Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Hot Jack o' Lantern Action
Tonight I carved those freak conjoined siamese pumpkin twins I mentioned a few posts down -- not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
If I could have just one Halloween wish this year, it would be that people stop writing "Hallowe'en."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Dave's Appetite for Destruction
As a teenager, my favorite TV show was Late Night with David Letterman, and my favorite bits were the remote segments when Dave destroyed everyday objects in imaginative fashion. First, he had a steamroller run over a bowling trophy, a can of Crisco, and some other stuff...
Then he exploded various inflatables like inner tubes and volleyballs with an air compressor (though I can't find video of that)... Moving on, he dropped watermelons, a boombox, and Cookie Puss off an abandoned five-story building in New Rochelle, New York...
Finally, he visited a Clifton, New Jersey machine shop with an 80-ton hydraulic press. Watch him crush a bowling ball, a canned ham, and Mr. Potato Head...
Since his 1993 move to CBS, Dave still delights in seeing stuff fall from the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater and smash on the sidewalk below, but now he lets his stagehands do the damage while he simply watches the live feed from his desk. It just ain't the same.
Evel Knievel + Halloween = Scare Cycles!
After Ideal shitcanned Evel in 1977 for beating up Sheldon Saltman with a baseball bat, the toy company sought a replacement figure on which to base their popular "Gyro-Powered" motorcycle toys. They settled on three: Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Grim Reaper (or somebody like him -- why not the Wolfman, or the Mummy?).
In any case, Ideal rolled out the Scare Cycles line in 1978, featuring the Frankencycle (driven by a Fonzie-like Frankenstein)...
...the Dracucycle (with Dracula splayed across a coffin)...
...and Boneshaker (a three-wheeler piloted by the Grim Reaper guy)...
The Frankencycle had glow-in-the-dark parts and a "Haunted House Winder," and I suppose the others did too. Read more here, and if you understand Japanese, here.
Then Ideal shitcanned the monsters for their 1982 line of Gyro-Powered Team America motorcycle toys, which I might write about around Independence Day.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I Gotta Bunch of Updates, You Guys
Elsewhere, there's still a trickle of posts over at Quatchi Watch, and I made a new Flickr set of Seattle Mariners media guides (pictured above).
Sunday, October 17, 2010
At the Pumpkin Patch!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Bigfoot Does Ballard
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Talk About Mud Flaps, Bigfoot's Got 'Em
Sexy Sasquatch spotted this morning on I-5, somewheres near Kent.