Monster Squad Forms, Backstreet Boys Break, South Park Debuts, & Two Girls One Cup is Superbad – August 11-17

This week: in 87, Monster Squad pits kids against Dracula while The Fat Boys get a feature film. In 97, Stallone packs on pounds for Cop Land, Shaq’s Steel is scuffed, Fully Monty shows off and South Park debuts. In 07, we get debuts of many memorable movies, including Superbad, The King of Kong, and Two Girls One Cup!

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THIS WEEK’S TOPICS

1987
Movies –

Can’t Buy Me Love: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson

Disorderlies: The Fat Boys

No Way Out: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

Monster Squad

TV –

8/12/87 – NBC airs a pilot for a show called Slickers, a comedy cop show featuring the duo of Dana Carvey and Michael Richards

Music –
New releases: “Love is for Suckers” by Twisted Sister, “Crushin’” by the Fat Boys, “Deathcrush” by Mayhem and “Frank’s Wide Years” by Tom Waits.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 is no. 1.

1997
Music –

“As Long as You Love Me” from Backstreet Boys US debut, aka “Backstreet’s Back” everywhere else.

“I’ll Be Missing You” still no. 1.

New releases: “Maladjusted” by Morrisey, “Romances” by Luis Miguel, “F Sharp, A Sharp, Infinity” by Godspeed You Black Emperor, “Release Some Tension” by SWV,

Movies –

Cop Land (no. 1 at the box office): Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro

Event Horizon: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neil

Steel: Shaquille O’Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson

The Full Monty: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy

TV –

August 11, 1997 – The View debuts
Original Lineup – Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Meredith Viera, and Debbie Matenopolous. Joy Behar is the only host still with the show

August 13, 1997 – South Park Debuts!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 17, 1997 – Behind the Music debuts with their episode about Milli Vanilli

2007
Music –

“Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston is no. 1.

New releases: “Anthem for the Underdog” by 12 Stones, “CexCells” by Blaqk Audio, “Worse Than a Fairytale” by Drop Dead, Gorgeous, “I’ll Stay Me” by Luke Bryan, “Singularity” by Mae, “Featuring Master P” compilation of unreleased tracks, “In Between” by Paul van Dyk,

Movies –

Superbad (no. 1 at the box office): Jonah Hill, Michael Cera

The King of Kong

The Invasion: Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman

TV –

August 13, 07 – Californication debuts on Showtime (David Duchovny, a sex addict IRL, plays a sex addict)

August 17, 07 – Phineas and Ferb debuts

Games –

Heroes of Mana (DS)

Madden NFL 08 (nine freaking systems)

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2)

36 thoughts on “Monster Squad Forms, Backstreet Boys Break, South Park Debuts, & Two Girls One Cup is Superbad – August 11-17

  1. I was introduced to Monster Squad because of the Laser Commentary, and I thought it was a blast. The 80s take on the classic Universal monsters with Shane Black’s spot on kid dialogue is great, and it’s become a bit of a Halloween season tradition. Weird that it came out in August and not October.

    I watched The Full Monty a few months back on Netflix out of boredom and that I like Robert Carlyle, and despite being a bit dated, it’s still pretty funny and enjoyable.

    10 years later, I am proud to say I have still NEVER SEEN 2 Girls 1 Cup. I remember it being a big thing back in 07 (thanks in part to ATTACK OF THE SHOW covering viral hits often) and was bored of constantly seeing people post reaction videos related to it, but I was pretty much like “why would I watch it?”

    1. I also watched EVENT HORIZON a few years ago and I retained NOTHING from it other than the concept being much creepier than the movie itself, and that it wasn’t as bad as Paul WS Anderson’s later Resident Evil nonsense. I also watched it in close proximity to FROM THE MOUTH OF MADNESS and that left a much longer lasting impression on me.

    2. I remember a friend made me watch 2 girls 1 cup. It’s just dumb fake looking shit everywhere. It’s really pretty stupid and was more of a shock factor in 07 but now just dumb.

