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13 years ago this very month we took to the interwebs and registered the weird and wonderful domain name TruffleShuffle.co.uk & we were officially born! To mark this super special occasion, we thought we would take a little walk down memory lane and give you our top 13 memorable moments at here at TruffleShuffle. Hopefully you’ll learn a little something about who we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re heading. Let’s go!
1. MAY 2004
We sold our very first t-shirt on the mighty (old looking) eBay. With the money from this sale, we scurried online and purchased the domain name truffleshuffle.co.uk. Why TruffleShuffle? It’s retro, it’s cool and we LOVE the Goonies?!
2. DECEMBER 2004
By our first Christmas, we were selling around 20 t-shirts a day!! Our range was humble, nothing like our huge collection of classic retro T-Shirts we have today that’s for sure! We had our sights firmly set on tee greatness, which is something we still strive towards today.
3. JANUARY 2005
In the press! We had our first press feature in the infamous Loaded magazine! Being described as ‘a goldmine of ’80′s inspired t-shirtery’. *blushes*
4. JUNE 2005
With the business continuing to grow, we had to move TruffleShuffle from our 1 bed flat into a small office space in Bristol and continue the adventure. Weirdly with all our own personal collections, our homes don’t look too much different from back then now!
5. DECEMBER 2005
By our second Christmas, we were selling 100 t-shirts a day!!
That’s 5x what we selling the previous year. Busy busy!
6. SEPTEMBER 2005
Just over a year from launch, we moved into our first proper grown-up warehouse.
On that day ‘Truffle Towers V1.0′ was born.
7. MAY 2008
Woohoo! We win Bristol’s 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year! Such a great achievement which only helped to add fire to the Truffle belly.
8. JUNE 2009
Eeeek! We needed to move again…. This time our warehouse (Truffle Towers V2.0) is a whopping
three times the size of Truffle Towers V1.0! The TrufffleShuffle team continues to grow… as does the size of the tea rounds!
9. DECEMBER 2009
We sell our Millionth T-Shirt! That’s right folks, in just a few years, we had managed to pick, pack and post a stupendous million tees to people all over the world.
10. SEPTEMBER 2011
No pictures please! Now seven years hard at work, we’re crowned Best Specialist Retailer by the amazing people at Reveal Magazine. Such an honour and a great excuse for a party! Right?
11. AUGUST 2012
Splashdown! Mother Nature takes a dislike to TruffleShuffle and sends sooo much rain to Bristol that it floods Truffle Towers V2.0. The whole team rally together to save the day and as many of our retro creations as possible. Great excuse to clean the floors we guess!
12. AUGUST 2016
Another milestone! We ship our millionth order and to celebrate, we ran a huge competition to win a years supply of cool t-shirts!! The lucky winner was Matthew Smith from Norwich.
13. APRIL 2018
We’re on the move…. again, hopefully for the last time! This time into our purpose built new headquarters. Truffle Towers V3.0 will once again be three times the size Truffle Towers V2.0 and feature very cool ‘break out’ areas and even a retro gaming zone… We can’t bloomin’ wait!
AND FINALLY…
Of course, none of this would have been possible without each and every one of you lovely lot who placed and order, sent us a tweet or even just checked out our site. We love what we do and for as long as you guys do to, we’ll be here giving you the best selection of classic clothing and accessories as possible. Huuuuge thank you everyone!
If you want a little more insight into TruffleShuffle and all the lovely folk that work here why not pop the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy the video we made to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.
See you in another 13 years!
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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!

xoxo

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12 Things You Didn't Know about Sesame Street

My blog post today is bought to you by the letter L. L is for love and down here at TruffleShuffle we love Sesame Street almost as much as we love t-shirts!

Incase rocking your latest Sesame Street related vintage t-shirt wasn’t enough to show your appreciation for the Street, we thought we’d arm you with 12 killer facts you probably didn’t know to impress your mates with down the pub….

1 – The show was almost called 123 Avenue B, but it was changed due to the fact that it was a real New York City address.

2 – The Count’s birthday is October 9, 1,830,653 B.C.

3 – Ernie wears horizontal stripes on his sweater to make him appear more relaxed; while Bert wears vertical stripes on his sweater to make him appear more uptight.

4 – Oscar the Grouch was originally orange. He changed to his trademark green color in the second season.

5 – In 1990, after Jim Henson’s untimely death, Kermit the Frog disappeared from the show. He reappeared in new segments in 1998. Jim never considered Kermit a regular, he always referred to him as “Sesame Street’s #1 guest star.”

6 – Big Bird is 8’2″ tall.

7 – Cookie Monster a.k.a “The Wheel Stealer”, predates the show by 3 years. Jim Henson originally designed an early version of the character [with teeth!] in 1966, to appear in an ad for General Mills Canada’s Wheels, Crowns and Flutes snacks. The pilot ad never aired.

