Monthly Archives: September, 2014

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Hello, Junkies!

Looks like we’ve begun to make it into the big time! We’ve just gotten word from TuneIn Radio that Junkiosity – The Pod will be added to their channel listings! You can check out the broadcast link HERE or search for “Junkiosity” on the TuneIn Radio app for iTunes & Android! We’re also on Stitcher Radio! Become a follower of both TuneIn & Stitcher to help us build our audience there so eventually we can get sponsors and bring you a bigger and better pod each week!

We’ve got sponsors! Check out Audible for a free trial membership which includes a free book download! They have thousands of titles from self-help to current best sellers! If you’re not into reading, how about getting healthy? Nature Box will jam your mailbox monthly with all sorts of wholesome and healthy treats & snacks! For only $20 a month you can get a ton of great-tasting food right to your door. Check out the link for a special deal!

Matty started right off talking about an article he read last week about sex tips as shared by the Duggar family. Matty figures a couple with 19 kids should know a thing or two about sex and was a bit disappointed by what he read…

He then found an article from Salon about sex etiquette during the 1920’s, which was disturbing to say the least…

Bill & Ted 3” is becoming a reality according to the writers, & producers of the original film. The gang went off on “selfies” & relationship statuses on Facebook…

In other movie news, former employees of Mystic Pizza in Connecticut will be receiving back compensation owed because the owner stiffed them out of overtime or underpaid them. This is the same Mystic Pizza that inspired the 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts. Matty liked how the article mentioned that Mystic Pizza II in a nearby town has no affiliation with the one in trouble…

In Lebanon, OH it will not be tolerated to scream or shout at kids’ soccer games. Clapping is okay but no shouting of encouragement or even commenting on players will be allowed. Don’t want to hurt the precious snowflakes feelings or make them feel left out…

Matty doesn’t gamble much, did some on his honeymoon cruise & buys scratchers from time to time. Dan hits the local casino once in a while and has his limits. This guy in Germany was lucky as hell, winning enough money to pay his fine literally minutes from being arrested & taken to prison. Dan talked about some of his better winning days…

Speaking of money, Matty found this interesting article on how to ditch the lonely penny from our currency. Currently it is costing us about 1.6 cents to make a penny which is down a little bit from last year. We’re in the digital age for goodness sake, it’s time to phase out some of this currency to keep up!

A while ago Matty shared an article about a distillery in Indiana that can make spirits for you in bulk for you to then sell as “small batch” brews. Apparently people are SHOCKED that a liquor company would take advantage of that and sell you bulk liquor as a “small batch reserve” while charging a higher price. SHOCKED I say! We do have to hand it to them, according to some – the labels on the bottles do not reveal that the liquor comes from a factory distiller in Indiana so they may have a case…

Is this wrong? A Denver restaurant apparently on the course for a cancer awareness run had been charging $1 to non-patrons for using the restroom. It was explained that the money would be donated to a charity. Many are up-in-arms that they would do such a thing while others understand the costs involved with allowing non-patrons to use the restroom without charge. The only thing that bugs Matty is that they did not disclose what charity the money would be donated to. Hopefully not the one that organized the race, pisses him off that this “charity” is for awareness of cancer and not for a cure. Granted a portion of funds go to research, but the majority goes to overhead & litigation.

 

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Until next week!

 

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60 Days of Halloween – Halloween Store Wacky Hats, pt 1

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They crop up each year around the beginning of September, usually in unused storefronts or warehouses near busy locations. They have different names but all have about the same merchandise. I am talking about the gypsy Halloween stores filled with all manner of costume, prop, or decoration to enhance your Halloween holiday. This one shows up every year in the same storefront at the local mall. Originally it was a Sears store, then about 10 years ago it was revamped into a Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear which then closed due to company bankruptcy around 2009. S&B was a great place, kitschy gear for cheap prices. I still have my Hot Rod Cafe varsity jacket that cost me a whopping $19.98, a sweet jacket…

Anyway, the space sat empty for a few years until the above sign appeared over the entrance facing the highway. Upon entering, you are taken aback with all they have to offer.

