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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Post #1000

Wow! According to Blogger, this is my one thousandth blog entry!

Anyway, I was in a convenience store today when I saw something that always gets my heart racing: a new Doritos flavour.

The new flavour is Sweet Chili Heat! It's ultra-spicy, with a hint of cheese. It's kind of a blend of Black Pepper Jack and Bold BBQ.

Actually, this got me thinking. I think Doritos has the most discontinued flavours of any kind of chip out there. Let us take a moment to pause and reflect upon some of the past Doritos flavours. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list, just the ones I remember the most.

Texas Tang - The first "new flavour," which came out in the early 90s.

Taco Bell Taco Supreme - Using the same spices used by Taco Bell to give it that specific Taco Bell flavour...or so the package claimed.

Pizza Hut Pizza Cravers - Using the same spices used by Pizza Hut to give it that specific Pizza Hut flavour...or so the package claimed.

Sidebar: These Taco Bell and Pizza Hut flavours came about because Doritos was owned by Pepsi, who also owned Taco Bell and Pizza Hut! In this same era, Pepsi also owned Kentucky Fried Chicken, so I'm actually quite surprised that they didn't try to give us the Doritos flavour "KFC: the Colonel's 11 Herbs and Spices."

Barbeque - BBQ pototo chip flavouring! On a Dorito!

Ketchup - Ketchup potato chip flavouring! On a Dorito!

Sonic Sour Cream - Kind of an amped-up version of Cool Ranch.

So let us take a moment to remember the fallen Doritos flavours.

I love how creative people are getting with DVDs.

One show I love is My Name is Earl. And, of course, the DVD My Name is Earl: The Complete First Season is already in production. And, for this DVD set, they are actually producing a special "bonus episode." A full, half-hour episode that will never be shown on TV...only available on the DVD.

Actually, you have to love the premise of this bonus episode. It's straight out of a Marvel What If...? comic.

See, for those who missed the pilot, our protagonist is Earl Hickey, your generic small-town ne'er-do-well. One day, he wins $100,000 on a lottery ticket. 5 minutes later, he's hit by a car. While he's recoving in the hospital, he watches the talk show Last Call with Carson Daily, in which Carson Daily talked about karma, summing it up as, "do good things, and good things will happen to you." So, Earl decides to turn his life around. He makes a list of all the bad things he's ever done, and sets out to make up for them, because of karma.

So, this bonus episode is an alternate take on the pilot. It asks, "What if Earl wasn't watching Last Call with Carson Daily? What if Earl was watching...Family Guy? What if, instead of turning his life around by following Carson Daily's interpretation of karma, Earl turned his life around by following one of Stewie's plans for global domination?"

The creators of Family Guy are even on-board with this and producing original animation. It's going to be wild.

And only on the My Name is Earl: The Complete First Season DVD.

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