It’s a shame Christmas is over, because the traditional colours have arrived–albeit, in Hulk form. After flying off the shelves in the first run, these Marvel Select figures are back and possibly better than ever, which is all the more impressive when you realise they’re exactly the same ones. They stand about 10 inches tall, which put them into accurate scale with the rest of the figures from the collection. Each one comes with a stony base, showing off the strength (or just the density) of the Red/Green behemoth.
Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line expands at NYCC 2011–October 13-16 at the Javits Center–with the Marvel Universe Special Edition Compound Hulk figure. You can only get your hands on Compound Hulk, which was inspired by HULK #30 by Jeff Parker and Ed McGuinness at the NY Comic Con 2011.
What does HULK writer Jeff Parker think about seeing his and Ed’s creation turned into a toy? “This is not surprising at all considering how big Ed factored into that character–everything he thinks of makes a great toy,” Parker said. “It’s very cool, and they better send us each one and not make us share just because it’s two Hulks in one!”
“The first cool thing was seeing Jeff take a completely absurd idea and make it work on so many levels,” added McGuinness. “The second cool thing was seeing said absurd idea become a really great looking toy. I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”
What’s more powerful than Hulk and Red Hulk? The two Hulks combined into Compound Hulk! This 3 3/4″ Marvel Universe figure recreates a memorable moment from this year’s HULK #30, when the two hulking enemies were combined into one red-and-green behemoth! The figure is based on the artwork of superstar artist Ed McGuinness, and his artwork adorns the special edition blister card and outer packaging of this one-of-a-kind figure!
Posted by Natalie Jimenez at CBSNews.com
We’ve all heard the urban tales about fast food giants making cheap meals out of unsavory ingredients like meal worms and headless chickens.
Well, now, Taco Bell is under the spotlight for allegedly questionable practices. An Alabama law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against the chain saying the stuff they call “seasoned beef” is only about 36 percent meat.
The firm tested the “meat mixture” and found that it contained ingredients like water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, modified corn starch and an anti-dusting agent.
According to the complaint, Taco Bell does not meet the minimum requirements set forth by the USDA to label its product as “beef” and uses false advertising.
Here is the official reply from Taco Bell:
STATEMENT REGARDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT – January 26, 2011
“The lawsuit is bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts. Our beef is 100% USDA inspected, just like the quality beef you would buy in a supermarket and prepare in your home. It then is slow-cooked and simmered with proprietary seasonings and spices to provide Taco Bell’s signature taste and texture. Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88% quality USDA-inspected beef and 12% seasonings, spices, water and other ingredients that provide taste, texture and moisture. The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products. There is no basis in fact or reality for this suit and we will vigorously defend the quality of our products from frivolous and misleading claims such as this.”
What is in Taco Bell’s recipe for seasoned beef?
“We’re cooking with a proprietary recipe to give our seasoned beef flavor and texture, just like you would with any recipe you cook at home.
For example, when you make chili, meatloaf or meatballs, you add your own recipe of seasoning and spices to give the beef flavor and texture, otherwise, it would taste just like unseasoned ground beef. We do the same thing with our recipe for seasoned beef.
Our recipe for seasoned beef includes ingredients you’d find in your home or in the supermarket aisle today:
• 88% USDA-inspected quality beef
• 3-5% water for moisture
• 3-5% spices (including salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, cocoa powder and a proprietary blend of Mexican spices and natural flavors).
• 3-5% oats, starch, sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients that contribute to the quality of our product.
Our seasoned beef contains no “extenders” to add volume, as some might use. For more information about our ingredients go to http://www.tacobell.com.”
President and Chief Concept Officer
Taco Bell Corp.
Good reply from the Taco Bell corporate guy….Red Hulk’s favorite snack is the Quad Steak Burrito….he eats 24 of these babies in one sitting.
Al Yeganeh, “The Original SoupMan” who inspired Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” character on the popular TV show, reopened his store in Manhattan earlier this summer and I had to pay a visit.
