Sunday Cinema – “Supermarket Sweep”

 

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One of my favorite shows, “Supermarket Sweep” takes place in a supermarket – well a facsimile of a supermarket, where pairs of contestants answer food/product related questions & ultimately go on a shopping spree in the store. The winner was the couple with the highest dollar total at the end of the “big sweep”. It may not seem like a lot of fun, but to see people rushing around the store with shopping carts loaded with groceries was a laugh riot at times.

There were rules when it came to the “big sweep” – only 5 of one item (to prevent hoarding), any item knocked off a shelf must be put back on the shelf or get a dollar amount penalty at the end, any damaged items got dollar penalties, hitting other people/cameramen/contestants with your cart got a dollar penalty, and only runners could be in the “store”, the other partner was the “cashier” unloading items for tally. There were also bonuses as well, grinding a pound of coffee could get you $100 or picking out a $1’s worth of candy (within 2 cents) got you $100 as well. There were shopping lists, big blow-up items, and other ways to get additional money to win the game as well.

I always shouted for the people to pick up diapers & beef roasts for the big money…

someone posted an early episode (from 1991) online for all of us to enjoy…

Homeless Respect

Homeless Respect

When we often think of the homeless, we either think of drugged-out junkies or those that are mentally-ill. This isn’t always the case, many good people become homeless and are unable to scrape together the means to get back on their feet while at the same time trying to survive. Simple things like a hot shower or clean clothes have become a luxury. One outfit is looking to remedy the clean clothes issue with a mobile truck that will wash/dry/fold laundry for the homeless in their community free of charge. There have been efforts around the country to offer hot showers using the same mobile truck concept.

Unfortunately, an LA resident that began a cause to build tiny houses for the homeless is seeing his movement dissipating thanks to the county. Building violations & safety issues are the “official” reasoning behind the confiscation of the tiny homes. The county suggests that the homeless visit shelters or apply for housing vouchers instead. Many of the residents of these tiny homes on wheels are doing what they can to keep them. It gives them some dignity, knowing that they own a roof over their head – no matter how small that roof is…

Weird Al asked James Blunt if he could include the parody of his song on the “Straight Outta Lynwood” album. Initially he was allowed, but then permission was revoked at the last minute. Later, Weird Al approached him again to see if the song could be included in his “Squeezebox” anthology, and again he was rebuffed. So what does Weird Al do? He posts the parody song on his website for all to download FOR FREE! Good one…

If you type, “Pregnancy Announcement Parody” into YouTube’s search, you get this list of both clever & lame attempts…

How about paying to go to a private school, only to live in a toilet? A middle school in China was under fire for converting communal restrooms into dorm rooms, at least taking time to fill the squat-style toilets with cement. The school officials claim that this is only temporary as they renovate spaces to accommodate the students. The students, however, tell a different tale by stating the officials told them “they are there to study, not enjoy a comfortable lifestyle…”

A prison official is out some bucks when a judge ruled that a painting claimed to be painted by Peter Doig was in fact painted by the less-famous Peter Doige. Peter Doig (no ‘e’) has said several times that it was not his painting and that he was not in prison at the time it was painted as he was attending high school(!).

I don’t think it was meant as racism. A school district is dealing with backlash over a radio station policy for school vehicles. No talk radio, no religious radio, no rap radio. Pop, Country, & Jazz are allowed. The public is in an uproar that rap music was singled out as an overt affront to African-American students. The district even said that the reasoning behind the policy was to limit students’ exposure to religious teaching, profanity, &  violent lyrics. Hell, I don’t recall ever hearing the radio going on the bus when I went to school…

Good grief. First there was the bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, now a bakery is feeling the heat for creating a transgender cake with a Ken doll in a dress

First there was the “movie-night-in-a-pizza box” (which we never got in the states), then there’s the “bong-in-a-pizza box“, now there’s the “bluetooth pizza box” that turns into a set of playable DJ turntables using a computer or smartphone.

“Sorry, I guess she wasn’t faking so here’s $75,000 – we all good?”, says the college dean of a professor that took sick leave & died from ovarian cancer. This was the fourth professor that was fired for taking unauthorized sick leave due to serious illness.

 

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Sunday Cinema – “Match Game 74”

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Match Game has found a semi-revival on ABC with Alec Baldwin taking the helm from Gene Rayburn. I suppose in an effort to capitalize on the older generation that remember the old show and a new generation that had no clue as to the zaniness that could occur during the game.

Match Game will only ever have one host & one crazy cast of b-list celebrities for me.  When I hear the names, “Charles Nelson Reilly”, “Brett Somers”, or “Nipsey Russell”, I remember some of the most crass and funny answers to the most innocent of questions.

