Wednesday, October 30

The Trivial Eye: Halloween Costumes of the '70s & '80s

by Jason Toon

For all their cheap, mass-market ubiquity, the boxed costumes of the '70s and '80s manufactured by such outfits as Ben Cooper and Collegeville were pretty avant-garde in their way. Rather than attempt versimilitude, they splashed logos across kids' torsos with total disregard for what the subject of the costume looked like, thus turning the wearer into a walking billboard in a bold commentary on the commercial nature of such commodified celebrations.

Or maybe they were just really crappy. You tell us. And tell us who these eight disturbing costumes were supposed to represent.

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Friday, October 18

Watch This First: Puppy Chuck Wagon commercial, 1976

by Jason Toon

Yes, we've been featuring pet videos during our Heavy Petting pet week at Sellout.Woot. But it wouldn't be Watch This First without the occasional vintage commercial. So we'll end the week with a visit from the elusive stop-motion Chuck Wagon. Where did it come from? How did it get so tiny? What did it do when it wasn't leading dogs to dinner? Oh, how I longed to grab the Chuck Wagon as it raced under the dining-room table, talk to the cowboys inside, pet those tiny horses, or at least just get a good look at it before it could run back into the bag. Come back, Chuck Wagon! Come back!
 


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Thursday, October 17

Watch This First: Brazil's Tiger Family

by Jason Toon

A good idea: our Heavy Petting pet week deals on Sellout.Woot. A bad idea: taking several tigers into your home as pets. An even worse idea: letting your children and grandchildren play with the tigers. I can't imagine this ending well for the Borges family of Maringá, Brazil.
 


Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Wednesday, October 16

Watch This First: Cats Stealing Dog Beds

by Jason Toon

How you feel about today's video for our Heavy Petting pet week at Sellout.Woot will depend on how you see cats and dogs. Are cats assertive individualists or heartless monsters? Are dogs gentle and tolerant, or dumb and wimpy? Whatever your feelings about dogs and cats, this collection of cats taking over dog beds will provoke them.
 


Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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The Trivial Eye: Exotic TV Pets

by Jason Toon

On this third day of our Heavy Petting pet week over on Sellout.Woot, let's remember that TV pets aren't all like Lassie, Eddie, or Toonces. Recognize any of these weirder companions that TV characters have cuddled up with?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Tuesday, October 15

Watch This First: A Girl and Her Bee

by Jason Toon

As our Heavy Petting pet week continues at Sellout.Woot, here's a beloved video from 2008 that reminds us that pets don't have to be cuddly, or cute, for kids to respond to them. Julia talks about nursing her carpenter bee Lemon back to health after the bee lost its ability to fly. Pretty sweet.
 


Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Monday, October 14

Watch This First: Bull Terrier Puppy vs. Crab

by Jason Toon

Pet Week is taking over Sellout.Woot starting today, so pets are taking over Watch This First all week, too. But jeez, I dunno, do people like watching animal videos on the Internet? Let's find out with this intricate dance between a playful bull-terrier puppy and a freaked-out crab.
 


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Thursday, October 10

Watch This First: LG's Apocalyptic HDTV "Prank"

by Jason Toon

Maybe I'm just uptight. Maybe I'm hypocritical, because I enjoy some pretty intense pranks (including this coffeeshop horror made to promote the Carrie remake). But I think tricking people into thinking their city has been destroyed by a meteor goes way too far. I guess LG makes their point about how realistic this "Ultra HD" TV is, but, uh, you know, making people believe their families and friends have been killed doesn't seem all that fun.




Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Tuesday, October 08

Late Morning: The Woot Talk Show Premieres Today

by Jason Toon

Everything changes today at 10 AM Pacific. Woot presents the premiere episode of Late Morning, the one-hour morning chat show for heavy sleepers, office slackers, and people so cheap and lazy they'd rather watch an amateur video stream than pony up for cable - in other words, our kind of people. Watch it on the Woot front page or on our Ustream channel. But why should you?

Debonaire, seductive host Jason Toon chats with Woot uberhoncho Garth Mader about retail and life, including questions from Woot fans (submit your own in the live chat). Master homemaker Sean Adams demonstrates some kicky craft projects to liven up your home, your van, or the storage space where you illicitly reside in direct violation of your rental agreement. La muy fabulosa Amy Nance dishes on the fiercest fall fashions. And don't miss the product demos, a very special canine guest, and other crappy surprises.

For you greedy viewers, we'll be giving away every product we feature on Late Morning over on the Woot Facebook page. Just give us a "Like", then keep an eye out for the giveaway posts after the broadcast.

That's Late Morning, the only morning talk show produced and presented by unattractive office workers with no broadcast experience. If you have a family emergency or something and you do miss today's episode, we'll do another one on Tuesday, November 12. And nobody can stop us. It's in the Constitution. We checked. See you on Ustream and have a fantastic Late Morning!

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Monday, October 07

Watch This First: Skippy Snack Bars commercial, c. 2000

by Jason Toon

I have a confession to make. For roughly the past thirteen years, through all the major moments of my life - my wedding, the birth of my two daughters, that time I saw Hulk Hogan in Las Vegas - my brain has been playing a continuous loop of Rasta elephants toasting and crooning about a mass-market peanut-butter dessert ingot. Now it's your turn.
 

Watch Watch This First first, every weekday morning. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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