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The Associated Press reports that the only thing more dangerous to your health than smoking is not smoking. It seems a man in Florida was the victim of a prank gone wrong when his "smokeless" electronic cigarette exploded in his face. I'm sure his friends didn't mean him any harm, but a childhood spent with the Three Stooges, the primary educators in America's sterling public education system, left them unaware that it is a bad idea to plant explosives near human faces.

"[The man] was trying to quit smoking so he was puffing on the device Monday night when it blew up, fire officials said." Unfortunately for that fellow, his plan failed: he's still smoking. Literally.

The Associated Press did the right thing bringing attention to this threat to humanity. Think of the dozens of people nationwide who are trying to quit their cigarette habit by smoking cigarettes. Because everyone knows that the best cure for inhaling tobacco smoke is putting acid-filled tubes in your mouth. Crisis averted!

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Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones went off the air in 1966. Its last spin-off series, Cartoon Network's Cave Kids, aired it's last new episode thirty years later in 1996. The most recent original Flintstones content aired in 2001, so it's been a decade since The Flintstones has been culturally relevant as anything other than nostalgic reruns. That being the case, why do they still make Flintstones-themed Fruity Pebbles?

Introduced in 1971, Postâ„¢ Fruity Pebbles weren't introduced to the public until after The Flintstones were canceled thanks to free-falling ratings. Their entire, long-running success has endured without the support of the very product from which they were licensed! That's pretty amusing given that Fruity Pebbles is credited as the first breakfast cereal brand built from the ground up around a licensed property. Since then countless licensed cereals have come and gone, including E.T. Cereal, Mr. T, and Urkel-Os, which had hte the benefit of support from their licensed properties.

My point -- assuming that I have one -- is that I suspect that at this point the merits of the cereal, such as they are, must speak for themselves. Surely no one is buying Fruity Pebbles because of the Flintstones ties anymore, so there must be something in those Fruity Pebbles to enable 40 uninterrupted years of sales longevity. Nothing that The Flintstones actually actively endorsed on their show could have sold this well, right?

Never mind.

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