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November 1, 2022 // Web version //

TimeMachiner. Tech, culture, nostalgia. By Aaron Crocco
Inside Today's Issue:
Twit Show
Tipping Overload
The House From…
Talk Dirty to Boo

Read to the end for the scariest haunted house ever.

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The past week has been a busy one complete with travel, concerts, family time, and Halloween. Right now I'm reading Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie. This is a fascinating story about a chain of electronics stores in the NY area in the 1980s called Crazy Eddie.

For those who were not in the NY tri-state area at the time, know this: Crazy Eddie had commercials EVERYWHERE. Not only did they flood the airwaves with 30-second spots trying to convince you to stop in, but they were (intentionally) highly annoying. Here is a YouTube video showing a few of the spots.

Ads for Crazy Eddie were on so much that everyone thought the man in the ads, Jerry Carrol, WAS Eddie. That wasn't the case, but they generated buzz and the stores were extremely successful.

Until they weren't.

An empire of local stores imploded spectacularly when it was revealed that Eddie and his family were dealing in fraud on a massive scale. Go figure!

The book is a fascinating tale of people who flew too close to the sun and how business can be dirty until people start looking into it. To anyone who checks it out, the story is fun because of how it happened. For anyone in NY during that time, there's a big dash of nostalgia sprinkled in as well.

Onto the rest of today's issue!


Here's today's Random Factoid: Wombat poop is square. Source


Last Week's Results:

Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it contains neither grapes nor nuts?

Quite the split on last week's question! Personally, I'm not a fan of Grape Nuts, but it does pose the question of how they came up with the name. Funny enough, Grape Nuts' website has a full explanation!

Today's Poll

Which movie is the most overrated?

🚢 Titanic
🛷 Citizen Kane
👊🏻 Fight Club
✈️ Top Gun
🤔 Something Else (BONUS: reply to this email with your choice!)

Results will be posted in the next newsletter.

For those looking for an interesting spin on finance, check out My First Million and the All-in Podcast. Each one aims to teach something new. Be sure to check them out.

Twit Show
In the words of Ian Malcolm: Well, there it is. The long-running saga of if shitposter extraordinaire Elon Musk would own Twitter is now over. It comes as no surprise that a man who impulsively signed a purchase agreement could not get out of it, no matter how much he tried. As of last…
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Tipping Overload
It is everywhere. You buy a sandwich, you're asked to tip. Grabbing a t-shirt at a concert's merch booth? You're asked to tip. Picking up an online order you needed to pay for at the counter? Tip. Stop the insanity! Tipping is uniquely American and we have created a society where employees are severely…
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The House From…
Interesting documentaries can always be a fun time. I've seen numerous movies about cool subjects, such as Class Action Park and Off The Rails. Now a new one is getting funded on Kickstarter that's all about famous houses from movies and TV shows. Germain Lussier at Gizmodo has more on this cool idea. The…
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Talk Dirty to Boo
Sometimes you find an interesting story that catches your attention. That's this haunted house in Gainesville, Texas where you can try your luck at having an encounter with the spirit world. However, there's more to this than meets the eye: the ghosts in Linda Hill's home are all perverts. More from Sean Giggy at…
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