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The First Time News Was Fit To Print, IV

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I told you I was going to beat this concept into the ground. To review, these excerpts mark the first time The New York Times deemed our selected topics newsworthy. Here are Part I, Part II and Part III.

Digital Camera
May 29, 1991

The Eastman Kodak Company took its first real step into digital photography by introducing an electronic camera system that can turn a conventional Nikon into a high-tech electronic camera. Kodak's professional digital camera system will sell for about $20,000 and is intended primarily for photojournalists and government surveillance, the company said. The system also marks Kodak's first move into pure electronic photography, where images are captured and created without film.

Larry David
March 3, 1979

larryDavid.jpgWord from uptown is that a new young cabaret troupe called Metropolis has extracted some tangy satiric juice from the New York scene. Among their sketch-and-song targets are the New School, primitive art, affirmative-action groups, block parties, the Hare Krishna sect, French cinema, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Mayor Koch....The new Metropolis troupers, who also contributed to the writing, are Judy Engles, Marjorie Gross, Jane Ranallo, Larry David, Jeremy Sage and Gary Yudman.

Keep reading for The Drudge Report, VCRs, Ulysses S. Grant and even restless leg syndrome.

Drudge Report
December 30, 1996

drudge.jpgCorporate sites are usually the polar opposite of the homegrown, wildly original sites that drove the Web's early popularity. In the spirit of remembering whence we came, what follows is a list of decidedly uncorporate Web sites, compiled for your enjoyment andpossibly, inspiration.

The Drudge Report (http://www.lainet.com/drudge/)

A remarkable site that links to virtually every magazine, newspaper or news service on the Web and includes Drudge's own commentary. For its sheer utility, just moved to the top of my bookmark list.

These quirky sites are a minuscule sample of the diversity on the Web today. Turning the Internet into a mass medium is fine, but it is far more thrilling to contemplate what might happen in a world where more people have the means to express their creativity to each other -- without the censors, filters and gatekeepers that the mass media employ.

Ulysses S. Grant
April 10, 1862

ulysses.jpgGeneral Grant is just forty years of age, is a native of Ohio, a graduate of West Point, and served honorably in the Mexican War....Upon the breaking out of the present war, he offered his services to Governor Yates, and...served until promoted as a Brigadier-General, with commission and rank from the 17th of May, 1861....It was reported that he was under a cloud with the superior military authorities, and the most absurd stories were circulated as to the cause thereof.

Restless Leg Syndrome
August 20, 1991

RestlessLeg.gifInsomnia has all sorts of causes, Dr. Wagner emphasized. "If you can't sleep because you have restless leg syndrome, because you stop breathing or because you are depressed, a rocking bed won't help," he said. "If it does help, it probably means your insomnia was fairly mild and transient anyway."

The VCR*
June 13, 1979

VCR.gifAlong with cable television, pay television and new networks distributed by satellite, the 80's promise a burgeoning of the home video market. The key components of this new field are to be video tape-recording units and phonographlike devices that play video disks....The disk technology has been slow in developing for the mass consumer market and is still in the test-market stage. But the home video recorders, known as VCR's, have in the last three years proliferated sufficiently to create a separate programming industry, with more than 100 companies already engaged in the production or distribution of prerecorded tape cassettes.

*This was the first time the Times called the VCR the VCR, which was referred to by other names in the late 1970s. Including in this fantastic article: "The Sony Corporation announced yesterday that it planned to begin selling next spring a three-hour video tape cassette for use with a new home television recorder, now limited to two hours, that carries a suggested list price of $1,300."

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It takes just 14 words—“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?”—to make a ‘90s kid swoon with nostalgia. Good Burger, the beloved Nickelodeon comedy about a couple of daft teens who try to save their fast food joint from corporate greed, was born out of a Kenan Thompson/Kel Mitchell sketch on All That in the mid-'90s. A year later, due to its popularity, it found itself being turned into its own live-action movie, with Brian Robbins at the helm. Today—20 years after its original release—it’s a silly cult hit that’s indelibly a part of Generation Y. Revisit the classic with these facts about Good Burger.

1. KEL MITCHELL AUDITIONED FOR ALL THAT WITH HIS CHARACTER FROM GOOD BURGER.

In an interview with The A.V. Club, Kel Mitchell explained how he came up with Ed. “I did a ‘dude’ voice, and that’s where Ed [from Good Burger] was kind of born,” he said. “I did that there at the audition. They were just cracking up.”

