The History of Wacky Packages by Jessica

Wacky packages are a Topps product that came out in 1973 with the first modern set. There are just a bizarre set of  cards that are parodies of famous brands.

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The Beginning of Wacky Packages    

In September of 1961 a man by the name of Paul Laikini illustrated an article on Camel cigarettes in issue #21 of Cracked Magazine. It showed a picture of an upside down camel named after the egyptian president Gamel. Fast forward 6 years to 1967 when Art Spiegelman drew the first wacky packages, and so begins a trend deliberated by millions of children everywhere.

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The First Set of Modern Wacky Packs Cards

In Spring of 1973 the first set of Wacky Packages cards came out. The peel and stick cards came out with a set of 30 to collect. Some were rarer than other because some of the cards only printed one per sheet while others printed 6 per sheet.

Wacky packages changed mostly stayed there until 2016 when MLB wacky series came out one example is Arizona diamondbacks.

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The Wacky Packages in my opinion is they are funny stupid and entertaining. Here are some of my favorites is highlight to Thanksgiving being in just a few days I have a surprise image for you.

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Jeff’s Gallery: Rube Goldberg

 

 

rube picture from thereformedbroker.com

 

Ok folks here’s how it goes: When you lift spoon (A) you pull string (B) makes ladle(C) fling cracker (D) over parrot (E). Parrot flies off perch (F) dropping seeds (G) into bucket  (H) weight pulls another string (I) opening lighter (J) lighting firework (K) using sickle (L) to cut yet another string (M) freeing clock pendulum with napkin on end napkin to wipe your mouth. You can also put a harmonica on the end latter and play music for the guest. This patent automatic self-wiping napkin was “invented” in 1931 by Rube Goldberg, one of America’s most talented and successful cartoonist.

 

Born in San Francisco on the Fourth of July in 1883 to Max and Hannah Goldberg, Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, the second of four children, loved drawing and the newspapers business. He was a paper delivery boy in his boyhood and would copy pictures from book illustrations. He took his first drawing class at age 11. However his father was a police and fire commissioner who had high hopes for his kids and didn’t want Rube to be a starving artist for a living and sent him to the University of California, Berkeley. Rube graduated in 1904 with a degree in engineering and got a job at the San Francisco Water and Sewage Department. The pay was good for that time but Rube left after six months. He then got a job as a sports cartoonist and started to become a local celebrity. Soon he moved to New York in 1907 where he continued his career at the McClure Newspaper Syndicate in the “New York Evening Mail.”

 

Although it took a while to for him to make it big, Rube soon created over sixty different comic series, some only lasted a few years while others lasted for at least twenty. His first big hit was “Foolish Questions” in 1909 (Q:Doctor, are you listening for his heart? A:No, he swallowed a gramophone and I’m trying to find it) where fans could even send in their own questions and answers. Rube even created a card game based of strip. Other great works included good-natured  simpleton“Boob McNutt,” word wizardry and zingers with “Mike and Ike, They Look Alike” and “I’m the Guy” and daffy dame “Lala Palooza” with her lazy brother Vince Doolittle. Rube also drew political cartoons; winning a Pulitzer for his “Peace Today” strip in 1948 seen below, company advertisements; even a newspaper comic strip just for advertising Pepsi sodas, “Pepsi and Pete: the Pepsi-Cola Cops,” and for a short time created a silent cartoon series for Pathé, an early animation studio from France. The cartoons sold well but Rube Goldberg left the animation business soon because he drew everything by himself and that and his newspaper comic career was taking too much of his time. Rube also wrote and created props for “Soup to Nuts” the first appearance of the Three Stooges and wrote a number of articles and short stories for magazines.

 

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Goldberg’s main claim to fame, however, were his “Inventions,” long whimsical contraptions using all kinds of junk put together for “labor saving” methods for simple problems.  Rube used a character by the name of   Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, inspired by some of his eccentric professors back at the University of California as the “brilliant” inventer. Rube created things for hiding gravy stains on vests and cutting bread for sandwiches to ways for failed stock market investors to commit suicide and a self opening umbrella. Although not always meant to be political, Rube did make fun of bureaucrats, political debates and the government so much that around WWII he told his sons, Thomas and George to change their last name for protection. George W. Goldberg changed it to George W. George and became a famous theater and movie producer. Rube was also a founding member and first president of the National Cartoonist Society and designed it’s highest award, the Reuben.

