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Cereal is a man’s food – no women allowed


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A good bowl of cereal and Saturday morning cartoons were a rite of passage for many growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. Today’s kids don’t know what quality kids-oriented TV programming was, since everything now has to be sanitized to ensure that nothing is directly marketed towards kids.

Remember McDonaldland and all the fun characters that Ronald McDonald used to hang out with?  Don’t see them much on TV anymore, do you?  It’s a surprise that they still show up at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, considering the promotional aspect of having a clown as your spokesman.

Cap'n CrunchCap’n Crunch

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The real names of fictional characters


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As you get closer to the birth of your new baby, you may start to wonder whether you should stick with a name from one of those baby books, or whether you should go off the beaten path and name your child after, let’s say, your favorite character.

Some people have done this successfully, such as Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller who (with his wife’s blessing, we assume) decided to name his daughter Moxie Crimefighter.  Who can’t say that a crimefighter isn’t a favorite character somewhere along the way?

But let’s say that you have more personal favorites from the world of books, games, food products, or other marketing.  Why wouldn’t you want to name your child after one of those characters… if ONLY YOU KNEW WHAT THEIR REAL NAMES WERE?!?!?

Poppin' Fresh - the Pillsbury Doughboy
Poppin’ Fresh – the Pillsbury Doughboy

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The definitive guide to The Sopranos final episode (“Did Tony Die?”)


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THE SOPRANOS was, as everyone who’s seen the show has said, a milestone in television history.  There are very few television series that can get that amount of water cooler talk going these days, although some have tried (*cough* The Red Wedding *cough*).

But with The Sopranos, it really did hit its peak with the final episode, which is widely considered THE BEST FINAL TV EPISODE EVER, even though Entertainment Weekly said it was only worth the #10 spot on their list.  Go figure.

Sopranos: The Book: The Complete Collector's Edition
Sopranos: The Book: The Complete Collector’s Edition

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How much does it cost to book a band?


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A while back, Web Watch told you HOW MUCH IT COSTS TO BOOK THE DAN BAND, as seen in The Hangover.  Or, if you really want to relive the entire HANGOVER movie trilogy, Web Watch mentioned how much it would cost you to BOOK ZACK GALIFIANAKIS or KEN JEONG.

But maybe, just maybe – you’re a bit more sophisticated than that.

Maybe you have $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket and you don’t know what to do with it.

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Who is that hot ad girl?


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So you know how you’re sitting around, watching TV, and you see a commercial come on that has that really hot chick in it?

Doesn’t it make you wonder, sometimes, just who the hell that girl is?

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Oscars


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The Academy Awards are an interesting concept.

It’s not unusual for participants in an individual industry to receive awards for outstanding work in their respective fields. Web Watch is no stranger to this, having received a few well-deserved (if we do say so ourselves) awards ourselves over the years.

But the Academy Awards – the Oscars  – and its brethren the Emmys, Tonys, and to a lesser extent the Grammys – that EGOT quad-award — are as unique an award presentation as any.

Not because there is such a thing as recognition of an acting job done better than others, but it’s the sheer over-the-top spectacle of a single industry celebrating the “art of making movies” (or TV shows, or Broadway productions, or music) where they believe that the entire world wants to see them present each other with awards for being able to cry convincingly on camera under a set of hot lights.

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Year in Review: 2012’s most popular Web Watch articles and searches


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Thanks to all of you who took the time to visit WEB WATCH in 2012.

For those of you who weren’t able to read Web Watch every day, here’s a quick look at what everyone took a look at while they were here.

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The Stupidest Game Show Answers, Ever


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Game shows can run the gamut from educational (Jeopardy) to family challenge (Wheel of Fortune) to just plain silly (Double Dare).

And game shows have led to a number of common catchphrases that we still use today in other aspects of life:

  • Come on down!
  • X gets the square!
  • Big money, no whammies!
  • In the butt, Bob

Yet while we’re sitting at home watching and playing along with the contestants who are competing under-pressure, we KNOW that we always get the answers correct.

But under the pressure of the TV cameras, sometimes the contestants on the shows just get things a bit wrong.

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Video Fun: The Best Local News Bloopers of 2012


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Here are some of 2012’s best Local TV News Bloopers of 2012. Watch, and enjoy!

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2012’s most pirated TV shows


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Filesharing on the Internet often gets a bad rap.

There are tons of legitimate – legal – reasons to use filesharing software programs and services such as BitTorrent to distribute gigantic files across the Internet.

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Why every office should be filled with kittens and puppies


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Are you watching the current BRAVO TV program LOLWORK?

It’s a reality TV program that allegedly shows the real-world behind-the-scenes workings of how the Cheezburger Network — home toLOL CATSand millions of other funny animal pictures and videos — does business.

While most the show appears to be purposefully driven to make what is supposed to be good TV, there are specific business-aspects that get aired that really for-real give a reasonable peek behind the curtain of what it takes to run a popular content-driven website.

Watching LOLWORK will give you a good reminder that it’s always hard work to create good, compelling CONTENT for your website, but that it’s that same content that also brings eyeballs to your site in the first place.  Focus on the content, let everything else fall into place later.

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Ricky Gervais asks Elmo the most important Muppet question, ever


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Have you ever had the opportunity to interview a Muppet?

If you did, what would you ask?

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Legal advice for TV shows


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How many times have you sat down to watch a TV show and say to yourself, “These people are idiots – even I know that [fill in the blank] will never work!”

Web Watch sees this all the time, where some character goes on and on about some topic that Web Watch happens to know everything about, and the writers just get it all wrong!

We get it – TV is meant to be entertainment, but sometimes some basic research can make the script just that much more believable to those of us at home who actually do know what we’re talking about.

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Statistics: Deaths on Star Trek (or, why wear a red shirt when other colors will do?)


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What’s the toughest job in the universe?

Being a red shirt-wearing character on the classic TV showSTAR TREK.

Countless stories, articles, and jokes have been written about the high mortality rate of those ill-fated crew members who always seem to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time on planetary excursions.

Web Watch would chalk this up to mis-management by the ship’s captain and his commanding officers, but Captain Kirk would never see things that way.  He was on a five-year mission, dammit.

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Radio dominates in advertising impact survey


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How many people listen to the radio?

If you were to pay attention to technology pundits and the general news media, you would come away with the conclusion of, “well, practically nobody”. According to them, all those people who used to be radio listeners are bypassing that “old” technology for new offerings that the Internet has brought to bear, such as Pandora and Spotify. Cellphone playlists. Satellite radio, even, still makes a claim for being a popular alternative to traditional radio listening.

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