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Costumes as far as the eye can see in one direction, props & decorations in the other. It smells a bit like the inside of those cheap rubber masks (probably because there is a lot of cheap rubber around) and is fairly well organized, keeping the children’s costumes from the adult costumes (not totally because of the risqué nature as you will see in another blog post).

Today’s blog post will feature some wacky hat costume possibilities with my young son as the model. So let’s see some wacky hats!

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This is the first one he picked up to try on, the classic cowboy/sheriff hat. Can’t forget the extra long neck strap in case the hat flies off!

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Abraham Lincoln he’s not, but looks to be a fair representation of a Victorian era top hat with the flared up sides and almost conical top. Not a true Lincoln top hat…

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This Centurion hat was rather flimsy-feeling, like if temperatures were below 50 degrees it would become brittle and break. The visor was movable and the plume at the top was a bright fiery red color.

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Ahoy, Matey! Feel like a millionaire by adding a smoking jacket/velvet robe & a martini glass. He forgot to tuck in the paper that protected the hat in transit, silly goof!

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A bright green sweat suit or full body leotard couple with this hat makes you Mike from “Monsters Inc.”, or just grab some furry boots & a pacifier and become a “raver” or “club kid”…

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While not technically a “wacky hat”, he wanted to try this on and get his picture taken. It’s actually a masquerade mask with eyeglass arms that can easily be taking on and off. I don’t think purple is his color…

Whelp, part one is complete. Stay tuned for more “wacky hats” later on!

60 Days of Halloween – The Haunted Mask 2

R.L. Stine is the “Stephen King” of the pre-teen set. His novels are simple stories with just the right amount of fright, kind of like a family-friendly “Twilight Zone” or “Tales from the Darkside”. Always involving young teens in creepy situations, his subjects have dealt primarily with the paranormal. He has been graced with a television show based on his work that ran from 1995-1998. Since then, the episodes have been broken out and sold off as individual movies for the home video market.

I happened upon his work with this “movie”, not having seen the first one – it really didn’t matter too much. There was enough there to basically bring you up to speed on what happened in the first “movie” and continue on with the story.

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I must say, R.L. Stine is a rather interesting fellow:

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The story begins with the approaching of Halloween, the prior year’s holiday was ruined thanks to Carly-Beth’s battle with a “haunted mask”. She had gotten the mask from a mysterious shop in order to overcome her persona as a “scaredy cat” and the mask had melded itself to her face and infiltrated her mind. She apparently buried the mask after being freed from it, but the mask didn’t forget. It tracked down the shopkeeper in the hopes of finding Carly-Beth once again and wreak havoc on Halloween:

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Steve is bummed that this is his last Halloween Trick or Treating and wanted to go on a scaring  spree to make his last year memorable.:

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Then Steve notices a strange man wearing the exact same mask that his friend Carly-Beth wore the year before. Calling out to the man, Steve & Chuck give chase to find out where the man got the mask.:

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The man in the mask lead them to the old shop that Carly-Beth had visited the year before, but now it is boarded up and rundown:

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Leaving Steve to his own devices, Chuck takes off and Steve breaks into the basement where he finds a horribly scary mask of an old man:

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Steve gets what he wants, a scary mask to terrorize the neighborhood with. Trouble is, he doesn’t realize how powerful the mask is:

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I don’t want to ruin anything else, so I won’t tell you how it ends. HOWEVER, you can watch the full 2-part episode on YouTube. I present to you, “The Haunted Mask 2”:

60 Days of Halloween – Hell House

Almost a year ago when our pod was in its infancy, Dan the Man & MattyV spoke about a documentary that Matty had seen years ago and made a yearly tradition to watch it during the Halloween season. “Hell House” is a documentary from 2001 about a church in Texas that puts on a “haunted house” each year, but instead of fake monsters & situations to scare, they use real scenarios & “evils” to evangelize people in the hopes of bringing them salvation. Scenarios include rape, abortion, school shootings, suicide, domestic abuse, drunk driving, back when the church first started these annual “hell house” productions it was considered to be rather controversial.