 

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In 1964, Rube Goldberg made a shocking move in his career, he left drawing comics. Following in the footsteps of his hero the French painter and print maker, Honoré Daumier,  Rube decided to start a career as a sculptor. Liking the idea of giving his drawing a 3-D  feel, he took just one class on sculptures and in a year he had his first show that was a sellout. Although Goldberg stopped drawing comics, he never left the world of them. He helped found the National Cartoonists Society and was its honorary president. In 1967 he used his new skills with his old and designed the Reuben, the Society’s highest award and was its first recipient. In 1970 the old artist-inventor attended a special exhibition at the National Museum of History and Technology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. called “Do it the Hard Way,” showing his life of work and laughs. Later that year on December 7 he died.

 

Rube’s, um, “simple” machines and inventions remain a part of today’s culture in comedy and technology. In 1995 his self opening napkin, the one I showed you  above, was in the Post Office’s “American Newspaper Comics” series of stamps. His own name, Rube Goldberg is now in “Webster’s New Word Dictionary” as a complicated device with numerous task to complete simple objectives. Rube Goldberg’s have appeared in cartoon and films from “Loony Toons” and “Tom and Jerry” to “Home Alone” and even the “Saw” franchise. There have been Rube Goldberg contest at schools across the country. You most likely have worked on one yourself now that I mention it. Did you ever play the game “Mousetrap?” Yep, that a Rube Goldberg. There is even a Rube Goldberg app game created by Unity Technologies with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg where you can build inventions from the comics. You can also check out the official website for more comics and info here at https://www.rubegoldberg.com/. It may be worth mentioning a similar cartoonist in Great Britain, W. Heath Robinson, quite a contributor to crazy contraption in his own right.

 

The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius, picture from comics bulletin.com

Something is funny at Seeds!!

We here at seeds love puns. We tell them to each other all the time. Here is a few of my favorites!!

My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned: couldn’t concentrate.

Why did the scientist install a knocker on his door? He wanted to win the No-bell prize!

What do you call a laughing motorcycle? A Yamahahaha.

What underwear do clouds wear? Thunderwear!

Why do Swedish warships have barcodes on them? So when they dock they can Scandinavian.

I wanna make a joke about sodium, but Na..

Did you hear about the Italian chef with a terminal illness? He pastaway.

Isn’t it scary that doctors call what they do “practice”?

This morning some clown opened the door for me. I thought to myself that’s a nice Jester.

To the mathematicians who thought of the idea of zero, thanks for nothing!

Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? It’s okay. He woke up.

I ordered 2000 lbs. of chinese soup. It was Won Ton.

I just found out I’m colorblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the purple.

What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle? A tire.

Dr.’s are saying not to worry about the bird flu because it’s tweetable

I don’t engage in mental combat with the unarmed.

What musical instrument is found in the bathroom? A tuba toothpaste.

What do you call the security outside of a Samsung Store? A: Guardians of the Galaxy.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.

What do you call with two leg? Lean beef.

I’m glad I know sign language, it’s pretty handy.

I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.

I’ve just written a song about tortillas – actually, it’s more of a wrap.

The winner of the costume contest was the invisible man. He was invisible, and his wife wasn’t much to look at either.

A book just fell on my head. I’ve only got myshelf to blame.

R.I.P boiled water. You will be mist.

If a short psychic broke out of jail, then you’d have a small medium at large.

Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love for the PlayStation 2 & Nintendo Wii consoles.

 

This game takes place in an alternate universe’s New York City in the late 1920s while followings the adventures of the New York Combat Revue (STAR Division).

 

The protagonists in this game consist of Captain Shinjiro Taiga (main hero/samurai) (weapons: twin Katanas) (RoboMech armed with twin Katanas), Gemini Sunrise (heroine/Texas samurai) (weapon: Katana) (RoboMech armed with a Katana & a Colt Single Action Army Revolver), Cheiron Archer (Heroine/Biker/Lawyer) (RoboMech armed with a steel whip called Verdict Chain), Diana Caprice (heroine/Medic/Spiritualist) (RoboMech armed with an artificially intelligent robotic Blue Bird), Rosita Aries (heroine/Mexican bounty hunter/singer/dancer) (weapons: Gold six-shooter & Silver six-shooter) (RoboMech armed with twin six-shooters) and Subaru Kujo (heroine/fighter/pianist/actress) (weapon: fan) (RoboMech armed with twin steel fans).

