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The Ed Wood of the 90s?

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That's what he calls himself, at least, himself being David "The Rock" Nelson, an ex-Golden-Gloves boxer turned B-movie-maker. (B-movie may be too kind; Nelson may have single-handedly invented the C-movie.) Inspired by the great old horror movies of the 50s and 60s, Nelson set about creating his own canon in the early 90s, featuring such monsters as The Giant Fly (a rubber fly on a string), The Devil Ant (a rubber ant he would throw at people from his perch behind the camera) and, bafflingly, Saddam Hussein (Nelson himself in a disturbing Saddam mask). Yes, there are plenty of no-budget crapsterpieces out there today thanks to the superabundance of cameras, editing software and DIY distribution channels like YouTube, but for my money, no one does it like "The Rock."

The best part is, he actually makes money doing it, having achieved enough cult status (throughout the Chicagoland area, at least) that people buy videotapes directly from him, via email. So he's not widely available on YouTube -- that would be givin' it away for free -- but a few juicy tidbits do exist, which I can't resist sharing. The first is Happy Fangsgiving, which "The Rock" directs, stars in as the mad scientist character, and introduces (via phone) on the Chicago-area news show that featured his flick. (Yes, that's the newscasters you're hearing over movie's soundtrack -- laughing.)

Happy Fangsgiving

The Giant Fly

Devil Ant 2
OK, here he seems to have updated his moniker to "the Ed Wood of the 21st Century," just to keep current:

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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