57 posts tagged Seattle
57 posts tagged Seattle
Every year the awesome Archie McPhee store staff dress in different costumes each day for an entire week leading up to Halloween. Beginning with the Jeff as the Grumpy Cat and ending with Shana as a truly disturbing ventriloquist’s dummy, these photos are some of our favourites.
Be sure to check out Archie McPhee on Instagram to see them all.
Last Saturday, Oct. 18th, David George Gordon, The Bug Chef and author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, paid a visit to the Archie McPhee store for an afternoon cooking demonstration. Brave Seattleites were invited to take a taste-test and experience the flavours and textures of Chef Gordon’s creepy-crawly cuisine.
Grasshopper Kabobs were served along with “Niblets & Cricklets” (what Chef Gordon calls cups of crickets and corn), Sonoran Desert scorpions in Scorpion Scaloppini, and Deep Fried Tarantulas. The Bug Chef says that fried tarantula is one of his tastiest dishes. You just have to remember to singe off all their little hairs before battering and frying them.
So, who’s hungry?
Click here to watch a brief video of the event. The reactions on the faces of our customers as they eat the bug dishes are priceless.
It’s Creepy Treats Day on Geyser of Awesome!
If you’re in Seattle on Saturday, October 19th, stop by the Archie McPhee store. We’re hosting an appearance by the one and only David George Gordon, The Bug Chef and author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. Join us in Wallingford for a bug cooking demonstration from 12pm to 3pm. Who knows what sorts of creepy crawlies Chef Gordon will use to work his culinary wizardry. Come on over to find out and maybe even participate in a taste-test. There may be deep-fried tarantula legs, but we can’t promise anything.
Archie McPhee has a colourful, 30-year-long history of fantastic staff Halloween costumes. This pair of Eraserhead costumes, with Steve dressed as Henry Spencer and Shana as the haunting Lady in the Radiator, has always been one of our all-time favourites. What’s more, they walked around in character like this nearly all day long. It was very creepy and completely awesome.
Seattle-based artist Dan Corson created this awesome interactive, solar-powered art installation entitled Sonic Bloom. It was commissioned by the Pacific Science Center along with support from Seattle City Light’s Green Up Program. The installation is situated outside the Pacific Science Center, which is on the grounds of Seattle Center, the city’s park, arts, and entertainment center originally constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Sonic Bloom consists of five giant, colourful, solar-powered flowers which absorb the sun’s energy during the day and are illuminated by it at night via patterned LED lighting.
"Sensors located in each flower are triggered by people’s movement, as the 40’ high by 20’ wide super-sized flowers set off a chorus of interactive harmonic tones. Each flower has its own distinctive set of notes, simulating a singing chorus. Engaging the public it is possible to compose and conduct music together, or just by walking through to randomly set off a harmonic sequence. the interactive choral sound component works both day and night providing a dynamic and ever-changing sonic landscape."
The top of each flower has also been mounted with 46 locally-made photovoltaic cells that collect solar energy which is then fed back into the city’s electrical grid. “This sustainable feature completely offsets the energy-efficient LED lighting and speaker electrical consumption for the project.”
When a ground pork robot faces off against a ground beef robot, who will emerge victorious? We aren’t sure, but we’re guessing the leftovers will be delicious either way.
[via Obvious Winner]
Tomorrow the Archie McPhee store is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Archie McPhee first opened in 1983 and, as you can see in this post, all sorts of awesome things have taken place in our different locations over the years. This week the Archie McPhee blog has been taking a look at the store’s history. Here at the Geyser of Awesome, we thought we’d take today to celebrate some other awesome things, moments, and people from the same year that Archie McPhee opened.
Get ready, it’s 1983 day on the Geyser of Awesome!
We’ve had numerous in-store product launch parties and celebrity signing events here at Archie McPhee over the years. Here you see photos of a few of our favorites:
The first photo is from an event in which employees who had modeled for Archie McPhee products appeared in person to autograph those very same products. From left to right: Shana was the wonderfully wicked model for our Little Devil Hood, Fuzz had his very own Fuzz Action Figure, and Fred was the model for My Pretty Nosehair.
2003 saw the release of action figures for not one, but two Seattle icons, both of whom had people filling the store to line up and meet them:
The second photo is from the day Nancy Pearl, Seattle librarian, author and literary critic, attended the release of the Librarian Action Figure. Celebrating librarians everywhere, this action figure was inspired by and modeled after Nancy and featured a push-button shushing action.
The third photo shows the unforgettable day Seattle’s legendary (and now sorely-missed) clown J.P. Patches and his longtime sidekick Bob Newman (seen here in character as Ketchikan the Animal Man) attended the launch of the J.P. Patches Action Figure. The two of them held court for hours greeting long-time fans, autographing action figures, and regaling the crowd with great stories from their many years spent entertaining children and adults alike. The store was overflowing with happy Patches Pals that day.
Reblogged from lesstalkmoremonkey
It took a total of seven hours of setup and five tries, but at around 11 p.m. Friday, May 31, The Seattle Public Library set the world’s record for the longest book domino chain.
The record-breaking event was held on the third floor of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. A total of 2,131 books followed a complex pathway that included ramps up and across book stacks, around a large planter in the center of the floor, up and down sets of stairs, bridges and more. At one point, one book has to fall from a shelf to the floor to continue the book domino chain. At different locations while the books are dropping, patrons are reading. One woman, for example, looks like she is reading at the beach, while another couple appears to be having a picnic and reading. A portion of the book domino chain spelled the word “read.”
The previous record of a 1,000-book domino chain was achieved by an organization called Responsible Fishing in the United Kingdom in 2011.