8 – “America’s favorite game show host” Guy Smiley’s real name is Bernie Liederkrantz. Guy was Jim Henson’s least favorite character to perform.

9 – Ernie’s signature song “Rubber Duckie” was a tribute to his very own beloved Rubber Duckie. The song first aired during episode 78 going on to eventually reach number 16 on Billboard’s “Hot 100 Singles” chart in 1970.

10 – The character of Oscar the Grouch was inspired by two people. His attitude comes from a nasty waiter that served Jim Henson and former director Jon Stone at a restaurant called Oscar’s Tavern in Manhattan. The voice was inspired by a cab-driver that used to drive Caroll Spinney to the set every day during the first season.

11 – In 1979, C-3PO and R2-D2 visited Sesame Street.

12 – It is believed that Snuffuluffagus is Big Bird’s imaginary friend. Big bird is the ONLY character who sees him. Originally the adults on the show refused to believe he existed, but this was changed in 1985 when producers felt that this may would discourage children from sharing important things with their parents.

Men's Black Elmo Made In The 80'S T-Shirt Ladies Sesame Street Muppetspotting T-Shirt
Men’s Black Elmo Made
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Ladies Sesame Street
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Men's Sesame Street World Tour T-Shirt Ladies Sesame Street Cookie Monster Movie Poster T-Shirt
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via imdb, buzzfeed, thefullwiki, muppetwiki and laughingsquid

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As soon as you here the opening chords of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” you are transported back to a time when the coolest men in the universe were flying F-14 Tomcats for the Navy and had silly names like Maverick, Goose and Ice Man. “Top Gun” made Tom Cruise a household name and gave Meg Ryan one of her first movie gigs. But even though it’s one of the most frequently quoted guy movies, how well do you really know it? Here are some facts about “Top Gun” that might surprise you.

10 - The bar in which a boozy rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” was performed is real, and still exists. It’s called Kansas City BBQ, and it’s in San Diego, California. Although a 2008 fire destroyed a lot of its memorabilia, the piano is still there and they still sell Top Gun t-shirts.

9 - Top Gun was inspired by a 1983 article in California magazine called “Top Guns,” which was about young fighter pilots training at a Naval Air Station in San Diego. Unfortunately the school itself does not award a “Top Gun Trophy,” nor is there a points system. Those elements were invented for the film.

8 - The bad guys’ MiG-28s that battle the Navy’s F-14 squadron at the end of the film don’t exist, and never have. They were made up for the film, and were actually American Northrop F-5s painted black, chosen because they looked “villainous”.

7 - The band Toto was also originally asked to record the film’s now famous ’Danger Zone’ track, but the deal fell through due to legal disputes. Thus, Kenny Loggins recorded the song, and music history was made.

6 - Ever wondered why Kelly McGillis is so incognito in the lift scene or the subsequent love scene is shot through an obscuring blue tint? Well, during test screenings the audience complained about a lack of love scene between the two characters so the movie was sexed up, and those scenes were added six months after the film wrapped. By then, McGillis had dyed her hair for another role.

5 - “Cougar”, the fighter pilot who loses his edge in the opening scene and gives way for Maverick and Goose to attend the Top Gun academy, was played by actor John Stockwell, writer of the Mark Walhberg film “Rock Star” and Surf classic “Blue Crush”.

4 - As for call signs, did you know that the squat, bald officer (James Tolkan) who wants to ’bust Maverick and Gooses butts’ had one? It’s never mentioned in the movie, but in the script and credits (and his name plate pictured here) it is revealed as “Stinger”.

3 - Many viewers of “Top Gun” assume the MiG fighters are Russian. In fact, their country of origin is never actually identified because the studio didn’t want to anger any possible overseas audiences. In the original script, however, they are revealed to be North Korean.

2 - The introduction of Charlie (Kelly McGillis) famously begins with a close-up of her high heels as she addresses the assembled pilots. Later in that same scene, though, you can clearly see she’s wearing flats so the 5’10″ McGillis wouldn’t dwarf 5’7″ Cruise.

1 - Despite being very cooperative during production, the U.S. Navy told director Tony Scott that he could only fire the F-14’s missiles twice. Scott filmed them both, then reused the same two shots over and over throughout the movie.

So there you have it, 10 little known facts about one of my favourite retro films. Thankfully we have plenty of retro tshirts and cool accessories available so you can show your appreciation too!!

Men’s Top Gun Flight Suit
T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
£19.99 >

Top Gun Mirrored
Aviator Sunglasses
£14.99 >

Canvas Need For Speed
Top Gun Wallet
£11.99 >

Ladies Top Gun Maverick V-Neck
T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
£24.99 >

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