Saturday, October 31, 2015

EVEN MORE Amazing Trick-or-Treat Ideas

The last two years I've written a few "Unconventional" treat ideas for you to hand out at Halloween. I had a lot of fun writing those, so I decided to do it again. If you want to refresh your memory on what I wrote in previous years, follow the links below.

2013 - 2014

So anyway, without further adieu, here are ten more amazing trick-or-treat ideas, sure to leave your little ghouls and goblins screaming for more. Or just screaming. Whatever.

Chocolate Pudding - Fill a giant super soaker with pudding and hide in the bathroom upstairs, you know, the one that looks out over the front yard, and before the kid even gets up to the house, you yell "TRICK-OR-TREAT!!!!!" and you hose them down with as much pudding as possible before they've fled into the night. Make sure that the pudding has plenty of air bubbles in it too, that way it sounds HILARIOUS as it squirts out the nozzle. Other fun flavor and texture ideas, tapioca, pistachio, jelly, lard and rice pudding with extra raisins.

Toys - This suggestion is just for parents. Your kid didn't pick up their toys even though you asked them like 7,000,000 times? Let the Trick-or-Treaters do it for them! You don't have to buy candy, and your house will be totally toy-free! Everybody wins! Except for your kids. But that's what they get! YOU HEAR THAT DONAVAN?! YEAH!!! THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GONNA GET!!!

Great Aunt Gertrude - For this one you will need to have Great Aunt Gertrude answer the door, sitting in her remote controlled wheelchair, but make sure you have a remote that overrides hers. When the little kids do their adorable "Trick-or-treat!" thing, have her hold out her arms for a giant hug, and then duct tape the kid to her. Then use your remote to wheel them away into the night, and you'll be free of the nagging old crone forever!

Cantaloupe - Just a whole cantaloupe. Drop one of those suckers into a little kid's plastic pumpkin, and watch the confusion take over their face. Then slam the door and go back to your shows.

Half a Cantaloupe - This will take a bit of pre-prep. You'll need to set a small table outside with a cantaloupe on it. When a kid rings your doorbell, you come outside with a machete, wearing a terrifying mask, like a vampire-clown, or a rabid werewolf, or a demon horse, or Donald Trump. Then hack that thing right in half with the most violent whack you can muster. Make sure there are plenty of gory cantaloupe entrails flying all over the place, and toss half of it into the kid's sack. Then toss a smoke bomb onto the ground and vanish so you can get back to your shows.

Baby Carrots - This is for the people who want all the neighborhood children to hate them. Except for that vegan kid. He's weird.

Polyfill - This one is a great idea for those of you whose Auntie Nelga just died and left you like 4000 bags of Teddy Bear stuffing. Like, what the heck are you going to do with that? Just hand it out to the trick or treaters. Sure, you might get your house egged, but you won't have all that fluff any more!

Tennis Balls - Ok, this one isn't so much something you hand out, as it is a way to keep your house mostly egg free. Set up a baseball launcher inside the house, and turn the lights out. When those nasty little ingrate come along to egg your house in retribution for the carrots and polyfill, then you just start firing tennis balls willy-nilly into the night. That'll teach those entitled little monsters to mess with your new siding!

A Teddy Bear Encased in Jell-O - This one is a snack, and a toy! Simply fill several five-gallon buckets with Jell-O, drown a bunch of Teddy Bears in them, and stick the whole mess in the fridge for a few hours. When the kids come, you just bring the bucket to the door, stick your hands way down deep into the jiggly abyss, and rip out a hunk of Jell-O with a bear in it, (do it real slow so it sounds just as slurpy and sloppy as that time your great aunt and uncle were having a make out sesh at the Christmas Eve party) and tell them to have fun eating their new friend free of his Jell-O-y prison! Make sure you wash your hands between children though, that's just common sense.

Spaghetti - This one will be a bit tricky to pull off, but if you're successful, the joy on the children's faces, (or fear, it's hard to tell with kids) will be so rewarding. Really, all you need is a second story window; a five gallon pail of precooked spaghetti and sauce; and a chimpanzee with incredible aim, and a terrifying scream. I think you can piece this one together on your own.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Famous Last Tweets

I started this post like 2 years ago, and then I kind of forgot about it. I was looking for another post when I came across this draft and I decided to finish it. I don't really intend to make this a series, but I had a logo idea, so I made one anyway for fun. :p Anyway, if you don't like dark humor, turn back now. :p

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Rattlesnakes are cute, and they make the best pets.

Totally going Bigfoot hunting! Come at me bro-squatch!


Hairspray + Matches = Awesome!

The forecast calls for heavy volcanoing. #YeahRight

Timmy thinks there's a shark in our swimming pool. Lol! I love how rich the imagination of a child can be!

This bologna smells funny. Oh well.

That old woman was right! It WAS an enchanted sombrero! The snowman is alive!

20 poptarts in one sitting! New record!

Holy cows! Why is that train driving through the field?

Tiger pit? Challenge accepted!

This mime show is awful. Those guys acting like they're dying from his pretend finger guns are the worst actors.

Blowfish sushi? #Fearless

Dynamite?! LOL!

I totally just saw a Pterodactyl in the woods. I'm going back with a camera for proof!

Apple Seeds aren't poison. I'll prove it.

A bottle of lemonade under the sink! Score!

No one ever died from a hotdog eating contest.

