Man, This Pepsi Pop-Culture Bottlecap Game Is Fun!

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Old Friend Avoided In Hometown Convenience Store

HARWICH, MA—Boston graphic designer Kirk Bannon ducked out of a Harwich Stop 'N' Shop convenience store Tuesday, successfully avoiding contact with store cashier and onetime high-school classmate George Moseley. "George and I were in Mr. Telscher's first-period biology class together," said Bannon, 26, who was back in his hometown for a friend's wedding. "Looks like he's an assistant manager." After sneaking out of the Stop 'N' Shop, Bannon drove to a Gas 'N' Go three blocks away to purchase a gallon of milk and a New York Times.

Unremarkable Man Resembles Burt Ward

KALAMAZOO, MI—Walter Hodgson, a generally unremarkable Kalamazoo-area accountant, bears a strong resemblance to actor Burt Ward, it was reported Monday. "From a certain angle, especially when his hair is parted to the left, [Hodgson] really looks a lot like that guy who played Robin in the old Batman series," said Rick Tufts, who lives in the same apartment building as Hodgson. "Other than that, I can't say that there's anything all that distinctive about him."

Al Gore Excited, Proud To Be At Local Event

LAS CRUCES, NM—Vice-President Al Gore expressed excitement and pride over his presence at Saturday's 25th annual Las Cruces Air Show, where he delivered the honorary opening address. "I can't tell you how excited and proud I am to be here. This truly is one of the great American traditions," Gore told the crowd of 260. "And I know that President Clinton, who unfortunately could not be here today, feels the same way." Moments after his remarks, the excited, proud Gore left aboard Air Force Two, missing the entirety of the air show. Organizers of the event speculated that he was too excited to stay.

Creepy Late-Night Mortgage Ad Gives Insight Into True State Of Economy

Millions of late-night television viewers were given a rare glimpse into the true state of the economy Monday, when a creepy ad encouraging Americans to mortgage their homes to get out of debt aired numerous times on stations across the U.S. "Homeowners," the commercial stated, "do you have credit-card bills, loan payments or other large monthly bills that you can't afford? Capital Credit, the nation's leading home-mortgage specialists since 1965, can help. Call our toll-free number today." Said Jacksonville, FL, insomniac Bob Voss, who saw the ad at 1 a.m., 1:25 a.m., 1:56 a.m. and 3:12 a.m.: "I guess maybe there's something they're not telling us about the economy."

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Hola amigos! What's goin' down? I know it's been a while since I last gave you the gospel according to Anchower, but I've had problems like you wouldn't believe. First off, I blew a tire 'cause my alignment was all messed up, but my alignment couldn't be fixed until I replaced my master bearing. Plus, my clutch cable broke for the second time 'cause the firewall is bent in. Hombres, this ain't been an easy time in the life of Jim Anchower.

Requiem For Mrs. Zweibel

To-day marks the 100th anniversary of my marriage to my beloved wife, Mrs. Zweibel. Not a day goes by in which I don't think of my 41 years with her. I only wish I could remember her name. I think it was Mabel. Or perhaps Henrietta.
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Man, This Pepsi Pop-Culture Bottlecap Game Is Fun!

As a member of the hip, media-savvy "twentysomething" generation, I can tell you that there's nothing I enjoy more than pop-cultural references. They're so Gen-X! My friends and I in the 16- to 28-year-old demographic not only regularly pepper our conversation with them, but we also get really excited when we see them on TV or printed on consumer products.

The way I see it, any product that can speak the language of my peer group, well, that's a product for me. It's like, "Hey, I can relate to that!" So believe me when I tell you that the new Pepsi Pop-Culture Game is the most fun I've had in ages!

For those of you who haven't already heard about this totally rad game, here's how it works: First, you treat yourself to a refreshing, ice-cold bottle of Pepsi. (If you haven't tried one yet, believe me, you'll love it–they're delicious!) Next, collect the one-word gamepieces from underneath the bottle caps and use them to form hip phrases from popular TV shows, songs and movies. If you complete a phrase, you win one of two million prizes, including sunglasses, phone cards and cool Pepsi gear. Awesome!

If you don't have a Pepsi Pop-Culture gameboard and would like to join in on the fun, you can pick one up at one of the more "happening" stores in your neighborhood. Or, if you don't live in a hip part of town, just call Pepsi at 1-800-622-1122. It's toll-free!

My friends and I are so into this game. It's totally us! That's because everybody my age loves Pepsi. In fact, my generation is so closely identified with Pepsi products that we're often referred to as "The Pepsi Generation." It makes sense, then, that Pepsico would be the kind of corporation to create a game this cool.

To give you a better idea of just how cool this game is, let me describe its TV commercial to you. Talk about rad! It's easily one of the bossest ads Pepsi's put out in months! It takes place at this really awesome party, and you can tell right from the start it's gonna be good, because the music playing is Rod Stewart's way-cool 1984 rocker, "Some Guys Have All The Luck"–without question one of his most high-energy, danceable tunes.

There's this guy sitting on a couch, and he sees this really hot girl come in. The girl heads straight toward him, dancing all sexy with the game pieces in her outstretched hands. (Some guys really do have all the luck!) She looks right at him and starts spelling out a phrase, but she runs out of gamepieces just before the very last word. Fortunately, the guy has the gamepiece needed to finish the phrase, and she takes him home with her, probably to have sex. Whoa! That guy must've been the envy of every guy at the party! And all because he was playing the Pepsi Pop-Culture Game! Man, wouldn't you love to have something like that happen to you? I know I sure would!

I can't believe how hip the phrases are, either! Pepsi is definitely speaking my language here. For example, one phrase you can spell is, "Been There, Done That." That phrase's jaded, ironically detached tone captures my own Gen-X slacker attitude to a T. And that's just one of many cool phrases you get to form when you play this game!

Who can forget last year's popular catch phrase, "Don't go there"? What a sassy retort! And remember how awesome it was when Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered the immortal line, "Hasta la vista, baby," in Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Well, now you can relive that super-cool moment by spelling it out yourself!

There are other movie phrases, too. One of them is "You talkin' to me?" which I think is an Al Pacino line from The Godfather, or maybe GoodFellas. But whatever movie it's from, it's loaded with plenty of "Don't mess with me" attitude, and I'm sure "down" with that!

Now, I realize that some of you old geezers may still be wondering, "Why do the kids of today communicate with such crazy phrases?" Well, I guess it's just part of what makes our "scene" so unique. After all, we're only the second generation in history to have been raised on television and rock 'n' roll, so we have a totally radical perspective on life, a perspective that older, "square" people just don't "get." So make way, old-timers! Get with it! If the kids are united, they shall never be divided! The new Pepsi Pop-Culture Game is out of this world!

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