2. ED’S FIRST APPEARANCE WAS IN THE JOSH SERVER SKETCH, “DREAM REMOTE.”

Essentially, Good Burger was born out of a random character decision made during one little sketch. “It was where [Josh] could have a remote control that could control his entire life,” Mitchell told The A.V. Club. “So, he could fast-forward through his sister nagging, he could make pizza come really quickly. I was the pizza guy. I came to the door, and the pizza guy didn’t really have a voice, so I was like, ‘Mleh, here’s your pizza! That was the first time we saw Ed, and so they created Good Burger.”

3. ED’S LOOK WAS INSPIRED BY MILLI VANILLI.

When prepping for Ed’s debut on All That, Kel Mitchell spotted what would become the character’s signature look. “I remember I went to the hair room, and I saw these braids. It was like these early Brandy ’90s Milli Vanilli braids. I put those on, and it came to life,” he told The A.V. Club.

4. THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF MEAT STUNK UP THE SET.

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For a movie all about burgers, you better believe the production had a ton of them sitting around on set. "At one point, there was over 1750 pounds of meat on the set," Kenan Thompson told The Morning Call. "Some of it was old meat. It was so nasty. Some of the burgers would stay out there for a long time. I felt sorry for the extras who had to eat them with cold, clammy fries. But on screen, those burgers look good."

5. ELMER’S GLUE WAS USED TO KEEP THE FOOD LOOKING FRESH.

In order to keep the food looking good on screen, the production resorted to old, albeit inedible, tricks. "It was so gross, because when I scoop out ice cream in the movie, it was really vegetable shortening with food coloring,” Mitchell told The Morning Call. “When I poured milk on cereal, we used Elmer's Glue so the flakes wouldn't get soggy."

6. KENAN AND KEL CONTRIBUTED TO THE GOOD BURGER SOUNDTRACK.

Good Burger was their baby, so of course Kenan and Kel took the reins on more than just the creation of the characters, according to a 1997 interview with The Morning Call. Specifically, Kel partnered up with Less Than Jake on the hit song, “We’re All Dudes.” Because of this, the soundtrack actually charted at 101 on the Billboard 200.

7. GOOD BURGER WAS LINDA CARDELLINI’S FEATURE FILM DEBUT.

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In an interview with The A.V. Club, the Freaks and Geeks star reminisced about her breakout role in the Nickelodeon movie. “That’s my sister’s favorite role that I’ve ever played! It was so much fun. It was my first film, and it was a fantastic part,” Cardellini said. “I got to play crazy! Nobody knew who I was, and I got the part from the table read.”

8. WRITER DAN SCHNEIDER INTENDED TO GIVE UP ACTING WHEN HE WROTE GOOD BURGER, BUT HE PLAYED MR. BAILY IN THE FILM.

On creating Good Burger, writer/producer/actor Dan Schneider explained to The A.V. Club: “I’ve always wanted to write, and after I was doing All That and Kenan & Kel, I got the opportunity to do another TV show—I was still going on auditions. I realized that if I took that show, I was going to have to give up All That and Kenan & Kel. I really didn’t want to do [that] ... I passed on the acting role, and that was really the turning point, I guess, in 1996, when I was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to put my acting career on the back burner, and I’m going to be a writer-producer.’ Then I wrote the movie Good Burger.” However, if you watch the movie, you’ll notice Schneider starring as Mr. Baily.

9. THE ORIGINAL TRAILER FEATURED A SCENE THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE MOVIE.

For reasons that remain a mystery, a scene where a Good Burger customer orders “a good shake” from Ed (Mitchell), only to receive an actual bodily shaking from the Good Burger employee, didn’t make the final cut. It did, however, feature for a few seconds in the theatrical trailer.

10. KENAN AND KEL REUNITED FOR A GOOD BURGER SKETCH ON THE TONIGHT SHOW.

In 2015, Kenan and Kel reunited for a Good Burger sketch with Jimmy Fallon. This time, however, Fallon played Ed’s co-worker, while Kenan came in as a construction worker as a surprise. "We've been wanting to get back together," Mitchell told E! News. "It was just about the right project ... it felt like home."

11. THE FIRST LINE IN THE FILM IS THE SAME AS THE LAST LINE.

Appropriately, the line is, “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?”—just watch the movie.

