Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jelly Bellies, Sports Beans, Beanboozled

Jelly Belly is producing 300,000 pounds per day – and you can thank the Republicans. When word got out that President Ronald Reagan liked the smaller, gourmet jellybeans, sales went from $8 million to $16 million in one year. Jelly beans have been around since the 1890s; Jelly Bellies since 1976. Copycats abound. Sports Beans are marketed to athletes as a performance bean filled with electrolytes and vitamins. No telling what’s in Beanboozled beans described in the Harry Potter books.

Dublin, Texas, has the only plant that still uses the original formula for Dr. Pepper, the good stuff. Check it out:

Guys, have you ever wondered if you are showing too much male cleavage? Blame it on the buttons. The second button makes or breaks the shirt. And there are no standards. Set too high and the shirt appears awkwardly tight. Too low and you’re showing chest hair. Your shirt is chest-friendly if the gap between the first and second buttons is 1 5/8 inch. Some men, who constantly long for Saturday night, prefer 3 1/2 inches. Never thought much about it.

Before the electronic age, most people were unaware of type fonts. Since the computer, everybody became an expert in type selection. But, in truth, most amateur work looks like a ransom note. Get your custom type face from idea folks like – cheaper than you might guess. At Chank Fonts ( designers can make a new font out of your handwriting.
Tell my doctor.

And that's a tip of the hat to L. M. Boyd, greatest trivia writer ever.


Anonymous said...

I'm not a bean snob. I prefer the .99 plastic bag that comes out at Easter.

Sharon said...

What do the initials "L.M." represent?

George Phenix said...

From Wikipedia

Louis Malcolm (Mal) Boyd, popularly known as L. M. Boyd (born June 9, 1927 in Spokane, Washington, USA; died January 22, 2007, in Seattle) was a newspaper columnist whose nationally syndicated column was a collection of miscellaneous trivial and amusing facts.
Boyd was raised in Chimacum and Bremerton, Washington. He joined the Army at the age of 16 and worked for the Stars and Stripes.
After having worked at the (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, the New York Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, and the Houston Chronicle, in 1963 he moved to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he began his trivia column.
The column ran locally under the name Mike Mailway, the name Mailway having been derived from the digits in Boyd's telephone number at the Post-Intelligencer. In 1968 it was picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle, where it was renamed The Grab Bag, the name by which it is most commonly known, though it ran under other titles in other markets. It eventually appeared in nearly 400 newspapers.
The column led to the formation of Crown Syndicate by Boyd and his wife Patricia, which went on to offer several other columns and puzzles.
Boyd announced his retirement at the end of 2000, but popular demand brought the column back for a few more years. The final column officially ran on August 7, 2004, when Boyd was 77.

Anonymous said...

Ten years ago when I had my collar a bit open, my son asked me, "Would you like some gold chains for your neck?"

Of course I shuddered and said no, to which he said, "Then button that."

I am one fashion conscious sonofabitch. Bob

Anonymous said...

My favorite jelly beans are the ones that the store puts on for 1/2 price the day after Easter.

I don't have to worry about my hairy chest showing. Too much Indian blood,no hair on chest as a result.-------Goose

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