Yeganeh, who hates the “Soup Nazi” character, apparently did not show up for the ceremonial cutting of a zucchini to reopen his store. He even banned Jerry Seinfeld from his stall after the “Soup Nazi” episode aired in November 1995.
For 20 years Yeganeh had very strict rules for his customers: “Pick the soup you want! Have your money ready! Move to the extreme left after ordering!” and if you fail to obey these rules there is “no soup for you!”
Yaganeh sold the rights to his business in 2004 and closed his 100 square foot stall on 55th street. He still, however, controls the brand and his famous lobster bisque, mulligatawny, crab bisque, and lentil soups.
Bob Bertrand, “The Original SoupMan” president, said, “He’s still the heart of the company. We cannot change the recipes, we do not change the recipes, every time we want to have a new soup he develops it for us. We have the rules, but they’re not enforced.
Bertrand responded to Yaganeh’s failure to show up to the reopening, “That’s his mystique. He’s an artist and all artists are a little bit eccentric. This is his passion, he takes pride and he takes his soup very, very seriously.”
He added, “As much as they depicted him in Seinfeld, he’s a businessman, he knew people were waiting for an hour, he didn’t have time to chit chat. Move the line, get more people in, sell more soup.”
As much as the “Soup Nazi” character made him famous, Bertrand said Yaganeh has “never embraced Seinfeld.”
Review: The soup is simply amazing! Just one tip…follow the rule. Place your order, pay and move to the left. If there is no bread in the bag…forget it and leave.
By Haley Cohen. It was like something out of M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs. A gaping, perfectly circular sinkhole appeared Sunday in Guatemala City, devouring a three-story building in the process. The gargantuan cavity appears to be about 60 feet wide and 30 stories deep, according to National Geographic. If it wasn’t caused by aliens, how did the sinkhole form? Where did its insides go? And why the heck is it so round? We consulted David Bercovici and Mark Brandon, both professors of geology and geophysics at Yale University, to fill in the gaps in our sinkhole knowledge. Find their condensed and combined answers below.
What caused the sinkhole?
Sinkholes often appear in areas where the rock below the ground is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can be naturally dissolved by circulating ground water. As the sediment dissolves, caves and air pockets develop underneath the land surface. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces, then the ground collapses and results in a sinkhole. Natural depressions that collect water and man-made structures such as houses and streets with poor drainage are especially vulnerable to sinkholes. Heavy rainfall, like that from Tropical Storm Agatha, only accelerates the process.
Where did all the material that used to be inside the hole go?
Most of it is eroded and washed to the bottom of the hole long before the final collapse into an open hole. When the hole opens, the surface material simply drops to the bottom.
Why the heck is it so round?
Holes often occur when the dissolution of bedrock results in a surface depression that collects water. As the depression gathers more water, the water leaks downward and eats away at more bedrock, catalyzing its further dissolution. Eventually a vertical, circular hole forms straight through the bedrock.
What is the REAL cause of the Sinkhole?
UFO? Aliens? NOPE. Very simple. It was the…..Red Hulk. A military surveillance camera captured this highly sensitive photo (see below) of the Sinkhole immediately after it appeared.
Why did the Red Hulk cause this sinkhole? I do have a theory….it probably was a matter of urgency. While leaping from country to country, Red Hulk needed to take a crap and he created a poop hole (since he used to be a Cub Scout).
Why not use a restroom? Look at the dude….he doesn’t speak spanish…how was he gonna find a can. I read in the medical journal that it is not healthy to hold it. When you gotta go…let it out! The helicopter pilot was spooked and kept a good distance (I don’t blame him as the stench was probably unbearable…you would need an industrial grade Fabreeze to mask that smell). Yes…what you are looking at below is a giant size Latrine! I just pity the fool who cleans that up!
We do have some Red Hulk Figures available from our store at www.cmdstore.com.