Dorrough, “Ice Cream Paint Job”

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Ice Cream Paint Job (Ngenious Entertainment, 2009)

Ice Cream Paint Job was rapper Dorrough debut single off his debut album Dorrough Music. It peaked at #27 and has been certified Platinum. Dorrough was born Dorwin Demarcus Dorrough in Dallas and had a strong interest in basketball and only expressed an interest in music in high school where he created mixtapes for his rapper friends. After attending Prairie View A&M University, he switched his focus to music full time. Ice Cream Paint Job remains his only top 40 chart appearance.

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Dora the Explorer

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Dora the Explorer

The writers over at http://www.collegehumor.com imagined a world where Dora the Explorer is a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. The trailer became so popular that they actually turned it into a short film shown in three parts. Even more fun is that Nickelodeon is releasing a real Dora the Explorer movie this summer on August 2.

“Music to Massage Your Mate By”

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Music to Massage Your Mate By (Ala, 1976)

Let’s examine this album cover. We have a couch. We have a woman laying down on her stomach on the couch. Sitting beside her massaging her neck or upper back is a man. There is a sticker in the right hand corner that says “explicitly illustrated instruction booklet enclosed.” We do not get a name of the artist (but has been credited to Robert J. Wotherspoon). A note on the back cover reads “continuous uninterrupted music.” Music to Massage Your Mate By was marketed as an instructional item complete with an erotic 8-page manual insert that provided you with light “seductive” jazz and bossa rhythms to definitely set the mood. There you go. (Who comes up with these things?)

“Don’t Push the Green Button”

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Don’t Push the Green Button

Another stupid online game is “Don’t Push the Green Button.” Go to http://dumbgames.org/game2.html. You will land on a white screen with a green button in the middle. You are instructed “Do not press the button.” When you (inevitably) do, you get more phrases until eventually the game gives up and you’re just left with the green button.

Shamboiling

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Shamboiling

If you remember any of the previous fads we’ve covered here, you’ll know that people used to do some very strange things. Rolling a bed was actually a way people used to spend their time. Today I thought we’d take a look at another crazy thing people were supposed to have done. We’ll get into the “supposed to” a little later.

Teens were said to have taken any old brand of shampoo and boiled it on the stove in order to release the ingredient ammonium lauryl sulfate. Once the shampoo hit the right temperature you could inhale the fumes (cause it’s ammonia right?) and receive a powerful hallucinogenic high. Meanwhile, there is no evidence that ammonium lauryl sulfate produces any such effect. In shampoo, all sulfates are only responsible for the sudsing of said shampoo. The only thing that sulfates are dangerous or destructive to is hair that has been colored as it strips keratin.

This so-called fad caught on — and it wasn’t actually a real thing — because it seemed to stem from a reliable source: CNN. Except that it actually came from a CNN iReport which is user-submitted content that CNN doesn’t check. People who didn’t know what iReports were focused on the CNN logo instead and spread the story virally. CNN had to update the post to state that they had contacted the DEA and other authorities who had no evidence of people ever engaging in the activity nor that it was true.

Joy Layne, “Your Wild Heart”

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Your Wild Heart (Mercury, 1956)

Joy Layne was an American pop singer from Chicago whose debut single was a cover of the Poni-Tails’ Your Wild Heart. It peaked at #20 in the U.S. in early 1957. Layne was only 15 years old at the time. Follow up singles failed to chart and her last recordings were released in 1961.

Ketti Gallian

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Ketti Gallian (December 25, 1912 – December 1, 1972)

Ketti Gallian was a French film actress born in Nice. She went to Paris at 15 and scored a modeling contract. She later went back to Nice and starred in a string of films for Paramount. While performing in The Ace opposite Raymond Massey on the London stage, she secured a screen contract with Fox. She didn’t catch on with American audiences and she returned to France. She died in Paris at age 59.

“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Putnam, 2012)

Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, wrote her debut (mostly true) memoir about the mortifying moments in our lives that end up being the ones to define us. In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened you can trace her hilarious journey through her upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years and her relationship with her long-suffering husband. As a bonus, there are a multitude of pictures with captions.

Arch Deluxe

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Arch Deluxe (McDonald’s, 1990s)

During the 1990s, McDonald’s threw a $150 million “away” to market their newest burger that contained a quarter-pound beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, peppered bacon, tomatoes and onions on a sesame seed bun. Does this sound very familiar to you? If so, you’re not alone; the Arch Deluxe was very much similar to their staple Big Mac. In fact, most customers dubbed the Arch Deluxe as “A More Expensive Big Mac” and steered clear.

“The Pruitts of Southampton/The Phyllis Diller Show”

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The Pruitts of Southampton/The Phyllis Diller Show (ABC, 1966)

The Pruitts of Southampton was a situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 6, 1966 until September 1, 1967. There were 17 episodes produced. Midway through the season, the show underwent a name change to The Phyllis Diller Show and another 13 episodes were produced for a total of 30 altogether. The show was based on the 1954 novel House Party by Patrick Dennis. It was ABC’s attempt to turn comedian Phyllis Diller into a sitcom star in the style of Lucille Ball and was an inverted version of The Beverly Hillbillies. The Pruitts were a wealthy struggling stay afloat in their Hampton mansion after they are hit by the IRS for back taxes. Part of the reason for the name change was to have Diller’s name add star power to increase ratings (as well as the addition of actor John Astin — from The Addams Family, which, unfortunately, did not work.