Tuesday, February 27, 2007

"Rat Taco", 2/24/07-2/27/07, RIP

I am nothing now! My page has dropped off the radar, no longer being seen as the number one hit for rat taco... I'm not even in the top 50 rat taco web pages...



Newspaper says it fell for fake Gucci ad

ZURICH, Switzerland - Some people will do anything to appear in the papers. But few have the audacity of a man in Switzerland, who conned one of the country's biggest media companies into publishing a two-page ad he created of himself posing semi-naked beside a bottle of Gucci perfume.

The man, who claimed to represent the Italian fashion giant, called up the Swiss weekly SonntagsZeitung last week to book the expensive color spread in Sunday's edition, a spokesman for the paper said.

Christoph Zimmer told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the man asked for the 60,000-Swiss-franc (about $50,000) bill to be sent to Gucci.

"We've spoken to Gucci and apologized for the mistake," Zimmer said. "We're going to try and get the money back from this guy, but we don't rate our chances."

The Milan, Italy-based Gucci could not be reached for comment.

Zimmer said the paper fell for the scam because the call arrived too late for the advertising department to check whether it was genuine.

It wasn't the first time that the mysterious model — a dark, handsome man appearing to be in his late 20s — tried to sneak his way into the limelight.

According to the Zurich-based daily Blick, the man attempted to book concert venues by passing himself off as Puerto Rican singer Chayanne. The paper said it narrowly avoided also being conned, but was tipped of the hoax by record company Sony BMG, which represents Chayanne.

The man is under investigation for alleged fraud, said Meinrad Stoecklin, a spokesman for police in the canton (state) of Basel.

Monday, February 26, 2007


Via ABC News
Feb. 26, 2007 — Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is trying to make that very home emblematic of what it deems Gore's environmental hypocrisy.

Armed with Gore's utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.

"If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules."

Liar, Liar, Liar...

Via The Consumerist.com

Jessica Simpson, Pizza Hut Spokesperson, Is Allergic To Pizza

You know... it's not that we require that every celebrity constantly use the product they're shilling for, but we'd like to think that the spokesperson is able to eat the food without getting sick. Jessica Simpson, spokesperson for Pizza Hut and star of their commercials, told Elle magazine:

There was that internal bleeding discovered last year around the time she was filming Employee of the Month; doctors found the presence of the little bugger thought to cause ulcers. Recently, Simpson tells me, after she was still feeling not quite right, an allergist delivered news that would chill the heart of anyone reared on Texan cuisine: She's allergic to cheese. And wheat. Oh, and tomatoes...
Cheese and tomatoes and wheat? Yes, Jessica Simpson has ulcers, and pizza gives her internal bleeding. —MEGHANN MARCO

Old News...

Yet still a good watch... Watch the reaction of the dude at the end; the reaction of Michael Myers; the entire thing was (and is)comic genius.

For those of you who missed it...

Prince kicked ass at the Super Bowl, and I still have yet to figure out that lightning trick they pulled off...

...And no it does not look like a weird shadow of an even weirder penis while he plays his weird guitar.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rat Taco Hut II: The sequel

This KFC/Taco Bell/Rat Haven delivers: call (212) 929-3097

Thank You To The Academy...

There's some awards show on TV tonight (The Academy Awards or something like that...); But I wanted to thank the fine folks at google for making me number one. That's right, when searching for "rat taco," my blog is the number one hit. So remember, if you're looking for your rat taco news source, you've found it... right here, at Growing up after the X.

(P.S. The infamous Rat Taco Hut video now sits at a whopping 130,000 views)

The Blow...

The Blow is a band from Portland. They're the shit and they'll be in New England the next couple weeks. So Check it:

Oh word, and this is what they do:

And what they also do:

Word. So Check it. See you there. So you can see this:

But without the shitty camera work.

72 Ounce Challenge at the Big Texan...

It's like The Great Outdoors, only it's real.

Here's a woman with an annoying whiny voice from overseas trying to defeat the 72 ounces of meat...

And another valliant attempt:

Check out the Big Texan in Amarillo Texas, @ BigTexan.com

Regular Studio Practice...

I am trying to get into the practice of regularly scheduling my art production. That's what Ellen Driscoll suggested might improve the way I make art. This blog is one component of that. Incase you were wondering...

Now here's a clip from Saved By The Bell:

I'm so excited!

Taco Bell

Despite the Ecolli scare from a couple months ago. And the KFC Rat Taco Bell in downtown Manhattan (BTW that video is up past 100,000 hits, and WILL hit a million.) I am going to eat some Taco Bell then hit my studio for some art making.

I ain't afraid of no stinking rats...

Steve Urkel...

When I was in the third grade and MC Hammer was still cool, Steve Urkel was the funniest dip-shit on television:

Saturday, February 24, 2007


I'm checking out for the night. So I'll leave you all with this out of this world clip from ALF...

The Fratellis...

They're in an Apple commercial. They're from Glasgow. They're hip.

The Fratellis is also the name of the bad guys in the 80's kids movie "The Goonies."

Having a blog is high mainenance, bitch.

Via the Associated Press
Feb. 22, 2007 04:47 PM

SEATTLE - A newly opened store catering to very pampered dogs, especially female dogs, is getting more than questioning looks for its name, High Maintenance Bitch.

