Whatever happened to 7 Up? For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a lemon-lime soda that was really popular in North America until about the 1990’s, but seems to have vanished from the cultural zeitgeist (I think I’m using the term correctly) since then. At one time it was ubiquitous, at least as popular as Coke and Pepsi and more popular than RC Cola and Dr Pepper, and just as heavily advertised. You can still buy it, I know that, but there are no longer any 7 Up vending machines and in the current vending machines you’re more likely to see Sprite (a similar lemon-lime soda from the Coca-Cola Company). The reason I bring it up is that their logo used to be the number 7, a red spot, and the word up, and their commercials used the red spots as animated characters, as you can see from the video above (which will work as my commercial for this post). A side note: when I was between 12 and 15 my mother, convinced that Coke made me break out, woild tell me to drink 7 Up instead. I’m not sure it had any effect on my skin (I didn’t break out that much, anyway), but I got to like 7 Up, “The Uncola,” as it was called in their ads.
A few of you talked about the “spot the differences” puzzles you see in the Sunday funnies, where you have two almost-identical pictures, and you have to spot the differences. There are similar puzzles, one being the notorious “Where’s Waldo?” puzzles, where you’d have to spot Waldo in his red-and-white striped hat and sweater in a crowded picture, and another where a number of objects are embedded somewhere in a usually-idyllic scene and you have to find them, kind of like a forest scene and a list of items you have to find, like “duck, banjo, car, boat, dirigible, airplane, baseball bat, and leash.” (That would be mean, because most kids don’t know what a dirigible is.) A popular feature in the Sports section of the paper is “Spot The Ball,” where they take a picture from a sporting event (e.g. football, American or soccer) and remove the ball from the picture, then tell people to indicate on the picture where the ball was. I saw a newspaper in Australia (might have been the Sydney Morning Herald, I’m not sure) where you would mark where the ball would be and mail it in with $1, and the person or people who came the closest win the pot.
Anyway, this is another entry for Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, in case you didn’t know. See you in the funny papers!