All Good Things! Goodbye for Now from [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Just like the famous line that says “All good things must come to an end,” alas this is the final blogumn in this edition of Kicking Back with Jersey Joe.  Fierce and Nerdy will be changing formats, but we have one last chance to catch up! For over three years and 151 +6 blogumns, we’ve...

Whose Line is it Anyway? Makes a Hilarious Return to TV [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s the comedy game where the questions are made up and the points don’t matter.  The hit TV series Whose Line is it Anyway? has returned to American network television after a six year absence with a new host.  I checked out if this new version lives up to the old and track down the show’s very different start.   The concept of the show is simple.  A panel of four comedians must create skits or songs on the spot using impro comedy.  Some sketches may involve props or a band, but each is performed cold with the performers having no idea in advance of what the scene will be, often at the audience’s suggestion.   It’s the...

Where In the US It Is Illegal to Enjoy Beer and Pretzels at the Same Time [Kicking Back with Jersey ...

Beer and pretzels — a staple of pub fare.  It’s hard to imagine not washing down all that salty goodness without an ice cold beer.  But, in one US state, it’s supposedly against the law!   The internet rumor mill is all abuzz stating this law exists on the books in the state of North Dakota.   According to KFYR-TV, North Dakota Century Code Section 5-01-08 prohibits any person under the age of 21 to enter an establishment where alcohol is being served.  Code section 5-02-06 does allow for the exception if the food area is separated from the bar and the sales of food are equal to or greater than the sales of alcohol.  ...

From Urban Blight to Urban Delight – A Walk on New York City’s High Line [Kicking Back with Jersey J...

Once it carried freight trains high above the New York City streets.  But, after being abandoned for decades the city has turned an eyesore into a treasure.  I finally got the chance to walk on the High Line Park and was absolutely stunned by what was up there.  And – there’s plenty more to come!   In the 1800’s New York City streets were packed with not only pedestrians, but railroad lines running right down city streets.  Although the railroads paid workers to walk in front of the trains waving flags, accidents happened often, and a large number of pedestrians lost their lives trying to cross.  The situation was so bad, that the line...

Kaboom! When Fireworks Fail [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s time to once again celebrate our American independence and that means lots of fireworks! While some states highly regulate who can and can’t have fireworks, that doesn’t stop people from getting their hands on them! Take a look at these videos and you’ll understand how good times can go bad. Fast forward to 55 seconds to see what happens when this guy gets a lit bottle rocket stuck in the pants of his cargo shorts! This is one unhappy wake up call… And our grand finale wraps up with last year’s display in San Diego… that lasted about 15 seconds! Fireworks were first used to celebrate events in China as far back as the seventh century....

Super Mario Bros. vs. Donkey Kong on the Las Vegas Strip [Kicking Back...

Can the Super Mario Bros. save the Princess from the hands of Donkey Kong?  It’s a real life video game that takes place up and down the Las Vegas Strip!  You can bet the tourist cameras are rolling and we get viral video gold!   This hilarious video was uploaded last December by the...

The Greatest Ride at the Water Park [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Aaaah!  Summer is finally here!  The piping hot days have most of us flocking to a water park at some point to keep cool.  While some head straight for the water slides or the wave pool, there’s one water ride I won’t miss that always cools my heart in the summer heat.   I stand in line,...

NBC’s The Winner Is… Is Not a Winner [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

NBC has once again rolled out the summer reality / filler programming and on June 10th, gave us a first look at their newest summer series, The Winner Is.  The game show promises “six songs to a million” and has been heavily advertised on the network for weeks.  Being a lover of game shows, I had to check this out!   The Winner Is features six acts that go head to head over three rounds.  In round one the six acts face off in groups of two, hoping to be the favorite of the 101 music loving judges. The judges choose the acts they want to advance and their decision is revealed by large numerical scores that appear behind the contestants,...

An Optical Illusion That Will Rock Your World [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun07

An Optical Illusion That Will Rock Your World [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Want to make your world all wavy and crazy for a few moments?  Just stare at this video for a few and prepare to be wowed!   It’s completely safe.  I tested it on myself and now I’m typing away at this blogumn.  The effects last about a minute.   The best advice to make this work properly is to click the maximize box at the bottom right corner of the video.  Then, place your face up close to your computer monitor and stare at the center screen so the image completely fills your field of vision.  Now, get ready for some fun!     One of the newest fads online is optical illusion videos.  There are hundreds, if not...

Why Pennsylvania Residents and Visitors are Still Paying Tax on a 77 Year Old Flood [Kicking Back wi...

On March 16, 1936 unusually warm temperatures caused a rapid melting of snow which began to fill the rivers across Pennsylvania.  By early morning on March 17th, the rivers in both Pittsburgh and Johnstown began to overflow their banks and the St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 was on and it is still being paid for today.   By late morning, many cities were completely underwater, which lasted for five days.  It wasn’t until March 21st that the flood receded enough to allow clean up to begin.  The damage to homes, businesses, and the steel mills cost $4.19 billion in today’s dollars to Pittsburgh alone.   In Johntstown 30,000 were...

