Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of American author Kevin Christopher McFadden (born November 12, 1954). He is a bestselling author of young adult and children’s fiction, but whose expertise is in the thriller genre. The pseudonym Christopher Pike is allegedly a reference to the captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot. He is not, however, related to Star Trek actress Gates McFadden.
Jell-O 1-2-3 or sometimes known as 1-2-3 Jell-O was a gelatin dessert made by Jell-O in the 1970s that separated into three layers: a creamy top, a mousse-like middle, and plain Jello bottom consisting of strawberry and orange Jell-O flavor, as it cooled was unveiled. Until 1987, Jell-O 1-2-3 could readily be found in grocery stores throughout most of the United States, but the dessert is now extremely rare. Click here to watch the commercial from 1989 »
Dr. Mario is an action puzzle game designed by Gunpei Yokoi and produced by Takahiro Harada. It was developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy consoles, and was released in 1990 and 1991.
The game focuses on the player character Mario, who assumes the role of a doctor and is tasked with eradicating deadly viruses. In this falling block puzzle game, the player is tasked with destroying the viruses populating the on-screen playing field with the use of colored capsules that are dropped into the field. The player manipulates the capsules as they fall so that they are aligned with viruses of matching colors, which removes them from play. The player progresses through the game by eliminating all the viruses on the screen in each level.
Dr. Mario received positive reception, appearing on several “Best Nintendo Games of All Time” lists. The game was both ported and remade for many Nintendo consoles, including a re-release in 2004 on the Game Boy Advance as part of the Classic NES Series. Click here to watch some gameplay »
Domino Rally was a toy product manufactured by Pressman Toys in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Originally named “Domino Track” and designed by Jason Carroll, a 16-year-old boy, assisted by his father. The design was submitted to American Idea Management (AIM). Due to lack of knowledge and finances of the original inventor, the idea was successfully patented by Universal Product Innovations, Inc. and was Manufactured by Pressman Toys Inc. The original idea was robust, with well-designed interlocking track and high quality solid dominoes, but to avoid patent issues it is surmised that a less accurate version was designed.
Different sets were produced, each consisting of several hundred multicolored plastic dominoes They were not solid rectangular prisms, but rather were hollowed out on one side. The injection molding process used to make them also tended to leave protrusions on the standing edge. As such, they tended to fall over easily, particularly when being set up on the stepped staircases and bridges that came with the set. Newer Domino Rally sets included dominos that stood up better. Also some of the sets included tracks of snap-in dominoes that only fell in one direction, as well as a small wheeled car that would drop dominoes automatically as it moved. This car was dubbed the “Domino Dealer,” and was also sold separately.
In addition to the aforementioned flaws, the snaps on the dominoes were very easily broken. When this occurred, the domino was unable to be used in the snap-in assemblies of the set, and thus was ruined for good. Click here to watch the commercial »
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