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WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0040BBK-WESN for $119.99 (list price $139.99)

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Solar Charger, 10000mAh Solar Power Bank Portable Battery Pack Cellphone Charger with 2 LED Flashlights, Solar Panel with Compass and Carabiner for IOS and Android Cellphones(Orange) for $21.99 (list price $69.99)

Newisland Big League Blaster Gun with Foam Darts and Dartboard for $10.98 (list price $23.99)

GoToys Beach sand toy set, Models and Molds, Bucket, Shovels, Rakes, Mesh bag with pull strings for easy clean, & Reusable Zippered Bag, etc. will keep your child motivated for hours, colors may vary. for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

Tot Tutors Kids 2-in-1 Plastic LEGO-Compatible Activity Table and 2 Chairs Set, Primary Colors for $44.12 (list price $77.00)

KITCHEN

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty, Best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals, With 3 Exclusive Recipe eBooks for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen BBQ Grill Smoker for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black for $79.99 (list price $119.99)

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11lb 5kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included) for $13.98 (list price $39.99)

LIFT Certified BPA-Free Reusable Microwavable Meal Prep Containers with Lids, 28-Ounce, 7 Pack (Includes Ebook) for $10.49 (list price $19.99)

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker, Black for $14.99 (list price $25.79)

12-Pack KEURIG Compatible Water Filters by K&J - Universal Fit (NOT CUISINART) Keurig Compatible Filters - Replacement Charcoal Water Filters for Keurig 2.0 (and older) Coffee Machines for $9.95 (list price $19.95)

Ninja Professional Blender (BL610) for $79.99 (list price $125.99)

Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel for $17.01 (list price $23.99)

Hamilton Beach 25495 Breakfast Burrito Maker, Silver for $13.49 (list price $49.99)

ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ for $53.99 (list price $89.99)

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by Finedine (Set of 6) Polished Mirror Finish Nesting Bowls, ¾ - 1.5 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 8 Quart - Cooking Supplies for $22.95 (list price $39.95)

Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Medium, 6.3 Cup, Green for $7.98 (list price $10.92)

HOME

Sunbeam Steam Master 1400 Watt Mid-size Anti-Drip Non-Stick Soleplate Iron with Variable Steam control and 8' Retractable Cord, Black/Blue, GCSBCL-202-000 for $17.24 (list price $29.89)

BISSELL ReadyClean Full Sized Carpet Cleaner, 40N7 - Corded for $70.13 (list price $89.55)

BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A (Same as 81L2T) for $55.99 (list price $69.99)

Clara Clark Premier 1800 Collection 4pc Bed Sheet Set - Full (Double) Size, White, for $26.63 (list price $31.13)

Whitmor Mesh Laundry Bag w/ID Tag for $4.80 (list price $10.00)

Nine Stars 13.2 & 2.1-Gallon Touchless Automatic Motion Sensor Trash Can, Set of 2 for $64.98 (list price $79.67)

Sunbeam Hand Held Garment Steamer W/10' 360 Degree Swivel Cord for Tangle-Free Steaming, GCSBHS-100-000 for $39.99 (list price $54.99)

Homz Contour Steel Top Ironing Board, Extra Stable Legs, Grey & White Filigree Cover for $28.40 (list price $34.97)

Zenna Home E7803STBB, Over-the-Shower Door Caddy, Stainless Steel for $35.00 (list price $69.99)

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair for $51.92 (list price $64.99)

InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Diffusers with 7 Color LED Lights Waterless Auto Shut-off, Wood Grain, 200 mL for $23.99 (list price $79.99)

AMIR 10 LED Motion Sensing Closet Lights, 3 Pack DIY Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10-LED Wireless Cabinet Night/ Stairs/ Step Light Bar with Magnetic Strip (Battery Operated) for $19.99 (list price $66.65)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Gillette Fusion Manual Men’s Razor Blade Refills, 12 Count, Mens Razors / Blades for $33.97 (list price $47.99)

FHI Heat Limited Addition Mermaid Platform Tourmaline Ceramic Professional Hair Styling Iron for $99.99 (list price $139.99)

FHI Brands Technique Nano Weight Pro 1850 Tech Hair Dryer for $69.99 (list price $79.99)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45, 3 Fl. Oz., Pack Of 2 for $12.74 (list price $14.99)

Spenco Polysorb Heavy Duty Maximum All Day Comfort and Support Shoe Insole, Women's 11-12 / Men's 10-11 for $10.95 (list price $14.95)

Pampers Baby Wipes Sensitive 9X Refill, 576 Diaper Wipes for $14.39 (list price $19.99)

Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo For Hair & Body, Tear-Free, 18 Oz. for $8.97 (list price $8.97)