Jersey Joe’s Year Three Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May24

Jersey Joe’s Year Three Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s Memorial Day weekend and not only does that mark the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also my SEASON PREMIERE!   This is my 141stblogumn (plus 6 for Fierce Anticipation) and kicks off my fourth year on F & N.  To start the new season off right, I want to update some of the great...

The New Burger King Rib Sandwich vs. The Legendary McDonald’s McRib: Jersey Joe Declares the Winner ...

This summer, another fast food fight will heat up and it’s not over hamburgers, but pork!  Burger King has just begun serving up a BBQ Rib Sandwich to take on the McDonald’s McRib: a sandwich so out there – it has a cult following.  Can this new BK sandwich take the crown from the McRib?  I’m already declaring the victor! The McDonald’s McRib may be one of the most mysterious, yet delicious sandwiches the restaurant has ever served up.  The McRib first went on sale nationwide in 1982 after a few months of test marketing. The sandwich consists of a pork patty, dill pickles, onion slivers, and BBQ sauce on a dusty 5 ½” roll.  The McRib was...

The Classic Video Game BurgerTime is the Real Hell’s Kitchen [Kicking ...

You take an arcade game, add a hamburger-making chef in a kitchen gone wild, and you’ve got yourself hours of guaranteed fun!  BurgerTime, the 80s arcade classic still entertains in the 21st century and has players lining up for seconds! BurgerTime, created by Data East, was released in 1982...

The Attack That’s Closed Part of the Statue of Liberty for Nearly a Century [Kicking Back with Jerse...

The Statue of Liberty has been standing guard at the mouth of New York harbor since her dedication on October 28, 1886.  She is a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving to the United States.  She has been closed for six months due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.  However, one part of her structure has been sealed off to visitors after a terror attack nearly a century ago. Given as a gift from the people of France, Lady Liberty was designed and constructed by artist Frederic Bartholdi.  Completed in stages, parts of the new statue were displayed in both France, New York, and at international expositions before being crated up and shipped...

7 Up: Yeah, it’s Still Around [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s the clear bubbly beverage your mom would give you as a child when you had an upset stomach or fever.  7 Up is part of America, but the classic citrus soft drink which almost disappeared from stores is fighting to make a come back. 7 Up, with its lemon line flavor, was created by Charles...

Let’s Play the Feud! In Scratch Off Form [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr26

Let’s Play the Feud! In Scratch Off Form [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe...

Survey says: It’s one of your favorite game shows, and now Family Feud has come to you in instant lottery ticket form. Players have the chance to win big bucks in the palm of their hands. But, even if you don’t scratch off a winner, this game has a second chance that could land you a game...

Could This Be the Best News Interview, Ever? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr19

Could This Be the Best News Interview, Ever? [Kicking Back with Jersey...

This may just be the funniest 30 seconds of TV you’ll ever see! I found this interview on the net a few months ago and it simply has to be shared. What should have been a story about an apartment fire, turns into comedy gold with this eyewitness. The 26 million people who have viewed this...

She’s the Queen of the Court and the Casino – The New Judge Judy Slot Machine [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr12

She’s the Queen of the Court and the Casino – The New Judge Judy Slot ...

I’M THE BOSS, APPLESAUCE! She certainly is! Not only is she queen of the courtroom, she also the queen of daytime TV! Judge Judith Sheindlin’s ruled her TV court for 17 seasons and now she’s getting into the casino business! Introducing the Judge Judy slot machine! Oh yes – this is certainly...

Inside Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill – Does His New Restaurant Cook Like the Fiery Chef? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr05

Inside Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill – Does His New Restaurant C...

MOVE YOUR ASS! WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU #$%&! DONUT?!?! No, I didn’t hear any fun expletives from the fiery host of the Hell’s Kitchen TV series, but I got to sample his world famous cuisine at his new restaurant Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. The question is – does his food live up to his...

The Bottle Boys: They Play Your Favorite Songs – on Bottles [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar29

The Bottle Boys: They Play Your Favorite Songs – on Bottles [Kicking B...

Direct from Denmark to you! The Bottle Boys are taking the hottest songs and performing them their way – with only bottles as musical instruments. The results are some striking tunes that you simply must hear! The five performers from Copenhagen, Denmark, each use a different type of bottle...

Skip the Coffee – Go for Mountain Dew’s New Breakfast Drink [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar22

Skip the Coffee – Go for Mountain Dew’s New Breakfast Drink [Kicking B...

Coffee, a staple of the morning. Most of us need that caffeine jolt to get the day going. Mountain Dew is officially getting into the morning drink business with Mountain Dew Kick Start. But, does it provide the same jolt as a cup of Joe? Mountain Dew was first invented in 1940 with a...

