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…
The Secret Admirer

The Secret Admirer

The Mrs. bought some books at a thrift store a while back, and found a Hallmark card with this typed inside; (Estimated to be from 1975) If you can't read that, it's a Hallmark card that says on the front, "I'm always telling other people how neat I think you…
Cellphone- Stylus? Finger? Carrot?

Cellphone- Stylus? Finger? Carrot?

I have an Android "smart" phone, and although, because my store stocks them, I have a virtually unlimited supply of styluses (stylii?) - I usually use my fat, greasy, callused fingers to navigate the long-suffering expanse of gorilla glass. Why? because I lose them. Even the ones that plug into…
They’re disrespecting Shemp, and Betty.

They’re disrespecting Shemp, and Betty.

My supplier still hasn't gotten around to making a "Shemp" novelty license. We go through piles of Larry, Moe, and of course, Curly, why no Shemp? He's like the fifth Beatle. I noticed the same disrespect toward Betty Rubble a few years ago. The Flintstones vitamins include Barney, Wilma, Fred,…
My sister in law kind of creeps me out

My sister in law kind of creeps me out

I was playing with some photo editing software and inverted this pleasant picture of my SIL Lisa as a toddler playing out on the sidewalk. Good grief! Who know how much a simple change would creepify a little toddler into a cover for a horror movie DVD.
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…

My apologies for the LinkedIn deluge

Someone wanted me to add them on LinkedIn, and in the process I saw a screen that said something like "671 invitations have been sent". I had just been roused from a long nap, but that woke me up! I realize most of those are sent to folks who bought…
Charming and annoying items for cheap!

Charming and annoying items for cheap!

Our rattlesnake eggs windup joke says CAUTION RATTLESNAKE EGGS right on the envelope, but people just can't leave stuff alone. It will rattle the envelope and startle the heck out of someone, because A. people are kind of dumb and B. It's a response honed by many generations of desert-dwelling…
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,…

114856384859? No, That’s not it.

114856384859 There is a contest to find out what is the lowest possible number that does not have any Google results. In fact, it sounds like a test for a tech industry job interview. Anyway, someone has postulated that the answer is 114856384859 - I have no idea how they…