Category Archives: Just for fun

5-Hour Energy, iChill . . . what else can we get in “shot” form?

5-Hour Energy

I’ve already posted about the battle in the energy shot market (5-Hour Energy, 6-Hour Power, etc.). Now it has been brought to my attention that a new “shot” is on the market – iChill.

iChill

iChill is described as “the world’s first relaxation shot.” From the iChill website:

In a world full of energy boosters, iChill stands alone as the world’s first relaxation shot. The proprietary blend of Melatonin, Valerian Root, Rose Hips and B Vitamins helps calm the body and mind at the end of a stressful day.

It’s got no sugars, no carbs and no calories. So there’s no need to worry. Chill out with an iChill.

So this discovery has my head spinning with possibilities. Will there soon be a “shot” counter at 7-11 with “shot” solutions for every task or normal life? I’m going to throw out a couple suggestions:

iPee

iPee is the world’s first urine-enhancement shot. Tired of feeling like #2 because you can’t go #1? Just take a shot of iPee and you’ll be releasing millions of harmful toxins from your bladder in minutes

Ingredients: Water

iBreathe

iBreathe is the world’s first inhalation-enhancement shot. Feel like you aren’t getting enough oxygen to your lungs? Just take a shot of iBreathe and you’ll receive an extra boost of air to your lungs in seconds.

Ingredients: None. The iBreathe bottle has a hole in the bottom, so upon opening the consumer is merely sucking air.

The possibilities are endless.

Tiger Stadium – covered in snow

LSU's Tiger Stadium Covered in Snow

LSU's Tiger Stadium Covered in Snow

I guess it is just a strange coincidence, but only a few days after I post on how I love living in the South because of the mild winters – it snows in my home state of Louisiana for the first time in almost 20 years.

LSU's Mike the Tiger

LSU's Mike the Tiger

Being a huge LSU Tigers fan, I love these photos my uncle sent me of Tiger Stadium (all covered in snow) and Mike the Tiger playing in the snow. LSU fans – enjoy the pics (especially since this football season hasn’t been all that enjoyable).

Mike the Tiger enjoying the snow in Baton Rouge

Mike the Tiger enjoying the snow in Baton Rouge

Macy’s Parade Rick Roll

Any regular reader of this blog knows that I am a big fan of Rick Rolling. In fact, I’ve managed to include a Rick Roll in all of the company videos I’ve produced for ThinkCashThinkCash Halloween, Back to the 80’s, etc. Apparently the folks at Cartoon Network are also big Rick Rollers, because they pulled off the awesome stunt above at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.

5-hour Energy. . . 7 minute abs?

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Grant and I stopped at Smoothie King the other day for a treat (Grant loves the Gimme-Grape). When I was paying for our smoothies, I saw the display for 6 Hour Power above. I literally started to laugh out loud. You’ve not doubt seen the countless TV ads for 5-hour Energy drink, well it looks like someone tried to “one-up” them with “6” hours of energy. I find this hilarious because it is basically the business model of the hitch-hiking-serial-killer in There’s Something About Mary.

So what happens to the 6 Hour Power folks when someone comes out with a “7 hour” energy drink? Too late, someone has already taken it to the next level with 8-hr Energy . . .stop the madness people.

“Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin’ there, there’s 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?”

Mark Wahlberg – Say hello to your mother for me . . . again. Also, Entourage is back on track.

So last week I posted about the great sketch SNL did poking fun at Mark Wahlberg. Well, apparently Wahlberg was not a fan of the impression.

Wahlberg first criticized Andy Samberg’s “Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals” sketch of him a week ago, and Thursday told Jimmy Kimmel he wanted to “crack his big f’in nose”.  Apparently it was all a set-up for Wahlberg to promote his new film Max Payne as he stopped by SNL last night. In the Palin-starring monologue he stopped by asking Lorne Michaels where Samberg’s dressing room was, “Are you going to make me bust your head in too? Because I will.”

Several skits later he creeped up on Samberg and claimed the impression was nothing like him, all while speaking just like Samberg’s Wahlberg (including talking to a donkey). All-in-all it was pretty funny and a smart move, considering this episode had some of SNL’s highest ratings every with Palin’s appearance.

So why the Google screengrab above? Well, if you type in “say hello to your mother for me” in Google, my previous post is the fourth result. As my ThinkCash colleague Mike S. would say, “that means you have mad-SEO-juice”. You would be amazed how many people have discovered my blog today by typing in that somewhat random phrase.

On a side note, I want to apologize to Mark Wahlberg about my previous comments on Entourage. #1 because I don’t want him to show up at my office to punch me in the face. But, #2 (and more importantly) because Entourage was really good last night. First time I’ve laughed out-loud during any episode this season. Also like the interesting new plot twist. I’m just going to pretend that the “Shrooms” episode just never happened.

Top 5 Halloween Specials

I love Halloween. It is easily my favorite Holiday (the perfect Fall weather, getting to dress-up, the excitement of trick-or-treating, haunted houses, vampire movies, etc.).

I think it is my birth-right to love Halloween, since my name graced the box of every Halloween costume everyone, currently 30-45, had as a kid. That’s right. Those plastic-suit costumes you got at the grocery store as a kid (you know, the ones that caused heat stroke) were Ben Cooper costumes . . . no kidding (see above).

