Friday, October 12, 2007

Mr Furious Heartily Endorses…

PINK PANTHER
The old-school Pink Panther cartoons are great stuff. Stumbled across these a month or two ago on Boomerang™. Saturday mornings at 11 are a date for me and The Kid. A pleasant childhood flashback for me, sure, but in may ways they're even better than I remember—great Mancini soundtrack, classic sound effects, inspiring graphic design and typography and, best of all, the slapstick violence absent from the neutered 'toons of today. The pure, unbridaled laughter that rolls out of Kid Furious during these cartoons is just so fulfilling. Throw in an "Ant and Aardvark" or "The Inspector" to keep things interesting and you're talking pure entertainment. Plenty of these on YouTube—but stick to the ones from '60s...


HOSTESS 100-CALORIE PACKS
It's a documented fact that the greatest snack food on Earth is the classic Hostess cupcake, but those bastards are like 500 calories or so. But now there are these 100 calorie packs that contain three mini cupcakes (they're about the size of those Mini Muffins if you've ever had those) that are pretty damn good, and plenty satisfying. I'm a fan of all these new 'portion control" products. That's my problem—I am completely unaware of how much I eat in the moment, and could easily pound down six cookies (or whatever) and the accompanying 600 calories without even knowing it. These products give me a finite quantity and a stopping point.

EVERY MAN JACK FACE LOTION
Early results on this are good. I've only used it one time, but I love it—the best post-shave product I've ever used. I'm loving the packaging/design as well. Get it at Target.

LAUNDRY-PURE
It fucking works. Mrs. F lobbied for one of these after reading about it around Earth Day, and I was pretty damn skeptical. Well, we got one, and it's a success. For everyday laundry, we simply don't use detergent anymore, and clothes come out totally clean and fresh. For tougher laundry we stain-treat or use a small amount of detergent, but this thing rocks. No, we will never save enough on detergent to make the thing cost-effective, but if you can afford it, it's a good move environmentally and supposedly really good for your clothes as well. No detergent means no abrasives, which (additional bonus) also means almost NO lint in the dryer.

18 comments:

Mike said...

I loved the Pink Panther cartoons, and the Ant & the Aardvark was funny stuff too.

But I was definitely a Drakes man, not Hostess. Big Wheels, Yodels, any of the ones that had that chocolate covering over the "cake."

And I have ask: face lotion???

Mr Furious said...

And I have ask: face lotion???

It's just what they call their "post-shave" product, and that's the only time I use it.

It feels fantastic and smells good too.

Mr Furious said...

Drakes man?

You must have grown up metro-NYC...

Drakes is okay, but any Hostess v Drakes direct product comparison (HoHo/Yodel, Ding Dong/Ring Ding, etc.) is a Hostess blowout, imho.

Each company's signature cake (Hostess Twinkie and Drakes Devil Dog) is not quite as good as you remember it, but the Hostess cupcake (aka Hubstas Copecake when you're hammered) never disappoints.

Toast said...

I don't think I've eaten any of that packaged pastry/cake shit since junior high. I'm all about the salty crunchies when it comes to snack food.

Thanks for the tip on the shave product. I just rinse with Witch Hazel in the humid Summer months, but with Winter coming I'll be going back to a lotion. Maybe I'll check this out.

Angelos said...

So, how much does Laundry Pure cost? I hate web sites that don't actually tell me what I want to know.

Shaving stuff is the only "product" I use. Nutrogena makes VERY good pre- and post-shave lotions, as does j/a/s/o/n. Next time I'm at Target I'll check this Jack stuff out.

Mrs. Furious said...

The Laundry Pure is embarrassingly expensive... retail $747... we got a discount and got it for $650. I do have a felling it is one of those things where everyone gets a discount so you feel special.
I think they say it'll pay for itself in 7 years... no detergent and only cold water savings.. but for us I figured it to be more like 10 years. There are two parts that need to be replaced in about 3 years for about $30.

Mr Furious said...

Nutrogena makes VERY good pre- and post-shave lotions, as does j/a/s/o/n. Next time I'm at Target I'll check this Jack stuff out.

I actually went in intending to buy the Neutregena, and got sucked in by the Jack design. I also thought it was the stuff noted metrosexual Toast had previously endorsed...

I had finally finished the bottle of Nivea for Men that I had never really loved...

I liked the slight scent of the Jack "Signature" so I snapped it up. They all cost about the same.

Mike said...

