Random 80′s Trivia

It’s PUMPKIN TIME again every one! Just like many fellow Halloween addicts out there, this week everyone here at TruffleTowers have been busy bees thinking up and creating our very own Pumpkin creations ready to show off to you lovely lot.

We’ve had such a blast getting stuck into these amazing creations, each with their very own retro inspired theme because….well we are TruffeShuffle after all!

Check out all our amazing designs….

so there you have them folks! Which is your favourte? What cool designs have you created this year? Let us know and let us see by commenting below, tweeting on @truffleshuffle_ or getting in touch via Facebook.

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Calling all you coffee fans! Or well….actually even if like us you just like all things retro! During our recent online adventures through cyber space, we’ve spotted some pretty darn amazing retro designs that not only look amazing, but they look tasty too.

Stumbling across some of the coolest Latte designs we’ve ever seen, we thought we would pick out some of our very favourite and share them with you lot. We know, we spoil you!

So! Looking to stir up the hidden barista inside us all, check out some of these simply amazing retro inspired designs below.

So there you have them folks! Got any caffeine cravings? Are you creative with you coffee or have you seen some designs to rival these? Let us know by commenting below.

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For as long as we’d like to remember, each morning we’ve been joined around the breakfast table by one special brand….Kellogg’s!

Creators of some of the most iconic cereals and adjoining characters, Kellogg’s have been the boys to beat in the cereal game and are as much a household staple now as they have been for the last 100 years.

Inspired by their greatness and of course our fond memories through the years of some of our favourite bowls of retro deliciousness, we’ve just gotten our hands on some amazing new Kellogg’s merchandise including notebooks, lip balms, keyrings, erasers and much much more!

To help really get into the spirit, we’ve decided to base one of our classic 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About… blog posts on this food icon. Hopefully you’ll also get to learn some pretty cool facts along the way too. Enjoy!

1- Kellogg’s has been to the moon! Yep the Apollo 11 astronauts brought a Kellogg cereal to the moon, as part of their breakfasts during the mission.

2- Five Kellogg’s cereals are among the top 10 best-selling brands in the United States: Frosted Flakes, Special K, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Froot Loops, and Raisin Bran.

3- Loved getting toys in your cereal as a kid?? Well Kellogg’s were the very first people to do this, starting out by giving away children’s books (The Funny Jungleland Moving Pictures Book) and pin-back buttons.

4- It all started by mistake! Controversial doctor John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will Keith Kellogg invented corn flakes by accident in 1894. They were trying to make granola.

5- The iconic Kellogg’s logo was first handwritten by founder Will Keith Kellogg and has been with the company ever since.

6- The very first box of Kellogg’s cereal was made of entirely recycled material.  Today, almost all of their cereal boxes are made from recycled paperboard.

7- If laid end to end, the boxes of Kellogg’s cereal eaten since 1906 would reach to the moon and back over 160 times.

8- Know the Times Square adverts in New York? Well…..you guessed it….Kellogg’s was the first company to advertise there.

9- In 2012, Kellogg’s became the world’s second-largest snack food company (after Pepsico) by acquiring the Pringles potato crisps brand from Procter & Gamble for $2.7 billion in a cash deal.

10- Kellogg’s has had a number of themed cereals over the years including; Bart Simpson’s No Problem-O’s, Eat My Shorts and Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Cereal, Homer’s Cinnamon Donut Cereal, Buzz Blasts (based on Buzz Lightyear), C-3PO’s “a New (crunchy) Force at Breakfast”, Mr. T’s Muscle Crunch, Pokémon Cereal, Woody Woodpecker cereal and so much more. Busy busy!

So there you have em folks! Hopefully you’ve learnt a little more about your breakfast buddy and can bore to death WOW all your friends and family with some extra pub quiz trivia.

Know any other cool Kellogg’s facts? Let us know by posting them below in the comments box. Also don’t forget to check out our huuuuge range of official and exclusive Kellogg’s T-Shirts from just £19.99!

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As we all know, times change, what was big now is gone tomorrow and sometimes what feels like it will be around forever slowly disappears into the history books. Well! Part of our job here at Truffle Towers is digging around and uncovering some of these forgotten treasures, dusting them off and throwing them once again into the limelight for people to enjoy again.

