Nickelodeon also had some seriously strange and flawed teachings for kids such as seen and exhibited by Angelica in Rugrats.. You know I've questioned how people in the 90s weren't as obese as they are today? Now I think I know why.. That generation was more or less brainwashed into obesity by television.
Seriously look at that, that's vicious. And I still can't understand how Angelica didn't end up as a morbidly obese teenager but whatever..
I also learned what Green Slime was made of! As was explained by You Can't Do That On Television crew member, Bill Buchanan;
"...one script called for this kinda disgusting slimy green stuff - but with no real indication of what it was going to be used for. ... The description was that it was just something green and slimy and disgusting ... Anyhow, [properties man Paul Copping] mixed up a whole green garbage can ... with slime. I know he'd colored it with green latex paint. God knows what else was in it, but it was disgusting. And it was parked inside the studio door, and everyone was kinda avoiding it because it was really foul looking. I mean, he had like sausages floating in it. ... Then, all of a sudden, we get to the point of the day where it turns out that it's going to be used. It turns out that it's going to get dumped on some kid! ... It was like, "Jeeze, this stuff is probably toxic! You can't dump that on somebody!" So I guess the whole green slime thing was deferred to such time when we had something that wouldn't kill somebody if it were to fall on them. That first stuff never got used. ... Then, I remember being kind of involved in the first attempt to make a green slimy material that would be actually ... not too offensive. When you dumped it on a person's head, you were liable to get it in their eyes, in their mouths and anywhere else. So we concocted some stuff made out of green Jell-o, or gelatin. We made it by the bucket. We bought hundreds of packages of lime Jell-o or gelatin over the years."
For several years afterwards, the slime consisted of this mixture of lime green gelatin powder and flour; eventually, oatmeal was added to the recipe, as was baby shampoo so that it would wash out of the actors' hair more easily.
Especially in the later years of the show [YCDTOTV], cast members who were slimed frequently looked upward into the slime as it was falling so that it covered their faces (the same was also true of the waterings).
Truthfully I had figured on the Oatmeal myself, totally makes sense and it's what I'd use to make Green Slime or Slime period although myself I'd probably cook it and then blend it with the food-colouring to ensure a nice slimy and gooey consistency.
....Now some day I have to do this..
I also learned I wasn't alone in OCD tendencies as evidently Mark Summers, host of Double Dare and What Would You Do? is also OCD.
Do you realize how much of a nightmare hosting shows like What Would You Do? and Double Dare must have been for him? To be OCD and have to allow himself to be slimed, pied and grossed up in other fun ways? I mean.. Shit.. Poor guy.. But he did a pretty admirable job of handling it and dealing with it even if it is really obvious, I mean you can totally tell when he gets near the physical challenges and such and he's so hesitant/careful around them, the guy was obviously conflicted.
"Marc Summers’ OCD was intense. Though he laughed along with the audience when someone poured slime on his head, when pie was smeared on his face, or when he was knocked into a gigantic peanut butter jelly sandwich, I can’t imagine the mental agony he experienced internally. After each show, he would shower at the studio, and then go back to his hotel and shower again. His home was meticulously arranged. Everything had its place. His life consisted of two polar opposites—his messy carefree professional life and his obsessively hygienic personal life. "
And for those that don't know what OCD is, OCD is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the reason I say you can't imagine how much of a nightmare something like this must have been for him is because unless you suffer from OCD you can't understand it, trust me on that; I suffer it.
OCD is a whole beast all it's own, I've had others try to compare it to things like addiction in the past but addiction isn't even in the same school as this bully, I've kicked addictions to the curb in single days in the past but I still suffer with OCD and find it difficult if not impossible to resist.
OCD is a disorder, an anxiety disorder to be specific in which thoughts intrusively force themselves upon you which produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts; aversion to particular numbers; and nervous rituals, such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and potentially psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognize their obsessions and compulsions as irrational, and may become further distressed by this realization.
I know this for a fact because my OCD rears it's head in many different ways and has caused fights and unease between myself, loved ones and family.. It's a terrible thing that tortures you Body, Mind and Soul and breaks your spirit down because there's nothing worse than suffering this and knowing you're irritating or letting down loved ones or those you care about because of it. It's because of my OCD largely that I'm so reclusive.
My particular OCD manifests itself in an obsessive need to schedule to some extent, I have to go to bed at a certain time, I have to shower at a certain time, I have to prep for dinner at a certain time, I have to get up at a certain time and every morning I have to brush my hair 100 times each side and use the bathroom before I have to do an exact hour of Stationary Cycling, 240 Suspended Situps and 50 Pushups then Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I train Shaolin, it's partly religious practice but my OCD has encroached upon it and caused it to become something I rely on for mental relief.. Further my OCD manifests in my panic over time, specifically if something begins to seem like it's going to encroach on my schedule it makes me extremely anxious and I often pester and query someone trying to get them to do something that I think will violate my schedule quickly even though I know rationally and logically that even if my schedule is violated it's not a big deal, it won't harm me or anything.. But still.. It's not something as easy as saying just 'get over it' or 'don't do that' as much as I try and wish I could because I know it irritates people and makes them angry and dislike me.
