Monthly Archives: August 2012

6 Failed Food Products You’ll Never Eat Again

1. Heinz EZ Squeeze
Heinz EZ Squeeze

Blue Ketchup. Marketed to consumers as Heinz EZ Squirt, the blue, green, and purple colored ketchups has my kids begging us to go to the grocery store. Once we got it home and plopped it onto our hamburgers, they couldn’t even take a bite. The over-tinted product looked like a bad batch of the red stuff.

2. Mixed Vegetable Jell-O
Mixed Vegetable Jell-O

Mixed Vegetable Jello? You better believe it. And it’s release was accompanied by the “celery” flavored Jell-O, as well. Needless to say, the veggie flavors didn’t take off as expected and this product was pulled off the shelves before long.

3. Orbitz Drinks
Orbitz Drinks

Marketed as a “”texturally enhanced alternative beverage” these lava-lampesque drinks were introduced in 1997, but quickly disappeared due to poor sales. Not much of a surprise, if you were one of the folks who purchased a bottle, and swigged down the hyper-sweet drinks with a texture just syrupy enough to suspend little gelatin balls throughout the bottles.

4. WOW! Chips
WOW! Chips
Made with Olestra, a lower-fat oil, these chips promised all the flavor of traditional chips, and less of the fat. Unfortunately, the magic oil also came with wicked side-effects, like diarrhea and stomach cramps. Though they debuted in 1998 as one of the highest selling new products, these chips were eventually rebranded, then pulled from shelves and replaced with “baked” versions of your favorite chips.

5. Pepsi Blue
Pepsi Blue
Even though Britney Spears helped with the marketing, Pepsi Blue met it’s demise in 2004, after attempting to compete with Vanilla Coke. Apparently, some people found it’s berry, cotton-candy flavor less than desirable.

6. Oven-Baked Swanson TV Dinners
Oven-Baked Swanson TV Dinners

With the invention of microwaves came the demise of the foil-panned Swanson TV dinner. Though I have fond memories of waiting the half-hour of bake time to cook up fried chicken , soggy veggies, and a spongy brownie, waiting that long for meals nowadays is apparently much too inconvenient.


Eww! Times have changed since then – an updated list would be cool. I’m sure there has been loads more crap on the market since.

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Lovely post about Olly! He’s very unique, very talented and a great person 🙂


I was introduced to the music of Olly Chamberlain back in August 2010 when I first met his fellow band member at the time, Max Graham. They were a duo called The Basement Musicians and they successfully gained a reasonable amount of exposure by recording songs (mainly covers) and uploading them onto YouTube. I instantly became hooked when I first heard them and I remember having a stream of their videos on a YouTube playlist I listened to practically everyday for months. Since then Max has moved to New York and is now working as a producer while Olly is busy finishing his degree and working on his music career. Being a huge James Morrison fan I instantly saw a similarity in Olly’s voice but after seeing him live I realised he has a beautiful uniqueness about him. I first saw him perform live last year accompanied with just an acoustic guitar. It was clear he hadn’t…

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Lego Celebrates 80th Birthday with Animated Short Film


17-minute story traces company’s history By David Kiefaber.


Lego turns 80 this year. To celebrate, the company released this really neat cartoon short about its humble origins (key words are “fire” and “low sales”) and how it revolutionized the toy industry by offering kids a “system of play” instead of readymade toys with few, if any, customization options. It’s weird to hear Lego talk about this now, when half of its output consists of assembly kits for branded properties (Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.) with tons of specialized parts. It’s also weird that, according to the film, company founder Ole Christiansen didn’t start visibly aging until his 60th birthday. But that stuff can’t diminish how charmed I was by the animation and voice acting and the “fail, try harder, succeed” message communicated here. They should make another short film in five or 10 years about the sadistic person who made Lego bricks razor sharp, because he obviously never stepped on one.

Amazing! Lego and Legoland was a massive part of my childhood. When I have children, I cannot wait to take them to Legoland – it was always such a magical and fun experience for me. I wasn’t aware of the Lego story, but watching this is very inspiring.

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Amazingly written, well done. I agree with absolutely everything you said. There are some awful, heartless people on the internet.

Rowan Draper - Gracie Barra

Now you know me, I like a laugh. And I do enjoy having a laugh with you lot on here, some of you are witty, some genuinely bonkers, a few of you are dead funny and most of you are respectful, thoughtful human beings and I am honoured that you have liked my page and my work over the years.


Some of you are utterly horrendous. I mean genuinely thick as shit, heartless wastes of oxygen who I am ashamed have liked my page and my work.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of banter, I can take a joke, I can take an insult, sometimes people go too far, sometimes people get a bit personal but over the years I’ve dished it out and there is very little that anyone can say to me on here that has genuinely hurt me or upset me. Don’t…

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The saying ‘you are what you eat’ is true for these insects as stunning pictures show their abdomens changing colour as they sip on sugar drops.

Father of three Mohamed Babu set up the photographs after his wife, Shameem, showed him some ants had turned white after drinking spilt milk.

He gave the creatures the brightly coloured sugar drops and watched as their transparent stomachs matched the food they were eating.

 A good palette: Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their stomachsA good palette: Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their stomachs

Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their bodies.

Scientist Dr Babu, mixed the sugar drops with edible colours red, green, blue and yellow and placed them in his garden to attract the insects.

By placing them on a paraffin base the drops kept their shape when touched by the ants.

The 53-year-old discovered the ants preferred lighter colours such as yellow and green.

He said: ‘The idea for the photograph came to me after my wife showed me some ants that turned white sipping the spilled milk drops on our kitchen counter.

‘I shot the photo in my garden to take advantage of the natural lighting and set a paraffin sheet with coloured sugar drops near some ants.

‘Even though I could get enough of a crowd within a few minutes, it required several retakes to have a shot up to my satisfaction.’

Ring of colour: An ant's transparent abdomen shows the colour of the food they have eatenRing of colour: An ant’s transparent abdomen shows the colour of the food they have eaten

Dr Babu, from Mysore, in South India said:  ‘As the ant’s abdomen is semi-transparent, the ants gain the colours as they sip the liquid.

‘The secret is the paraffin base, which prevents the drops collapsing when the ants touch them.

‘I really toiled to get a photo. The crowd always used to become unmanageable within a few minutes and while I managed my camera with my right hand, my left hand was busy removing the extra ants.

‘Once I lost the chance, I could only repeat it the next day.’ he explained.

‘Curiously, the ants preferred light colours, yellow and green.

‘The darker green and blue drops had no takers, till there was no space around the preferred yellow and green drops.

‘So I put larger drops of yellow and green, and smaller red and blue, to get maximum saturation around all the colours.’

Eating their greens: The ants seemed to prefer lighter colours such as greens and yellow to darker bluesEating their greens: The ants seemed to prefer lighter colours such as greens and yellow to darker blues

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