One thing we remember about growing up is of course some of the simply magical TV shows that we were lucky enough so witness. Many of which have been banished to the TV archives. To help jog some memories and to give some of these hidden gems a chance of nostalgic glory we thought we would show off some of our favourite shows that you might just have forgotten about. Enjoy!

Noah’s Island
Oh Noah you big gentle legend! For most, the idea of an island that can be moved along somehow using its core of magma which is being run by a Polar bear and his team is a pretty weird idea. But hell is worked and what a show! The island would move around, picking up animals in need as they go which would of course chance the dynamics of the community, sometimes not always for the good. Oiski Poiski!
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Oakie Doke
If you have a problem and you need a helping hand
Cross the dell and ring the bell
He’ll understand
Don’t worry, ‘cos here comes Oakie Doke
The friendliest of folk is Mr Oakie Doke

Okay okay, so he looks a little odd, maybe more than a little, but Oakie Doke was the one guy in the forest you could always rely on in your time of need, usually caused by Dave and Denzil! Ending each episode with ‘Well, it’s like I always say…’ and coming up with the perfect rhyme for the solution, we can’t help but feel he was super helpful, but perhaps a little smug. :)
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Spider!
Ahhhh poor Spider! Seeing no end of trauma and chaos, Spider just wants to be friends but it seems this just isn’t meant to be.
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The Queen’s Nose
No one looks at 50p’s the same way again after this classic show! Being granted ten wishes by rubbing the face of her magical coin, Harmony Parker quickly finds that you should be pretty careful what you wish for!
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Oscar’s Orchestra
Set in the distant future, in the year 2743 actually, this show follows the story of a talking piano Oscar who with his friends (Monty the violin, Trevor the tuba, Syliva the flute and Eric the triangle) rebels against the evil dictator Thadduis Vent who has banned all music.
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Bucky O’Hare
Such a classic! The story follows a parallel universe, where a war is ongoing between the slightly inept United Animals Federation (run by mammals) and the sinister Toad Empire. The Toad Empire is led by a vast computer system known as KOMPLEX, which has brainwashed the toad population.
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The Tick
Everyone loves a pretty dim superhero right? Managing to somehow keep a city safe from a whole host of evil-doers…usually after Arthur has devised an actual solution to an attack.
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Earthworm Jim
Jim is a normal earthworm, until a special “super suit” falls from the sky and allows him to operate much like a human. He has to defend himself against the numerous villains who are trying to get the suit back. Hell….would you give that suit up??
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Watch My Chops
Surely one of the smartest dogs out there! Corneil is a pretty pampered pooch and is desperate to keep it that way but hiding his ability to talk and do things better than most humans. Bernie is his dimwitted dog sitter who is also the only one who knows his secret and is always looking for ways to exploit and annoy Corneil. Ultimately, Bernie needs his trusty friend to get him out of some of the pretty tricky situations he always seems to get in.
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Tom & Jerry Kids
As cartoons come, generally don’t come much more classic than Tom and Jerry! Based on this age old show was a spin-off produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Turner Entertainment which saw these infamous characters in a new light as we caught them in their childhood and it seems not a whole lot was different back then either! Running for a total of four seasons, this just gave us even more reasons to love these characters and the classic show.
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So what do you remember of these shows? Would you like to see any of them make a comeback? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Calling all you Star Trek fans!! We’ve just drummed up a little treat for you to get stuck into!

Like many fans in the land, we LOVE getting to dig our way into the weird and wonderful worlds of some of our very favourite movies and TV shows which is why we’ve been busting out some amazing 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… posts over our long and varied blogging career.

Well! Inspired by some of our very latest Star Trek T-Shirts, we decided to crack on with some serious research and share some of our latest discoveries of this iconic series with you guys.

Sit back and enjoy our 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… Star Trek!

1 – The late Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in all 80s episodes (including the pilot!) of the original series. Legend!

2 – The actor who played “Scotty” James Doohan took part in D-Day during WW2….and was shot six times by ‘friendly’ fire! Although often covered, you can sometimes spot his missing finger which was a sad result of his wounds.

3 – Leonard Nimoy actually came up with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch himself. He was meant to club his victim but thought this wasn’t something Spock would have done.


