A Whoopee Cushion, also known as a poo-poo cushion and Razzberry Cushion, is a practical joke device, used in a form of flatulence humor, which produces a noise resembling a raspberry or human flatulence. It is made from two sheets of rubber that are glued together at the edges. There is a small opening with a flap at one end for air to enter and leave the cushion.
In the 1990s, a new era of technology allowed the production of self-inflating whoopee cushions (which use a springy foam to draw in more air) and remote-controlled whoopee cushions (electronic devices). In 2009, the world’s largest production whoopie cushion called The Big Ripper was created by Redemption Plus.5 Comments
Weekly Reader is a weekly educational classroom magazine designed for children in grades Pre-K–12. It began in 1928 as My Weekly Reader.
In 2007, Weekly Reader Corporation became part of The Reader’s Digest Association, based in Chappaqua, New York. Weekly Reader’s main office was relocated from Stamford, Connecticut, to Chappaqua at the end of May 2007. Editions cover curriculum themes in the younger grade levels and news-based, current events and curriculum themed-issues in older grade levels. The publishing company also creates workbooks, literacy centers, and picture books for younger grades.2 Comments
Bun Bars are a line of candy bars currently manufactured by Pearson’s Candy Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota and available in the United States. Originally created in the 1920s by the Wayne Bun Candy Company and later bought out by Clark Bar, Pearson’s picked up the brand in 1998. Pearson’s acquired Bun Bars partially due the similarities in manufacturing the Bun as compared to their own Nut Goodie. While the two products are very similar, they still have recipe and ingredient differences that make each unique.
Bun Bars have one of three flavored centers (maple, vanilla, or caramel) covered in unsalted peanuts and milk chocolate. When first bought by Pearson’s in 1998, maple and vanilla flavors were available, but later caramel was added to the line up. Despite the name, Bun Bars are not bars at all, but actually round, flat disks.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, we had Mario Bun Bars, in honor of Pittsburgh hockey great Mario Lemieux (pictured above).1 Comment
Pez (trademarked PEZ, in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian confectionery and the mechanical pocket dispensers for the same. The confectionery itself takes the shape of pressed, dry, straight-edged blocks (15 mm (5/8 inch) long, 8 mm wide and 5 mm high), with Pez dispensers holding 12 Pez pieces.
The name Pez was derived from the letters at the start, the middle and the end of the German word for peppermint, Pfefferminz, the first Pez flavor. Pez was originally introduced in Austria in 1927, later exported, notably to the U.S., and eventually became available worldwide. The all-uppercase spelling of the logo echoes the trademark’s style on the packaging and the dispensers themselves, with the logo drawn in perspective and giving the appearance that the letters are built out of 44 brick-like Pez confectioneries (14 bricks in the P and 15 in each of the E and Z). Click here to read more and see someone’s serious Pez collection »3 Comments
Candy Cigarettes is a candy introduced in the early 20th century made out of chalky sugar, bubblegum or chocolate, wrapped in paper as to resemble cigarettes. Their place on the market has long been controversial because many critics believe the candy desensitizes children, leading them to become smokers later in life. Because of this, the selling of candy cigarettes has been banned in several countries such as Finland, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
In the United States a ban was considered in 1970 and again in 1991, but was not passed into federal law. The U.S. state of North Dakota enacted a ban on candy cigarettes from 1953 until 1967.
The Family Smoking and Prevention Control Act was misquoted as banning candy cigarettes. The Act bans any form of added flavoring in tobacco cigarettes other than menthol. It does not regulate the candy industry.8 Comments