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I must also note that, due to the fact that Mr. Pibb is the Coca-Cola Company's semi-copy of Dr. Pepper AND the Southern California Coca-Cola BOTTLING Company has a long-running contract to also bottle Dr. Pepper (long before it merged with 7-Up, so all the 7-Up brands - including Sunkist - are bottled by somebody else here), you rarely see any Mr. Pibb around L.A., so a lot of people here wouldn't get the soft drink connection, just that Mr. Pibb is a cute name. (I know way too much about corporate conglomerates)
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He had to be Mr. Pibb, he doesn't have the credentials yet to be Dr. Pepper. I once considered naming a dog "Mountain Dewey". Sprite, RC, Shasta, Fanta and Faygo are also good names for something cute and furry... PepsiBlue, notsomuch.
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Success has not spoiled the Grickle! I can understand him being awfully busy for a while - he has a day job at Laika Animation Studios that led to him becoming the co-Director of "The Boxtrolls" (Some of them looked a little familiar, didn't they?). It's nice to see him doing his simple shorts again (I see he also had a Halloween Short this year that apparently went mostly unnoticed). How long have I been a fan? I have a Space Wolf t-shirt.
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And if you're going to talk about an actor who played multiple roles on Twilight Zone then went on to other things, you should've had an item just for Bill(y) Mumy, who talked to his dead grandmother on a toy phone in "Long Distance Call", was a younger version of Jack Klugman's son (as mentioned above) in "In Praise of Pip" and most iconically, was the selfish little boy with psychic powers in "It's a Good Life". He was one of the hardest working child actors at the time. Among other roles, he was in three "Alfred Hitchcock" episodes (one of them in the unsuccessful hour-long format), and was the little-remembered "third actor to play Darrin" in a Bewitched episode where Endora turned Samantha's husband into a child (best TV trivia factoid EVER). All that before he became Will ("Danger!") Robinson on "Lost in Space", and almost 30 years later returned to TV Sci-Fi as an Alien Ambassador's Assistant in "Babylon 5". (And among other things inbetween, became beloved on Dr. Demento's radio show as half of the goofball duet 'Barnes & Barnes') Is there a "Twilight Zone Alumni" story better? I don't think so.
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This takes me back, personally... my high school had a young and daring faculty factory band leader who acquired marching band adaptations of rock songs way back in 1969 when it was totally unheard of. We didn't have enough members to do good formations during halftime shows, but the crowd went wild when we started playing "In A Gadda Da Vida". We also totally confused the people on the street when we played it while marching in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
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...and then put all the money you save in a Wells Fargo (who sponsored the video) savings account and earn... what's the current rate? 0.05%? Wow.
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You don't have to horse me to read xkcd.

This reminds me of an early Smothers Brothers comedy album titled "Tour de Farce", which, being 9 years old, I needed my parents to explain to me was a take-off on "Tour de Force" (or, today, Tour de Horse). That was pivotal in starting my interest in wordplay and puns, do blame Tom & Dick Smothers.
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(psst: the link goes to page two of the list.)

Also, as another B:BatB lover, I wondered why you referred to "golden age" Batman when most of what made this show fun was the "silver age" elements (which the first page of the linked article pointed out). I like that it included two of the 'meta/wacky' Bat-Mite episodes among the Top 10 (well, the Finale was a slam dunk), but while noting many of the stunt castings on the show, it failed to mention that Bat-Mite was voiced by Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens, in one of his finest performances.
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Yes, I moved from L.A. to San Luis Obispo County (up the coast 'tween L.A. and S.F.) a few years after the Rams moved to St. Louis. I halfway expected a cadre of Rams loyalists here, since San Luis IS Spanish for St. Louis, but by then, the love had migrated to the Raiders, since then to be replaced by the 49ers as the Raiders' reputations as 'the bad boys of the NFL' faded into vague memory. Remember that? When the Cowboys were "America's Team", the Oakland Raiders were "Counterculture America's Team". At least they didn't do what a majority of teams named "Raiders" do (according to a recent survey): use a Native American warrior as a mascot.
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Technically, that's a classic Misheard Lyric (#1 on this list) - but the accurate lyric "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night” is pretty weird anyway. AND it was written by Bruce Springsteen, whose first hit for himself, "Born to Run" started with...
"In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines"

I think Springsteen and Bob Dylan should dominate the category. (Dylan: "Better jump down a manhole / Light yourself a candle / Don’t wear sandals / Try to avoid the scandals / The pump don’t work / ’Cause the vandals took the handles"
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It must be noted that the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy (using music recovered from an '80s mixtape owned by StarLord as a kid), is full of potential guilty pleasures, stating with "Hooked on a Feeling (Ooga Chucka)" by Blue Swede, not to mention "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes.
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With Weird Al finally getting the #1 album, it somewhat surprises me that nothing by him made the Guilty Pleasure Top 10 (and the only song on the list he parodied was 'My Sharona'). Dropping an "Eat It" or "White and Nerdy" into an otherwise 'normal' playlist is a Guilty Goodie to me.