Jersey Joe Gets a Mall Massage [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar15

Jersey Joe Gets a Mall Massage [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Shopping malls are plentiful in just about every state of the country. But in New Jersey, there’s a certain store that seems to be in just about every one – a massage parlor. Not, the illicit, happy-ending, adult ones – but the “my back’s sore from shopping can you rub it for a couple of...

The Two State Challenge: Can You Win with Scratch Off Lottery Tickets? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar08

The Two State Challenge: Can You Win with Scratch Off Lottery Tickets?...

Spend a couple of bucks, scratch off the ticket, and win big! That’s the promise of instant lottery ticket games. They advertise big prizes for a few dollars investment. But, can you actually win anything on these? I bought a bunch from two different states to find out. Last year, my good...

Fun Experiment: Can You Clean a Mirror with a Newspaper? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar01

Fun Experiment: Can You Clean a Mirror with a Newspaper? [Kicking Back...

All families have home remedies and wives tales that have been passed down through the years: stress causes gray hair, frogs don’t actually cause warts, etc. One I’ve come across is that you can use a newspaper to clean a mirror. Sounds crazy enough, but there are dozens of web pages devoted...

David Letterman: Game Show Host [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb22

David Letterman: Game Show Host [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Long before David Letterman became the king of late night, he was just another struggling Hollywood comedian. During the 1970’s, Dave was a fixture as a celebrity panelist on many game shows until he finally got a chance to host one of his own. Fortunately, that video has made it online and...

It’s the Game Show All About Love – Bring Back Love Connection! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb15

It’s the Game Show All About Love – Bring Back Love Connection! [Kicki...

Would you go on national TV looking for a date? How about a game show where old fashioned romance met modern (well, 1980’s) technology? We all tuned in to see couples air their dirty laundry about their first blind date. The ratings proved we loved it! So, why isn’t Love Connection still on...

Warning: Dial these Four Area Codes and Pay Big! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb08

Warning: Dial these Four Area Codes and Pay Big! [Kicking Back with Je...

These days, with nationwide long distance and cell phone plans, most of us don’t think twice about making a long distance call. However, there are four area codes that look like they belong in the US, but aren’t, and an accidental call to one could have you paying big. I discovered this about...

I Still Love My Starter Jacket [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb01

I Still Love My Starter Jacket [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

We’ve crossed into February and are about to hit the most brutal month of winter. Fortunately for me, I’ll be toasty warm thanks to my old Starter jacket! Read on as I reveal the secret to its long life! Now to be fair, I don’t have one of those super flashy ones with a thousand...

The Science of Happy Hour [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jan25

The Science of Happy Hour [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s those few magical hours, when your favorite watering hole drops their prices, enticing you through their door. This marketing ploy to lure in thirsty drinkers has been going on for centuries. There’s more involved than just getting you to belly up to the bar. “Happy hour” refers to a...

Is He the Coolest Teacher on the Planet? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jan18

Is He the Coolest Teacher on the Planet? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe...

Teaching can be one of the most under appreciated professions on the planet. Mouthy students, angry parents, and little pay make this one of the toughest jobs. Fortunately, one teacher kept his head cool when a gang fight breaks out in his classroom. Watch as he quickly and skillfully defuses...

It’s Lights Out for 75 Watt Light Bulbs [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jan11

It’s Lights Out for 75 Watt Light Bulbs [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Check your lamps and the supply closet. The government has pulled the plug on 75 watt light bulbs. The packs that are left on store shelves are it. While the 75 watt bulbs may now be gone – the feds aren’t stopping there! A quick trip to your local Home Depot or Target can overwhelm you with...

The Giant Snowflakes Hanging Over NYC and LA [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dec21

The Giant Snowflakes Hanging Over NYC and LA [Kicking Back with Jersey...

I first saw the giant illuminated snowflake hanging over 57th Street & 5th Avenue in New York City as a tourist well over a decade ago. It hangs right over the bustling flow of traffic and pedestrians. At the time, I thought it was only a cool decoration, but it turns out, this...

Jersey Joe’s Easy Tip to the Ultimate Holiday Gift [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dec14

Jersey Joe’s Easy Tip to the Ultimate Holiday Gift [Kicking Back with ...

Still racking your brain looking for that perfect holiday gift? Here is my ultimate go-to when you need a present that’s thoughtful, quick and could actually put money back in your pocket!  There’s no need to rack your brain or worry about shipping or standing in long lines. It’s good for...

He’s Hardrock, He’s Coco, I’m Joe! – Stop Motion Christmas TV Classics [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dec07

He’s Hardrock, He’s Coco, I’m Joe! – Stop Motion Christmas TV Cl...

