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Friday, January 8, 2010


I was perusing the drink section at a local eatery and I continue to be amazed at how many drinks they carry. Probably over 200 kinds of beverages. Today I came across one in the v8 section called Clamato. Probably not the best name for a drink since it sounds like an STD but appropriate I guess because it contains clam broth. Many of you tomato based beverage fans are probably thinking to yourselves, "Evan's never seen Clamato before?" Apparently, it's been around for awhile:

Clamato (a portmanteau of "clam" and "tomato") is a trademark of the Mott's company which denotes a drink made primarily of reconstituted tomato juice concentrate. It is flavored with spices and clam broth, and contains monosodium glutamate.[1] It is also referred to colloquially as "clamato juice." Clamato was produced in its current form beginning in 1966 by the Duffy-Mott company in Hamlin, New York, by two employees who wanted to create a Manhattan clam chowder style cocktail by combining tomato juice and clam broth with spices."

Thanks Wikipedia! You have also given me today's Evan Almighty WORD OF THE DAY!!! The usage of today's word first appeared in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass (1871), in which Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice the coinage of the unusual words in Jabberwocky.

Today's word is: Portmanteau! So use it in a sentence and spread the Portmanteau love. Portmanteau is a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog). Hmm..I guess Knork would be a Portmanteau.

I'm still waiting to get into a Cash Cab.

Another reason why you shouldn't put a deer in the backseat of your car. Period.

Uh oh, trouble in the NY Times Cafeteria...staffers got sick...the culprit is rumored to be the pasta salad and has been taken into custody. for questioning. Let's listen in:

Detective: So, what kind of crap were you trying to pull here, salad boy.
Pasta Salad: N.n.nnnothing officer. I was just going about my business, I got dressed and then was put out at the bar.
Detective: Don't give me that crap, I want answers. (bangs fist down and some pasta spills out onto the floor). Pick yourself up.
Pasta Detective: Olive to give you some answers but I didn't do anything.
Detective: That's it, I didn't want to have to do this but I've got no other choice. (Officer goes to the closet and pulls out a huge fork. )

Fade to black.

That's all I've got today. Hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Evan Almighty, Now in 3-D

With the 3D craze back in full swing, I thought it was only appropriate to make today's post in 3-D. So put on your glasses because otherwise you'll be missing out. The history of 3-D is pretty interesting, dating back to the 1950s and now there is all this talk about 3-D televisions and television channels. I'm curious to see if this works. I remember many years ago the networks tried doing some 3-D things and NBC even did a whole lineup in 3-D.

So, how about a scene from the Matrix Reloaded in 3-D?

Do you know what time it is? (cue you--NO, WHAT TIME IS IT?) So glad you asked, it's time to play the game that is sweeping the nation by storm. It's time to play, The 100 Games Cupcake Game! Can you guess which game is represented on each cupcake? Winner gets nothing. Good luck.

Well, it looks like Justine's prayers have been answered. I present to you, the kitchen of the future...uture...uture...

As you have noticed, this entire post is not in 3-D. It was a gimmick to get you excited and to read it. Oh well. Hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Just So You Are Aware

Tomorrow is "I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day"!!! How great is that?

In crab news, a crab that looks like a strawberry? Whaaaa?

I know what you're thinking. Here he goes again with his crazy links. Well, you're right and you're wrong. I'd like to take a moment to mention that the creator of the Pez head recently passed away, may he rest in pez. His obituary recently appeared in the NY Times and it got me thinking about that candy dispenser we all know and love which took me to Wikipedia (of course):

Pez was first marketed as a compressed peppermint sweet or candy in Vienna, Austria. It was invented in 1927 in Vienna by a confectioner named Eduard Haas III. Haas invented peppermints using family owned baking powders, and decided to serve the mints in small, hand-size containers. He manufactured a small tin to hold the mints, similar to the modern Altoids tins. The first Pez mint dispensers, known as "regulars," were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter, and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking. They were invented by Oscar Uxa. Haas Food Manufacturing Corporation of Vienna, Austria, was the first to sell Pez products.

