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12 Satisfying Chuck E. Cheese's Experiences That Make Me Wish I Was Still A Kid

If you grew up in the early 2000s, chances are you’ve been to a Chuck E. Cheese party or two.

Some of my best childhood memories took place in that rat mascot’s palace, gambling my tokens away at the age of 4 for cheap lip gloss and plastic rings. Here are some things from Chuck E. Cheese’s that I just can’t stop thinking about.

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35 Very, Very Random '00s Things That You Haven't Thought About In 10 Years And Maybe Even Longer

Things that live rent-free and hidden in your mind.


The Jamster commercial that featured the super annoying singing rabbit:


Blank CDs that were made to look like 45 rpm vinyl records:


Printed out track lists for mix CDs you would make for your friends:


CD label applicators:


Catherine Zeta-Jones as the spokesperson for T-Mobile:


The Windows Media Player that had different skins and the most mesmerizing screensavers:


This photo everyone on Myspace took at some point in order to make more friends:


Mirror selfies with the flash going off:


Target stores that had red carpet almost everywhere:

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Slim camera cases that not only protected your camera, but also allowed you to carry the charger and extra memory cards in it:


The blonde wooden bookshelves inside of Borders:

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Talk Sex with Sue Johanson — which you had to watch with one finger on the remote control in case your parents walked in:


Cellphones that had the “chirping” feature:


The CD kiosks inside the Virgin Megastore and Tower Records:

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The kids section at the Apple Store with the giant iMacs:

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And iPods that came in those giant cube boxes:

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The screensaver section on Windows XP:


The warning that aired before Jackass episodes:


The questionable photoshop job you would do to photos whenever you fixed “red eye” (usually it resulted in just two giant black dots instead of pupils):


The mini-TV-DVD combos that would play infomercials on the end-caps at Bed Bath & Beyond:

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And the collector box sets and big nature sounds CD displays inside of Bed Bath & Beyond:

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The random original programming that would air on the TV Guide Channel:


Pepsi’s iTunes free music giveaway:


FunnyJunk, which was your pre-YouTube video source:


The original ’50s TV set–inspired YouTube logo:


Blockbuster’s microwave popcorn (which you and your family would always end up getting a bag or two of when renting videos):


The TiVo mascot:

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Madonna as a children’s book author (she wrote The English Roses):

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Vince saying “everyone loves my nuts” *cringe* in the commercial for Slap Chop:


The mutant Quiznos hamsters that were just horrifying:


Jessica Simpson as the spokesperson for Proactiv:


Nintendogs — which made you feel so responsible:


And finally, the scary AF anti-DVD piracy PSA that played before movies that basically made you feel like you were going to jail if you just saw a bootleg DVD on the street:

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13 Interesting Facts That'll Have You Saying “Did You Know?!” Next Time You Need An Icebreaker

Cap’n Crunch’s name isn’t Cap’n Crunch.


The word “podcast” is a portmanteau — a combination of the words “iPod” and “broadcast.” The term itself was actually created by accident in 2004.

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The term was first coined by journalist Ben Hammersley in an article he was writing for the UK’s the Guardian about the new-emerging technology of being able to download audio programs and radio. According to Hammersley, he turned in the article, but was told it was a few words too short. In order to pad it out a bit more, he added the line: “But what to call it? Audioblogging? Podcasting? GuerillaMedia?” And the rest, is well, history!


The first text message sent to a cellphone happened almost 30 years ago (!) — in 1992 — and the message sent was “Merry Christmas.”

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The text happened in the UK, where an engineer who worked for the telecommunications company Vodafone sent the message from his computer to the cellphone of an executive who worked at Vodafone. At the time, cellphones couldn’t respond to texts, though.


In 1953, Swanson was basically forced to invent TV dinners because they had around 260 tons of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys and needed a way to get rid of them.

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A Swanson salesman was inspired to create them based on the pre-made food they served on trays on planes.


In 2002, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first TV show to ever use “google” as a verb.

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In 2005, Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” became the first song to sell a million digital downloads.


Missy Elliott recently clarified that Tweet’s “Oops (Oh My)” was NOT at all about masturbation:

#Funfact this song was never bout Masturbation it was always about her appreciating her Dark Skin (Self Love)when she looked in the mirror🙂 it was the listeners that thought it was about sex & just ran with it… & we just let the consumers mind create what they wanted🙌🏾

10:22 AM – 05 Jan 2021

Twitter: @MissyElliott


The word “meme” isn’t new, and was first coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene — albeit, it did have a bit of a different meaning.

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According to Merriam-Webster, they define Dawkins’ use of the word as “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” They also didn’t add the word into the dictionary until 1998.


Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought was the first book ever sold on Amazon in 1995.

According to the computer scientist who bought it, John Wainwright, the transaction is still in his order history.


McDonald’s created Chicken McNuggets because of changing dietary habits in the late ’70s (aka people — because of health concerns — were eating less red meat and were eating more chicken).

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It wasn’t until the Great Depression that movie theaters began selling popcorn as a snack to eat during movies.

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Early on, movie theaters were trying to re-create a real “going to the theater” experience by building grand movies palaces with fancy carpets and curtains — of course, like a real theater, you couldn’t eat snacks in them either. By the mid-’30s, theater owners realized selling inexpensive popcorn was a way to increase profits as attendance numbers went down.


The first Disney Channel Original Movie was 1997’s Northern Lights, starring Diane Keaton.

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Cap’n Crunch has a full name — it’s Horatio Magellan Crunch.


And finally, the urban legend about the ghost of a boy appearing in Three Men and a Baby actually started after the film was released on home video.


The story goes that in the background of one of the scenes, you can see the ghost of a 9-year-old boy who killed himself in the apartment where Three Men and a Baby was filmed. But the “ghost” is actually a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson’s character (which can be seen earlier in the film). Also, the apartment was a set built on a soundstage.There are a few theories as to how this rumor started — like how it was the studio trying to drive up VHS rentals. It could just be that the low resolution of VHS tapes, and the fact that TVs were smaller in the ’80s and ’90s, just made it hard to determine what the figure was.

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