OCD for me even manifests itself in small ways such as a refusal to be seen without my makeup. It's something I've tried very hard to get over to the point that I've made strides, I'll be seen now by certain people without my makeup but I still can't bring myself to go into stores and the like without my makeup on and it's not because I'm ugly, I'm constantly told by everyone who see's me how beautiful I am, guys flirt with me and I'm always doted on but I cannot get over it, this is where a little bit of my reclusive nature comes from as well. It also makes it so that I cannot stand to have anyone other than me in my kitchen because it causes anxiety and fear, I fear and get anxious that something will be moved/bothered when everything has it's specific place and it's specific purpose and.. Well, it's difficult to explain.. Along with all the rest of my OCD it causes me to be very self conscious and nervous about seeing people because I am always scared to death of offending them or being disliked by them because of it, I know that there's nothing I can do because I've been working with it and on it for so many years and while I've made strides they always feel too small and too little. For a mind like mine wherein I am constantly thinking this is a nightmare and my OCD and the realization that I'm annoying others I care about and love and that they do not understand leads me often to stressing and becoming anxious to the point that I become physically ill, I'll vomit and get terrible headaches.
I can only ever hope to make small strides feasibly in defeating and overcoming my OCD such as often taking baby steps to ensure the anxiety doesn't get to the point where I do become physically ill and it hinders my enjoyment of life such as perhaps changing when I wake, when I shower or when I go to sleep.. Even those changes for me are extremely difficult and pose serious mental turmoil to me.. Still I try, I really do and I can only honestly say I do my best.. For me OCD is something that vexes me to no end and causes me nightmares to this day, being the type of person I am and have been, able to easily defeat everything in life from my hardships to my demons through sheer force of mental will power having something like this that is utterly unbeatable in my eyes is.. Crushing... Especially knowing again that I'm angering and letting my loved ones down.. It's like being pounded into the ground on a daily basis and still forcing yourself to your feet knowing you're only going to take the beating again.. You just want to lie down and give up.. But then.. That's not in my style, is it? Otherwise I wouldn't be a Big Cat.. We don't just lay down and die, do we?
Sufficed to say OCD is a nightmare so I can sympathize with Marc Summers. All I've explained isn't even everything, there are many other ways my OCD shows itself and in my case it's severe. It did make me feel better to learn that one of my favourite hosts suffers the same condition and it makes me feel a bit hopeful for the future because if he could do all that what can I do? I've always managed to surpass the expectations of others around me as well as my own due to hard-headed stubbornness.
For the whole run-down; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_disorder
Segueing onto more fun and care-free topics, you know.. Doug.. Fucking Doug..
Can I say that if it weren't for Doug I'd of never tried and found that I enjoyed Beets and that it also brought me to trying Bananas in Tomato Sauce? Delicious by the way.
I seriously wonder what the fuck though? What's with Nickelodeons obsession with strange food combinations and obscure foods in general like Beets, try a Beet Sandwich sometime. It's fucking good, trust me and the Bananas and Tomato Sauce? Fucking amazing.
Food-wise Double Dare also inspired me with obstacles like their giant Peanut Butter and Bologna Sandwich which back when I actually managed to toke every now and then and got the munchies I actually tried and.. Yep.. That too was pretty damn delicious.. Then again when you're that baked I think anything pretty much is pretty good.
Segueing again, did you ever notice how on Nickelodeon game-shows the points rarely fucking mattered at all? I can't recall once ever seeing a case where points mattered on Nickelodeon Arcade, they were often completely asinine as none would make it to the goal and even if they did the team that got the goal in Round 2 would automatically win. I don't think I'd ever seen an example of anyone winning because they had 'higher points', the fuck then was the point of the points?
So what did I learn from Nickelodeon?
- Mayans are fucking scary.
- Points don't matter for dick. Win the second round, win the game.
- Slime is strangely delicious looking and now I have to make it some day.
- One of my favourite game-show hosts is now a personal hero for me because he suffers OCD too and is very inspirational for me.
- Doug was a fucking stoner and therefore came up with incredible food idea's, both Beets and Bananas in Tomato Sauce are absolutely delicious. Come to think of it I think Nickelodeon was run by stoners at the time given the number of strange foods and strange food combinations that are present on the network during the 1980s and 1990s.
- Obesity probably started with characters like Angelica for a lot of kids of the 90s, way to go, Nick.
- Angelica defies the natural order of things because with what she ate and how much she ate she should be a beached whale.
- Golden Pepperoni. That is all.
James quite enjoyed it and I think it came out flawlessly although Chilli isn't hard to present since it kind of always looks a little gross.