So it only makes sense for me to come up with a list of the best TV Halloween specials (similar to my top Christmas Specials here).

So, in no particular order:

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Halloween

This 1977 special, includes all the characters from the show who decide to dress up and trick people around town. Their antics result in getting kicked out of the neighborhood theater, and a visit to a somewhat creepy old man results in him eating all of the gang’s treats. They then decide to visit the notorious Old Lady Blackwell’s place, where one of the gang’s sisters disappears. They are convinced she is gone forever. However, they are very surprised to find out that not only is she okay, but happy to be with Old Lady Blackwell. The episode features the ever popular Brown Hornet and Mushmouth. How can you not love Mushmouth and his linguisitic abilities.

Simpsons Tree House of Horrors (all of them)

I am a HUGE Simpsons fan. I have a theory on life – any event/situation in life can be related to an episode of The Simpsons or Seinfeld. Go ahead, try and prove me wrong. Anyway, I won’t dive into the brilliance of the Tree House of Horrors Halloween specials, but I do have one gripe. The episode almost always airs the Sunday after Halloween. This is a travesty since the “magic” of Halloween is gone like so many smashed pumpkins by Nov. 2.

Garfield Halloween Adventure

This one follows the tried-and-true formula of “put the characters in a haunted house”. After some debate, Garfield and Odie decide to dress like pirates, end up talking to some creepy old man (another common Halloween special theme) and have a run-in with ghost pirates. I can’t remember, but I also think there is lasagna in this episode.

Witch’s Night Out

This one is a little trippy. A babysitter is watching over two kids on Halloween night, and they run into a real-life witch. The witch isn’t really a bad witch…not really a good witch…just a witch (I guess that could describe most people). The witch looked like a transvestite, which was a little disturbing as a kid (gender amiguity is a tough concept for kids). The kids and sitter decide to make the witch transform them into their favorite movie monsters, as they’re later going to a costume party.

Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and a ghost (the kids and sitter), head off to the party with the witch as their guest. Everyone at the party ends up begging the witch to turn them into “their” favorite monsters. The results are the least scary, lamest, pseudo-pschycedelic monsters ever (see pic above). Most of them look exactly like they did before – only green or red. The rest of the town, forms a lynch mob to “kill the monsters”. The result? Your typical Halloween-special-happy-ending (I can’t quite remember how they got out of it, or what the moral of the story was).

The Halloween Tree

This one, written by Ray Bradbury, actually won an Emmy. Eight boys set out to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, only to discover that a ninth friend, Pipkin (an unfortunately named child), has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies (I told you, this one won an Emmy). With the help of the mysterious Moundshroud, they look for Pipkin across time and space – learning about the origins of Halloween along the way. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Celtic Druidism, Notre Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris, and The Day of the Dead in Mexico are all stops along the way. The Halloween Tree itself, with its many branches filled with jack-o’-lanterns, basically serves as a metaphor for the historical confluence of these traditions. This one isn’t suitable for really young kids (since it does deal with death, etc.)

NOTABLE EXCEPTION LEFT OFF THE LIST: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Why was this left off? Because there is no payoff. We never actually get to see the Great Pumpkin. I’m all about the “reveal”

Walking (or Stumbling) Down Memory Lane

Last night I found an amazing scrapbook my sister put together for me when I graduated high school. She’s amazingly creative (as is evidenced by the trailer interiors she designs for Circle M) and had different themes throughout the scrapbook. I won’t subject you to pictures of my questionable clothing choices or the mini-afro I sported in high school, but there was one little nugget I had forgotten about.

I’ve posted before about my love for writing, but what I didn’t mention is that I was the editor of the high school newspaper – Cougar Prints. Now there were a few perks to being the editor:

  1. Most of the girls that took newspaper (it was a class) were very cute
  2. I recruited some of my best guy friends to also join the class
  3. I got a press pass that got me into all sporting events for free
  4. I could basically leave any class and say that it was “newspaper business” without any hesitation
  5. I got two lunch periods (so that we could “interview” students at lunch)

But the best reason of all was that I got a column in each issue to write about whatever I wanted. My column was cleverly titled “Coop – There It Is!” as a tribute to the hit song Whoomp There it Is by Tag Team (a very popular song in 1993). I was actually very creative in high school – just ask anyone from my graduating class about my Dr. Seuss-inspired posters and speech for student government elections (my speech referenced a promise to a student that didn’t exist, but whom I convinced 50% of the faculty and student body that he did through references in the paper and the school loudspeaker).

So each month I had an outlet to unleash my somewhat twisted sense of humor on the world. Most of the columns were musings on the absurdities of life – kind of like a young Jerry Seinfeld. I think the scrapbook my sister created is the only remaining proof that those columns existed. Therefore, I’m going to put them up on the blog over time so that they can be preserved forever! I will also use the opportunity to make fun of myself and compare my sense of humor/thoughts now that I am a 32 year-old father of two and not a 17-18 year-old ball of raging hormones, teenage angst and sarcasm. Should be fun . . . stay tuned.