I must warn you that this church is of the “charismatic” branch, which believe in part of speaking in tongues (there are portions of the documentary that show this) & the scenarios shown are fairly graphic. Although they do not show all of the scenes, the sections that are shown can be downright disturbing to some…

This year marks the 24th “Hell House”, according to the website they have 7 scenes which takes 45 minutes to walk through. If you happen to be in Cedar Hill, TX in October – you might want to check it out…

Unfortunately the original link to YouTube was taken down by the owner of the movie, but never fear – you can watch it for free on Hulu (that’s right, absolutely free).

Here’s the trailer for the movie so you can decide whether or not you want to check it out:

60 Days of Halloween – Gas Station Treat, pt 2

The other day I posted about the Mellocreme Mix I picked up at a local gas station. Today is the other half of my treat haul, Jelly Pun’kins!

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I like how they bastardized the word “pumpkins” into a hillbilly-ish “pun’kins”, but I wonder why the apostrophe?

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Gonzo is pretty good at giving you a decent amount of candy for the price and this bag of “pun’kins” is no exception.

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Looking a lot like the traditional mellocremes pumpkins (of which I wonder if they use the same mold), these gems are colored in a similar fashion. Since these are “gummy” candies, they are glistening with white sugar. Tasting just like the orange slices Gonzo also sells, these are a pretty good treat. I would’ve suggested that they use the “sour sugar” that is on their sour worms to make them a bit better, but I guess that’s just me…

A nice treat that would look good in a candy dish on your desk, give them a try at your local gas station or convenience store that sells Gonzo Candy…

60 Days of Halloween – More Spice

I thought I had covered the pumpkin spice phenomenon pretty well, but this morning our own Jen the Intern forwarded an article she found with A LOT more holiday items featuring pumpkin spice. Some are repeats, but enjoy the article!:

 

More Spice, More Spice, More Spice!

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60 Days of Halloween – Gas Station Treat, pt 1

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While I was at the gas station getting the White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms from a previous post, I saw these on one of the racks and knew I had to get them for the countdown! Today I will be reviewing the Mellowcreme Mix, saving the Jelly Pun’kins for another day…

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Gonzo Candies is a staple for most gas stations & convenience stores. Makers of “impulse items”, they can usually be found in the candy aisle next to the “more expensive” bagged candy. Candy fruit slices, cherry sour balls, “bull’s eyes”, “candy powder straws”, & a plethora of “gummy” candies is about the extent of their offerings. Often they can be had at a great deal, 2 bags for $2, but seasonal candies like these don’t get that kind of treatment. I love the label because it gives off this 70’s vibe with the graphics and the font they used for the contents name has a real “Halloweeny” vibe to it.

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Even the reverse of the label gets the Halloween treatment with a pair of spooky bats.

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Mellocreme is the “technical” description of the candy. A mixture of sugar, honey, wax, & corn syrup, traditional forms of the candy are candy corn & pumpkins. This particular package has both versions of candy corn (the white, orange, & yellow combination as well as the white, orange, & brown version), but only one traditional pumpkin. I chose poorly I guess, you can see the lone pumpkin in the center of the package. But never fear, there are plenty of other shapes to see!

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There are multiples of each shape so I decided to pick out the best representation of each. The top row contains the tri-color variation candy corn, a skull & crossbones, a traditional pumpkin, & a Jack O’Lantern. The bottom row has a traditional tri-color candy corn, an owl (?), an ear of corn, a “black” cat, & a yellow witch. The taste is that of other mellocremes I have had, I don’t think with such a simple recipe that other manufacturers can improve upon the flavor.

Take a look around at your local gas station/convenience store for these Halloween treats!