  2. I know youse guys hate South Park because it’s very centralist and God forbid something not be 100% in your political views but that’s very much why I love it, it can be a show about 4/5 boys being kids or it could mock both the overreaction of media and people(LBH both sides no matter who’s in office are generally VERY ridiculous, off putting and whiny whether you refuse to admit so) while also pointing out the futility and mundaneness of life but in a very funny way. Even the Simpsons can’t do what South Park does and I’d argue in its way it’s every bit as influential as someone born in 91 I feel South Park is to me what The Simpsons is for youse guys albeit in a much less passionate way I mean I love the show but not in a kinda creepy obsessive way…derrr no offense! 😬

      1. South Park has been brought up on some other shows and/or Twitter. This comment is basically a preemptive strike of some sorts regarding Matt & Trey’s political leanings or lack thereof. There is an assumption that the show is somehow right-leaning or libertarian in nature, and there has been criticism leveled against the guys for saying they were not going to even address Trump in the new season.

        Currently, South Park isn’t Right, Left, or Center. It is contrarian for the sake of being contrarian. They fell hard for the lie that “Both Sides Are Bad” and have been running full speed with it for years. Right leaning people have gravitated towards this message and think the show is brilliant. But to be honest, the show has always leaned left on social issues, with a few awkward exceptions (Mr. Garrison’s sex change episode being the glaring example).

        Personally, I love the show, and think it’s at its best when it just gets weird. Christmas Critters, Randy as Lorde, Okama Gamesphrere, the Yelp episode, etc. But the weirdly rabid right-wing fans that have adopted the show as one of theirs has become super annoying.

        1. Oh I know all about what *I* dislike the most about South Park, a show I grew out of and don’t have strong feelings about one way or another, but my point is it’s at best a bit silly to pre-emptively make a “DON’T TALK ABOUT POLITICS” whinge, but it’s doubly silly to do so when the actual media you’re defending is not being attacked in any way.

  3. 1997. A coworker of my dads recorded a couple of episodes of South Park on vhs and shared them.

    I remember as a 9 year old walking in on my dad giggling like crazy at Stan vomitting on Wendy and thinking this show is too stupid and gross to watch.

    In 1998 that coworker gave my dad the n64 South Park game for Christmas. Since he wasn’t a gamer and my mother knew me and my brother were disgusted by the show he decided to put the game on top our fridge and said you guys can play it when you are older.

    It sat there for over a year and in early 2000 I got bored grabbed the game and played that bizarre N64 Goldeneye knockoff.

    This further soured me on South Park…that was until the 2004 Good Times with Weapons (The Anime episode) premired with friends of mine raving about it. I watched it and was hooked om South Park ever since.

    Before that episode their are some gems and episodes worth watching however even Matt Stone and Trey Parker pointed out that episode as a turning point for the show. Here is a link to a podcast they recorded with Bill Simmons a few months back.

    https://m.soundcloud.com/the-bill-simmons-podcast/south-park-competing-with-snl-and-the-future-of-comedy-with-matt-stone-and-trey-parker-ep-208

    1. I got back into the show in 2004 as well. I was older and liked the show more then. I remember the “you got f’d in the A” and “goobacks” especially. Quoted them with my friends a lot.

  4. Oh 1997 and the Backstreet Boys. That was the summer where I really started to get into music and BSB was how it started. I learned all the dance routines for their videos, had three layers of posters of the band on my wall, lorded my knowledge of the band’s trivia over lesser fans and was generally a huge teeny bopper convinced she was going to marry Brian. My one regret is I never got to see them in concert during their hey day (I did see NSYNC which was NOT a consolation). I did finally see all five of the original band just before I turned 30 and spent way too much money on vip tickets to meet them. Hugging Brian sent the 12 year old in me screaming and it was one of the best moments of my life.

    Also this week was when my baby sister was born in 1987! Woo!

  5. That tape Billy submitted during the doc was some bullshit. I love how it skipped and Twin Galaxies accepted it as a win for him.

  6. Dave with a truly ‘talking about sports’ level flub: “then there wasn’t another black superhero movie for 20 years. Oh, except Catwoman.”

    They made 3 Blade movies! Also it’s not Marvel or DC, but Hancock, too!

    Also I know you guys gave Steel a few minutes of mockery, but never forget that the movie’s plot involves Judd Nelson sneaking science super-weapons into arcade cabinets. Also, rare appearance from Mystic Pizza’s Annabeth Gish in a wheelchair that shoots missiles! Also Richard Roundtree shows up to make jokes about Shaft! And AND there’s a scene where the precocious kid tells Shaq to throw a grenade into a hole 10 feet away from him and he basically has an anime sweat drop and looks directly at the camera to go “I never make these!”

