Subway featuring 702, “This Lil Game We Play”

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This Lil Game We Play Subway featuring 702 (Motown, 1994)

This Lil Game We Play was the debut single from Subway’s debut album, Good Times. R&B girl group 702 was featured on the song and produced and written by R&B legend Gerald Levert and Edwin “Tony” Nicholas. This Lil Game We Play peaked 1t #15 on the Pop chart and #4 on both the R&B and Rhythmic Top 40 charts. It was certified Gold. This ended the “good times” for the band. Neither the album nor any follow up singles made an impact and the band broke up in 1996.

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Angelo Buono

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Angelo Buono (October 5, 1934 – September 22, 2002)

Future serial killer Angelo Anthony Buono, Jr. was born in Rochester, New York on October 5, 1934. After his parents divorced, Buono was raised in Glendale, California by his mother. From a very early age he developed a hatred for women. He was married several times, had several children, but the women in his life faced nothing but brutality from him. By 1975, he had an auto upholstery business in which he was able to lure in a steady stream of teen girls. Alongside his cousin, Kenneth Bianchi, they began a spree of kidnappings, rapes and murders between October 1977 and January 1978 that claimed 15 lives in and around Los Angeles. Posing as policemen, they began with prostitutes and moving on middle class girls. They usually left the bodies on the hillside of the Glendale-Highland Park area, earning them the moniker “The Hillside Strangler.” Bianchi was apprehended in October 1979. He quickly implicated Buono. After one of the longest trials in American history, both men were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Buono died at Calipatria State Prison in September 2002 from natural causes at the age of 67. (Bianchi is currently still serving his life sentence at Washington State Penitentiary; he is 66.)

“The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling”

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The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (Andrew Millar, 1749)

Tom Jones is among the earliest English prose works that is describable as a novel. Totaling at 346,747 words, Tom Jones was divided into 18 smaller books. It was written by English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding and first published in February 1749 in London. It quickly became a best seller, selling four editions in its first year! Tom Jones is regarded as Fielding’s best work and a (still) very influential English novel.

A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr. Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire — though Jones sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls. When Jones is banished to make his own fortune in London and Western follows him to escape an arranged marriage, the adventure begins.

Pasties

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Pasties (UK)

Pasties are baked pastries and most often associated with Cornwall, England. You place an uncooked filling (traditionally meat or vegetables) on half of a flat short crust pastry circle. Fold the pastry in half to wrap the filling in a semicircle and crimp the curved edge to form a seal. Since 2011, the traditional Cornish pasty has a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe. Typical fillings include beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (yellow turnip or rutabaga) and onion. The pasty is regarded as Cornwall’s national dish and some shops specialize in all sorts of pasties. The pasty is a popular dish worldwide and variations are found in Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Ulster (a northern province in Ireland) and the U.S.

“Fireman Sam”

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Fireman Sam (S4C, 1987)

Fireman Sam was a Welsh animated comedy children’s TV series. The show (which aired in 10 minute segments) is about a fireman named Sam, his fellow firefighters and residents of the fictional Welsh rural village of Pontypandy (a portmanteau of real Welsh towns Pontypridd and Tonypandy). The idea for the show came from two real life firefighters from Kent, who took the idea to artist and writer Rob Lee to develop. Fireman Sam first appeared on the Welsh language channel, S4C in 1987, arriving on BBC1 later that same year. The original series ended in 1994. A new series with an expanded character cast began in 2003. Fireman Sam was also broadcast in Gaelic across Scotland. It should be no surprise that the series was used across the United Kingdom to promote fire safety. It has also been broadcast in 40 other countries around the world.

Lil Wayne and Cory Gunz, “6 Foot 7 Foot”

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6 Foot 7 Foot Lil Wayne and Cory Gunz (Young Money/Cash Money, 2010)

While everyone may know who Lil Wayne is, the same cannot be said for label mate Cory Gunz. Meanwhile, 6 Foot 7 Foot was recorded for Wayne’s 9th album Tha Carter IV. It samples Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Harry Belafonte (in case you need the info for a trivia tournament.) It stands to reason that Wayne is not a one hit wonder because he definitely is not. So who is Cory Gunz? Well, first off, he is the son of Peter Gunz from the duo Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. (Oh! or Huh? Never mind.) 6 Foot 7 Foot was his best outing (and only charting) as a featured artist, though he has numerous guest features (but they were more successful because of the main artist). His full-length debut album is still facing a TBD (to be determined) date, though his last mixtape was released in 2013 and his second compilation album came out in 2014 (Young Money: Rise of an Empire with Young Money).

6 Foot 7 Foot peaked at #9 on the Pop chart, #2 on the R&B and Rap charts in the U.S., #50 in Canada and #71 in the UK. It was certified 3 times Platinum in the U.S.

“Thank God It’s Friday”

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Thank God It’s Friday (Columbia, 1978)

This musical comedy film was produced by Motown Productions and CasaBlanca FilmWorks for Columbia Pictures. Thank God It’s Friday featured the Commodores performing Too Hot to Trot and Donna Summer performing Last Dance (which won the Oscar for Best Song in 1978. Terri Nunn who would go on to achieve fame in the 1980s in the group Berlin, an early performance from Jeff Goldblum and the first major big screen performance of Debra Winger. The plot of Thank God It’s Friday features vignettes of the patrons and staff of the Los Angeles disco nightclub The Zoo one Friday night. The film cost $2.2 million to make and brought home $7.3 million.

“Superficial”

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Superficial (Warner, 2010)

Superficial sold less than 1,000 copies in its first week, debuting at a measly #41 on the Heatseekers chart as it was only released as a digital copy. Oddly enough (and so hard to guess this; oops sarcasm), but Superficial did not bring Warner back the $2 million spent to produce it. The only single from the album was Superficial which was even more abysmal and didn’t chart anywhere for any reason. Superficial (so aptly titled) was created by a superficial person who achieved superficial fame by starring in a superficial genre of TV. I’m talking about Heidi Montag from The Hills fame/infamy? Whatever.

Sumo Bumper Boppers

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Sumo Bumper Boppers (Big Time Toys)

Remember those bop bags where you punch it and it pops right back for more? The Sumo Bumper Bopper use somewhat of the same principle. This toy lets your child fulfill their wish to be sumo wrestlers without all that nasty weight gain. Slip inside an inflatable bopper and knock your friends out of the circle. They are made to protect kids if or rather WHEN they fall. Looks like hours of fun!

Cronut

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Cronut (2013)

The cronut is a cross between a donut and a croissant. It is the mastermind of New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel invented at his own NYC bakery. The cronut looks like a donut made from croissant-like dough and filled with flavored cream that is fried with oil. Official “Cronut” pastries are only sold at Ansel’s bakeries in NYC, Tokyo and London. The cronut took the world by storm in 2013 and inspired a multitude of copycats using the phrases “croissant doughnnut,” “Doughnut pastry,” “Doussants,” “Crognet,” “zonut,” or “Crogel” to avoid the copyright of the name Cronut.