I found this episode that apparently has been banned from the Game Show Network for it’s inclusion of the word “Nymphomaniac” as one of the answers. Geez, just show the episode after 10pm for goodness sake!

Anyway, someone posted the entire episode for all of us to fondly remember why Gene Rayburn was the man…

The Green Episode

The Green Episode

 

Restaurants around the country are experimenting with a “no tipping” structure to combat the cheap asses that frequent their establishments. They are increasing food prices by 20% and other changes to make it more financially manageable for their employees…

Australia is releasing $5 notes that are blind/poor vision friendly. The notes have a small tactile bump on the note to help the owner determine the value of the bill. Currently blind & poor vision patrons have had to rely on honesty from shopkeepers or measurement devices to determine the bills they are given or are paying out. They hope to expand to other denominations soon…

A 33 year old retiree? A woman from Chicago decided to retire early and did what most financial experts explain in their books/seminars/radio/television programs – save money, forego short-term pleasures, get health insurance with a high deductible. I’m sure her next blog in 10 years will be, “Do you want fries with that?” burning through $24,000/yr…

Here’s information on the medical marijuana program in Michigan, each state is different as far as the administering of their own program. Ohio recently passed their program, but it is really restrictive and won’t be fully-operational for at least a year…

Recreational marijuana wasn’t going to be on the ballot in November in Michigan due to some 100,000 signatures on the petition being “stale” (collected outside the 6 month collection window). There is an injunction to stop November ballot printing filed by 2 voters who signed the petition outside the collection window. The issue apparently isn’t dead…

Is this a surprise to anyone? Maker of Fentanyl makes huge donation to anti-recreational marijuana ballot initiative. It’s difficult to get a plant patent, so of course Big Pharma wants to stop the pro-marijuana movements as it is starting to cut into their profits…

Straincentral has reviews on different marijuana strains, smoking accessories, & subscription boxes aimed towards marijuana users. Matty is getting a vaporizer based on his review

Uptown Grow Lab (not Underground Grow Lab) is another reviewer/grower from Washington state. Good information, excellent reviews.

Just when it was legalized, Washington & Oregon marijuana is under attack by an invasive Japanese beetle infestation

While searching for a suspect, NY’s finest come across an apartment in Brooklyn containing 8 foot tall marijuana plants! Although not the tallest on record, the tallest on record was 14 feet tall according to Answers.com…

In a case where telling the truth gets you into trouble, a Canadian man was held for hours by border patrol when he answered “yes” to the question, “Have you smoked marijuana recreationally in the past?”…

Check out “Project Greenlight” on YouTube to see what it takes to get a small-budget indie film made…

 

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Sunday Cinema – “Sale of the Century”

 

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This week, in keeping with the theme of “game shows”, I share a favorite of mine. When I was home sick from school, I remember curling up on our “rustic country” couch (an uncomfortable wood frame couch with removable cushions) with a blanket and watching game shows. “Sale of the Century” was a trivia game that pitted 3 contestants against each other with each question having a monetary value of $5. Answering a question wrong and $5 gets deducted. One of the differences in this game was that only one contestant had a chance to answer the question (other shows allowed for another to answer in case the first contestant got it wrong). It also brought in the “Instant Bargain” where contestants could purchase valuable prizes for amazingly low prices which would be taken off their dollar total. The one with the most cash at the end of the game was the winner and got to go on a “shopping spree”, with the option of purchasing vacations, furniture, and even a car!

This episode was apparently towards the end of the show’s run and was a part of a “Bride’s Week” segment where the contestants were all brides-to-be. With the opportunity to win a honeymoon or a china dish set, it was what every bride wished for!

Someone posted a fairly clean copy online for all to enjoy…

Just Be Honest

Just Be Honest

 

First it was a group of men dressed as police officers with guns cocked at their heads. Now it comes out that it was security guards at a gas station detaining them for vandalizing the station. Just be honest dipsh*ts, being honest would have garnered a lot less bad press…

WTF is wrong with the world when what used to be a trusted organization continually denies liability for a cholera outbreak that kills 10,000+ people for over 6 years and finally has to admit that they “may” be liable when someone finally has evidence and calls them on it?