  7. Can’t Buy Me Love is the first film I recall where I went, “Oh this is what High School will be like.” Haw-haw…. yea. It’s really silly looking back but in retrospect I think a huge % of my expectations of high school were from deeply stupid films and TV shows. Even as a 9 year old I knew on some level that TV wasn’t real but on the other, that is the where the majority of stories I heard about about what high school will be like came from. My parents may have told me one or two stories about their high school days but not more than that. I didn’t have any friends in High School until I was in High School myself so I didn’t hear stories from them about it. Maybe my cousins told me some things, but we only saw each other once a year. And in the other corner was the media where I was watching cartoons and live actions films and TV shows about high school for year after year after year from before I could remember. And then once I got to High School it was just so completely disconnected from the media I had been exposed to that I can vividly recall thinking, “This is it?” It would not be the first time movies and TV lied to me, nor would it be the last.

  8. Wow, hearing Beautiful Girls just gave me a flashback to my summer just out of high school. I had gotten a job roofing houses, and we would always have a radio on the roof. That song was so fucking popular, it would come on atleast 10 times throughout to work day. I always hated that song, but goddammit is it catchy. Really takes me back to an interesting time of my life. Pounding full throttle energy drinks, smoking 2 packs of Marlboros a day, and roofing houses in the hot summer weather.

  9. Man I watched Southpark when I was too young too (10) and most of it was way over my head but I remember finding a ton of it hilarious. I gave up watching it for a while until getting back into it in 2004. This show was all over the place (I was in DC in 98 and there were vendors selling the shirts everywhere). I remember being in a weird time in my life (i moved a lot as a kid and I have no idea what was going on at this time) but I was sleeping in the living room with my family and I remember anxiously awaiting the new Southpark about Cartman’s mom only for it to be the Terrence and Philip episode. I remember being filled with “what the fuck” and greatly disappointed.

    I also remember seeing the Southpark movie and The General’s Daughter double feature at a drive in with my mom and grandmother. There’s not many experiences I would outright delete from my life if I could but this is one of them. I was greatly unsettled by TGD and then Southpark came on right after with near immediate fucks and boobs. I feel cringe just thinking about that. I was 11 so probably shouldn’t have been there but my mom was cool and the experience didn’t fuck me up. Hell if anything it turned me back to more kid stuff for a while.

    The show has hits/misses and I don’t like every single episode or all the messages they push. However, I do like that they make fun of nearly everything (generally my comedy philosophy) and even if it’s on issues I disagree with them on, I still find it funny. I definitely don’t agree with their take on most things politics but the show is good enough I can look past it.

    What’s crazy to me is how much Southpark has changed since it started. I really don’t like the first few seasons but starting in like season 5 there is lots to like. The show definitely took a turn and has continued to be great since then. The fact the show is still as strong as it is is a remarkable feat.

    My favorite southpark episode is a more recent one but the Nightmare on Facetime episode. Fucking hilarious.

  10. OH MAN I just saw Southpark and moved on but I gotta comment about Superbad.

    I was a college sophomore in 07 when Superbad came out so HS was still really fresh for me. I saw this in theaters and found it absolutely hilarious and relatable as a non-popular kid in HS. Me and my friends watched it a lot and quoted it a lot. It really struck a chord with me since I was close to that age group and who had laughably bad luck with women (seriously the shit I went through with women in my younger days could be it’s own podcast).

    I still watch the movie (roughly once a year) and find it hilarious. I wish they would make a HS reunion sequel featuring the characters and how they’ve changed (and haven’t) in 10 years.

  11. The Monster Squad, totally fun. I tend to advocate a genderswap remake of the film since well, girls can be Horror/Monster fans too. I mean, Neon Maniacs pretty much made the bold move to have a little girl who’s a fan of all things Horror and monsters. She even had the Nostromo hat.

    Even Horizon, I’m with Diana on this; it’s actually pretty good. Mind you, you can tell there were things cut and Paramount wasn’t really fond of this film which is too bad, it is pretty good. It actually is Paul Anderson’s best film and really it’s proof that he’s better off with original material and needs something of a good script for him to work with. Cop Land and The Full Monty, need to see but I have seen Steel on Movieplex back in 2013 and yeah, PREEETY-Bad. It tried so, so hard to make him cool but they failed miserably at it. At the very least, the following year was Blade so things evened out.

