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The Rock-afire Explosion: A True Nostlagia Story

Recently I watched a documentary called The Rock-afire Explosion. In a nutshell this is a documentary about those animatronic performers you used to see at Chuck E. Cheese’s when you were a kid. What you find out is that these machines were all created by a man named Aaron Fechter to be the central attraction at a restaurant called ‘Showbiz Pizza Place,’ which eventually became Chuck E. Cheese’s. This documentary is in a lot of ways what epitomizes nostalgia. Childhood fans of The Rock-afire Explosion (now grown up) have dedicated their lives to accessing these robots and, in some cases, rebuilding the show in their own home and putting a modern spin on it seen here. The film is a reflection of people living out their childhood dreams but it left me wondering if they were truly happy or just trapped in a nostalgic state. If you have the time, it is an interesting movie. Here is the trailer to give you a little more insight.

Nintendo Power Hotline

I never called this hotline personally as I was a force to be reckoned with when it came to Nintendo and also my parents didn’t “believe” in phones and felt messenger pigeon was the ONLY way to communicate. Now you might say “Ben, if your parents didn’t believe in phones why on earth would they buy you a Nintendo?” Well to that I say, How dare you use my Christian name! And also, shut up. That said, if I ever did call this hotline I would definitely be blasting the song  “I live by the groove” by Paul Carrack and I think it would look a little something like this… …also in this scenario I am a girl and am dating Fred Savage…

My Sitcom Dawgs: The Story of Dogs in Sitcoms

In the Mid-80s to the early 90s I feel there was an increase in the use of dogs on sitcoms. Now I have no proof that this was exclusive to this 10 year (or so) time period, but I don’t recall another time where dogs were so prominent on TV sitcoms. So with that I say grab some kibble and maybe your favorite squeeze toy and enjoy a few of my favorites. Oh, and please don’t pee on the rug. Dreyfuss (Empty Nest) I don’t remember much about Empty Nest. My parents would watch it on Saturday nights and I would tune in and out between playing with my action figures. What I do recall is there was a big dog named Dreyfuss who was often used for good comic gags…I guess. Again, I don’t really remember much about this show, but I definitely remember the dog Dreyfuss. Also, I think the Golden Girls showed up in an episode once, so that was probably pretty funny. Comet (Full House) From the time Michelle picked him …

Norm!: Cheers Supercut of Norm-isms

Growing up watching Cheers, I always thought it was the coolest thing that every time Norm walked into the bar he was greeted with a friendly “Norm!” by all the patrons. This soon became my goal in life. While I haven’t accomplished it yet, I do now weigh 300 pounds and am a raging alcoholic…so I think I’m on my way. In honor of my life goal, here are some of the best Norm-isms. Enjoy.

Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling Sing ‘Cry For You’

How hot are Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling in this video? I mean adorable. Not hot. Cause that would be weird to say a bunch of young boys are hot right? Why won’t you answer me! Anywho, here are the aforementioned Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling singing their little pre-teen hearts out. This video also contains other former N’SYNC member JC Chasez and features a brief cameo by Britney Spears at the end. Enjoy.