Decorate Your Lawn With an Inflatable Griswold Family Station Wagon from National Lampoon's Vacation

Home Depot
Home Depot

Want to outdo your neighbors’ holiday decorations and have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye? Home Depot is here to help. You can now order an 8-foot-wide inflatable yard decoration modeled after the Griswold family's trusty old Wagon Queen Family Truckster.

Complete with wood paneling and a Christmas tree strapped to the roof, the inflatable station wagon is the perfect way to let everyone in the neighborhood know that you can quote National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation word for word, and you’re prepared to prove it.

However, unlike Clark’s bright idea of wrapping your house in thousands of lights in an apparent attempt to blind everyone within a one-mile radius, this inflatable decoration requires very little effort. It self-inflates in seconds, and built-in LED lights provide some extra illumination for your nighttime display. The package also comes with a 5-foot cord and a stake and tethers to keep it from flying away. Unfortunately, Aunt Edna isn’t included. Somebody already asked on Home Depot’s Q&A section. Get yours for $119 at Home Depot or in select stores.

Of course, you could also go all out and design your own Griswold-themed holiday display, like one man did in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Each year, Dan Hartman decorates his yard with a decked-out RV, station wagon, Cousin Eddie mannequin, and other elaborate National Lampoon-inspired scenes.

"My favorite part of doing this is just bringing happiness to other people,” Hartman told the local Observer-Reporter newspaper. "And to bring Christmas cheer to everybody that drives by.”

Clark would certainly approve.

South Dakota’s Flintstones Theme Park Has Been Demolished

Tbennert, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 (cropped)
Tbennert, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 (cropped)

Fans of The Flintstones have said their final goodbyes to Bamm-Bamm, Fred, Pebbles, and other longtime residents of South Dakota's Bedrock City. As the local NewsCenter1 station reports, the quirky roadside attraction in the city of Custer—which closed down in 2015—has now been bulldozed.

Located about 40 miles from Rapid City in South Dakota's Black Hills, the attraction was the first Flintstones-themed park to open, in 1966. It featured a "Mt. Rockmore" structure, a 20-foot Dino statue, Fred's Flintmobile car, and other replicas of the houses and characters made famous by the cartoon. Now, all that remains are the memories shared by the many families who visited the roadside attraction over the years.

There's some good news, though. Visitors will have one last chance to visit Bedrock City's sister location in Arizona, located along Route 64 near the Grand Canyon. "We have been making needed repairs and will open the campground soon," a representative of Raptor Ranch, a new attraction slated to take over the Bedrock City site, tells Mental Floss. "We are closed now, but will open soon. This will likely be the last year to see the Bedrock buildings before the remodel."

The Arizona Bedrock City shut down in January after 47 years of operations. The new owner, Troy Morris, announced plans to convert the property into a park where visitors can learn about birds of prey and watch flight demonstrations. The upcoming attraction's Facebook page shared photos of the progress, while also attempting to find future homes for the Flintstones crew.

The date of the Bedrock City campground's reopening is yet to be announced, but keep checking the Raptor Ranch Facebook page for updates.

[h/t NewsCenter1]

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

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