    Oh and small correction to Dave, you said Shazam by mistake. It’s Kazaam and I should know, I’ve seen the film in theaters sadly. But regarding Shazam, swine Billy Batson, Carol Danvers is the better Captain Marvel. Although, I wouldn’t be opposed to that Mandela Effect movie being literally that Sinbad as a genie movie beyond that College Humor skit.
    Superbad, I really dug and need to see it again. The Invasion however, it’s a pity it didn’t live up to its potential because Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, good choices but it’s a generic Sci-Fi Thriller film that offered little substance. Hopefully the next version will be solid enough given it has the writer of The Conjuring 2 writing so it’s so far, so good. And Phineas and Ferb are coming back for a crossover with a cartoon called Milo Murphy’s Law by the same team. But it’s funny, I never saw a single episode of Phineas and Ferb until 2011 because I thought it looked utterly dumb. But by the time I finally saw it, it was actually pretty good and the episode that got me on board was that Mission Marvel crossover which was very funny.

  12. Two Girls One Cup… gah that was awful. I remember two months from now on Halloween night, a friend of mine walked downstairs into the midst of the Halloween pre-gaming group with that playing on his laptop. My friends 18 year-old sister did not look away in time, I think it scarred her to this day. I was only spared by it thanks to having seen “The Roots react to Two Girls One Cup” before and knew, to avert my eyes if I heard that music. By the way… check that reaction video out, its pretty great. Poor Questlove is trapped up front and can’t find a way to get away from it.

  13. Is it true that Pat Buchanan fought tooth and nail to stop the prosecution of these Nazis as they were being caught and tried throughout the 1980s? Rudolf Hess, woah.

  14. Whenever anyone mentions The Full Monty, my mind immediately goes to the TBS show “Monkeyed Movies” and their rendition of The Full Monty. I only ever saw it once on TV, but for some reason, 20 years later, I still know all the words to “You Can Leave the Fat On”. I guess a video of chimpanzees stripping will leave an impression.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtjV9btPFGM

  15. My first two years of high school, I went to Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas, home of Melissa Etheridge. VH1 came to town to shoot some Behind the Music B-roll and film a couple of on-site interviews with Ms Etheridge in front of the school. One of the interviews was shot in front of the practice field while the marching band was practicing, and the local bible-thumpers pitched a FIT when the episode aired, and you could see their very non-homosexual children in the background of an interview with an openly gay woman on national television. I don’t think there was enough scuttlebutt to make VH1 edit or take down the episode, but the City of Leavenworth did eventually apologize to Melissa Etheridge and installed “Home of Melissa Etheridge” signs on either entrance to the town. One of them was immediately stolen, so the other was taken down and I believe hangs in City Hall.

  16. I know it was only briefly mentioned in the 2007 music release section, but hearing cex cells by blaqk audio being released fired up something in my brain.

    The duo is actually two members of AFI and cex cells was their debut album. The wanted to try something electronic and have gone on to make 2 more albums. The song you most likely would have heard on a my space page in 2007 was stiff kittens (https://youtu.be/XUGDjUvoFsY), and OK song that is heavily influenced by AFIs vocals and electronic music at the time.

    I’m going to go deeper down this rabbit hole because this was actually the last CD I ever purchased so I’m going to go give it a listen. Cheers!

  17. The art style might be off putting at first glance, but Phineas & Ferb is one of Disney’s best … “cartoon-y” cartoons in my book. I don’t say this as someone who was 10 when the show debuted; I breezed through the show last summer on Netflix after the creators announced they were making a new series with Weird Al voicing the lead role (Milo Murphy’s Law).

    Phineas & Ferb is both extremely formulaic and creative. Pretty much every 11-minute episode follows this format: Phineas & Ferb create some wild invention –> their older sister spends the entire episode trying to get them in trouble with mom –> Perry the pet Platypus leads life as a double agent and saves the city/world from increasingly lame schemes. It’s like a roadrunner cartoon for the 2000s, but with snappier (more) dialogue.

    They have a pretty unusual take on the Star Wars crossover. Basically the Phineas & Ferb characters are playing characters similar to the original Star Wars cast BUT A New Hope — with Luke, Han, Leia, etc. — is clearly taking place in the background of the episode.

