Spotted this "Draw Rings" set at the thrift store today. I didn't buy them, so if you can't find them on eBay -- and you need them -- ping me and maybe I can go get them for you. That's what pickers do; they find the stuff other people want.
Not only does this monkey dress nicely, wearing a fine suit and bowtie -- and I don't even know how to tie a bowtie! -- the simian below is also capable of complex multiplication problems (video here): Man, nothing's worse than being show up by a monkey. Hey, let's see him figure out square roots, because I -- wait, I can't do that, either...darn you, educated monkey!
And yes, Jolly Jumbo (circa 1961) is for sale. (The glass "marble" wheels aren't the only way this pink elephant is movin' on through...) But you don't have to buy mine; someone else has one like it listed on eBay. Maybe you'll score.
We went to BK the other night, hubby, middle girl and I. The kids' toys are Crayola toys. Inside the toy's packaging they always have the insert with all the other toys, so kids whine to come back for more. I looked at it and was intrigued by the "Bear Hug" Wiggler.
I have a thing for bears, and a natural human disposition to laziness, so I wondered, is this thing a bear you put a crayon into and when you wind it up, it draws for you? If so, I need one.
There was no explanation or description on the insert, so I went to the counter to ask the pimply-faced boy standing there. Our interaction was brief and went like this:
Me: "Hi, can you show me the bear wiggler?"
Me: "Can I see your bear wiggler?"
Him: *blank stare*
Me: "Your bear wiggler -- the Crayola toy."
Him: *digging blindly beneath the counter in what I can only assume is a bin of kids' meal toys -- occasionally looking into the assumed box then back at me*
Me: *waiting hopefully*
Him: "I have no idea what that is. I have no idea what that is."
Me: "Uh, OK, thanks anyway."
I walk to the door to meet the waiting family, whereupon my hubby, sardonic eyebrow raised, says, "Probably not appropriate to ask a guy to show him his 'bare wiggler' in public."
All that, and I still don't know what a "Bear Hug" Wiggler is.
But I'm pretty sure I still want one. Now I have a great cougar story to with it.
"PLANS FOR BOMBING MISSION WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT 1100.
UFO SIGHTED RED ALERT IS WHAT WAS SAID IN AN AIRFORCE"...
The message ends there, because the last half of what had been set up is no longer attached to the press, and has been lost to history. If only we knew more about the UFO sighting before the alien invasion, things may have turned out differently...
Found this at Lost At E Minor, where Gerry Mak says, "The Big Lebowski is probably one of the most beloved films of our generation, so the soon to be released Dude action figure should be an insanely hot item."
I've never seen The Big Lebowski; so maybe I'm un-cool. But who doesn't want a John Goodman action figure?
Personally, I've always wanted Roseanne action figures. I'd totally love to play with the Connor family. I double-dog-dare you to say you wouldn't either.
I'm smitten with AT&T's Valentine's Day ad -- not so much for the phones (I don't even think we get that service here, bastards), but as we all know, I'm a sucker for a puppet show. I partially married hubby for his puppet skills, and if that makes him The Puppet Master and myself the puppet, well, I can live with that.
In the commercial a red boy mouse finger puppet hits on a blue girl squirrel finger puppet:
Mouse: You know what I think? Squirrel: What? Mouse: Heaven must be missing a squirrel.
Ms Squirrel laughs, but you know she falls for it. Just as I have.
AT&T needs to sell me these finger puppets.
Are you listening, AT&T? I don't want an iPhone. Especially as I don't have service for it here. But even if I could, I'd still want those adorable finger puppets more.
I guess this whole post makes me AT&T's puppet, posting their ad like that... Unless they make me the puppets. Then I am The Puppet Master.
The point of Mute Mondays is to only post images -- I know that. But as a meme, there's no screening process, and so people like me can come along and resist the muzzle. I had to -- today's theme is "collection/collections" and like, duh, that's 'me' to a 'T'.
You know, since I ramble about, & link to, writing at Collectors' Quest, I figured you all knew that hubby and I are columnists there -- but it has been brought to my attention that you did not. So I'm guessing you don't know about the CQ community either... For free you can make a profile, promote your blog, and (the most delicious part) show off your wacky/obscure/unique/valuable collection (or collections) to other nut-jobs collector. That's where all the following images come from...
And my favorite:
(No, he's not mine -- but how adorable is that photo?)
Thirteen Things That Made Noise in Wards Catalog in the late 60's
Pierre Poodle is a 6-transistor radio, with the controls on his tummy:
Big Plush Talkers are stuffed animals with chatty rings & talking strings. There's Bugs Bunny; Sniffy the Skunk who talks and smells like mint; and Montana Mouse, who, while "shocking pink" is "dressed like a real frontier hero" and "talks with a Western twang" as he shares "10 secrets".
There are several talking circus toys here, Larry the Lion, Patootie the clown, and my favorite, Chester O' Chimp who says, "I speak English, can't you talk Monkey?"
Hey! Hey! They're the Monkees! (And they "talk to each other just like on TV!)
These talking hand puppets feature pull strings so that each chats up a storm. There is Tom the cat with Jerry the mouse in his hand, King Kong, and Bugs Bunny.
This one is abso-frickin-lutely my favorite. Her name is Scooba-Doo, and she says, "I'm Scooba-Doo. Come on, let's get with it!" because she's a "member of the swinging generation" -- which may explain her "striped mini-dress and mod necklace", but should she really say, "Dig my crazy black stockings!" -- really? Me thinketh someone wasn't as hip as they thought daddy-o.
Not only does the dressed in red Baby Secret doll say, "Hold me close and whisper!" but they stress that her lips move and that she can be put in any baby-like position. (My mind is seriously in the gutter.)
"Nobody can out talk us!" Danny O'Day ventriloquist dummy comes with a record by Jimmy Nelson to teach you "instant ventriloquism". Rowlf Muppet is just a puppet. And while both require your own voice, I had to show them off here too. Consider them, numbers 14 &15, as a bonus. *wink*
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