Mystery Food: Deep Sea Finger Lobster

What was this?

I saw this 1977 Sizzler ad on Pinterest and it gave me a flashback to this 1983 commercial.

I’m not an expert at seafood (I’m actually allergic to it and I’m also revolted by the smell.) But even back then, this sounded suspicious. Because I have never heard of this type of lobster before. Ever.

And I’ve never heard of it since. So what was it? Lobsters shaped like an obscene gesture?

My first hunch then and the one I still hold now was baby lobsters. The inevitable trawler bycatch that wouldn’t satisfy any serious hardcore lobster lover. But served in quantity with a mouthwatering new name and target it to trendy young adults? New menu item.

So I did some researc… Read More

Do It Debbie’s Way (Sterling Entertainment Group/Video Associates, 1983 VHS Tape)


Do It Debbie’s Way may sound like the sequel to something you’d find in the darker corner of your video rental store (usually the one behind the beaded curtains.)

The late Debbie Reynolds was one of America’s 1950 and 60s sweethearts and a legendary actress and singer. And of course, mom to the late Carrie Fisher. And like many stars in the ’80s, she also got into the exercise craze.

But this video wasn’t for everybody. You must have a tolerance for ’40s style Big Band music. And lots of corny humor attempts. This offering was tailored for a specific audience. Namely the older folks who wanted to lose weight, but didn’t want any of that Jane Fonda commie crap (in spite of the fact Jane Fonda was the bourgeois favorite of the… Read More

The Last 78 RPM Records

“Gwendolyne” Julio Iglesias (1970, Colombia) Image: DiscogsWhat was the last 78 RPM record?

I’ve been asked this question now and then and to be perfectly honest, the 78 RPM speed is still with us. Mostly for collectors items and not as general releases. But it does occasionally surface.

But as general releases, 78 RPM was largely passe in America by 1957. In 1957, sales of 78 RPM records accounted for 4,500,000 units in 1957. In 1958, it plummeted to less than 500,000, less than 5% of overall sales and the writing was on the wall.

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Those Little $30 Chinese Tablet/Netbook Computers: Are They Worth It?

Photo: eBayYou’ve probably seen these little 7″ inch Android tablets with sleek keyboard cases that resemble ’80s/’90s day planners on eBay or Amazon. You can also buy these tablets on their own without keyboards for around $30 and they come in different colors. But we’re going to try out the keyboard case and to really put this to the test, write this entire post on it.

Screenshots are real easy. Just press the Print Screen button, no extra apps needed.
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Portable And Car Audio Demonstration Cassettes


In the early days of portable cassette machines, late 1960s and early 1970s cassette decks often came with demonstration tapes. These were mostly public domain songs, such as “Little Brown Jug” and “Michael Row The Boat Ashore” or specially composed material, often with the second side blank for the customer or purchaser to test the recorder with. But several manufacturers from National/Panasonic, Sanyo and Sony made these cassettes.

Listen hereBelow is a later ’70s version, featuring a disco … Read More