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Our friend Kirk Demarais, author of such fine books as Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads! and Life of the Party, recently paid a visit to Archie McPhee HQ in Mukilteo, WA, where a great time was had by all.
Kirk spent the day exploring our vast archive of toy and novelty treasures, participating in creative meetings, and just generally nerding out with us about all sorts of wonderful weirdness.
Every year the awesome Archie McPhee store staff dress in different costumes each day for an entire week leading up to Halloween. We'd like to share some of our favorites from the past week.
Here is Jeff as the Grumpy Cat:
We hope you all enjoyed Halloween as much as we did. Be sure to check out Archie McPhee on Instagram to see all of the fantastic costumes for the 2013 Halloween season.
Creepy Doll Head Salt and Pepper Shakers are a good thing to bring out when it's time for your guests to leave. When you look at old dolls, it's sometimes hard to imagine that they were made for children to enjoy. They definitely fall into that uncanny valley where they're just close enough to looking real that they make us uncomfortable.
Perfect for the haunted Halloween season, these undeniably creepy 3" ceramic doll heads will silently season your food and then stare at you while you sleep. That is, assuming you're able to fall asleep with them in the room.
Buy your own set here, if you dare.
Entitled "Unicorn at the Zoo," this delightful video shows off Randy, the zoo's newest and most magical resident.
"Say hello to the newest resident of the LA Zoo. He’s already a big crowd pleaser…"
Watching him look so longingly at the zebras, we're wondering how Randy the Unicorn would react if other unicorns showed up to visit him at the LA Zoo.
Now we know why we've sometimes felt weirdly unsatisfied after an otherwise amazing day at the zoo. No unicorns![via Laughing Squid]
There's even more than Oktoberfest going on in Germany right now. Actual unicorns are wandering around inside people's homes. We just received this photographic evidence of a recent unicorn sighting in the home of Tim LaBenz. We agree with Tim that its clarity puts previous crytozoological sightings to shame:
Tim explains: "Last night we were celebrating a birthday for our Archie McPhee-crazed 12 y.o.'s birthday. (Cade is the cool kid-o with the nail through his finger opening up his presents.) In the midst of the celebration we were able to capture this random unicorn sighting (but of better quality than other famous -yet grainy- sightings like Bigfoot or Loch Ness, you be the judge)."
In addition to the awesome sighting of a magical creature, this photo serves as further proof that Archie McPhee has the best customers ever. Thanks Tim!
Watch the teaser music video here:
While this video features only a portion of the song, it shows the full meat parade in action. The limited edition vinyl single looks like a beautifully marbled ham steak. Only one thousand produced!
Redditor mrpauloldham posted this picture of an unnamed and awesome friend of his exercising with Richard Simmons while he eats her ponytail. Of course, we couldn't believe our eyes when we saw Richard's outfit was made of Emergency Googly Eyes.
We know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we're sure you'll see eye to eye with us on this one. That's no eyesore, it's one eye-catchingly awesome outfit. Richard Simmons is truly the king of exerceyes. (We apologize for this paragraph. We couldn't resist.)[via imgur and Rusty Blazenhoff]
Just when you thought it was safe to eat a bowl of Cap'n Crunch...
With the Shark Bowl you can relive the thrills of Shark Week every day of the year. This porcelain Shark Bowl looks like every other bowl from a distance, but as you approach, you'll see that it has an unstoppable killing machine poking its head out of that salsa. Use it for cereal, ice cream or even soup, but don't take your eyes off that ferocious shark for a second.
A pair of our Giant Googly Eyes have been installed in front of a home in Snohomish County, Washington. They make a great addition to the town's Neighborhood Watch group. Skulking scoundrels are sure to think twice about getting up to no good on a street where even the shrubbery is watching them.