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Below are most of the blog archives. Certain categories may be excluded to keep things tidier. There’s even more junk on the Features Page, too!

April 2016 Update:  I’m currently (read: finally) working on the archives to make ’em a bit more navigable. You shouldn’t have much trouble now, but check back soon for prettier pages to jump between. 🙂

  • Video Store Adventure #4: 112 Video!

    We discovered another still-running video store, and this one was just nuts. Feast your eyes on 112 Video: Part of a small strip mall in Patchogue, New York, 112 Video opened in the mid ‘80s. The current owner, Rick Something, purchased the store around 7 years ago. Nice guy. Wore lots o

  • Spooky Unsolved Mysteries Segments II!

    Old news, but still big news: Unsolved Mysteries is now streaming on Amazon, and for free if you’re a Prime member. I’ve already written about five spooky segments from Season 1, but they’ve since added two more seasons. Season 2 admittedly misses more than it hits, but Season 3 is

  • Surfin’ Berry Punch Kool-Aid, from 1987!

    I’m back with another review of old Kool-Aid. Just smile and nod and pretend that this is something you care about. I said nod. For the longest time, Surfin’ Berry Punch was my white whale. My bright red white whale. It’s one of the hardest Kool-Aid flavors to find on the collectors

  • L’eggs Eggs = Best Toys Ever?

    From baker’s twine to pizza box tents, some of the best toys were never meant to be toys. My all-time favorite example? L’eggs pantyhose eggs, baby. Back in the ’80s, L’eggs stuffed bargain-priced pantyhose into plastic eggs. Some were clear, others white or black, and some eve

  • Grocery Shopping in Married with Children!

    During Married with Children’s fifth season two-parter, You Better Shop Around, the Bundys battled the D’Arcys in a bootleg version of Supermarket Sweep. It’s easy to see why these episodes are so beloved by fans: The cast had perhaps never been more willing to get physical and

  • Purple Stuff: A Nightmare on Elm Street!

    Since we had so much fun recording our Friday the 13th show, this week’s topic seemed only natural: Yes, the latest Purple Stuff Podcast is all about FREDDY KRUEGER. This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit run through a dozen of our favorite things about the entire Nightmare on E

  • Dino Drac’s March 2017 Funpack!

    Hooray! I’m finally ready to reveal the goods! (AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY!) Dino Drac’s March Funpack is here! Obligatory spiel: I create and sell monthly Funpacks, stuffed with old and new nonsense. Without the profits from these boxes, I wouldn’t be able to run Di

  • Video Store Adventure #3: Four Star Video!

    Half a week later, and I’m still in shock. We found another still-functioning video store, and it was somehow even better than the last two! (…which you can read about here and here, if you haven’t already.) Say hello to Four Star Video. Part of a sleepy strip mall in Vineland, N

  • Kong Milkshakes at Johnny Rockets!

    We’re all excited about Kong: Skull Island, right? I am, at least. The gorilla is one thing, but the idea of a nightmarish island where evolution plays by wickedly different rules is enough to make me see any Kong movie. The fact that this one stars John F’n Goodman just makes it an ev

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 38!

    Get set for the 38th edition of Five Random Action Figures, starring robot bugs and alien elephants and Ted “Theodore” Logan. We’re gonna have a time. Storm w/ Power Glow Action The Uncanny X-Men (1993) If I have it right, this was the second of three distinct Storm figures to use th

  • Another Old Video Store, Explored!

    Thanks to our successes at that one video store, me and Jay vowed to hit every other video store within driving distance. After all, these places aren’t going to be around forever. It’s a miracle they’re still around now. First on the list was The Video Shop in Belmar, New Jersey. On

  • Cereal Sightings in 1991’s Stone Cold!

    Throw Beverly Hills Cop, Cool as Ice and a big block of Velveeta into a blender, and out would come Stone Cold. The 1991 cult classic stars Brian “The Boz” Bosworth as a rebel cop who plays by his own rules and dresses like a surfer version of General Zod. It’s terrible and great. Co

  • eBay Dig #13: A Nightmare on Elm Street!

    Time for another eBay dig! If you’re new to this series, it’s how I avoid spending money I don’t have on things I don’t need. Down below: Five of the best Nightmare on Elm Street collectibles recently seen on eBay. If you’re an Elm Street fan with a thick wallet, mazel tov. Go bu

  • Goodbye, Old Video Store.

    A little over a week ago, me and Jay visited what had been one of New Jersey’s last remaining movie rental shops. Located in the city of Brick, Bob’s Video Time was closing its doors after 27 years, finally conceding defeat to an increasingly digital market. And yeah, we did kinda go t

  • Purple Stuff tackles Friday the 13th!

    Today is Friday the 17th. That’s gross. Let’s pretend it’s Friday the 13th. The Purple Stuff Podcast is back with a 75 minute tribute to Friday the 13th! This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit run through a dozen memories of the franchise, covering everything from the

  • Dino Drac’s February 2017 Funpack!

    Hooray! I’m finally ready to debut Dino Drac’s February 2017 Funpack! Took me long enough. (AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY!) Obligatory spiel: I create and sell monthly Funpacks, stuffed with old and new nonsense. Without the profits from these boxes, I wouldn’t be able to run D

  • The Complete History of WCW’s Yeti.

    Let’s talk about the Yeti. Even if you’ve never watched wrestling, you might’ve heard of him. (Maybe from me, come to think of it!) The Yeti is widely considered to be one of pro-wrestling’s worst-ever characters, and through an objective lens, I can’t disagree. He was a seven fo

  • TMNT Crunchabungas!

    I am now the proud owner of a sealed bag of TMNT Crunchabungas. I’m not lying! Though the packages are dated 1990, research suggests that TMNT Pizza Crunchabungas didn’t hit stores until early ‘91. The snacks debuted at the very height of Turtlemania, when our green heroes were basic

  • My 1987 Birthday Party.

    Today is my birthday. I’m super old. 900, basically. But it wasn’t always this way. On February 6th, 1987, I had a birthday party. A bunch of boys from my second grade class came over to do what boys do. One of them gave me Optimus Prime socks. That’s me, at the party. Back then, ki

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 37!

    I normally only cover vintage toys on Five Random Action Figures, but this time, let’s try something different. Below are five figures that are still in stores, proving that new stuff can be just as awesome as old stuff, and less grimy to boot. Macho Michelangelo! Teenage Mutant Ninja Su