World War II slowed marketing and production. In 1945, manufacturers devised and promoted the Pez Box Regular. In 1952 Eduard Haas introduced his product to the United States, and Curtis Allina headed Pez's U.S. business. In 1955, the Pez company placed heads on the dispensers and marketed them for children. Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse were among the first character dispensers. Since 1950, over 1500 different Pez dispensers, including the original character dispensers have been created.

I'm glad to hear that Sam Mendes is taking on the next James Bond film. It should be very interesting to see what he does with it.

Bowling is going to save the economy and the world. Strike! X

Who doesn't love a titanium hip/airport detector story?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesdays With Evan

It's Tuesday, another step in the direction of the weekend. There were a number of things I was going to discuss today but I really don't remember them. I thought about them before the heat went out last night and once that happened, well, I climbed into bed. This will have been the third night over the past week my apartment has been cold. Fun, right? The real estate agent suggested I get a space heater to which I wanted to reply, "you want to sell this place, you better convince the landlord to get this fixed, pal". Enough of this, let's get to some fun stuff.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker responded to a woman's tweet about her father's needing help to shovel his driveway. Yes, the mayor showed up and helped shovel. Aw, how nice. Two days later, the father received a bill from the mayor's office*

So who wants to participate in this year's No Pants Subway Ride? If you do, here are the details. Nothing says fun like wearing no pants in the cold and sitting on a dirty subway seat.

I'm sick and tired of the Harry Potter movies but the new Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows trailer has surfaced.

*just kidding

Monday, January 4, 2010

It's Never Easy

It's never easy going back to something you had a break from. Whether it's riding your bike, driving manual, or work. Sure you can jump right back into things easily but the buildup, the anticipation, just knowing that you have to go back is the difficult part. I'm not complaining by any means. I had the most wonderful winter break and while we always wish it was longer, there are a few long weekends coming up that we can look forward to. So, to all of you who are back at work or school this morning, just know that we are all in this together. We are all sitting at our desks getting back into the swing of things. :-)

I'm glad I wasn't stuck at EWR last night, it looked like a nightmare. Thousands of people stranded because some idiot went through the wrong side of a checkpoint exit. Hope the people waiting don't see the guy otherwise I have a feeling there might be harsh words exchanged. And fists thrown, can't forget about the fists.

Have you seen the American Express commercial with the smiley faces made out of everyday objects? Well if not, here it is:

Over the break I went out to lunch after seeing the Kandinsky exhibit at the Guggenheim and came across the papertowel dispenser. I snapped the photo at the top of this blog. A perfect face.

It's been cold, really cold and what better weather than this to take a dip in the ocean with the Polar Bear Club? uhhh, no thanks.

I'm sure you have heard about the full body scanners that they are going to start installing in airports (Newark Liberty Airport will be first) that will show everything and I mean everything. Expect more "Is that a banana in your pocket or are you happy to see me" jokes at the security checkpoint.

I'd like you to watch this infomercial. It cracks me up. With Loud N'Clear you can spy in on your neighbors and listen to everything they are saying. With Loud N' Clear, you can be sexist and think that "he" must have a good job and not "she".

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Frog Princess, The Princess and the Frog, The Princess Frog...oh whatver

I know, I know. You are wondering why I haven't been posting lately. Well I decided I needed some time off from blogging and have been enjoying my vacation immensely. I have had an opportunity to go to the movies and relax, like today for example, I went to see the Kandinsky exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum and then, since Sherlock Holmes was sold out, saw The Princess and the Frog in the city. See, having time off is fun. I am grateful to have had this time off, much needed time to refuel and ring in the New Year. I would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy 2010. The new decade is upon us and let's make the best of it. That's all for now. I hope you made some resolutions which you will stick to. I know I've got mine. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

It's not slime, it's mucus.