  18. I spent 1987-1998 in Aurora Colorado (1998 is when I graduated and moved to Florida because Fuck snow and the horse he rode in on). in 1996 our cable provider gave us Sci-fi and Cartoon network but they were taking away either Vh1 or Comedy Central. For a good year they split the channel. VH1 was on from 5am until 5pm and Comedy Central had the evening shift. When vh1 brought Pop Up Video, Behind the Music and I think one other show (storytellers possibly) our cable company dropped Comedy Central until 1998-1999. So People living in the Denver Metro area couldn’t watch Southpark (including the creators) unless they had a satellite dish or saw bootlegs from friends so I didn’t see my first Episode until I took an out of state trip to NYC and saw the episode with Scuzzlebutt. It was a glorious day in Colorado when we could finally watch a show that made Colorado famous.

  19. My lasting memory of Beautiful Girls is going to six flags and it played every 3 songs. Because I guess they only had 3 songs to play? But they also censored the word “suicidal” with “in denial” which somehow made it all the more annoying.

    Through high school, superbad became one of my all time favorite movies, Partly because it was the first movie I’d ever seen have high schoolers talk as filthy as my friends and I did. It remains our go to thing to watch while we pass out drunk. I’ve seen the first 15 minutes of that so many times. Too many, some would say. Phrases like “fasho. We be doing that fasho” and “I gotta get a glimpse of these warlocks” have earned permanent places in my lexicon. It’s weird to think how much of a role a movie like Superbad has played in my life. It has a surprising amount of heart that I think may have legitimately changed my relationship with my male friends for the better. The blu ray also has some underrated bonus content

    I recently rewatched some phineas and ferb and I really liked it. The Perry the Platypus and Dr Doofinshmitz spy/super villain stuff is hilarious. Some of the best parts are learning Dr D’s tragic gnome related backstory. A lot of the side character kids are great. The titular heroes? Not so much

  20. I remember SNL would do parodies of The View, with Cheri Oteri as Barbara Walters. The only thing is I had no idea The View was an actual show, so I just thought it was a parody of Barbara Walters. It was months before I found out it was a parody of an actual show.


    When South Park started the cable company here did’t carry Comedy Central so, just like during the majority of the run of MST3K, watching South Park came down to relying on the few people here and there that had satellite dishes (which weren’t as common back then) and VCRs to record it (which also wasn’t that common). It wasn’t until the third or fourth season of South Park that Comcast here finally started carrying Comedy Central (it would still be another decade, AFTER they were owned by NBC, before they would carry MSNBC).

    From the interviews I’ve seen with Parker and Stone, they don’t come off as being left, right, or centrist, to me they come off as being pretty authentically nihilistic in their beliefs, which I think a lot of people conflate with the whole “both sides are bad” nonsense.

    Diana talking about how she was surprised the show lasted more than three years echoes something I remember them talking about in an interview one time. When the show debuted and was an instant success, their agent seemed to think the same thing and urged them to cash in as much as they could because this was their 15 minutes of fame and wasn’t going to last, and that is why so much of the early South Park merchandise and games were really bad quality, they didn’t care and wanted to ensure they made a quick buck before it was all over and they end up broke with nothing. Obviously that didn’t happen, and now they seem to care more about the kinds of products their names are attached to, and we got the really great Stick of Truth


    I’ll be one to stick up for Californication. Its absurd and over the top, and quite crass but stays entertaining all the way through. David Duchovny, Pamela Adlon, and Evan Handler are all great in it.

    Yes, everyone seems to know David Duchovny has a sex addiction, but he also went to Princeton and Harvard and has an English degree. It seems like Showtime shows don’t get the same recognition that even the low tier stuff on HBO does, but Californication, despite being pretty silly and over the top, has some really great acting, but sometimes shows on the premium channels that happen to have sex and nudity in them, that’s all they are to people, and can’t be looked past that.

  21. Fun fact: the guy who commissioned the South Park Christmas card, Brian Graden grew up in my small Illinois hometown of 6,000. I will always be proud to say that without Hillsboro, Illinois there wouldn’t be a South Park.