But my own list would go back as far as "You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd" by Roger Miller and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor" by Lonnie Donegan (two of my earliest musical memories), through "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas, "Rock Lobster" by the B-52s, "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats, up to "Gangnam Style" by Psy. Which is why I've never been allowed to DJ at any party I attend...
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That list exists for the sole purpose of starting fights... WKRP at only #47?!? No Adventures of Pete & Pete? NO MY MOTHER THE CAR? (the theme song WAS the best thing about that show - come on, to include Small Wonder and not that?) And including previously-popular songs that got re-purposed as TV themes doesn't seem quite right (Frank Sinatra is still spinning in his grave over Married With Children). If the author ever gets around to doing a separate list of Top Lyric-less Theme Music, I don't think I'll want to know about it... unless Star Trek TNG, Get Smart and M*A*S*H are in the Top Five.
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For a moment, I wondered what the Neatorama bloggers would send in... but now I realize it would end up with half of congress wearing "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" t-shirts... not that there's anything wrong with that ;)
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I spent most of my adult life within a short jaunt of Trader Joe's locations around L.A. and am a big fan. It was THE place for good cheese that wasn't TOO expensive, had various frozen semi-ethnic goodies well before other places, the best prices for frozen shrimp (until recently), and some of my cheap-wine drinking friends swear by the "Two Buck Chuck". My one experience with Whole Foods was in the mid-90s when Kroger was combining chains in L.A. and left an empty Ralphs market in Pasadena that WF took over and that shopping trip was total sticker-shock. I also love TJ's advertising - the Fearless Flyer is my favorite junk mail, mixing pitches for seasonal products with self-effacing humor and very-old illustrations (a sample of which is on TJ's website: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/index.asp )

One other thing: way back in the 1970's when I was in College Radio and trying to break into Commercial Radio, their radio advertising was all "live copy" with wordy product descriptions, puns and tongue-twisters that half of L.A.'s radio people loved and the other half hated. I got copies of a few of the scripts and included one in every audition tape I made, just to show I could do it.
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It's worth noting to those not clicking through to the pictures that most of the better #davecalls show them holding something that is NOT a phone to their ears. Toothpaste tube, pizza, an (ouch) iron.

And everyone knows this is who Dog was actually talking to...
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I thought the issue of Roquefort vs. plain-old-Blue cheese was a long-settled deal and you couldn't call it Roquefort unless it came from that Roqueforty place...

As for some other name 'adjustments', you can change Muenster to Munster... even put Fred Gwynne's face on the package...
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Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists are too large to govern. And it's no coincidence that this plan will create 10 more Senate seats, at least 6 of which will go to the GOP. This is gerrymandering at its worst and as blatantly partisan as the initiatives promoted by Darrel Issa before he became California's most corrupt Congresscritter. I see a bright political future for Draper, long after this gets rejected by the people who vote.
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I was disappointed the site didn't auotplay the AC/DC song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", but then, they aren't cheap. Maybe Steely Dan's "Dirty Work" with some altered lyrics...

"You're a fool to do your own Dirty Work, oh no...
Let us do all of your Dirty Work, oh yeah..."

I do jingles for all kinds of semi-legal businesses...
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I'd say that Daft Punk, the Earons and every other pop/rock act that kept their faces hidden 'borrowed' the idea from The Residents whose most memorable 'helmets' were in the form of giant eyeballs. Everything after that was "yeah, big deal"...
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You and your artists have achieved an incredible catalog of every possible pop-culture mashup... I mean Joy Division and Pokemon? That's a Venn Digram with a teenytiny overlap. Also a little late for "Brianweenie" since MacFarlane and company already resurrected him (a great concept with a very short shelf life). But you can't cover the field like you do without a few things dropping off the ends of the earth... great stuff!
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Another thing that's a tip off... the numbers are too rounded. Now, 73.7% accurate I could've accepted. But as for the 25%, I've already told three friends, I expect that number to shrink any day now...
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I've been following this comic for a while and have become absolutely certain that the title "Statistic Fact" is intended VERY ironically. So feel free to make future attributions appropriately (via [supposedly] Statistical Fact).
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