Attention former LAKESIDE PRODUCTS customers…

I remember buying “Naked Lady Pens” and “Fortune Fish” along with many other items, from a magazine ad Lakeside placed, in like 1972? I resold these items to other kids in the neighborhood. Nowadays I probably would have been expelled from school instead of merely having my pens confiscated. Here…
This comic book smells funny

This comic book smells funny

I saw on prefunct* tie-dye website TourDyes.com that one of the items they will trade tie-dyes products for is "Freak Brothers Comics". I think I actually have one or two in my uncle Marvin's attic. Apparently I left a box of comic books over there when I spent part of…
The Restless Mouse salutes G. “thumb twiddler” Gochanour

The Restless Mouse salutes G. “thumb twiddler” Gochanour

Today we salute G. Gochanour, a retired guy from Iowa who attempted to monetize the concept of twiddling your thumbs. He was/is the "Founder and Chairman of the Board" of Twiddler's Anonymous. Initially, I thought this was some flavor of 12 step program, but the tagline is "Preserve the art,…
How do the department store buyers do it?

How do the department store buyers do it?

We just got a case of these silly frog keychains. You squeeze him, his tongue rolls out like he's just seen Miss Piggy in a bikini. Why? Just because it struck my fancy. Our inventory racks are filled with things like this, the old 80/20 rule at work. 20% of…
Some things just go out of style

Some things just go out of style

Last year, boneless pork rectums were all the rage, but now people won't give a plugged nickel for them. Why are you so fickle? These are "back by popular demand". But we don't sell food products here. This commentary is brought to you by our fun tattoo, red, white, and…
Breaking the cellphone rules

Breaking the cellphone rules

We had the standard BigCommerce "mobile theme" enabled on our store at restlessmouse.com - but I just turned it off. Looking at it through the eyes of a cellphone or tablet user, it seems to work better to just have the same site everyone else sees, and do the two-finger…
Sartorial splendor in a filthy warehouse

Sartorial splendor in a filthy warehouse

Recently, I made the the decision to wean myself off of whimsical T-shirts. I used to get them from Tanga almost every month. Maybe it's because I am getting "GQ" magazine, although I never subscribed. The other guy with the same name is probably getting the Metal Detecting magazine I…
The elusive Family Doghouse

The elusive Family Doghouse

These were in and out of stock for the longest time, and the plywood was kind of flimsy. Imagine our delight when we ordered 6 dozen and they all have thicker plywood, not flimsy at all, straight and true on every one. We are sure that you will be delighted,…
SAY MY NAME

SAY MY NAME

I am one of those people who went around bothering everyone to watch Breaking Bad, like some kind of twisted evangelist. It's hard to convince people that they would enjoy a show featuring murdering meth distributors. Even if the main bad guy is the dad from Malcolm in the Middle.…