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For reasons not worth explaining, I recently found myself in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, where I wandered into a candy shop. Amidst all the Kosher chocolates and Israeli jellybeans, I spotted the items you see above — instantly recognizable as Bazooka bubblegum, but rendered in Hebrew and maybe one other language I don’t recognize. According to the wrapper, it’s produced by an Israeli company (under strict rabbinical supervision, natch) under license from Topps. Interesting!
And what’s inside a piece of Israeli Bazooka bubblegum? A Bazooka Joe comic, of course, although it’s a little different than the ones you’re probably used to seeing (click to enlarge):
Another weird mix of languages. Anyone care to translate for us?
New ESPN column today, about players who’ve worn 0 and 00 — look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: My favorite band has a 50th-anniversary logo, and boy is it a stinker. Piece o’. … We already saw the Minneapolis Millers throwbacks that the Twins will be wearing this weekend, but I didn’t mention that the Royals will be dressing up as the Kansas City Blues for the occasion. … The mighty Fleer Sticker Project has published an excelleng piece on the 1973 MLB All-Star Game, which was (a) the last time the game was played in KC, and (b) apparently the first time players started wearing white shoes for the ASG (that’s Chris Speier and Cesar Cedeño). Also, there’s a shot of Reggie Jackson using this weird wind-resistance thingie in the on deck circle, which I totally remember seeing some players use back around that time. And there’s more, including some crazy bullpen buggies, so just check out the full post. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a rare sight — Joe D. in a Red Sox uniform. … Also from yesterday: Shame on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which is the latest governmental agency to consider the fool’s gold of selling corporate naming rights. … In a related item, my friend Deb Goldstein has taken the “I’m still calling it…” concept and used it as the basis for a new T-shirt about my corporate-sponsored subway stop. But hey, why get upset about Barclays when they’re such upstanding corporate citizens? … Shock Doctor, the mouthguard company, has acquired Cutters Gloves. … Jack Nicolaus’s mom crossed paths with the Mets at O’Hare and got this shot of their luggage. … A parent in Delaware has asked a school district to remove its Indian mascot. … As you probably know, Don Zimmer increases his uni number by one each season (he’s up to 64 this year). The problem is that he always wears a windbreaker these days, so we can’t see his number. Fortunately, we can see this year’s number on his bobblehead. … This is interesting: Avi Miller attended a O’s/Phils game a few weeks ago and saw a guy filling out a “Pace of Game” report. Anyone know more about this? … Bolton Wanderers have switched from Reebok to Adidas. “This is big news because they have been wearing Reebok since 1993,” says Mark Emge. “Even stranger is that Bolton’s Stadium is still being called Reebok Stadium.” … The Devils’ goals are getting a fresh coat of paint (from John Muir). … According to this 1976 newspaper item, Ted Turner at one point wanted to change the Braves’ name to the Eagles, so it would go along with Atlanta’s other avian team names — the Hawks and Falcons (nice find by Trevor Williams). … Andrew McKillop has created a very cool five-minute animation that tracks the geographic chronology of the NFL. … A Brazilian gymnast is skipping the Olympics due a dispute over the team’s uniform sponsors. Further info here (from Kevin W.). … New sideline caps for Notre Dame’s game in Ireland (from Warren Junium). … The latest example of why I love Hamilton Nolan. … The Astros have finally realized that a train doesn’t really make sense in a ballpark (from Matt Mitchell). … Here’s the full view of WVU’s new gray football uni. … New pink breast cancer outfits for Marvel Comics superheroes (from Dave Sikula). … Every now and then I mention how I donate blood every two months, and how I always have to ask them to use green tape on my bandage, not purple, hahahaha. I’ll be donating again on Monday, in fact. But here’s the thing: Apparently I’m the only one doing it. I can’t cover the blood needs for the entire fucking country, people, so step up and start bleeding. It’s free, it’s painless (more or less), and you get free Lorna Doones, so stop making excuses and open up a vein already. Thanks.