Ask anyone that grew up in Chicago or Western Pennsylvania about Hardrock, Coco and Joe and you’ll instantly bring a smile to their face. Three black and white Christmas stop motion classics have been airing on television stations since the 1950’s. They still delight kids of all ages to this...

Escalator Madness! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and loads of shoppers are hitting malls. Most major shopping centers are spread out over several levels, requiring a brief ride on an escalator to get from floor to floor. These inventions have saved us all from climbing flight after flight of...

Rock You Like a Hurricane – With Books! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Last week, I went through probably one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. Hurricane Sandy was barreling towards New York and I was right in her path. Stuck inside my flooded apartment, I was forced by my boss to find an uncongenial means to get to work. Without power, internet, and...

Canada Brings Back The Match Game [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Nov09

Canada Brings Back The Match Game [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

There was a game show from the 70’s that everyone was talking about. A simple fill in the blank game that could land contestants big money. It was their party and we were all invited. Now, Canadian television is trying to recapture the magic and bring back The Match Game! The original black...

A Cheap Way to Keep Your Vacation Going When You’re Back Home [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Nov02

A Cheap Way to Keep Your Vacation Going When You’re Back Home [Kicking...

Most of us at once point or another have spent a few nights in a hotel room.  While many travel for business, it’s the big vacation that we all look forward to.  In planning your perfect trip, the hotel you stay in is a big part of the equation.  Well, I have a tip that will keep your...

Silver Strike! The Slot Machine That Hands out a Prize [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct26

Silver Strike! The Slot Machine That Hands out a Prize [Kicking Back w...

When most people sit down at a slot machine, they are hoping to cash in on that big jackpot. Technology has changed the way we play the slots, but there is still one unique machine that hands out silver tokens and has collectors jumping.  Once these coins numbered in the thousands, now the...

One of the Best Star Trek Commercials We’ve Never Seen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct19

One of the Best Star Trek Commercials We’ve Never Seen [Kicking Back w...

Here at F & N, it’s obvious how much we love Star Trek.  Check out what happens when National Power and PowerGen from the UK writes a couple of fat checks to William Shatner and James Doohan!  You get one of the best Star Trek commercials Americans have never seen! While the commercial...

Nerves of Steel Needed -Take a Ride on the Pulaski Skyway [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct12

Nerves of Steel Needed -Take a Ride on the Pulaski Skyway [Kicking Bac...

It’s a highway, 75 years old, that soars hundreds of feet in the air bypassing railroads, interstates, factories, multiple towns and even a canal. Thanks to the magnificent structure, it’s been made famous in books and movies, yet requires nerves of steel to drive. Take a ride on The Pulaski...

TV You Were Never Meant to See – Extremely Different Wheel of Fortune Pilots [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct05

TV You Were Never Meant to See – Extremely Different Wheel of Fortune ...

Every television show goes through a testing phase before making it to air. The first episodes, called pilots, are designed for producers and network execs to judge if a show is good enough for broadcast or if there are any changes that need to be made. Some shows go through multiple pilots...

Can You Cross a Cookie and Candy Corn? Oreo Thinks So! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep28

Can You Cross a Cookie and Candy Corn? Oreo Thinks So! [Kicking Back w...

For loyal readers of my blogumn, there is one thing that you’ve come to know. I love when companies take classic products and try to put a new spin on them. When I heard that Oreo was coming out with a candy corn flavored cookie – you know I had to give it a try! Since being introduced in...

They Finally Brought Back The Pyramid [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep21

They Finally Brought Back The Pyramid [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s a classic American TV game show that we all love to play and now it’s back! This new version has been in development for years and sadly legendary host, Dick Clark passed away recently before he had to see the reboot. Here’s a look at how many times this show’s come...

Dish Up Arby’s Curly Fries in Your Kitchen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep14

Dish Up Arby’s Curly Fries in Your Kitchen [Kicking Back with Jersey J...

Arby’s, the fast food restaurant known for excellent roast beef sandwiches, is just as well known for their succulent seasoned curly fries. Now, Arby’s is branching out by selling their fries in your grocer’s freezer. I put them to the test to see if what you cook at home is just as good as...

Introducing The Hottest New Adult Beverage: Sweet Joe [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep07

Introducing The Hottest New Adult Beverage: Sweet Joe [Kicking Back wi...

It’s one of those things that I can now check off my bucket list – I got a drink named after me! Get ready to take a sip of the adult beverage that will have your feeling like you’re on a cruise ship or a Caribbean Island! You can say you gave it a try – before it swept the...

Awesome Party Idea – Get a Dunk Tank! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Aug31

Awesome Party Idea – Get a Dunk Tank! [Kicking Back with Jersey ...

Every summer, I’ve thrown a small get together for my local friends. A few years back, I was looking to do something different to truly make my event stand out. After an interesting brainstorming conversation with friends Mike and Josh – a dunk tank was rented. I’ve seen these things at...