60 Days of Halloween – The Paul Lynde Special

Yet another retro-memory for me. Just as television channels try to get/keep viewers with stunts such as “marathons” of reality shows, television shows, & movies, back in the day they used to concoct “specials” – programs that were created to get viewers to tune in on nights that had historically-low ratings in order to bolster their advertising sales power. Many times it worked, as in the case I am sharing today.

Thankfully, a YouTuber converted and uploaded my most favorite television special of all time (next to the “Star Wars Holiday Special”). A favorite because it exposed me to one of the greatest rock bands to ever tread the earth, and now I can share it with you.

I give you “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special” from 1976:

Fall, Autumn, Whatever

Fall, Autumn, Whatever

Hello, Junkies!

Looks like we’ve begun to make it into the big time! We’ve just gotten word from TuneIn Radio that Junkiosity – The Pod will be added to their channel listings! You can check out the broadcast link HERE or search for “Junkiosity” on the TuneIn Radio app for iTunes & Android! We’re also on Stitcher Radio! Become a follower of both TuneIn & Stitcher to help us build our audience there so eventually we can get sponsors and bring you a bigger and better pod each week!

We’ve got sponsors! Check out Audible for a free trial membership which includes a free book download! They have thousands of titles from self-help to current best sellers! If you’re not into reading, how about getting healthy? Nature Box will jam your mailbox monthly with all sorts of wholesome and healthy treats & snacks! For only $20 a month you can get a ton of great-tasting food right to your door. Check out the link for a special deal!

The gang began talking about an article about some facts in regards to the Autumnal Equinox.

Matty called BS on the whole deal that you can balance an egg on it’s end during the first day of fall.

The gang talked about some of the things they love about autumn – fall color tours, apple picking, & of course apple cider! Matty found a recipe on how to make hard apple cider as well as an old bit he remembered from the “Bob & Tom Show” about a new product called “Dickens Cider“.

This fall marks the 20th anniversary of a ground-breaking (at the time) new show about 20-somethings living in NYC, “Friends”. According to this article, the show was almost never made…

The Texas State Fair opens in a few days, yet another sign of fall. This is the fair that showcases all the new “deep fried” goodies that you might see at your local state/county fair next year. This year’s list of new fair foods is interesting, especially the deep-fried sweet tea & deep fried pork rind nachos…

Neither Matty nor Dan would care to have 100 orgasms a day like this poor schlub… Which reminded Dan of the Lonely Island song, “Jizz in My Pants“…

This week’s “Does This Taste Funny?” segment found us trying out the White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms from Mars. They had a waxy mouth feel and did taste vaguely like candy corn. Jen says “no”, Dan says “eh”, Matty was like “ok”…

 

Be sure to check out our Facebook page and keep visiting this site for our daily “60 Days of Halloween Spectacular!”

 

We’re still needing money to upgrade our pod! If you’re not into audiobooks or healthy snacks, a straight-up donation would do just nicely!

 

Until next week!

 

60 Days of Halloween – Candy Corn M&Ms!

Back in the day, we had 2 kinds of M&M candies – Peanut & Regular. These days it seems like you can get M&Ms in all sorts of flavors from dark chocolate, peanut butter, even birthday cake! This season is no different. I present the White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms:

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Picked these up at a gas station, saw the package and knew right away that I had to add them to our countdown!

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The package features Red M&M (regular M&Ms from the commercials) dressed up as a candy corn with corn stalks in the background and carrying a rake. Not sure what the rake has to do with corn stalks or candy corn, maybe he’s “raking up the goodness”?

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They let you know right up front that these are not your ordinary M&Ms, even spelling it out that they aren’t milk chocolate but white chocolate.

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The M&Ms are a bit bigger than regular ones and are colored orange, yellow, & orange to coincide with the colors found on traditional candy corns. The mouth feel is waxy, a lot like other white chocolate I have had and yes, there is a vague resemblance to the taste of candy corn. I say vague because to me I am tasting a lot more of the white chocolate flavor. I’m sure these are available at other places than gas stations, not worth the $1 I spent on them unfortunately…