 

The antagonist in this game consist of Oda Nobunaga (main villain/Japanese Demon Warlord), Lieutenant Ranmaru (villain/varlet) (weapon: Scythe), General Kokuryuhime (villain/Black Dragon Princess/master swordsman) (Weapon: giant black sword), Yumedono (villain/demon priestess) (weapons: demonic insects & poisons), Dokuro-bou (villain/amateur tactician/brutish thug) (weapon: a steel club called a Kanabo) and Tsugarubi (villain/demon priest) (weapon: demon sorcery).

 

In conclusion, I found this game a truly fun & wonderful clash between the ancient past and the modern future, both alternately and/or historically speaking.

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Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! (Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming movie Pokemon: I Choose You!

 

This is the 20th Pokemon movie as well as a remake of the 1st episode of the original Pokemon series and  of the same name no less.

 

This movie features returning characters consisting of Ash Ketchum (the main character) and his partner pokemon Pikachu, Samuel Oak (a pokemon professor), Nurse Joy (a pokemon doctor) and the recurring villains of the entire series Jessie, James & their talking pokemon companion Meowth.

 

This movie also features new characters exclusive to this movie consisting of Sorrel (Ash’s new travel companion & a pokemon professor in training) and his partner pokemon Lucario, Verity (Ash’s new travel companion) and her partner pokemon Piplup, Bonzi (a mysterious old man), Cross (an arrogant trainer & Ash’s Rival) and his two partner pokemon Incineroar & Lycanroc (midnight form) as well as the legendary pokemon consisting of Ho-Oh (the pokemon equivalent of a Phoenix) & Marshadow (a new legendary pokemon exclusive to this movie).

 

In conclusion, I believe that this movie is a celebration/anniversary towards the entire Pokemon game/TV series franchise and will have an US dubbed showing in US theatres for a limited time on Sunday, November 5 & Monday, November 6 this year.

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Disney’s Villains’ Revenge(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Disney’s Villains’ Revenge for Windows & MAC.

 

In this game, The Villains steal the happy endings of their respective stories resulting in Captain Hook sword fighting Peter Pan(who is now a decrepit old man), the Wicked Queen putting both Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs into a deep sleep with her Poison Apples(with no prince to break the spell), the Queen of Hearts placing Alice’s head & body in separate locations within her Hedge Maze, the Circus Ringmaster Strips Dumbo of his ability to fly and forces him to do his humiliating skydiving stunts.

 

In this game, you team up with Jiminy Cricket & the Blue Fairy(Pinocchio) to help Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook(Peter Pan), save Snow White from the clutches of the Wicked Queen(Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs), rescue Alice from the grasp of the Queen of Hearts(Alice in Wonderland) and liberate Dumbo from the humiliating stunts forced on him by the Circus Ringmaster(Dumbo) as well as recover & restore all the happy endings stolen by the respective villains of each said story.

 

In conclusion, I believe that this Disney game is another one of its good VS evil masterpieces while it also involve point & click puzzle solving scenarios.

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Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey for Windows & MAC.

 

In this game, Wishbone (Our favorite snack & book loving hound) is accidentally sent into a virtual storybook setting of the Odyssey by Homer where he unintentionally takes both the role & identity of Odysseus.

 

In this game, you follow the story of of Odysseus for by doing so will you eventually free Wishbone from this virtual storybook setting.

 

Along the way, you meet timeless characters from the Odyssey consisting of Eurylochus (Odysseus’ 1st Mate), Polyphemus (cyclops & son of Poseidon), Athena (goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (god of the seas), Circe (witch), Tiresias (blind prophet), Hades (god of the underworld),  Zeus (king of the gods & god of lightning and thunder), Calypso (demi-goddess), Penelope (Odysseus’ wife) and Telemachus (Odysseus’ son).

 

In conclusion, this game teaches you history, mythology and culture as you play. Thus, I hope you find this game as educationally fun as I do.

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