4 – Despite this being one of THE most referenced lines ever, no one in the original Star Trek series ever actually said ‘Beam me up, Scotty‘. Huh!

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5 – The U.S.S. Enterprise had a six-lane bowling alley on board. According to Star Trek Blueprints, an authentic set of blueprints for the Constitution-class Starships released in booklet form in 1975, there’s a pretty giant bowling alley on Deck 21, right next to the “Refreshments Area” and the “Food and Beverages Preparation Facility.”

6 – William Shatner has never watched Star Trek! He has added that he hated watching himself, because he feels as though he sucked. When he was directing himself and had to watch the footage afterwards — for example in Star Trek V — he found it really uncomfortable.

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7 – Gene Roddenberry got half the royalties for the Star Trek theme. Because of a contract clause that said if he wrote lyrics for a tune (even if they weren’t actually used) he would get a split of royalties. So even though Roddenberry’s incredibly weird lyrics for the Trek theme were never heard on our screens, he got a 50/50 split with composer Alexander Courage….which didn’t make him too happy.

8 – Patric Stewart was so convinced that the show would fail that for the first six weeks of filming he refused to unpack his suitcases! Oooops!

9 – In 1968, Star Trek featured one of the first ever interracial kisses on American television. Kirk and Uhura snogged it out during ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’.

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10 – Roddenberry originally wanted the Enterprise to fly upside down! Now as we know, there’s no “up” and “down” in space, but the Enterprise is usually shown with its saucer section upwards right? The model they originally made was top-heavy, so it swung upside down on its cord so the saucer and nacelles were down. Roddenberry liked it better that way.

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So there you have em folks! Learn anything new? Got anymore cool facts you like to add? Let us know by leaving a little comment below.

Spotted some awesome Star Trek Merchandise on here? Grab all these and so much more over at TruffleShuffle.co.uk. See you there!

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Looking for something to quench that thirst for retro knowledge? Always wanted to know more about your favourite films, TV shows and characters? Well…looks no further than our very own series of 10 Things You didn’t Know about… blog posts!

This time around we’re diving into the super weird and super wonderful world of the Princess Diana of Themyscira herself with our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Wonder Woman!

Take a peep below at some of the amazing and sometimes shocking facts we’ve just uncovered about everyone’s favourite heroine. Enjoy!
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1 – Wonder Woman never actually had a dad. Weirdly she was formed out of clay by her mother and brought to life by the Greek god’s. As you do…
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2 – She sure can talk the talk! Not only can she handle herself in any situation, she can also speak her native Themysciran, Ancient and Modern Greek, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, Russian and Hindi!
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3 – When Wonder Woman is chained up or her bracelets are stuck together, she loses all her powers. This actually happens a lot in the stories much like a lot of other superheroes however it gives her a chance to use cunning and wit to help her break free, showing off more of her talents.
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4 – Wonder Woman has run for president in the comic books…twice! Yep back in 1943 and again in 1972 the Princess ran to run the US of A but sadly she didn’t win. For shame!
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5 – Thought she’s had a few costume changes over the years and more dramatically only just recently (on our blog here), her very first outfit was changed after it received a number of complaints about it….mostly to so with her exposed back. As a result the comic book industry introduced the Comics Code Authority in 1954 and made sure her back is always covered more.
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6 – Wonder Woman actually started life as Suprema. The name Suprema was dropped before ever going to print and Wonder Woman was born.
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7 – She has an invisible fortress called The WonderDome! Despite being able to fly on her own pretty darn fast, Wonder Woman has an invisible plane but it doesn’t stop there. The plane has been known to turn into a fortress in the sky too!
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8 – Now as pretty mad as this seems to us, her very first role in The Justice Society’s was as their secretary! She wasn’t even allowed on missions!
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9 – Her alter ego Diana Prince was actually a nurse who she met and then paid so that she could use all of her details.
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10 – The spin she does to change into her costume was never written in the comics but was introduced for the screen.
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So there you have them folks! Hopefully we’ve taught you a little something about this truly iconic character and hopefully have made you love her that little bit extra along the way.

But wait there’s more! We’ve just managed to get our hands on even more amazing Wonder Woman T-Shirts and they’re here and ready for you to snap up and make you very own from just £9.99. Take a look at some of our latest designs below…

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