Category Archives: Kitsch & Silliness

It’s a Hello Kitty world…

… we just live in it!

I love Japan and their whole appreciation for anything and everything “kawaii” (cuute).  It all started in the late ’70s when I was around 5 years old, and someone gave me some stationery (this was before e-mail) featuring a cat with her name spelled in fat letters – Hello Kitty.  Clean lines, no facial expressions or cartoon bubble talk, Kitty was just a cute little cat in overalls sporting a red ribbon.  Then along the way, something happened and Kitty exploded and became a multi-million dollar global phenomenon.  People like Paris Hilton took the humble cat from Japan and went insane with her.  Here are just a few of many great examples of where Kitty’s at today (many are from kittyhell.com) :

 

Ok, so I do think Hello Kitty fruit is super cute —

I would so buy these! Kawaii bananas at a Japanese supermarket

 

And I would totally buy this yogurt maker if I could find it —

Healthy, calcium-rich and Kitty-cute: what more could a girl ask for?

 

But I don’t think I’d want to be friends with the girl who decides to get married in this get-up–

Scarlett O'Hara meets Cinderella in Hello Kitty Hell

 

Nor would I like to see this in my bathroom…

I think my husband would leave me if I ever installed this

 

Though I may consider delivering  a baby here at the kawaii-cute Hello Kitty hospital in Taiwan–

How could you not love working here? Unless you were a man... who hated Hello Kitty

awwww

 

Then there are the more interesting Kitty items such as —

The Hello Kitty Rosary (for cute Catholics)

 

Conversely, there is the Hello Kitty burqa (for cute Muslims)

 

The Hello Kitty AK-47 …

This model proved unpopular with communist rebels...

 

The Hello Kitty-Louis Vuitton bong for cute, brand-conscious potheads…

 

We get to see Kitty’s super-cute internal organs through the Kitty meets Dr. Romanelli doll…

If only my heart and spleen were that adorable

 

And from the “I didn’t know there was a market for that” department…

Beck’s Hello Kitty Beer

Not a good thing to bring to a tailgate party

 

The equivalent of a huge “Kick Me” sign for any man…

It's the kitted-out Hello Kitty Ferrari

 

You know the universe is coming to an end when Darth Vader becomes a Kitty fan–

Scary Schoolgirl and Hello Darth make for a great disturbance in the Force

Bad Food Photos = Great Entertainment

I know it’s strange but I love collecting really bad food photos.  Whether a result of a truly bad recipe, bad food styling or better yet, BOTH,  I’m amazed that ad people back then allowed this stuff to make it to print.  Knowing that it’s almost a science now with Food Testers, Stylists and Photographers being paid top dollar for magazine features and ads, it’s nice to know that once upon a time, people really just didn’t care…

Anything with ‘aspic’ should usually raise red flags

Mmmm!

Mmmm!

 

It’s like raw meat surrounded by little bunches o’ brains

Peas

 

Having mastered Peas, Del Monte then offers up this tempting creamed Corn concoction

Del Monte Corn

 

It’s amazing how creepy spaghetti can look in the wrong hands

spagyuck

 

I love the tagline, “Some things can be copied and some things can’t.”  Well, thank God for that!

Miracle Whip

Run, kids! Mom's made the Haystack!

 

The Frankfurter-Kraut Crown — the perfect holiday centerpiece!

Frankfurter crown2

 

A very rare way of serving “Pork with Spaghetti” or as I call it, “Hairy Pork” : P

Pork with spaghetti

 

Saved the BEST for last! 

Lime Walnut Salad — lime gelatin, celery, pimiento, pineapple and cottage cheese.  Truly. Award. Winning.

Lime Walnut Salad

A lesser-known Weapon of Mass Destruction

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 someday soon… I have a huge collection : O

Mmmm… Bacon

Not this Bacon...

Not this Bacon...

Mmmm...

THIS bacon... Mmmm!

 

When you ask a Vegetarian which food item they were hard-pressed to give up, the anwer is usually… Bacon.  There are a few things in this world that can affect humans as much as the smell of sizzling… Bacon.  Maybe Calvin Klein should create ‘CK Bacon’ and unleash the feral side of any meat-eating woman on the unsuspecting cologne-wearer.  Anyway, I’m apparently not the only person who has a weakness for these strips of pork belly.  There are hundreds of Bacon tribute sites and fan pages online.  Predictably, a lot of strange bacon-related items have been cropping up.  So here’s how I picture a day in the life of a bacon-obsessed person…

 

Have a morning shower with a nice juicy bar of Bacon Soap

bacon soap

 

 

Sit down to breakfast with a morning-brightening Bacon Placemat

bacon placemats

 

 

Mmm, is that coffee or bacon?  Brew a sizzling cup of Maple Bacon Morning coffee

maple_bacon_morning

 

 

Slap on that snazzy Bacon Suit that drives women (and hungry dogs) wild

bacon suit

 

 

If it’s cold, make like a bacon-wrapped weenie dog with the cozy Bacon Scarf

bacon-scarf

 

 

Don’t forget your Bacon Briefcase!

bacon-briefcase

 

 

… And your Bacon Lunchbox!

bacon lunchbox

 

 … And your Bacon Wallet!

bacon wallet

 

 

Make sure all your files are in your trusty Bacon USB Flash Drive

 

usb_flash_disk_

 Get into your delicious-smelling car care of your Bacon Air Freshener

a440_air

 

 

At the end of the day, kick back with a bottle of Squeez Bacon…

Squeezable-Bacon

>yikes<

 

 

Wash it all down with your favorite diet soda…

diet_coke_bacon

 

 

And don’t forget to floss for that extra clean feeling 

bacon flavored floss!

