The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete, An Animated Western Starring Villainous Pies

The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete, An Animated Western Starring Villainous Pies

The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete is a humorous animated film that mixes the wild west with delicious (and villainous) pies.  Created by Ringling College of Art and Design graduates Adam CampbellElizabeth McMahill and Uri Lotan, the film was made as an online exclusive for the JibJab - sponsored Cartoon Brew third annual Student Animation Festival.

The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete, An Animated Western Starring Villainous Pies

The filmmakers give fresh life to the tried-and-true Western genre by inserting a left-field element into the mix: baked goods. Despite the short running time, the filmmakers create distinctive personalities and designs for all the characters. Dramatic shot composition, atmospheric lighting, and appropriate music complete this tongue-in-cheek tribute to classic Western films.

- via Laughing Squid -

Ice Cream Consumption Infographic – Long Beach, CA Ranks In At #1

We recently took a day trip out to some of the islands around Seattle.  On our way we stopped at Snow Goose Produce, a gorgeous farm stand that promised “immodest” ice cream cones.  Who the hell can resist that?  Immodest is an understatement.  Obscenely large is a better descriptor, but immodest probably gets more people in the door.  For a few bucks you’ll be doing arm presses trying to get that fresh waffle cone into your fat face.  Oh, and they hand-roll their own waffle cones.  Evil.  Pure Evil.

On that (somewhat related) note, here’s some other ice cream information for your consumption.  To be honest I’d have to imagine this isn’t totally scientific.  Actually I imagine scientists would scoff and mock this study, but it’s interesting and a neat useless-information-for-the-summer kind of thing, so here it is.  Utilizing the total number of credit card transactions at ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, data aggregation company Bundle has compiled a list of the top ten cities in America as far as ice cream consumption is concerned.  Good information if you’re about to open up an ice cream shop.  Just for fun, otherwise.

Not so surprisingly, eternally sunny Long Beach, CA comes in first place for most ice cream consumed (well money spent at least) across the nation.  Long Beach dwellers get 268% more ice cream and spend 1061%(!) more on frozen treats than the average American.  That’s a solid 5 times more than any other city in the US.  Fort Worth, TX spend residents spend 225% above average, and folks in Columbus, OH shell out 200% above average.

There’s a lot of data to be parsed out here.  DC is high on the list – they eat 85% more ice cream than the national average and at 92% more than the average American, D.C. tops the list as the state that eats ice cream most frequently.

As usual, click on the image below for a larger version you can actually read.

Ice Cream Consumption Infographic - Long Beach, CA Ranks In At #1

The Gummi Venus de Milo Is Now Real

The Gummi Venus de Milo Is Now Real

The Gummi Venus de Milo Is Now RealIf you’re a Simpsons fan you’re undoubtedly familiar with the Gummi Venus de Milo.  At the Springfield Candy Convention the Gummi Venus was displayed.  It was “carved by Gummi artisans who work exclusively in the medium of Gummi.”  As is the case with the Simpson in general, this simple candy was the doorway to a much more complicated story.  Now DeviantArt member, goosezilla, has made these delightfully shaped gummies a realty.

 

“I made tiny gummy Venus De Milos! 

They are melon flavored. “

The Gummi Venus de Milo Is Now Real

As is often the case – that is all.

- via Buzzfeed -

 

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

My initial response to this story was a hearty “Huh??”  I’m still not convinced.  This town sounds like an unhappy bunch.  Who doesn’t love a food truck?  Or ice cream trucks?  Scottsdale, Arizona – that’s who.

Scottsdale apparently has a ban on street vendors that is decades old.  A recent measure was floated to lift that ban and it was met with strong opposition from residents.  Food trucks are apparently not universally loved.  Who knew?

Scottsdale banned the street vendors and food trucks during the 70′s, apparently amid fears they were dealing drugs (no joke.)  The proposal would have allowed mobile vendors access to residential streets, so long as they don’t serve warm foods.  So pretty much we’re talking ice cream trucks.

Let’s be clear on one point – as is always the case with this kind of thing – that huge swell of opposition came from 15 residents.  15 sticks in the mud showed up to share their displeasure and ruin an opportunity to buy some frozen treats on the streets of Scottsdale.  Officials have stated the whole thing is not a “done deal”.

AZCentral.com shares comments from one resident:

“The last thing I want is some guy going in an ice-cream truck up and down the same streets, knowing somebody is on vacation,” said resident Art Lorenzen.

 

Lorenzen said he installed security measures at his house after a recent spate of crimes in his community.

 

“A guy driving an ice-cream truck is probably not the best-quality person,” Lorenzen said. “I think that’s one of my concerns, this guy driving slowly down the street, maybe not the first day or second day, but the third day, when they (residents) are on vacation.”

 

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

Parfait!!!!

There are food trucks all over Seattle and I don’t think that’s ever been a concern.  The lady (Adria Shimada) who runs the Parfait ice cream truck is my hero.  She makes ice cream a block from our house in a commercial kitchen and sells it out of her adorable truck.  She is not a guy, and she is a quality person.  I’ve never seen her checking out to see who’s on vacation, either.

Other, perhaps more reasonable residents, expressed some concern for children who might be running across the street to reach the truck.  Plausible.

Scottsdale is one of the outlaws ice cream trucks. Supporters say it would bring back “fond memories of childhood.”  But get this, the proposal doesn’t allow the ice cream man to play any music.  None of that classic ice cream truck jingle.  What gives, Scottsdale?

According to the folks at the The Arizona Republic, the proposal came about when a local teen wrote to the Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane, after he discovered his family’s ice cream truck business would be illegal in Scottsdale.  The family currently operate their truck in Phoenix.

This Is The World’s Largest Lollipop

This Is The World’s Largest Lollipop

On July 18, 2012, California-based confectioner See’s Candies broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Lollipop.  They attacked the record with their nearly 6-feet tall (excluding the giant stick), 7,003 pound chocolate pop.  That’s a big lolly.  See’s Candies brought the giant candy to Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco on July 20th to celebrate National Lollipop Day – and to receive their Guinness certificate.  That’s a few cavities waiting to happen.

This Is The World’s Largest Lollipop

This Is The World’s Largest Lollipop

This Is The World’s Largest Lollipop

via Laughing Squid -

Oreo Supports Gay Pride With A Rainbow Cookie – Boycotting Cookie Monsters Do Not Agree

Oreo Supports Gay Pride With A Rainbow Cookie - Boycotting Cookie Monsters Do Not Agree

In support of gay pride, Kraft Foods Oreo brand posted The Rainbow Oreo to their Facebook page.  It was tagged with the caption “Proudly Support Love!”  Thanks Oreo, and Thanks Kraft!  As you might imagine, the not-for-sale rainbow cookie created a swell of support for gay rights.  As you might also imagine it managed to outrage some cookie-eating homophobes.  Darn.

Over 200,000 Facebook users had “liked” the page and the post was inundated with thousands of pro and anti-rainbow cookie sentiments. Continue reading