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 a giant selection of light bulbs. In fact, you may not even realize that the old school 75 watt incandescent bulbs are gone. But, if you have a lamp that calls for one – you soon realize, you will have to change. The incandescent light bulb can trace its start back to 1802, when British inventor Sir Humphry Davy passed a current through a thin strip of metal to light the first bulb. The light that was given off was very low and lasted only a few seconds. Over the next few decades, he and other inventors would try to refine the product. An incandescent bulb causes light by heating a filament wire to a high temperature by passing an electric current through it. The filament is protected by a glass dome. The bulb is screwed into a lamp or socket by lining up the metal grooves at the bottom. A total of at least 22 inventors have been listed as helping to perfect the modern incandescent bulb. In 1841, British inventor Frederick de Moleyns received the first official patent. In 1878, American inventor Thomas Edison would begin work on a more practical model that would be more affordable, brighter, and last longer. On October 22, 1879, he would create a bulb that would last for 13 ½ hours. He later discovered a bulb that could burn over 1200 hours by using a bamboo filament. It wasn’t until 1880, that another British inventor Joseph...

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 stairs. While escalators are generally safe, sometimes things go wrong. Check out this video collection of escalator accidents and dumb mistakes.  Quite a few of these people didn’t quite make it to the top! The escalator, or moving staircase, was first patented by inventor Nathan Ames from Saugus, Massachusetts in 1859. His patent even mentions that the stairs could be carpeted or made of wood.  Another inventor, Leamon Souder, issued four patents for designs of his own, but none of their designs were built. Another inventor, Jesse W. Reno, patented his design for an “endless conveyor or elevator” in 1892. Reno, who graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, installed this first ever escalator type unit next to the Old Iron Pier at New York City’s Coney Island, just four years later. At that time, Coney Island was a big booming summer destination for the crowds of New Yorkers who flocked to the beaches, rides and wacky attractions. This first escalator design was basically a giant belt. A few months later, his prototype would be briefly tested at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge. Parts of his design were purchased by the now famous Otis Elevator Company, who worked patents from several other inventors into the basic moving stair design we all know today. I’ve personally ridden two of the three oldest escalator banks in the United States: • Macy’s, Herald Square – New York City • Macy’s (formerly Kaufman’s flagship store) – downtown Pittsburgh, PA The Westfield San Francisco Center in California...

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 with Jersey Joe]...

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 1912, Oreo cookies have earned the title of most popular selling cookie in the United States.  The recipe is simple, two chocolate cookies with a schmeer of vanilla icing in the middle. Pretty darn succulent! The original cookie was born at the National Biscuit Company’s plant in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The artistic design for their “Oreo biscuit” was patented on March 14, 1912 to compete with a rival company, Hydrox cookies that launched a few years earlier. Oreo would become so successful, the block in front of their plant became known as “Oreo Way.”  Check it out on 9th Avenue between 15th & 16th Streets. The National Biscuit Company would eventually be known by today’s name – Nabisco. While only making minor changes to the main cookie over the decades, Nabisco has always sought to add different varieties to the line. • Double Stuf Oreos – first sold in 1974 featuring two times the amount of crème filling.  Once sold in multiple flavors including cool mint, chocolate cream, peanut butter and original. Only original is still on sale today • Football Oreos – shaped like a football, first sold in 1976 and I saw them on sale in Target last week • Big Stuf Oreo – I was a huge fan of these huge cookies that were basically gigantic individually wrapped Oreos with a ton of icing. Sold from 87-91 • Mini Oreo – mini versions sold...

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

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

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 charity events and celebrations, but never gave a hard thought to getting one for myself. Turns out, it’s one of the greatest party ideas, ever! The device is simple; a person sits on a seat over a large tank of water.  Throw a baseball, hit the target, and the person falls into the water – getting instantly soaked.  A fence like metal cage encircles the tank, protecting whoever is sitting on the seat from getting hit by a wildly thrown ball.  Once in the water, the dunkee simply resets the seat and climbs back on up, and is ready to go again! With over a month until my gathering, I Googled ‘dunk tank’ and ‘party rental’ places in my area.  The first decision I had to make was which kind to go with… turns out, there are several options. A standard dunk tank is a large 500 gallon model, with the most popular brand known as an “Easy Dunker,” manufactured by Twister Display. These are the larger tanks used at fairs or for large outdoor areas. Most of these tanks feature a built-in ladder, a step inside the tank, and a large plastic viewing window in the front. These can hold about a 250 lb. person. The plastic tub is several feet wide and often requires towing with a trailer to the location. While this would work if my party were in an open field, I needed one that could fit onto a back patio. Fortunately,...

How to Tango with Tangerine [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips]...

A few months ago Pantone announced it’s “Color of the Year” for 2012 to be Tangerine Tango (17-1463). Since then, you can’t pick up a magazine without noticing bursts of orange delights. From straight up graphic design to house wares to high fashion, Tangerine is everywhere. It actually has been quite in vogue for a few years now, but since Pantone crowned it the King of all 2012 colors, it can no longer be escaped. This is a wonderful thing. It is quite the “happy” color that can add a bit of zest to just about anything. While I’ve seen this color in clothes everywhere, I haven’t actually seen many people wearing them. I wonder if it’s too bold and people think it might be inaccessible for them? But really, Tangerine Tango is a friend to every skin tone when worn the right way (Redheads-not too much of it close to your face).  It can be the statement in your statement jewelry, the color in your color blocking, and the prep in your Hamptons Preppy. It’s fun, it’s elegant, and it’s classic. I’ve put together a few items for you all that are easy and stylish ways to add Tangerine Tango to your look. For the brave-at-heart (or the guy who loves Revenge’s Nolan Ross costumes) try the bright orange suit pants from Target (recently seen in their “Alouette” campaign). Gals should boldly rock the H&M blazer (I’m talking to you, Ernessa). For those who would like to take a more subtle approach, I suggest the Sperry sneakers for guys or the Idiom Bangle by Kate Spade for gals. These are simple accessories that add the perfect splash of color. Now Boldly...