Advil Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer Coated Tablet, 200mg Ibuprofen, Temporary Pain Relief (300 Count) for $14.43 (list price $23.51)

Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages For Minor Wound Care, 100 Count for $5.47 (list price $6.81)

Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Whitening Toothpaste, 3.5 oz Twinpack for $5.71 (list price $7.49)

Wahl Color Pro Complete Hair Clipper Kit with Extended Accessories & cape (# 79300-1001) for $30.45 (list price $30.45)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 12-Count for $7.99 (list price $9.36)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $8.76 (list price $17.99)

Gelmushta Gel Pens 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Set for Adult Coloring Books Drawing with Case for $18.00 (list price $129.99)

Rubbermaid Regeneration Plastic Letter Tray 6 Pack (86028) for $12.79 (list price $15.99)

Ohuhu 80 Colors Dual Tips Art Sketch Twin Marker Pens Highlighters with Carrying Case for Painting Coloring Highlighting and Underlining for $34.99 (list price $80.00)

Rolodex Mesh Collection Drawer Organizer, Black (22131) for $8.84 (list price $13.74)

Paper Mate InkJoy 300RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black, 24 Count for $7.96 (list price $14.31)

Westcott iPoint Orbit Battery Pencil Sharpener, Black (16244-003) for $9.34 (list price $14.89)

eBoot 2 Sets Page Marker Page Index Tabs Fluorescent Sticky Note for Page Markers, 250 Pieces for $5.57 (list price $10.57)

Samsill Fashion Color 3 Ring Presentation Binder, 1 Inch Round Rings, Customizable, Clear View Binder, 6 Pack Assorted - Electric Pink, Deep Purple, Fern Green for $14.49 (list price $18.29)

Paper Mate Clearpoint Color Lead Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, Assorted Colors, 6 Count for $12.70 (list price $23.23)

eBoot 6 Inches Clear Plastic Ruler Straight Ruler Plastic Measuring Tool for Student School Office, 2 Pack for $5.69 (list price $8.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Fitness Tracker, Ronten R2 Smart Bluetooth Wristband Pedometer Smart Bracelet Sleep Monitor, Waterproof Activity Tracker Watch with Replacement Band for Android & IOS (Black+blue(band)) for $23.79 (list price $75.00)

G4Free 12x25 Waterproof Binoculars(BAK4,Green Lens),Large Eyepiece Super High-Powered Field Surveillance Binoculars for $25.98 (list price $39.99)

Ironman Gravity 1000 Inversion Table for $99.00 (list price $199.00)

Natural Chemistry Pool Perfect Plus Phos-Free - 3 Liter Bottle for $34.20 (list price $58.68)

MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Set of 10 Telescoping Rotating Smores Skewers & Hot Dog Fork 30 Inch Kids Camping Campfire Fire Pit Accessories | FREE Pouch, 10 Bamboo & Marshmallow Sticks Ebook for $14.49 (list price $49.99)

Suncast HSE10 10ft. Extension Hose for All Suncast Hose Reels for $10.87 (list price $14.99)

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G4Free Outdoor Automatic Pop up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent 2-3 Person Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicing Anti UV Beach Tent Beach Shelter, Sets up in Seconds(Light Blue) for $31.99 (list price $59.99)

4 in 1 Camping Cookware Mess Kit 5 Piece, Lightweight Aluminum Cookware Cooking Pan Pot Set For Outdoor Backpacking Camping Hiking Picnic (5 sets) for $24.98 (list price $80.00)

Gonex Travel Camping Hammock, Lightweight Nylon Portable Hammock for Backpacking, Camping, Travel, Beach, Yard(Black+Brown) for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

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Razor A Kick Scooter, Blue for $24.94 (list price $44.99)

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Rockbirds Flashlights, LED Flashlight Water Resistant 5 Modes Tactical Flashlight for Camping, Hiking, Hunting for $5.99 (list price $14.99)

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INTEY Multi Plier Stainless Steel 11 in 1 Multitool Knife Foldable Needlenose Pliers With Carry Case for $15.29 (list price $39.99)

Kershaw 1730SS Stainless Steel Zing Knife with SpeedSafe for $22.75 (list price $22.75)

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Magic Hue Bluetooth Smart Light Bulb - Dimmable Multicolored Disco Light - Wake Up LED Lights & Sleeping Night Light - Dimmable Multicolored Color Changing Seasonal Celebration Lighting for $12.74 (list price $35.95)

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MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit - General Household Hand Tool Set with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case for $44.99 (list price $105.99)

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