Shark Week 2018: Get Chomped with Swedish Fish!

On Discovery Channel’s website, you can enter  to win the grand prize of a trip to Oahu, Hawaii for a family of four to have a real shark encounter.  There is also a secondary Swedish Fish Shark Week Prize Pack.  (image from Discovery Website)

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Short Fiction: Sweet Tooth.

 

SWEET TOOTH

By Liz Vitale

Don was pissed.

He had just clocked out for lunch and was headed for the vending machines; he had left his lunch behind at home, on the counter (why did he pick up his phone to check it right before he left? Distractions, damned distractions) and in its place he had been savoring chocolate Zingers. Specifically, the pack of three was on his mind; the sugar high from that delectable little team of chocolate soldiers would keep him alert until closing: Come on, men! We gotta keep this maggot awake! He’s zoning out on the job! MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT!

But there were no Zingers.

He vaguely remembered the old “Zinger Zapper” commercial from the 70s, featuring the Peanuts characters and Snoopy stealing the kids’ treats, in a masked-and-caped disguise. He was barely six or seven then, sitting on the olive shag carpet of his parent’s living room, too close to the furniture-sized television set, when he first saw it.

The Zinger Zapper got your cakes, Donnie.

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Possibly Millicent Patrick(?) in the Usborne World of the Unknown: MONSTERS book!

I won’t go into the story of Millicent Patrick here, but it needs to be told. This blog tells it much better than I can.

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That being said, I thought I would tell you about an interesting little illustration I noticed in an old monster book of mine:

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Not the original cover. The old cover was ten thousand times better. I found this copy on ebay.

I checked out this book dozens and dozens of times as a child from our library; I just couldn’t get enough of the fantastic illustrations, the far-reaching stories or the fact that it had a monster glossary in the back.

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My Weird Life: The Birdmen.

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This is a photo of my late grandparents’ backyard. In the spring, it was a colorfest of azalea bushes. This photo is from the 1960s, I think,because that stump in the middle on which that kettle is sitting was almost disintegrated by the time I was born in 1971.

But you probably notice something odd. The white patch at upper left, indicating possibly an overexposure, has a little scribble in it. Look closer and it may take on a dinosaur or birdlike shape.

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Flip this photo over and you will find a wild orgy of the brethren of the aforementioned creature.

I drew these things all over everything when I was small; no book, no piece of paper, and obviously not all photos were safe from my scribbling hands. I still have no idea what compelled me to scribble on a photo, though.

I think I even called them the Birdmen then. They had round heads, round bodies, bird legs and feet and what seemed like arms and hands.

One of these seems to have a hat, and I think another might be…pooping? The one at top right is in an awful hurry to get someplace.

I thought about what these beings might look like if I had started drawing them today:

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I don’t know where the Birdmen came from in my brain, but they are kinda fun. I feel bad that they’ve obviously lost their ability to fly.

 

Thanks for reading about the Birdmen!