! Plus they are alot easier then frying up some cakes on the griddle. They might also be responsible for the mild heart attack I've been having all day.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sit On This, Lincoln!

Everyone loves a good statue, but who says they all have to be dead presidents or civil war soldiers!?! Here's a handful of kooky, crazy statues around the country that you might want to visit on your next road trip!

Bob Newhart - Chicago, Il Cable outfit TV Land installed this "interactive" statue of Bob Newhart as his character Dr. Bob Hartley from the 1972 - 1978 sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show." Dr. Hartley was a Chicago psychologist so here you can lay down and tell your problems to Dr. Bob - even though he won't really help you out...because he's a statue! They originally installed this statue in front of the actual building that was used as Dr. Bob's office exterior on the show. Later, they moved to piece to Navy Pier - a major tourist attraction a mile away.

Popeye - Crystal City, TX This fine country of ours actually hosts four different Popeye statues. This one here was erected in the small Texas town that claims to be the Spinach capital of the world. I think what makes this statue extra special is the fact that it sits smack dab in front of City Hall. There's another Popeye statue in Chester, Il - the home of Popeye creator E.C. Segar. There are two more in Arkansas. But Crystal City IS the spinach capital of the world and to prove it they hold an annual Spinach Festival...which just happens to be this weekend! Get your airline tickets!

World's Largest Catsup Bottle - Collinsville, Il Another score for the great state of Illinois. The problem with any "World's Largest" is that it's not really what ever it's supposed to be the "world's largest" of...I mean, that's not a real catsup bottle - it's a water tower. Which I guess also makes it not a statue...but a water tower, so why did I even bring it up? Either way, that's a 100,000 gallon water tower which I assume means it could also hold 100,000 gallons of catsup. The way my kids use catsup on everything, we'd need one of these giant bottles of the red stuff to get us through a month! The World's Largest Catsup Bottle even has it's own website!

Superman - Metropolis, Il Clark Kent's hometown might be Smallville, but Superman belongs to Metropolis. The current version of this super structure is 15 feet tall and weighs two tons! There was an earlier version of this tribute, but everyone wanted to see if he really was the Man of Steel and destroyed the statue by throwing stuff at it. Now Superman stands tall in Metropolis' town square which they call Superman Square. The town is home to a Superman Museum, a Harrah's casino, a Huddle House (good eats!) and of course the Annual Superman Celebration.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Classic Commercial Sunday - Coffee Break

They used to do these commercials all the time where they would go to some fancy restaurant and switch out the fancy coffee with some grocery store brand and then everybody would be impressed that they didn't know the difference. Look at the beginning of this ad, it says that everyone involved received a free meal...suggesting that things might have gone different if these were actual paying customers drinking down instant coffee...

Here's a coffee ad from the days when commercials were like little movies:

and from Jim Henson:

Thursday, November 05, 2009

See A Free Movie Tonight

The only thing better than a good movie is a free good movie! That's why we're pretty excited to partner up with General Mills Cereal to give you a chance to see a the theater...for free! Actually, there's two ways you can catch a movie for free. Inside specially marked packages of General Mills’ Cereals you'll find a code. When you enter two codes into the General Mills website, you'll be able to print a free movie certificate good for admission to any movie. Pretty sweet, eh!? You know General Mills cereals...Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix and my personal favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs.

Here's another way you can get your mitts on some free movie tix. To get the word out about their new See A Free Movie Tonight! promotion, General Mills is giving one lucky WWoB reader a Movie Moments prize package featuring Four Free Movie Tickets and a Free Coupon for a General Mills Cereal! (The movie tickets are good at almost any theatre in the country.) All you have to do is leave a comment (or send an e-mail) telling us about the first time your parents took you to the movies or the first time you took your kids to the movies. You don't have to get real creative, just a sentence or two will do. We'll pick a winner at random from all the entries received before 11:59pm Friday, November 13, 20009.

This isn't me sending you something I got out of a cereal box, folks! This is a real prize package provided by the good folks at General Mills. We're your favorite website for stuff about movies and breakfast cereals, now the two worlds are colliding. WWoB is taking a little step up in the Internet universe, how do ya like that!? Maybe now someone will listen to my idea for a Count Chocula movie!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Juice of Miley

First it was a breakfast cereal and then it was her muffins and now Miley Cyrus takes over another portion of your balanced breakfast with her very own juice! Hannah Montana Juice is 100% juice because Miley wouldn't just lend her name to any ol' product! It has to be only the finest 100% juice for Miley Cyrus to slap her face on the bottle. This beverage comes to us from the folks at Langers, the #9 name in bottled juice!

I don't post these pictures because of some crush on Hannah Montana, I just think it's hilarious how much stuff they'll plaster her face on. Every once in a while a property will come down the pike that gets merchandised to death...I don't think New Kids on the Block, Pokemon, or Britney Spears ever had their own line of juice. Miley Cyrus is a trailblazer, folks!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Classic Commercial Sunday - Drink Up!

Here's a remarkably sexist ad from the early 70's....

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