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A Cowboy Larry Wilcox Learns To Share In This 1977 ‘Pringles Extra’ Commercial

Well, to be honest I think Larry Wilcox already knew how to share when he was cast as a young cowboy being introduced to the wonder that was Pringles Extra.

[Via] Larry Wilcox

It was in September of 1977 when Wilcox was cast to promote a different type of chips as Officer Jon Baker in the hit TV series CHiPs. A role he would play for 117 episodes from 1977 to 1982 and of course in the 1998 TV movie!

[Via] Warner Bros. Digital

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Which of these Joystick Attachments would you have ordered in 1983?

The Fun Group had some interesting addons for joysticks available, although I am not sure how useful they would have been. I tried a ball attachment for my 2600 and even tried to make my own, but I found they just made the stick feel more cumbersome instead of like an arcade stick.

I would be interested if any Colecovision folks our there tried this flight style stick. It is probably the most intriguing of the 3 designs and it seems like it might make “Looping” a bit more fun to play.

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What Retro Video Gamer wouldn’t want to Snuggle up under this Goomba Afghan?

This one of a kind Goomba Afghan is a whopping 72″ by 73″ and was crocheted by LunarJadeStyles. It is the type of unique handicraft that I would love to have on my sofa on a cold evening while playing Super Mario Bros. Sadly this beauty is no longer available, but the good news is that it was sold at auction as part of the 2010 Desert Bus for Hope and earned Child’s Play $4300.

[via] LunarJadeStyles

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This Philadelphia Cream Cheese Commercial is Confusing

The message that cream cheese is awesome is not confusing. Instead it is their choice of music and visuals, which were seemingly cobbled together at random. This is Philadelphia Cream Cheese and they open up with a shot of San Francisco? Then when the music comes in, it has nothing to with Philly or San Francisco, instead it is “New York, New York?”

Thinking about it just leaves me feeling confused. Confused, but also hungry for a bagel with the rich creamy taste of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

New York…New York…

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The PointMaster Competition Joystick

I was always pretty happy with the standard joystick on the Atari 2600 and probably would not have experimented with alternative sticks if it wasn’t for a left-handed friend who struggled with the standard Atari stick and received a few top buttons sticks from various family members. The button placement never worked for me, but I did like the action on these longer sticks and I thought the grip was less blistering than the standard Atari rubber.

You can still pick up PointMasters relatively cheaply, about 10 bucks, and if you have an Intellivision, you can get their Quik Stik version.

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Fazz was Everything to Everyone

In the Eighties, things needed to be multiple things. This is probably best represented by the Transformers and Gobots, but a lot of other people tried to get in on the craze. Enter Fazz.

Fazz were these colorful accessories. Things like bracelets or hair clips that have these containers attached to them filled with makeup. So say you felt that your lips weren’t glossy enough? Pop off that banana clip and use the gloss inside.

I cannot say I remember seeing many people using Fazz when I was growing up, but maybe that was the point. You secretly would have makeup with you at all time and no one would know.

They should have applied this to something besides makeup…like food.

“Hey I love that belt buckle!”

“You mean my chicken drumstick?”

“What!!”

“Your cheeseburger looks delicious!”

“You mean my winter scarf?”

“Wow!”