The third word in the sign is widely visible at North 45th Street and Wallingford Avenue North, one of the main intersections in the Wallingford neighborhood business west of Interstate 5 and north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

"I am probably the most progressive liberal person in the world and I am personally offended by the sign," said Janet Stillman, executive director of the Wallingford Neighborhood Office. "It's so blatant and so in your face."

The sign is the issue more than products such as Gel-ous Bitch bath gel and Street Walker paw cleanser, said Kara Ceriello, co-president of the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.

Ceriello said she supports the store but has heard complaints from about a dozen people.

"It is going to be a hot issue again when we get to our Wallingford Kiddie Parade and Street Fair," she said.

Stillman said the sign could wreck family photographs of the parade, scheduled for July 7.

"Walk by there with your 5-year-old and try to explain why that sign is there. Half of the sign is made up of the word 'bitch.'"

Making no apologies, co-founder Lori Pacchiano, 36, said she planned to meet with the chamber Thursday. Meanwhile, she and her brother, Ryan Pacchiano, 27, hope to made the business name as commonplace in shopping areas as Victoria's Secret.

Over the next three years they hope to open 10 stores at a cost of about $200,000 each.

"Our company is probably the most high-end pet brand in the world," Pacchiano said. "We want to be known for growing from Seattle."

In the process, she said, one of her goals is to reclaim the word in its original meaning, a female dog, as opposed to a derogatory term for a woman.

"Our store is a dog store, but the concept and philosophy is directed specifically toward women," she said.

Britney "Crazy Lady" Spears

Britney uses the umbrella as a sword.

MTV Generation?

Could the official name of the X/Y between generation really be: The MTV Generation


MTV News. You hear it........ First.

And in closing how the Hell is Kurt Loder not only living, but still doing MTV News? Is he like 60 but still hip now? Whatever.......

Syracuse @ Providence.

Syracuse and Providence College are both fighting for one of the final couple NCAA Tournament bids from the Big East. My family has driven in from upstate NY to go to the game with me. Hopefuly there will be a big fight like that one at the hockey game the other night. Cuse started out 7 and 0 this year, but since then has played unimpressive, losing some dumb games. Here's a dunk highlight reel from that semi-impressive start:

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hockey Fights

I also just found some footage of the bad-ass hockey fight from last night...


New youtube video, rats close resturant in the Village, Manhattan, NYC...

There are only 400 views on this, I'm sure it will blow up to past a million though. Gross!!!

Pogger Blogger.

The POG Blog is up and running. Speaking of running Obama is running for the White House in '08... that is unless FOX News knocks him down and kicks him anymore.

He's a smoker! And I don't care. Could this clip be the smoking gun waiting to blast the 9/11 coverup to shreds?

Doubtful, but it makes for an interesting watch...

That's just stupid. And so is anyone who would pay a million dollars for Britney Spears' Hair.


Pog. Blog. Dog.

I think I might start a POG Blog. That'd be tight. It's hard to believe that some people still don't know or remember what a POG is.

Since I could talk about POGs for hours, I won't get into it on this blog but, stay tuned, soon there will be a POG Blog... Dawg...

Artist Doug Fishbone is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Speaking of Bananas...

I used to play the Hell out of some Donkey Kong back in the day. All the way from the original back in '85, all the way through to the bad ass DK 64 in the '99...

The other week I picked up Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo DS.

No where near as good as the DS version of Mario Kart. With it, you can race people from around the world on the Internet. This past weekend I watched the end of the Daytona 500. After having no crashes for like the first 3/4ths of the race all Hell broke loose and people started spinning out right and left.

I feel like an idiot saying it. But, that was kinda cool.


The local theater that I saw The Wizard was disgusting. There was crap all over the floor. Well, it was probably candy and popcorn. But it smelled like crap.

My dream theater would probably be nothing like this Dream Theater. But I sure as Hell know it wouldn't have a sticky floor. It'd have a big ass screen. Bumping sound system. And be clean.

Growing up there was this guy that lived down the street from my family. We called him Mr.Clean. He hosed his driveway off daily. If eveyone else had drives covered in snow and ice, his would be bare down to the blacktop.

Britney went bare to the top as well. In case you live under a rock, last weekend she shaved her head. It is my hypothesis she went nutso after losing a baby last week. About 3 weeks ago the tabloids were wondering if she was preggers. My theory, she lost the baby and went AWOL. But I'm not a scientist.

But Bill Nye is. My father went to Cornell with him. I saw the yearbook pictures. Believe it or not Bill Nye looked kind of nerdy back then.

When I was younger I used to always confuse Goofy and Pluto. I don't know why. Maybe I was stupid back then...

I used to watch Kids Incorporated on the Disney channel before school. It starred Stacey, AKA Stacey "Fergie" Ferguson.

Why am I telling you all of this. This shit is bananas.

B, A, N, A, N, A, S.


I had a cabbage patch kids doll. Its name was Milton. I had another too, its name was Tina.

I didn't have a Coleco Vision. My neighbor did, but as soon as he got his Nintendo we never played it.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was the bomb. John Clarkson, the kid who lived across the street from me got it before I did. He got it for "first communion."

The movie "The Wizard" was, for the most part an advertisment for the video game Super Mario Bros. 3.

Somehow these kids, who were seeing Super Mario 3 for the first time, knew all about the whistle warp and other suprises (Get the star! The star!)