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You have some reading to do. Below are most of the blog archives. Certain categories are excluded to keep things tidier. There’s even more junk on the Features Page, too!

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    Happy Thanksgiving, 2015!

    Happy Thanksgiving! (You know, if you celebrate it.) Consider this a hangout thread. In the comments, feel free to share stories about how you’ll be spending the holiday. Did you make any special dishes? Are you doomed for any twelve hour drives? Gonna watch a big ass inflatable Power Ra

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    Another Batch of Ancient Holiday Appetizers!

    Ah, it’s that time of year again! Time to make funky appetizers from the 1960s! As longtime readers know, I’m obsessed with old cookbooks. Specifically, cookbooks from that weird stretch of years when every other recipe called for unflavored gelatin. This obsession hits a fever pitch d

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    He-Man at the 1985 Macy’s Parade!

    Did you know that He-Man and She-Ra appeared at the 1985 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? It’s true! And I’ll be showing you the proof! Just you wait! Masters of the Universe was on top of the world in 1985, so it made sense that it’d snag an appearance at the annual Macy’s Thank

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    2015’s Best Holiday Junk Food, Part 2!

    Here's another batch of 2015's best holiday junk food, including Cheetos Sweetos, Snickers Trees and more good reasons to throw nutritional caution to the wind!

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    Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 6!

    I think it’s safe to say that we’re in the holiday season now, right? Good. That means I can blather on about old Christmas commercials without those nagging doubts. Yes, it’s time for the glorious return of Classic Christmas Commercials, the series in which I celebrate batches of ol

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    Opening a pack of P.B. Crisps from 1993!

    Tonight I’m gonna open a pack of Planters P.B. Crisps from 1993. That’s the short version of the story, at least. Now the longer one must be told. Google around, and you’ll find a seemingly limitless number of pleas for Planters to bring them back. P.B. Crisps were an immediate succe

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    Another Toys “R” Us Treat Box from the ’90s!

    Remember when Toys “R” Us gave out adorable cardboard boxes filled with free samples? You should, because this marks the fourth time I’ve written about them. If you’re new, this old newspaper ad should bring you up to speed: That particular ad promoted what I believe was Toys “R

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    The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 15!

    Hello! It’s Saturday night! Purple Stuff Podcast time! In tonight’s episode, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit discuss ten of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) childhood board games, from Fireball Island to Electronic Talking Battleship. You’ll notice that very few of our

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    2015’s Best Holiday Junk Food, Part 1!

    The holiday season is here! If you don’t believe me, just stroll down the nearest junk food aisle. Everything either tastes like peppermint or is shaped like a bell. I love it. Below are five of my favorite holiday junk foods for the 2015 season. Or maybe they’re just the first five th

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    ’80s Xmas Ads from Woman’s Day.

    As confessed last year, I grew up loving the Christmas editions of Woman’s Day, which were collected by my mother and left to die in the same little-used cabinet that otherwise housed obsolete phone books and broken AC adapters. I’ll admit that this wasn’t something I bragged about a

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    Toys from the 1990 JCPenney Catalog!

    Hello! Let’s discover treasure together! The 1990 JCPenney Christmas catalog didn’t pack quite the same punch as some of the other catalogs I’ve reviewed, but it’s still hundreds of pages of toys, peanut dispensers and cheap lingerie, and that’s more than enough for a review. For

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    The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 14!

    Thanks to the tremendous response from our listeners, The Purple Stuff Podcast — originally conceived as a Halloween-only show — now continues on a weekly basis with no end in sight! This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit cover a bunch of discontinued junk foods that weR

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    Dino Drac’s November Funpack is available now!

    Hey! It’s time to unleash Dino Drac’s latest Funpack! Get excited! Dino Drac’s November 2015 Funpack is available now! Each box has a little hint of the holidays and a whole load of nostalgia. New to the site? The Funpacks are what fund it. Every month, I mail out boxes of retro fun

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    Commercials from ESB’s 1987 TV Premiere!

    The Empire Strikes Back made its network television debut on November 22nd, 1987. Here are ten TV commercials that aired during that broadcast, covering everything from King Kuts to the USPS!

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    Mythological Creatures in Pro-Wrestling!

    Yes, believe it or not, pro-wrestling has had its own Yeti, Loch Ness Monster and Leprechaun! Here are six mythological creatures that somehow became wrestlers!

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    Toys from the 1983 Consumers Catalog!

    Get a load of the wonderful toys found in the 1983 Consumers Distributing catalog -- everything from Star Wars to Masters of the Universe to G.I. Joe!

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    The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 13!

    In the thirteenth episode of The Purple Stuff Podcast, we're defining the ABCs of Halloween! It's a special hourlong show filled with references to everything from Freddy Krueger to Papa Shango!

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    Madd Matt reviews the Bigfoot Playset.

    Madd Matt returns with a new video! This time, he's reviewing Animal Planet's Bigfoot Playset. It comes with an eight-inch chocolate gorilla! Cameo appearances by Larry and Leviathan.

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    Vicious Videocassette Boxes, Volume V!

    The Vicious Videocassette Boxes series return! Another five spooky videos are featured, including everything from Kingdom of the Spiders to Prom Night II! This article is guaranteed to make you miss Blockbuster.

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    More Vintage Halloween Treat Sacks!

    Holy Halloween nostalgia! Here are five promotional trick-or-treat bags from the '70s and '80s, from Duracell, McDonald's and beyond! A pillowcase holds the most candy, but these are certainly more fashionable!

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    Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy MASKS!

    You may not be able to eat the cereal this year, but Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy have indeed returned! In mask form, at least! Hey, it's something, and they glow in the dark, too!

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    The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 12!

    In the 12th episode of The Purple Stuff Podcast, me and Jay talk about our Halloweeniest guilty pleasures. Included are confessions about voyeurism and Rue McClanahan. Yes, those two are mutually exclusive.

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    Vintage Vending #25: Gooey Grabbers!

    In this edition of Vintage Vending, I'm covering two totally different sets, bridged by the fact that they're both so damn spooky. Come check out slimy hands and rubber rats!

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    2015’s Best Halloween Junk Food, Part 2!

    Here's another batch of 2015's best Halloween junk food, including Halloween Crunch, Starburst Halloween Mix, pumpkin spice chewing gum and more! None of this is healthy, but it sure is fun to look at.

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    Five Random Action Figures, Part 23!

    The 23rd edition of Five Random Action Figures celebrates the Halloween season with an onslaught of spooky toys! Included this time are Mumm-Ra, Judge Doom, Venom and more!