YEEHAW!!!! Thanx 4 tha fireworks, @cleatus_1776!!!!!! Time 4 awesum!!!! #Merica

I've never seen this many robins all gathered in one place before! If I didn't know any better I think I'd probably be scared. LOL!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TIIA 8 (The Internet Is Awesome)

One of my favorite things in the world is when someone does a Disney cover, and does it well. Todrick Hall is one of the kings of medleys on YouTube, and his latest Disney Medley is amazing. And I don't just mean amazing, I mean, AMAZING! He includes music from everything from Dumbo, to Tangled, to The Wonderful World of Color, to That's So Raven! I have never seen or heard a more comprehensive medley than this!

Another group that can rock an awesome medley is Pentatonix. And they totally rock this one.

Everything I love about Pomplamoose is on full display in this next video. The colors, the costumes, the quirky music, the singing, the humor, this video has everything.

2Cellos prove once again why they are some of the best cello players out there with their original composition, Celloverse.

From the moment I heard this next song, it immediately became my favorite Avicii song. It's been on replay off and on all day.

I never though that Justin Beiber would come out with a song that I would actually really like, but he did. However, instead of sharing the original, here is a cover by Mike Tompkins. :p

Next, here is a song by my favorite Lebanese artist, and probably the only one I know, Mika.

Lets close this down with another awesome song by the Gregory Brothers, this time remixing Hannah Hart's attempt to make jam. This song has literally been on replay in my car for a month. It's SO catchy.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The BerenSTAIN Bears Conspiracy Theory

I don't know how this happened, but I've made a post a day for the past three days. Don't expect this to keep happening. :p

Anyway, Channel Frederator on YouTube just released a new episode of Cartoon Conspiracy, one that is different than most of the rest of the series, in that this conspiracy is one that bleeds over into real life. Before you watch the video, think about your answer to this question: If you read the popular book series about a family of bears as a kid, what was that series called? Was it the BerenSTAIN Bears, or the BerenSTEIN Bears? Ok, proceed with the video.

For me the answer is... Both? I definitely remember pronouncing it BerenSTAIN Bears, but if you'd asked me how to spell it, I would have definitely spelled it BerenSTEIN.

I first read this conspiracy on the internet months ago, and people were posting old book covers with the -stein spelling. It was obvious that most of them had been photoshopped, but it really made me curious, what did the fronts of the really old editions say?

When I was a kid we had a pile of Berenstain Bears books, including a couple of, I'm pretty sure, the original library editions from the 60's. (My family was big into library book sales.) But as far as I know, all of them have been given away since I was a kid, so I had no way to look for myself.

I gave up thinking about it after awhile, and went on with my life. However, when I went to Chicago this summer, I stayed with my aunt and uncle, and I slept in what was my cousin Brittany's old room. Lo and behold, there on the bookshelf beside my blow-up mattress, were a bunch of original copies of some of the first Berenstain Bears books. On the covers of all of them, the name was spelled Berenstain. Mystery solved.

So while I don't believe in this conspiracy at all, I still find the whole thing fascinating; both the Mandela Effect, as well as the idea of alternate realities or parallel universes. I've always heard of these ideas, but really only in science fiction, and when I did hear about theoretical real life ones, I'd never heard a compelling argument for them. This was as close to a good argument as I've ever heard. Too bad it still falls apart. Oh well. :p

Friday, October 2, 2015

Rotoscopers Roundup

I haven't talked about the writing I've done for the Rotoscopers in awhile, but I've decided to kind of make an archive here of what I've written, and then make a new post every month or two to add any new articles or reviews I've done to my blog, for anyone who's interested, and also for me to be able to easily find them in the future. This first post will be the longest, because it's going all the way back to the beginning of the year when I started. Links are in bold.

The first thing I wrote was an article announcing the 2015 return of Gravity Falls.

The next was my first review, the series premiere of Star Vs. the Forces of Evil.

Following that was a review of the above Gravity Falls episode, Northwest Mansion Mystery.

Next was my first DVD review ever, Uncle Grandpa: Good Mornin'.

Review of Gravity Falls: Not What He Seems.

Announcement of a new Looney Tunes DVD movie, Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run.

Announcement of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 premiere date.

Announcement of the midseason return date for Gravity Falls.

Review of the DVD set, Tom and Jerry: The Gene Deitch Collection.

Review of the DVD for the movie Yellowbird.

Review of the first half of season one of Star vs the Forces of Evil.

Review of the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels season 2, The Siege of Lothal.

Review of the DVD Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run

Review of the Blu Ray set for Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season.

Review of the DVD set for The Magic School Bus Season Three.

First look at the new Lion King spin off series, The Lion Guard.

Review of the DVD, LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles.

Review of the DVD set, Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection.

Review of the Blu-Ray set, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One.

Review of the series premiere of The Muppets: Pig Girls Don't Cry.

Review of The Muppets: Hostile Makeover.

Review of Gravity Falls: A Tale of Two Stans.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

KHIA (Kid History IS Awesome)

When I started putting together my TIIA catchup posts, I realized that I had a lot of videos from Bored Shorts TV, AKA Kid History, AKA Kid Snippets, so I decided to break them off and make them their own post.

Most of Bored Shorts' videos are shorts, similar to Kid History which they are most famous for, but are stories the kids have made up, which the adults lip sync to with hilarious results. Once in awhile They will get a guest who utterly nails the performance, and most recently, their guest was none other than Peter Hollens!

They also did the same thing with Josh Groban in 2013!

And then again in 2014!

And then Lindsey Stirling!

The last time I posted something from Kid History was back in 2011, when they had only made 7 episodes. They have since gotten up to 11, and somehow I never saw the rest until just a few weeks ago! Kid History videos are true stories about the people starring in the videos that they have told their kids, who go on to hilariously butcher them upon retelling. If you need to catch up, I'll link to their official playlist HERE, which you need to watch, because they are all too funny, but I wanted to share number 11 here, because it was so hilarious, I was dying of laughter the whole time.