It’s Electric! The 411 on Lightning [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Aug24

It’s Electric! The 411 on Lightning [Kicking Back with Jersey Jo...

BOOM! There it is! Another flash of lighting and a crack of thunder. Nothing says summer quite like a big old thunderstorm, and while the lightning can be amazing to watch, it can also be quite dangerous. Some spectacular shots have been caught on camera and these videos, are, well, shocking!...

10 Fun Games to Spice Up the Next Summer Olympics [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Aug17

10 Fun Games to Spice Up the Next Summer Olympics [Kicking Back with J...

Another summer Olympics has come and gone. The world was united for two weeks watching the best athletes trying to rack up the most medals for their country. While NBC tape delayed the best events in prime time, I have 10 games that could really add some humor and excitement to the next...

How Tom Selleck Predicted Our Future [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe][Be...

Originally published 2/3/12 – One of my favorite blogumns from this year!  It was great to look back on this classic TV commercials and see which AT&T products really did come true as predicted.  I remember how heavily these aired over several years.  Tom Selleck, the man who...

Thank You, Jimmy Fallon, for Your Thank You Notes Books [Kicking Back ...

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for turning one of your signature bits into a series of hilarious books.  Thank you, also, Jimmy Fallon, for allowing your newest book to play music! Late night talk shows have been a big television network battleground for ratings and advertising dollars since...

Steel Pier – The Most Historic Pier in America [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jul20

Steel Pier – The Most Historic Pier in America [Kicking Back with Jers...

It was once the most popular entertainment pier in America, featuring everything from Live TV, to Miss America, to big name stars. Anyone who was anybody could be seen at the historic Steel Pier, in Atlantic City, NJ. Once a victim of fire, neglect, and closure; the pier continues to reinvent...

Goodfellas on the Playground – The Yard – The Best Show You’ve Never Seen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jul13

Goodfellas on the Playground – The Yard – The Best Show Yo...

Its part mockumentary, part satire, and a ton of laughs!  The Canadian series The Yard is now showing for free on Hulu and there are a million reasons why you should watch. The Yard is broken up as children operating inside several clique. Each group functions as a family looking out for one...

Did it Rain Chicken McNuggets on New York? 7 Fun Things Caught on Camera [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jul06

Did it Rain Chicken McNuggets on New York? 7 Fun Things Caught on Came...

New York – millions of people and millions of stories. Having lived here for many years now, I’ve seen some crazy things. Every once in a while when I’m out and about, I snap a picture to share along with my friends. Now, I’ve sharing them with you! It was a random Wednesday morning and I was...

Bacon on an Ice Cream Sundae? – Burger King Says Yes!  [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun29

Bacon on an Ice Cream Sundae? – Burger King Says Yes! [Kicking Back wi...

Burger King has tried many interesting fast food gimmicks over recent years and now they’ve gone for the mother load!  Adding bacon to a hot fudge and caramel sundae! Is this new dessert worth your money? You know I had to give it a try! Burger King was recently unseated by Wendy’s, falling...

J.R. Ewing and Dallas Live Again [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun22

J.R. Ewing and Dallas Live Again [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Last week, I was speaking with my grandmother who told me that she didn’t have time to talk because Dallas was coming on. I said “Hello – 1980!” The classic television soap opera is back as TNT picks up the story two decades later. I decided to check it out. Dallas reenergized the prime time...

DJ Kitty [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun15

DJ Kitty [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Move over Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball club has taken to the Internet and have added another mascot to the roster this season… direct from Youtube  – meet DJ Kitty! DJ Kitty started his life as a viral video posted to Youtube in 2007 of a real life cat playing the piano. The video was...

Outsmarting the Telemarketers & Phone Scammers [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun08

Outsmarting the Telemarketers & Phone Scammers [Kicking Back with ...

You’re sitting at home, enjoying a quiet evening and then RING!  You’ve just received an annoying call from a telemarketer.  But, you’re supposed to be on the National Do Not Call List, right?  It’s a growing problem and happens to my friends and I all the time. I decided to do my own...

The Best Ride in the Amusement Park – The Swings [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun01

The Best Ride in the Amusement Park – The Swings [Kicking Back with Je...

The lights, the rides, the excitement of the amusement park!  While some people go for the high flying thrills of the roller coaster, or birds eye views from the Ferris wheel, or to take out their road rage on the bumper cars – I’m going for the swings! Hands down, it’s the best ride at the...

Jersey Joe’s Year Two Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May25

Jersey Joe’s Year Two Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s Memorial Day weekend and not only does this mark the unofficial start of summer, it also marks my third SEASON PREMIERE! This blogumn officially kicks off my third year on F & N. Since we’re 93 blogumns in (plus 5 filling in for Ryan Dixon’s Fierce Anticipation), it’s time to update...

