matt makes stuff
- The Evolution of Pizza
- Wobe the Rabbit
- The Fabergé Egg Scam
- The Wisdom of the Star People
I pressed all the buttons, I read the manual, nothing. I read it cover-to-cover twice and I'm positive the instructions didn't mention whether it even had an "on" feature. I knew the battery was good, because the screen would come on. So I asked around, and everyone said i need to install a special program on my flashlight if I want to turn it on. I thought they were kidding, but sure enough, I went to the store and I saw thousands and thousands of flashlight programs, in every possible language. They weren't even for sale, the store was giving them away for free. I had no idea why there were so many, or what the difference between any of them was. So I just picked one at random.
When I installed it, my flashlight demanded to know where I was and who all my friends are, and then it tried to sell me deodorant.
This cultivar, known as "p. annuum piperpanem" had a rubbery crust, very similar to the rind of the common bell pepper. As this illustration from the Codex Seraphianus shows, the "cheese" was also much more viscous at room temperature, and the "sauce" more evenly distributed within. Although it was popular in Italy where it originated, pizza didn't become a worldwide sensation until 1962, when Venetian biochemist Antonio Boiardi introduced the flat version we're all familiar with, p. annuum planuspanem.
This was extra confusing for me, because WQBE looks almost, but not quite, like a word that should be pronounceable, especially in the font the station's logo used.
I thought the station was called "Wobe" and someone just made a mistake.
Also, because the station's logo is always accompanied by a picture of its rabbit mascot, I thought that it was also the name of the rabbit.
To this day, when I see the station's logo, I think "that's Wobe the rabbit."
Their first business venture didn't last long. Critics quickly realized the eggs weren't exotic or worth the asking price, and Fabergé LLC folded after only producing around 50 of their signature eggs.
Jerry would go on to become a successful film producer; Ben used a similar marketing strategy when he founded the Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Company, this time making up the exotic-sounding brand name whole cloth, which would lead him to great success.
They bring us things, food, water, medicine, and in return, we dig. We dig and we find the soft rock. The star people say the soft rock sustains them, and in return, they sustain us.
One of my people asked, what do you do with the soft rock? Do you eat it? Do you use it to make things?
No, laughed the star people. We set it on fire. If we didn't have soft rock to set on fire, the star people and earth people and all the beasts and plants would go away. The earth is all that would remain.
We didn't understand. You have the star, we said. You have the giant ball of fire in the sky. What use have you for more fire?
They laughed. The earth people will never be able to understand fire, they said.