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The Kidnapping of Cap’n Dan’l

Jul 28, 2011

Shiver me timbers!

The Seattle Seafair Pirates, the Pirate Kings of the Northwest, recently paid a visit to Archie McPhee. And those rascally scalawagas, they shanghaied Dan’l! He was taken aboard ship and given a thorough menacing. But don’t worry, Cap’n Dan’l be no lily-livered landlubber! He’s a wily buccaneer in his own right and showed no fear in the face o’ their pirate shenanigans.

See you next year you sons of a Biscuit Eater! 🙂

Q&A with Jeremy

Jul 20, 2011

Welcome to another round of Q&A with a member of the Archie McPhee store staff. This time we’ll get to know Jeremy!

Archie McPhee: What is your nerdiest secret?

Jeremy: “My nerdiest secret is…” <--- That is how I would begin my response could I come up with an answer. Nerdism is too broad a term to apply to any of my behaviours or interests. The sources of my pleasures would likely be considered pure nerdery by a vast cross section of Americans but, I believe, this would not be the case among my coworkers. In lieu of an answer, I provide the following: The OED defines NERD as derogatory slang (of U.S. origin): An insignificant, foolish, or socially inept person; a person who is boringly conventional or studious. Now also: spec. a person who pursues an unfashionable or highly technical interest with obsessive or exclusive dedication. 1951 Newsweek 8 Oct. 28 In Detroit, someone who once would be called a drip or a square is now, regrettably, a nerd. 1971 Observer 23 May 36/3 Nerds are people who don't live meaningful lives. How can this be? Both definitions, that of the bore and the specialist (Do they not both "bore" in their own ways?), appear to me the basis for interesting and meaningful lives. As much so, if not more than, the lives of the socially adept and the fashionably attuned. Observer, be damned. Socially inept. Obsessive. Insignificant. Foolish. Studious. Unfashionable. Dedicat[ed]. Adjectivally, nerdhood is something to aspire to. Where was I?
AM: What is the strangest thing inside your fridge right now?

Jeremy: My fridge is lacking, not in food but in creativity. I will work on it. I will say that I have a tendency to refrigerate most anything: crackers, nuts…anything I suspect might be prone to an ant horde.

AM: What, if anything, do you collect?

Jeremy: Books. I have a library of several hundreds back home in New York, the bulky survivors of an extensive purge I committed before moving. Already, in Seattle, it has begun again, though at a pace much slower than previously. I have made a conscious effort of late not to accumulate much of anything. Who knows how often I will shuffle around? I want to be ready with little notice. I recently saw a Herzog documentary on life and living in the Antarctic. In it were interviewed a number of scientists, specialists and manual workers living year round or for stints on the little-populated continent. One man, an Eastern European who fled his unnamed country for fear of persecution, losing his family and everyone he knew in the process, lives in the Antarctic with an ingeniously packed parcel full of all life’s basic material necessities (including housing and transportation), and he keeps this oversized backpack by his side at all times. Just in case. His particular situation is a story twinged with sadness and loss, but I nevertheless admire his frugality. To always be ready. Always to live outside of a sense of geographic confines and the limitations of place. Likely, I am idealizing what I should not. Still, it holds a kind of glory, an aspect of freedom, in my mind.

AM: What is your superpower?

Jeremy: To inspire in all people a universal simultaneous peak expression and ultimate sacrifice of the individual will. This through example, not coercion. Or, the power to communicate effectively with others. Or, super-fast flight.

AM: What Archie McPhee product do you wish you’d had as a child?

Jeremy: Any of the creative figure-it-out-yourself science items. If only I had latched on more practically to a love of science as a little boy!!

Thanks Jeremy!

Stay tuned for more Q&A session with other members of the Archie McPhee staff.

Corn Dog Love

Jul 11, 2011

We all love corn dogs here at Archie McPhee, but one of us REALLY loves them.
If you need proof, just take a look at Jeff’s knuckles!

That’s some serious devotion to a favorite food. Make sure you don’t miss the little corn dog on his left index finger. Cute!

High Priestess of Rubber Chickens: A Seriously Cool Job

Jul 5, 2011

Click the photo to check out a sweet NWjobs interview with Shana, our tiara-wearing manager and fearless leader: