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American Chopper: Junior vs. Senior: Best Pranks

28 Nov

November 28, 2011

BEST PRANKS Nov. 28, 2011
Dummies come to life, spitballs fly and air horns blast in this behind-the-scenes special. But what’s a workplace without air-gun war, scooter jousting and helicopter drops?

You weren”t expecting Jess James this week, were you? Why would you? After all, the Discovery Channel knows that there is a lot of hype about the three-way build off, so why not sneak in a special episode- I mean a clip show- to get some extra ratings?

Don’t worry, the Jess James three-way build off is a two-night special coming up next week in a pair of two-hour specials.

Part One- Monday, December 5th.
Part Two – LIVE! Tuesday, december 6th.

I hope this is handled better than the Cadillac Build-Off. For example, DO NOT make this a fan vote. We saw how well that worked out las time. And please, have a real winner. And finally, do not make the fans wait weeks or months for the outcome. Do it right, Discovery. You messed up once, get it right this time.


I love the way Jesse James says “they” want a competition. Right. This was the Teutul’s idea. Sure. Look in the mirror, Jesse. You need this build-off a lot more than they do.

But as for this week? The best pranks? Here’s one featuring everyone’s favorite ass-kisser.


Here’s another impersonation, though you have to scroll ahead about a minute and a half.


Remember- next week the show is 2 hours.


Spotlight: Nutty Nuchtchas

28 Nov

November 28, 2011

Nutty is a New Yorker turned Canadian, and road warrior. She visits more conventions per year than a former Star Trek cast member, but, despite her busy schedule, she manages to find time to make excellent contributions to the Beyond The Wall podcast ( and SciFi Dig (, as well as produce her own monthly show of geek news and reviews, Nutty Bites (

She also creates art, comics, and cosplay pieces – info on all of which you can find at her site,

As is often said, no one is allergic to Nutty.

In a piece that is prefectly apt for this time of year, she hits the nail on the head of something I am sure we all noticed but takes it in a direction all her own.


Is it just me, or has every holiday gotten bigger and bigger each year? Christmas is being advertised before Thanksgiving, there are isles in almost every store dedicated to Halloween, there are even Halloween greeting cards. The icons and symbols of each Holiday are being used to promote it and to sell the holiday. People used to do lights on their house for Christmas, now there are lights and decorations for Halloween and Easter too.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like a good bit of escapism as the next person. I talk like a pirate on September 19th, I carry a towel on May 25th and I say May the Fourth be with you. I like holidays and I will cling at even the made up ones to get my escapism on, it’s fun and it’s a way to add whimsy into everyday life.

What I’m curious about is what happens next? As the holidays grow larger and the symbol of the holiday (Santa, a Turkey, an Easter Bunny, a Shamrock) becomes more representative of what the holiday is about as opposed to the roots of the tradition, how will this evolve in the future?

I take you to 500 years in the future where you wake up to eat a green shamrock shaped food substance and go to work in your green bowler and everything you see that day is green. Your car is green, the streets are green, it’s like driving through emerald city (without the horse of a different color.) Everything is green until the next holiday, let’s say it’s Simpson’s Day, because of course by then the Simpsons will have historical status. Now you have painted your body yellow and dyed your hair blue. Your care is a garish cartoon color and your food resembles a cartoon donut. Everyday a holiday steeped in traditions you don’t understand so then there isn’t a special day that goes by.

Or, does this world I have projected sound like fun to you? I can say I’m not attracted to the idea of living in the Simpson’s world for a day or two.

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