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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday News Wrap-Up

Wow. Looking at the stats for my blog, readership goes up quite a bit when I remember to share these new entries on my Facebook page and my Twitter page. I just might be doing a lot more of that in the future!

Anyway, got a bunch of news stories here that you've heard in other media outlets that I just want to share because...well, I like them.

First up, y'all know I'm a big fast food junkie, but even this might be too much for me. The baseball team the West Michigan Whitecaps have a new item at their ballpark concession stands, and it's a doozy.

The Fifth Third Burger is, quite possibly one of the biggest hamburgers ever served at a ballpark. You start off with a specially made, 1 pound bun. Then you add a cup of chili. Then you add 5, 1/3 pound burger patties (5/3, get it?). Then, you top with cheese, nachos, nacho cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and sour cream. The finished burger weighs well over 4 pounds, and will set you back $20.

It's not for those on a diet, as it contains 4800 calories and 300 grams of fat. Naturally, the suggested serving is to cut it up into smaller pieces and share it with your friends.

However, the ballpark will have special T-shirts made up, that you will get for free if you manage to eat the whole thing. I'm guessing the T-shirts will read, "Holy crap, I'm still alive!"

Full story here.

Next up, we got some movie news on Tom Hanks. Hanks has just secured the movie rights to Major Matt Mason, and is looking to develop it into a movie starring himself.

Wow, with the success of Transformers and G.I. Joe, they're turning every action figure into a movie now, aren't they? Major Matt Mason was a fondly remembered action figure line from the 1960's, and was created as Mattel's response to Hasbro's runaway hit G.I. Joe. Major Matt Mason was an astronaut "who works on the Moon!" the ads proudly proclaimed. The big gimmick though was that it was grounded in reality. Matt Mason's space suit, moon buggy and other vehicles were all based on NASA designs at the time. And with the space race on everyone's minds when it hit store shelves in 1966, Major Matt Mason was a runaway hit.

But then, 1969. The Eagle had landed, and the space race was no longer enough. Major Matt Mason then started veering into sci-fi, and some aliens were introduced for the Major to fight, but it wasn't enough, and the toy line was discontinued in the early 1970s.

Anyway, Tom Hanks was a fan and has idea for a movie. He just got the movie rights from Mattel. Hanks will be producing it through his company Playtone Productions, in association with Universal. Hanks is also hoping to star as Major Mason. No word yet on when it'll hit theatres.

Full story here.

And it's always great when a couple of my heroes, Adam Savage and Jamie Hynaman, the Mythbusters, make the news.

Apparently, the myth they were testing was the old saying "knock your socks off." They wanted to see if they could literally knock someone's socks off.

So, they got a crash test dummy, loaded him with 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate, and lit the fuse.

The resulting explosion shattered a few windows in the neighbouring town. The Mythbusters were cool about it and replaced all the broken windows.

Full story here.

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