I know she meant well, but this is all kinds of creepy. Woman edited her dead brother into her wedding photos

MattyV has been to seminars detailing what goes on during crime scene cleanups (it’s a highly-specialized type of work that requires all sorts of health & safety certifications), in Mexico there’s only one man authorized to do it. One crime scene cleanup man for the entire country of Mexico…

Woman in Australia posted a photo of what she thought was a duck sunning itself next to a lake. Turns out the “duck” was a large black strap-on dildo (NSFW)

There’s punishing your strict father by not coming home or not talking to him. There there’s this daughter who claimed he raped her repeatedly, until it was found out that her descriptions of the rapes were similar to those found in her favorite book – “Fifty Shades of Grey”…

“Yoga Rage” is a new one on me. A South Korean man has to pay an airline $44,000 because he refused to take his seat and threatened airline staff while trying to perform yoga & meditate at the back of the plane…

Cupcakes are good. Ones that can ooze frosting “puss” when squeezed are not…

Don’t even try. A little boy tried to sell his teddy bear for food because neither he or his siblings had eaten for days. Mother takes to Facebook to explain the photos of the disgusting house were because she hadn’t cleaned up from the weekend. Come on…

 

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Sunday Cinema – “Card Sharks”

 

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“Card Sharks” was a mixture of “Family Feud” and the card game “Acey Deucey“, where in the first round contestants answered demographic questions (“Out of a hundred people, how many responded…”) and the person who guessed closest to the actual figure won. The next round is where the cards came in, each started with a base card and had to guess whether the next card was higher or lower and had the option to “freeze” on a particular card if they were unsure. The one with the most money at the end of the show was the winner. It sounds boring, but let me tell you, the games often got heated as the audience screamed at the contestants whether the next card in their opinion was higher or lower…

This episode was from the end of the first season in 1979 & $3900 was a lot of money back then. Someone posted this classic online for all to enjoy…

In Da Comix

In Da Comix

 

“Dr. Magic” is coming this November, check out what Nerdist dug out of the recent movie trailers.

Kyle Hill answers the questions “How strong could One Punch Man be?” and “What really happens if you decapitated Deadpool?

MattyV did find “Phase 3” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies coming up within the next 3 years:

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There are other graphics showing that they are planning out to 2020 and beyond (although not as “official-looking” as this one…

Some recent rumors about “Deadpool 2” find Kyle Chandler & Mackenzie Davis in the roles of Cable & Domino. Not on board with the Cable casting, but we will see.

Fringe comic characters are becoming more popular thanks to the “Ant-Man” and “Deadpool” movies. There are rumors that “Squirrel Girl” may be making a leap to the big screen. Talk about a fringe character…

Although it’s been debunked, MattyV had gotten excited that Dazzler was heading to the silver screen with Taylor Swift as the sultry singer. Yes, he does have a few Dazzler comics and yes, she could fit well into the MCU with X-Factor, X-Men, & even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Yes, there is a fan-made Lobo short, “The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special“. And I have to say, it is pretty cool…

 

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Sunday Cinema – “Alice’s Restaurant”

 

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One of the longest songs in recent history (at over 18 minutes) was turned into a major motion picture back in 1969. “Alice’s Restaurant” follows the true (?) story of Arlo Guthrie’s brush with the law in a small New England town and later his experience showing up for the draft.

As zany as it may sound, Officer “Obie” actually plays himself in the movie – the overzealous local police officer. The “blind judge” also plays himself and the prop photos during the trial are actual photos from the real case. Other people who were involved in the actual events also end up in the movie playing themselves or with bit parts. The real Alice of “Alice’s Restaurant” and her husband have a little part, you can notice them in several scenes.

Someone posted it online for all to enjoy, and remember – “Alice’s Restaurant” is not the name of the restaurant…

 

In the Pokey, Mon

In the Pokey, Mon

 

MattyV has been watching a lot of Australian TV sitcoms on Netflix while waiting for the new seasons of some of his favorite shows to start up. “Swift and Shift Couriers” is kind of like the UK & US versions of “The Office”, but takes place in a package delivery company…

Unlike those cheapo plug-n-play consoles with non-marquee games you’ve seen over the years (I’m looking at you, Atari!), Nintendo has announced that they are releasing their own plug-n-play console with 30 classic games including Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, & Tecmo Bowl!

I had no idea that “Chopping Mall” had become reality! A California mall has powered-down their security robots after a toddler was run over by one of them.

Haunting but super-stupid, a Malaysian photographer snuck into the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan and took photos/video of the ghost towns that were abandoned in 2011. They wore masks so they didn’t breathe in toxic material but wore shorts exposing their skin…

The Pokemon Go craze has gotten nuts. People are trying to “catch’em all” by sneaking around zoos, falling off cliffs, even disturbing funeral homes. WTF????

How fucked up are we as a society when we complain about being seated near police officers or restaurant owners ask that they not eat at they’re businesses?

If states would only legalize the real thing, these overdoses & deaths from the fake stuff probably could have been prevented…

Honestly, I’ve never heard of a river that circles back around on itself except at a water park…

Why not legalize a certain organic substance instead of taxing digital downloads? They’d make a shit-ton more money and create jobs at the same time…

 

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