  22. On the subject of The King of Kong, my workplace is just a town or 2 up from the location of Funspot, where the first half of the movie takes place. The town gave it a brief theatrical run and my brother and I watched the film in the theater, then drove the 10 minutes to Funspot to play a few rounds of Donkey Kong on the very machine from the movie. We did poorly. We also swung down there once during their annual world record event and saw in person a large number of the shall we say *interesting* folks from the beginning of the movie.

  23. I grew up having seen Monster Squad and loving it. But I didn’t own the VHS. It wasn’t shown on TV as much as some other 80’s movies for kids like The Goonies or Flight of the Navigator. And it also took a while to get to DVD. So for a long time it was a movie I quoted a lot, but hadn’t seen all that much. That wolfman having nards scene was a classic from my childhood. I try to watching it on or around Halloween when I can.

    Event Horizon is a movie I actually hadn’t seen until fairly recently. It’s not amazing, but I really liked it. Few things provoke curiosity more than “Something went wrong on a ship in space. We don’t know what, but we’re going to find out.” It makes me think of the Mary Celeste; a ship found with no crew or passengers aboard but seemingly sailing perfectly well. Or the Roanoke Colony where the people seemingly vanished. With only the word “Croatoan” carved in a tree as any kind of hint as to what happened. Of course you gotta add monsters and what not to spice it up.

  24. I was a freshman in High School when Superbad came out, and this movie was HUGE among people my age. It’s weirdly the last time I remember a comedy being that big, I feel like everything else that entered the teenage zeitgeist afterwards was a Marvel film, or something like Avatar.
    Being 15 at the time, my overprotective mom wouldn’t let me see this in theaters, so I ended up watching it months later on the two inch, sub 480p screen of my friend’s iPod. Despite viewing it in the worst possible way, I loved the movie. Gonna need to revisit this one soon.

  25. As a Brit with family in Brooklyn, I was visiting the week after this and must have seen the second ever South Park episode. At the point Kenny died I actually fell of my chair laughing.

    Any way I’d much rather talk about one of my top 5 films ever. Superbad. I love this film so much. I missed it at the cinema and ended up buying a bootleg copy. I loved it so much I bought it twice over since then. I think every thing it says about growing up needs to be heard. From school popularity, to underage drinking, chasing girls and leaving friends to go off to uni. Even the police being grown up idiots teaching Mclovin the lessons of life spoke to me. So many quotable lines, Cera and Hill play off each extremely well. It also started my Love affair with Ms Stone which was cemented by Easy A and Crazy Stupid Love.

  26. I experienced Event Horizon much later than most. For the longest time I had only heard of the film but never actually watched it until only a few years ago. And I actually really enjoyed the movie. This is thanks in large part to Dead Space. I love the first two Dead Space games and when I watched Event Horizion, there were so many things that seemed to be very similar between the two. I couldn’t help but think that this was the closest there’d be to an actual Dead Space movie and enjoy every second of it.

  27. PLEASE TAKE THE DOG COLLAR OFF BEFORE RECORDING!

    *Sorry, there’s too many replies, (and a TON of really good replies this week) had to yell*

  28. The butchering of the theatrical release of Event Horizon wasnt just down to the gore, they could have edited more of that out if they wanted, it was about pacing. The release cut has a very telling homage to the blood elevator scene from The Shining, and I remember the director saying that he basically envisioned EH as Shining in space. Something that slow and methodical would alienate the casual ‘Nightmare on Elm Street” horror crowd and the horror would put of the casual audience, so they neutered it into a pacier action horror.

    Sadly there was a story recently in response to the long desired directors cut of EH in which it was discovered that all footage not currently on the DVD had been lost.

  29. Ah Monster Squad. My sister and I had a VHS recording of the movie that we watched THE SHIT out of.

    Real reason for my post though. Wanted to bring to your attention (since books don’t get covered much) that coming up in Sept is the 30th anniversary of the Where’s Waldo (Wally everywhere but the USA) books. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where%27s_Wally%3F

  30. I have a story from my wife about this week in ’97. She was just seven years old and had loved what she heard from the Backstreet Boys, so she begged her grandma to take her to a record store so she could buy the CD. My wife instead found a CD from an R&B group called “Blackstreet” and thought (bless her seven year old brain) “It looks kinda like them, but a little darker, but it MUST be them.” Her grandma didn’t know the first thing about either band and bought her the CD. My wife realized her mistake the moment she got home and played it.

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