Right now, I’m upset about one of my usual beefs–s’mores. I know, for a fact, that this “old fashioned treat” was, pretty much, invented by the Hershey chocolate company in the 1980’s, and promoted by them (like crazy) as a way to sell chocolate bars.
I’m really tired of reading about how “everybody grew up eating these at camp” because that is bullshit. People since 1980 grew up eating them because Hershey promted them. They 1) taste bad (way too sweet) 2) rot your teeth (immediately–it’s uncanny) and 3) NEVER WERE POPULAR UNTIL HERSHEY PROMOTED THEM.
If you search the internet for a history of these damn things, you’ll end up with a bunch of bullshit about how the “recipe” was in a Girl Scout Cookbook from 1927. Well, maybe it was, but that proves nothing.
Here’s what proves something. I damn well do not remember EVER hearing of these damn things until well into the 1980’s (maybe the nineties??) and Hershey, then, pushed the product as “old fashioned.” This is pure marketing bullshit. I was a kid. My brother was a scout. I was surrounded by kids who went camping and toasted marshmallows, and at no time–NO TIME–did anybody say one damn word about trying to pile chocolate, graham crackers and boiling lava hot marshmallows together, in the dark, to feed little kids who were disturbingly close to a fire and needed plenty of help just to cook a hotdog or toast a marshmallow. “S’mores” are too f’en complicated to be real.
No. This did not happen. It shouldn’t happen now.
Yes, I do take hypertension medications. Why do you ask?
J. D. Power Awards. ‘Nuff said.
Let’s see, where was I?
That’s a good thing.
But my man Scott Van Aken, who is the boss at Modeling Madness (and may very well be, given the amount of hassle involved in running a hobby website, going mad) wrote the following:
Decals are used for instruments, which is fine. A ‘smiling jack’ pilot figure is provided if you wish to use one. There is some belt detail on the two piece ejection seat.
“Smiling Jack?” Why is this level of snark being deployed on this harmless plastic dude? “Smilin’ Jack” was a world-class 1930’s example of sexist, racist, bigoted garbage. It’s hard to imagine that Mr. Van Aken is not trying to throw some shade on Airfix for daring to include a dude when we all know this is for sissies.
I mean, Scott, my man. Why not just mention the pilot figure and shut up? Why add “smiling jack” unless you have a problem painting figures and your frustration is coming out sideways all over this MiG kit, which, I understand, has the wrong shape wings anyway.
No, I did not read that at Britmodeller. I don’t think.
I’ve been asking myself why I do this to myself. While I sit in quarantine and do not go crazy. Mustn’t go crazy…MUSN’T GO CRAZY!!
All work and no play makes Dan a dull boy.
Here’s one of the ass-kickin’ Airfix figures from their Stuka kit.
I guess the reason I do this is to find my happy place.
My happy place is messy.
Wait a minute.
Wait a minute.