 

 

Unwind and ponder the day with a Bacon Martini

bacon martini

 

Then sit back and welcome the heart attack.

Sophia Loren does not like you…

 I think Jayne Mansfield’s in trouble.
Vassever!

Get this woman and her bread rolls away from Sophia!

The KISS family

KISS Header

After years of planning, we may finally go the KISS route this Halloween —

My husband can now look exactly like Gene because the ‘authentic’ Gene Simmons’ Demon outfit is now available to all… for USD 500!  Gene, gene, gene – such a businessman

adult-gene-simmons-costume

In our plans, my daughter is supposed to be Paul/Starchild (since no one else wants to be) but dressing up as mini-Gene is too adorable to pass up…

Demon Kids Costume

Or, she could come in the too CUTE Toddler Ace Frehley/Spaceman costume:

Kids costume Ace

Hmm…even kids who dress like Paul Stanley/Starchild can’t help acting a little cheeseball:

Kids costume Starchild

I’ll obviously be Peter Criss/Catman, but I refuse to dress up in this creepy adult version (with thigh cut-outs)…adult-catman-costume

Whether we do this Halloween 2009 or not, we take comfort in knowing that EVERY family can now be a KISS family“You wanted the best, You got the best!”  Woo hoo!

Dating Yourself – The Typewriter

I saw this vintage ad the other day and I unexpectedly got a little thrill.  Seeing this simple typewriter made me remember the day my parents gave me my dad’s old portable typewriter to keep as my very own.   I was 9 years old and it’s funny but at that age, getting my own typewriter made me feel like a teenager borrowing the car for the first time.  And then I realized… most kids today probably have NO idea what this contraption is.  They will never know the sound of a typewriter in action, or how important liquid paper or correcting tape used to be, or how one used to crumple up sheets and sheets of paper because we couldn’t edit before ‘printing’.  Talk about dating myself! 

typewriter

 

 Remember Mr. Nooni-nooni-noo from Sesame Street?  My kids were watching snippets from our ‘Old School Sesame Street’ DVD and my 7 year old son asked me, “Mom, is that a big old telephone on wheels?”   Me:  “No, that’s a typewriter.”  My son:  “A what?”   Eep.

My kids do not know what this is : (

My kids do not know what this is : (

 

So I guess anyone who remembers the typewriter can now be relegated to that category we used to place our parents and their “I remember when coca-cola used to cost 20 centavos…” stories.  Sigh.  Oh well, viva vintage and all that.  Let’s celebrate the typewriter!

 

Here’s a cute vintage ad (1954) for the perfect portable typewriter for students…

You can even match your typewriter!

Gals & guys, from nerds to hep cats, could even match their typewriters.

 

IBM was always on the cutting edge…

When laptops were still a pipe dream...

When laptops were still a pipe dream...

 

Clunky yet cute and pink — what every young girl would have loved…

vintage pink typewriter

Barbie's typewriter

 

Guide to proper typewriting posture (still applicable today)…

Listen to Stella Pajunas, people!

Listen to Stella Pajunas, people!

 

Guide to improper posture (still applicable today)…

Voluptua LeBeaux shows how bad posture can affect long-term typing...

Well... I could see how this would hurt

Fun with Lederhosen

lederhosen men

Whee!

 

I had a great time watching “The Sound of Music” the other night with my 3-year old.  I’ve always wanted to go to Austria as a result of having grown up with this classic film.  The lovely views of the green hillsides, the beautiful architecture, and then I saw Kurt and Friedrich sing “D0, Re, Mi” in their lederhosen

There’s just something about the Bavarian traditional costume…  Lederhosen is directly translated as “leather pants” and was worn by highland German and Austrian men.  It’s rather cute on little boys and I guess on some grown-ups too.

 

Cute!

Cute!

 

Adorable!!

Adorable!

 

Not so cute

Not so cute

 

I'm on the fence with this one

I'm on the fence with this one

 

Kind of scary - when lederhosen goes bondage...

SCARY. Bad bondage lederhosen... (check slickitup.com if you're brave)

 

Authentic picture of George Bush in Lederhosen

Authentic photo of George Bush on his Bavaria tour

 

Boris Becker lederhosen

Boris Becker: Looking good in lederhosen

 

 

There’s apparently been such a resurgence of interest in lederhosen, that these best-selling toys had to be made:

 

The perfect pocket toy – a wind-up, hopping pair of lederhosen

Hopping Lederhosen

The little man on the packaging is in his briefs, chasing his pants : (

 

 

Gamma Deathbot Leder

Deathbotleder

He does your dirty work for you... while dressed as an Alp dweller toting a beer stein!

 

 

Who wouldn’t want an electronic yodeling pickle? 

Yodelling Pickle

Press the big button, hold the pickle to your ear and instantly feel like you're in the Alps

 

 

It took great minds to come up with the remote-controlled, hopping and yodeling pair of lederhosen

RC Lederhosen

The remote control is a knockwurst sausage. Ingenious.

 

 

So auf wiedersehen, lederhosen!  We shall meet again, I’m sure. 

Lederhosen as it was meant to be worn

Cool! Lederhosen as it was meant to be worn

vs.

Bruno Lederhosen

Vassever!