Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pop Rocks

What the heck are pop rocks?  Basically, it is small, rock looking effervescent candy that you pour into your mouth from a bag.  These various colored treats are made of sugar, lactose (milk sugar), corn syrup, and various flavoring to give you that yummy taste.  Once inside your mouth, the candy dissolves, has a bubbly effect, and creates a popping sound.  It is crazy fun to eat.

Where did this unusual candy come from?  In 1957, General Foods chemist, William A. Mitchell, came up with the idea, but it wasn’t accessible to the public until 1975.  They lasted about 8 years before General Foods pulled them from the shelf.  There have been various types of imitation Pop Rocks, but just not the same as the original.  Today, Pop Rocks are just as popular as they were in the 1970’s.

There are several urban legends swirling around Pop Rocks.  The most prevalent one is that consuming the flavored candy, along with soda, will trigger an explosion of ones stomach.  There was false information on the ingredients of the candy when mixed with saliva and the carbonation of the pop will result in a deadly eruption.  Rumors were spread around that Mikey (real name John Gilchrist) from the Life cereal commercial died when he drank a six pack of Coca-Cola and ate six packs of Pop Rocks.  After all, Mikey will eat anything as the commercial stated.  In this case, the rumors were false and I am happy to say the John is alive and well.  I am sure that consuming that much in one sitting will give you a tummy ache, but to put the rumors to rest, an experiment was conducted using a pig’s stomach.  They placed six packs of the candy and a six pack of pop in the stomach and allotted time for digestion.  The stomach grew to three times its size but never exploded.  So basically, enjoy your Pop Rocks and a coke.

Enjoying my Pop Rocks!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Schnepf Farms 2014

For the past four years, Sharon and I have made it a tradition to make the trek to Queen Creek, AZ for the Pumpkin and Chili Fest at Schnepf Farms.  We have gone there in the evening to enjoy the sunset over the pumpkin patch and inside the corn maze.  This year, we ended up going in the morning and with our friend Damian.  The weather was nice at first, but started to get a bit warm towards noon.  The entire experience was different in the daytime but we still had fun.  Enjoy my photos...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Make An Alien Brain Hemorrhage

What is an Alien Brain Hemorrhage you ask?  It is a crazy mixture of four different liquors to make one freaky looking drink.  You will need Peach Schnapps, Bailey's Irish Cream, Blue Curacao, and Grenadine.  

Your ingredients and shot glasses.

First is Peach Schnapps.

Next is Bailey's Irish Cream

Then you pour slowly the Blue Curacao.

Lastly, using a cap, you spot pour the Grenadine.

And before you slam it down, check out the interesting design it makes.
Be warn, it is a very sweet drink.
The following video is one that Sharon and I made:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What's At the Nightmare Event?

Just recently I went to the Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare event. (  The setup is based on his movie "The Devil's Rejects".

You are sent through three spooky haunted houses.  The first house was called, "The Lords of Salem" and was a total blackout house.  You basically had to feel your way around the maze of rooms not knowing who or what was hiding in the darkness.

The second house was called, "Captain Spaulding's Clown School" and was a total 3D experience.  You were given 3D glasses at the beginning and entered into a very colorful maze of rooms.  I really like the 3D effect and how it messed with my eyes and mind.  There were things popping out at you and some blended into the background.  This one was very cool.

The third house was the recreation of the house and scenes from Rob Zombie's movie, "The Devil's Rejects".  The final house was named after the movie.  You are first treated to the opening gunfight and feel like you are right in the middle of it.  Then, you are taken inside the crazy world of the Firefly family and are greeted by each member.  Be aware of the insane people at the motel!!

When you final get out, they have entertainment on a stage and wandering monsters throughout the mall area.  I was hoping for more booths and attractions inside the mall area, but all and all, the attraction was a scary, fun event.

Here is Sharon's review of the event:

Here is the video my friend Damian put together from some of the pictures we took:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

And the Winner Is...


Congrats Jim.  I will need you to email or message me on FB your address.

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