16 Sequels Nobody Has Ever Heard Of

In honor of the trailer for Jingle All the Way 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy, here's a look back at other sequels people refuse to acknowledge.

1. Ace Ventura, Jr.

Josh Flitter played Ace Ventura, Jr. in this 2009 spin-off of the original series that starred Jim Carrey. While Carrey isn't in this film, he and Flitter do share one movie credit: both were in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

2. American Psycho 2

Mila Kunis and William Shatner star in this straight-to-DVD sequel to the Christian Bale hit.

3. Road House 2

This straight-to-DVD sequel, which clocks in at under 90 minutes, came out seventeen years after the original.

4. Legally Blondes

Reese Witherspoon, the star of the first two Legally Blonde movies, produced this third film but did not act in it. Instead, the film stars British twins who play cousins of Witherspoon's original character.

5. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House

Supposedly, this film would have led to a Home Alone TV series had it been well-received.

6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure

In an informal survey done here at the office, a few people admitted to knowing this film exists, but nobody has actually seen it. Can anyone share a review?

7 & 8. Cruel Intentions 2 & 3

Amy Adams starred in Cruel Intentions 2, which was supposed to be a prequel of sorts to the original. Meanwhile, the only connection between the original—starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Philippe, and Reese Witherspoon—and Cruel Intentions 3 appears to be that the writer of the third's last name is Reese.

9. Open Water 2: Adrift

When this script was first written, it was not in any way related to Open Water. But when that film did well in the box office, they decided to repackage Adrift as an Open Water sequel.

10. Road Trip: Beer Pong

Actress Rhoda Griffis, who played "Tour Group Mom" in the 2000 film Road Trip, was cast as "Filthy Mom" in the 2009 sequel. According to IMDb, the producers did not realize she was in the original when they cast her in Road Trip: Beer Pong.

11. Save the Last Dance 2

R&B performer Ne-Yo's first film role was in this straight-to-DVD sequel.

12. Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts

This is the fifth movie in the Dr. Dolittle reboot that began in 1998, and it's the third in the series to go direct-to-DVD and not actually feature the titular doctor in the film.

13. Bambi II

Technically, this 2006 film is not a sequel. It's called a "midquel" because it begins somewhere in the middle of the original Bambi story.

14. Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia

Ken Anderson, the wrestler known as "Mr. Kennedy" who is featured in the image above, is not actually the star of this movie. Nor was the film shot in Colombia. (It was filmed in Puerto Rico.)

15. War of the Worlds 2

This is the sequel to H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, which came out in 2005, not the Steven Spielberg film War of the Worlds, which also came out in 2005.

16. I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

This third I Know What You Did Last Summer film has a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.

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A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

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