Blu-ray Blues [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May18

Blu-ray Blues [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Blu-ray discs – the little brother of DVD discs with a bigger punch. The latest fad in home movie viewing, allows movie companies to release a high definition picture and tons of bonus features onto a single disc. They’ve mostly replaced DVDs in stores and allow consumers to turn their...

Happy 30th Birthday to The Weather Channel! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May11

Happy 30th Birthday to The Weather Channel! [Kicking Back with Jersey ...

Thanks to The Weather Channel, nobody ever has to wait for their forecast ever again! The cable TV channel revolutionized the way weather forecasts are presented on television. Last week, they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The Weather Channel launched in the United States on basic cable...

Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May04

Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

The Big Mac is the signature sandwich at the globally popular McDonald’s restaurant chain.  Their secret sauce recipe is a closely guarded secret, known only by the top company executives.  But, sometimes you’re craving one and you can’t make it to the restaurant.  Well, here’s my take on the...

Atlantic City looks to make a big summer comeback [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr27

Atlantic City looks to make a big summer comeback [Kicking Back with J...

Atlantic City, the original East Coast gambling and vacation destination has fallen on hard times.  Our lagging economy, high gas prices, and increased casino competition have squeezed the money tap dry.  But, thanks to big time renovations, new casinos, and a flashy new ad campaign they’re...

When the live lottery drawing fails [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr20

When the live lottery drawing fails [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Recently, everyone had lotto fever as the Mega Millions jackpot climbed to a world record $656 million. While some of the winners are still in dispute, Americans flocked to their televisions to watch the live numbers drawing. This drawing went off without a hitch, but things don’t always go...

The Best Bargain in New York – The Staten Island Ferry [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr13

The Best Bargain in New York – The Staten Island Ferry [Kicking ...

Taking the Staten Island Ferry is like taking a little cruise, offering spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.  I’ve seen it sailing back and forth at the mouth of the Hudson River and have discovered that the Staten Island Ferry is much more than just a...

How to Know You’re an Idiot Driver: The One Question Test [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr06

How to Know You’re an Idiot Driver: The One Question Test [Kicki...

We’ve all been on the road at one point or another and encountered an idiot driver. Drivers operating a motor vehicle either unsafely or in a crazy, haphazard matter. Sometimes you just want to floor it and knock them off the road like a big game of bumper cars. Fortunately, high insurance...

Verizon FIOS vs. Cable – Jersey Joe Makes the Switch and Crowns the Winner [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar30

Verizon FIOS vs. Cable – Jersey Joe Makes the Switch and Crowns the Wi...

I finally did it. I pulled the plug on cable and made the change to Verizon FiOS. I had seen the zillions of commercials touting everybody’s service as superior. Well, I’m spilling the beans and telling exactly why I made the change, how the installation went, which is cheaper, and the pros...

Jersey Joe’s Favorite Actress is Absolutely Kate Mulgrew [XXOO]

From the EiC: Thank you so much for joining us for our month long tribute to our favorite Lady Nerds. It did sooo well, and we’ll definitely be celebrating more nerds with you next March. Til then, keep on appreciating your favorite Lady Nerds.  We started the series with Lt. Uhura...

If Apple Computers Took Over the Game Show Jeopardy!  [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar23

If Apple Computers Took Over the Game Show Jeopardy! [Kicking Back wit...

What would happen if you take the legendary game show Jeopardy! and redesign the set as one big giant 1980’s Apple computer?  You get Alex Trebek’s first unaired Jeopardy! episode with a set that could quite possibly go down as one of the worst in television history! When a new TV series is...

Jersey Joe is Addicted to Shamrock Shakes [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar16

Jersey Joe is Addicted to Shamrock Shakes [Kicking Back with Jersey Jo...

You know you’ve got a hit product on your hands when loyal customers flock to Twitter and Facebook shouting with glee when it’s back! McDonald’s has that kind of hit with their glorious Shamrock Shakes. As soon as it reappears, fans are all over social media sharing their joy at the first...

A Taco Shell Made of Doritos – What Took Taco Bell So Long? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar15

A Taco Shell Made of Doritos – What Took Taco Bell So Long? [Kicking B...

Doritos tortilla chips – From Super Bowl to sleepovers, these snacks go everywhere and are eaten up by the millions. Now, the ultimate party treat just got better. Taco Bell introduces their newest creation – the Doritos Locos Tacos! Taco Bell’s newest menu item is an upgrade of...

One of America’s Oldest Bars, McSorley’s Serves Up a Glass of History [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar09

One of America’s Oldest Bars, McSorley’s Serves Up a Glass of History ...

“They were here before you were” is what the sign says on the front window. This iconic New York City bar has served up their homemade brew since the 19th century. While the world outside McSorley’s has dramatically changed, what’s inside has changed very little. St. Patrick’s Day...

Dippin Dots – The Ice Cream of the Future Could Be a Thing of the Past [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar02

Dippin Dots – The Ice Cream of the Future Could Be a Thing of the Past...