I don't use any of that crap. I shave with a disposable razor and hot water. That's it.

And I never even liked Twinkies as a kid. Yuch. Chocolate baby, chocolate. None of that white cake stuff.

Although I liked the apple/blueberry pies. Those were tasty.

Like Toast though, I haven't tried any of these things in 25 years.

Angelos said...

I don't know about you, Mike, but my beard is like damned razor wire. I need some serious pre-shave softeners and good shaving oil, otherwise I might as well be scraping my face with a piece of broken glass.

After that, a nice non- or lightly-scented post-shave treatment helps the dry skin I have to deal with all winter.

Between the cold dry air outside and forced-hot-air heat inside, I go through boxes of bandaids and a couple of bottles of liquid skin every winter, patching up cracks in my fingers and hands. And that's after I glop on the moisturizer every night.

Chris Howard said...

I always did like the Pink Panther cartoons, but I was more of a Bugs Bunny fan.

Hostess is good, especially the pies, as Mike mentioned. But our snack cake of choice growing up was Little Debbie. Star crunches, Swiss Rolls, Oatmeal Cream pies, Fudge Rounds, etc... Do they have those up there?

You should all forget the razors and grow a beard. Beards are sexier, just ask Michelline :)

michelline said...

I always did like the Pink Panther cartoons, but I was more of a Bugs Bunny fan.

I detest Bugs Bunny. Absolutely can't stand him. I always did like the Pink Panther though.

HOSTESS 100-CALORIE PACKS

These are great! I really like the carrot cake ones with the cream cheese icing.

Beards are sexier, just ask Michelline :)

Yep! Chris isn't allowed to shave his beard. The last time I can remember him being without a beard was 1998. Before that, it was sometime before 1992. When he shaved it off in 1998, Tori was 2 and demanded to know where her Daddy was because she just KNEW that man with the bald face wasn't him.

michelline said...

Beards are sexier, just ask Michelline :)

I had a huge thing for Jonathan Frakes back in the STTNG days... that beard was awesome!

Mr Furious said...

I don't use any of that crap. I shave with a disposable razor and hot water. That's it.
If you're so damn tough why bother heating your water? Or shaving at all? Just rip the hairs out with your bare hands... ;-)

Although I liked the apple/blueberry pies. Those were tasty.
The fruit pies were the most lopsided Hostess victories of all!

Between the cold dry air outside and forced-hot-air heat inside, I go through boxes of bandaids and a couple of bottles of liquid skin every winter, patching up cracks in my fingers and hands. And that's after I glop on the moisturizer every night.
Sounds like you have it a little worse than me, but I have the same problem in the winter...Neutregena makes a couple of serious dry/cracked skin lotions, but they're expensive for the small quantity you get and pretty greasy. Good for before bed, but not at a time when you plan on touching anything...Mrs F gave me a non-greasy variety last year in my stocking (Merry Christmas!) it was not quite as effective, but much more usable in the less-greasy formula.

She also thinks I'm a complete pussy/lotion-baby. What do you want me to do? My fucking flesh cracks apart...

Mrs. Furious said...

What do you want me to do? My fucking flesh cracks apart...

I want you to be a goddamn man!


and Michelline I completely agree with you. Mr F shaved his goatee off for our wedding and I hated it (and what a bad time to test out a new look btw)... he too has been warned not to do that again!

Mr Furious said...

I was a fan of the Bugs Bunny Show, but I was more into the other characters than Bugs himself...Wile E Coyote in particular, whether opposing Roadrunner or the Sheepdog...

Mr Furious said...

he too has been warned not to do that again!

Yeah, yeah...I probably take it off briefly every year or so for a few weeks. I would probably do a few different things with the facial hair here and there if Mrs F weren't so locked in on the current version.

Mike said...

If you're so damn tough why bother heating your water? Or shaving at all? Just rip the hairs out with your bare hands...

Nothing about toughness. Laziness/cheapness far more in play.

I used to have a beard and Mrs. Mike was a huge fan. She wasn't psyched when I shaved it off.

I actually have the same problem as Angelos and Furious -- my hands get fucked up during the winter, with sores and cracks and other nasty shit. I moisturize my hands constantly. So I guess I do use "that crap" afterall.

(Cetaphil to be precise. I swear by the stuff.)

Mike said...

Oh, and as to the pies: which was Hostess & which was Drakes? One had a big pie, and the other had two small pies per package.

I greatly preferred the one big pie variation. I think that was Hostess.