Article Archive for October 2009

Things We Like: Ghost Flubs, Mutant Kangaroos and Vent Figs
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Posted in Things We Like on 31 October 2009
Stats: 3,785 views and No Comments

Paul Frees’ Ghost Host is scary and Lori Petty’s Tank Girl is tough, but neither one of them is any match for one ventriloquist’s dummy. Those things are just plain creepy.

A Complete History of the World in Halloween Costumes
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 30 October 2009
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My father dresses me as Kaiser Wilhelm II. I have little say in this, as I am three at the time. My expression at least resembles the Kaiser’s when he finds out he’s lost the war.

Rock of Monsters! Twenty Must-Have Halloween Songs
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Posted in Things We Like on 29 October 2009
Stats: 37,312 views and 11 Comments

Over an insanely funky beat, good ol’ Charlie Brown throws down his paper bag full of stratum, elbows his way through his posse and steps up: “I gotta rock.” After this, no one will ever diss him again, not even Lucy.

Archie McPhee’s Cornucopia of Costumes: No Vaseline
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Posted in Seattle on 28 October 2009
Stats: 11,034 views and 6 Comments

For most people coming up with a single costume for Halloween is stressful, but imagine coming up with a whole week’s worth. That’s the challenge of working at the Archie McPhee store in Seattle.

The Grave of Mark Wright
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Posted in One Million Watts on 27 October 2009
Stats: 4,670 views and 1 Comment

As I sit to write I shiver, my legs wobble, shake and quiver/So frightened, but must deliver an account of what occurred tonight/Oh! Things went altogether wrong, what began with a laughing throng…

Haunted Las Vegas: The Motels of East Fremont Street
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 October 2009
Stats: 31,150 views and 7 Comments

There isn’t a corner of Las Vegas that isn’t crawling with tourists or light brighter than ten milion Christmases — except for this strip of largely dessicated motels.

Things We Like: Lost Skeletons, Radio Terror and Pumpkin-Eating Hippos
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Posted in Things We Like on 24 October 2009
Stats: 4,414 views and No Comments

The situation is bad. There are skeletons and invading Martians moving about at will, and the hippos refuse to stop them until they’ve finished their pumpkin break. Why are we paying these hungry, hungry hippos?

Keyboard Cat Talks to an Agent
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 23 October 2009
Stats: 4,603 views and 2 Comments

First off, big fan, huge fan. That whole cat playing a keyboard thing is dynamite. I mean you expect a cat to be doing a lot of things — catching birds or pooping in a box – but playing keyboard? Crazy!

Fizzy fail! Take a Swig of Defunct Soda
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Posted in One Million Watts on 22 October 2009
Stats: 16,999 views and 7 Comments

The Cola Wars of the ’80s and ’90s really brought about a lot of competitive creativity between Pepsi and Coke. Let’s wallow in the agony of their failures.

Misadventures in Speculative Fiction
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Posted in One Million Watts on 21 October 2009
Stats: 4,811 views and 3 Comments

I love stories written in the speculative fiction genre — “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” and so on. In fact, I love the genre so much that for the past few years I’ve labored to resist the temptation to write it.