Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Figurines of Cats Wrapped in Sushi

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

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You know, I see these Japanese vending machine toys of cats as sushi, and all comedy suddenly escapes me.

What possible humor could I find in the notion of eating pussycats?

Where's the hilarity in pussycats smelling like raw fish? Pawing raw tuna?

Is it ironic that cats like to eat fish, and are now being prepared like fish? That seems like a silly reason to make such a juxtaposition! Wouldn't they get hair in your mouth?

There must be a joke there, but I just can't find it.

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17 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend, From KFC Keyboards to Hamster Hot-Dogging

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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A 16-disc set of Matt Smith's Doctor Who tenure is coming - and that's but one thing that came up in conversation over the course of the weekend thread. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the other stories you might have missed.

Tipsters this week included Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Anyone00, troi, Rx79Immigrant84, Citrus_King

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Japanese-Style Cat Cafe Seeks Kickstarter Funds to Open in L.A...Again

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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They're pretty common in Tokyo - cafes full of cats, where people with or without pets can feel like the temporary owners of a whole menagerie of purring, face-rubbing, string-batting cuties. Catfe wants to bring this concept to the U.S...but the first Kickstarter failed.

Now they're trying again, with a new stipulation that assuages the concerns of animal-rights folks - some of the cats will be adoptable right then and there. This also ensures that I WILL NEVER EVER GO THERE.

Why? Simple: I have a wife who would gladly adopt every pet she sees. I have an apartment with limited space. If we go to a Catfe where the cats are on offer, it is a near-certainty that I don't get to leave without one. I realize it may have been a requirement to get the necessary support, but I'm warning you single guys who don't know any better: take a woman on a date to Catfe, and you'll be choosing between looking like a callous asshole, or bringing home one or more of the four-legged residents.

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Fast Food Review: Little Caesars Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Pretzel: 1. a crisp, dry biscuit, usually in the form of a knot or stick, salted on the outside.

2. a larger version of this, made of soft, chewy bread dough.

In other words, terms like "pretzel bun" and "pretzel crust" are utterly meaningless. It's just that "browned and salted" doesn't have the same hook. And in some cases, it's not even browned.

But let's back up...

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Belly Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good! Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Donuts Are Happening!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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Fittingly, they are filled with marshmallow cream, because how could something like that every hurt you? Arguably a Twinkie would be more appropriate, but since Twinkies actually had their "dead rising from the grave" moment for realz, we can give them credit for time served.

Looks like my gut is gonna stay-puffed for a while.

Surge Soda Is Coming Back!

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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A relic of those innocent days in the late '90s when we called carbs "carbos" and advertised their presence in a soft drink like it was a good thing, this bright green bastard child of Mountain Dew and sour Gatorade is about ready to return "due to popular demand."

I love the idea that there were people specifically demanding this, and wonder how many confused it with Slurm from Futurama. (Which it basically is, though I can't prove it comes from slug butts, and how dare anyone imply such a thing.). And I want to smack them and say Josta was better. That shit tasted like raspberry yogurt.

The timing sucks. A green energy drink would have been perfect for my Arrow marathon.

h/t Adam Sheehan

Weekend Hangover: From Sharknado 3 to Running Jetpacks, 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Yes, Yondu is now in Disney Infinity, and even though they've stylized the design and probably don't have to pay for Michael Rooker's likeness, it's clearly the MIchael Rooker version. Which means that Henry Lee Lucas can run wild in your personal Disney World.

Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are 16 more reader-submitted items from over the weekend that you may have missed. Tipsters include skrag2112, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, Rx79immigrant84, NOT.DrAbraxas, Anyone00

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: When and Why to Throw a Ham at Someone

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Happy Thursday. I bet you are wondering why there is a picture of fingernails today.

Well, I have finally found a nail polish (guys, get coffee now), that stays on my fingers for more than a couple of hours. For years I have tried various brands of polish; at best it looks good for a couple hours and then starts to chip. I finally gave up except for special times when I know I would have to do nothing with my hands. Well, I have been seeing the ads for Sally Hanson Miracle Gel. It is supposed to last 2 weeks. Yeah, really; I know my hands and what my nails go thru in a day. ButI am happy to report this photo was taken after 7 days!!!!!. Not a chip. I have been typing, digging in the dirt, appraising, swimming etc. I would have been happy if it had made a day or two - but 7 so far - Yippee. It was pricey for the polish and gel pac at $15.00 , but there was a $2.00 off coupon on the next purchase. At the price it is a heck of a lot cheaper then going to get a manicure.

Okay, the guys are probably back from the coffee break...

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That Time Howard Johnson's Made a 2001: A Space Odyssey Tie-in Kids' Comic & Menu

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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When you think Stanley Kubrick, you don't necessarily think "hotel chain restaurant kiddie meal." But that's exactly what happened, and the folks at Dangerous Minds have scanned, in its entirety, the hybrid kids menu/2001 comic book, featuring incongruous meal specials like "The Happy Clown" and "Little Boy Blue," and a retelling of the movie's story that - to put it mildly - glosses over a few things.

Why Howard Johnson's? The answer is provided, in case you hadn't already noticed.

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As far as I know, no plans were ever made to do A Clockwork Orange Julius. But check out the entire 2001 menu - it, and not the movie it's based on, is truly the ultimate trip.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: A Key Lime Cheesecake Recipe Every Nerd Can Follow

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hello all. Well, as most of you know, LYT and the Mrs. were visiting the desert for the Labor Day Holiday. Yes, he was working most of the time, though he did stop on the computer to clear the table so I could feed him. It is a challenge to feed a food critic (even a fast-food critic). Anyway, I think one of the best things I made this weekend was a key lime cheesecake - it turned out really good. This is a no-bake cheesecake. Start with a graham cracker crust. 2 packs of cream cheese (softened in the microwave), 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk mix into the soft cheese, add two packs of true lime powder eratoror 2 teaspoons of lime juice. Mix and pour into the crust. Put this back in the refrig or the freezer to re-set the cheese. When you serve, it it is topped with key lime pie filling (I use canned) and whipped cream.

I also made chili with corn chips, burritos with fresh guacamole and clam rolls. It is so great to have someone to cook for.

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