Dippin’ Dots – those little balls of goodness, which market themselves as “the ice cream of the future”, has fallen on hard times. The company was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, despite turning a profit last year. Dippin’ Dots were invented in 1988 by Carl Jones, a microbiologist....

King Cakes – The Cake with a Baby Baked Inside! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb24

King Cakes – The Cake with a Baby Baked Inside! [Kicking Back with Jer...

Why would anyone bake a tiny baby doll inside a cake? The king cake is a succulent and fun way to celebrate Mardi Gras. It’s time to introduce everyone to this dessert that’s just a darn good time! A few years ago, a friend from New Orleans introduced me to the tradition of the king cake. The...

JCPenney: The American Icon Goes Through a Big Change [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb17

JCPenney: The American Icon Goes Through a Big Change [Kicking Back wi...

We’ve all shopped at a JCPenney at one point in our lives just as our parents did. The department store has been around for over 110 years and now the entire chain is undergoing a major change! Penney’s, as most of us call them, have anchored just about every mall built since the suburban...

Outrageous Marriage Proposals Caught On Tape [Kicking Back With Jersey...

Valentine’s Day is all about love.  On the road to marriage the hopeful young man has to properly propose to his girl.  Some guys go through outrageous setups to pop the question, but things don’t always go as planned and we get to see some of the results – caught on tape! Our first video...

Controversial Saturday Morning Cartoon That Never Saw The Light Of Day [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Jan27

Controversial Saturday Morning Cartoon That Never Saw The Light Of Day...

They’re a part of 80s pop culture and are some of the creepiest trading cards, ever! The Garbage Pail Kids disgusted parents and delighted children. After a big run at the box office, CBS ordered a Saturday morning cartoon series, but pulled it days before the premiere. However, unseen in the...

The Ultimate Fountain Drink Machine [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe]

Over 100 soft drink choices are now available, all at the touch of a button, and you’re in full control! Back to the Future could have never predicted the amazing touch screen soft drink machine now appearing across the US. It will change the way you quench your thirst! The Coca-Cola...

The Gambling Gourmet [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Jan13

The Gambling Gourmet [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe]

Too hungry to get up from that exciting blackjack game? Can’t stop for even a moment to get a bite to eat during that hot slot session?  The El Cortez Hotel and Casino, one of the nations oldest, has the answer – The Gambling Gourmet. Could this be the next trend in food? I had to give it a...

Get Your Hands On Some Schweddy Balls [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Jan06

Get Your Hands On Some Schweddy Balls [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe]

Schweddy Balls – the newest Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor based on the Saturday Night Live skit has finally made it to your grocer’s freezer. The name is as hilarious as the skit, but while only available for a limited time, some shoppers are being forbidden from buying it. Schweddy...

Fly Your Own Flag With A New Era Cap [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Dec16

Fly Your Own Flag With A New Era Cap [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe]

Who’s your favorite sports team?  It’s often easy to tell just by looking up at someone’s head!  New Era caps are a big business and flying off the shelves again this holiday season.  While their popular with athletes, fans, and even gangs… this big time product has a long and proud history,...

The Twelve Game Shows Of Christmas, Part II [Kicking Back With Jersey ...

Last week, we took a look at the first six of the twelve game shows of Christmas.  We marveled at the Kmart decorations, we laughed at the holiday antics, and were ready to light up a Yule log while watching Debra Jo Rupp climb the Pyramid. Now, let’s complete the dozen with the final six...

The Twelve Game Shows Of Christmas, Part 1 [Kicking Back With Jersey J...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and your favorite TV shows are ready to roll out their holiday episodes. I love game shows and love seeing how they too, dress up their sets to get into the spirit. Check out this first batch of blasts from Christmas past and how these shows raided...

It’s A [Adjective] Time To [Verb] Mad Libs!  So Grab Your [Noun] And Let’s Get [Action!]  [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Nov18

It’s A [Adjective] Time To [Verb] Mad Libs! So Grab Your [Noun] And Le...

It’s the fun game that both kids and adults can play. Just grab the book, a pencil, your brain, and you’re ready for fun! Seriously, how could anyone screw this up!?!?! Growing up in the country, I was on the elementary school bus for well over an hour. First one on, last one off, and I...

The Worst Video Game Ever Made [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Nov11

The Worst Video Game Ever Made [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

With Halloween now safely past us, we’re officially into the holiday shopping season. Many Christmases ago, a big name video game was rushed to store shelves and officially became the biggest video game flop – ever! The production cost was so high; it nearly bankrupted the huge company behind...

Miracle Whip vs. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, Which Team are You On? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Nov04

Miracle Whip vs. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, Which Team are You On? [Kickin...

How do you like your potato salad?  What’s your favorite condiment on a chicken sandwich?  Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I was raised on Miracle Whip.  A recent conversation with friends seemed to inform me that I was brought up missing out on pure mayonnaise.  So, what’s the difference...

The Ultimate Halloween Treat – Sour Patch Kids [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct28

The Ultimate Halloween Treat – Sour Patch Kids [Kicking Back wit...

Growing up, they were my favorite part of Trick-or-Treating.  I couldn’t wait to get home and rip through all the tons of cavity causing candy in hopes of finding the greatest treat of all – Sour Patch Kids! Living in the Pennsylvania country, Trick-or-Treating was a time involved parental...

Jaw Dropping Natural Disasters Caught on Camera [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct21

Jaw Dropping Natural Disasters Caught on Camera [Kicking Back with Jer...

It’s certainly been a rocky couple of years on planet earth.  Every continent has experienced at least one (if not more) major disaster(s).  With all the cameras and technology out there, the power of Mother Nature has been caught on tape. And based on these jaw dropping videos I found…...

Bring Back Crystal Pepsi [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct14

Bring Back Crystal Pepsi [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s January 1993 and everybody’s watching the Dallas Cowboys take on the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII, when suddenly, during a commercial break, Van Halen rocks out to Right Now and the entire country is officially introduced to Crystal Pepsi. Crystal Pepsi, the clear and caffeine free...

Free TV and Radio Channels You’re Missing Out On [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct07

Free TV and Radio Channels You’re Missing Out On [Kicking Back with Je...

There are tons of free television and radio stations on the air right now, beaming into your home and car, which most people don’t  know exist.  But fear not, I’m about to help you access these stations – FOR FREE! In a recent blogumn, I discussed how you can listen to distant radio...

Whatever Happened to Heathcliff? The Cartoon Cat Who Used Up His Nine Lives. [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep30

Whatever Happened to Heathcliff? The Cartoon Cat Who Used Up His Nine ...

He was splashed all over the television in the 1980’s and could be considered a cheap version of Garfield, the famous cartoon cat. He even had two television series and a movie, but Heathcliff may be on the last of his nine lives. Like Garfield, Heathcliff was another orange, wise cracking...

Rock to Your Favorite Radio Station – Any Time, Any Where!  [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep23

Rock to Your Favorite Radio Station – Any Time, Any Where! [Kick...

Last year, I was far from Pittsburgh on vacation and wanted to hear the local broadcast of a live Steelers game. I had no internet access and was just chilling in my hotel room when I found the perfect solution that allows me to listen to radio stations from far away – the Iheartradio app!...

The Great Pennsylvania Casino Tour [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep16

The Great Pennsylvania Casino Tour [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Pennsylvania legalized casino gambling in 2006, but the state’s casinos are about to pass Atlantic City in revenue to become the United State’s second gambling mecca, right on the heels of Nevada.  So, how did my home state turn into a gamblers paradise after years of shooting it down?  Some...

How to (Nearly) Kill a Fast Food Chain [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

They once fought to become a big player in the world of fast food.  They were known for their hamburgers, fried chicken, roast beef, and fixin’s bar.  But after a major marketing mistake nearly killed the struggling chain, Roy Rogers is making a come back. In 1968, the first Roy Rogers...

Could This Be the Last Ride? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

ACES – The Atlantic City Express Service is a luxury train that whisks travelers direct from New York City to Atlantic City, NJ casinos with only a single stop in between.  While more upscale than a traditional train, the line is in serious danger of shutting down for good.  I recently took a...

David Letterman: Al-Qaeda Terror Target? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Aug26

David Letterman: Al-Qaeda Terror Target? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe...

Al-Qaeda must be desperate, and on the losing end, in the War on Terror. Last week one of their members called for late night talk show host David Letterman’s tongue to be ripped out and silenced.  Wow, really? Letterman has been hosting his Late Show with David Letterman on CBS since 1993. ...

Resorts Atlantic City: The Roaring 20s Themed Casino with a Naked Circus [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Aug19

Resorts Atlantic City: The Roaring 20s Themed Casino with a Naked Circ...

Resorts International opened as the first casino outside of Nevada to legally allow full casino gambling in the United States. The Atlantic City landmark has a long history that goes back way before blackjack was legal.  From it’s time as a hospital to it’s new found fame thanks to HBO’s...

How Giant Ferris Wheels Will Change The World [Kicking Back with Jerse...

Who doesn’t love a spin on a Ferris wheel? How about taking a ride high above the skylines of two popular American cities? A small Ferris wheel building boom is underway and the skylines of New York and Las Vegas could be in for a major change. While both projects have been on the table for...

The Great Dessert From the South – Snowballs [Kicking Back with Jersey...

Seriously, isn’t that cool, colorful picture absolutely mouthwatering on this hot summer day?  During my trip to New Orleans, I was introduced to Snowballs, a most refreshing dessert.  They’re much more than just syrup and water!  While many cities have their own version of Sno-cones,...