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Winter Lucky Charms and Glowing Nintendo Wii Gift Cards!

So late last night I went to the grocery store and picked up a box of Lucky Charms for the first time in a while. While Boo Berry may be my all-time favorite, I think just about everyone remembers Lucky Charms as their first run-in with a cereal that had marshmallows in it (for all you trivia buffs, it's actually the first cereal that ever came with marshmallow bits in it). What's nice is that the marshmallow content seems to have gone up a bit over the years, so no longer is it a struggle to find marshmallows anymore towards the bottom of the box. And don't deny it, we've all dug marshmallows right out of the box and discarded the remaining cereal before. I remember doing it all the time when I was younger, always assuming some boring adult would come along and eat the leftover healthy cereal bits while reading the Wall Street Journal and talking about their 401k. Whatever that was all about...

For the holidays, they've just unveiled Winter Lucky Charms:

LUCKY Charms?

Ignoring the fact that leprechauns have about as much to do with Xmas as they do with tha hood and outer space; all of Lucky's new marshmallows now have an Xmas theme - Pine trees, stockings, candy canes, snowmen, ornaments, wreaths and presents. Depending on what's inside of them, I guess I could see the stockings and presents being potentially "lucky", but what about the rest of those things? I don't recall anything lucky about ornaments. Well, I do recall once stepping on the shard of a broken ornament with my bare feet, so I suppose that was a form of luck... just not the good kind. But a pine tree? A snowman? A wreath? A candy cane? What forms of luck have these really brought anybody? I'm just glad the pine tree marshmallows don't taste like sap and bark.

LUCKY Charms?

In other news, as if the new Nintendo system wasn't already looking good enough in the eyes of the general public, now there are new gift cards at Target. But not just any gift cards... glowing gift cards:

All gift cards should look this good.

Admit it... even if you're not planning on buying the Nintendo Wii, you still want to own one of these gift cards. A gift card that has a soft blue glow? Come on, who wouldn't want that? Hell, I'd buy one and not even bother to put any money on it.

Random survey: Please explain exactly what's so lucky or unlucky about each of the new Winter Lucky Charms marshmallows in your opinion.



Ilya (Guest) on 11/14/2006 5:23 pm

Yeah actually i think nintendowiifanboy wrote something about those cards...yea they did
I dont live near a target but i'd love to have that card.


Angryhydralisk (Hasn’t eaten cereal in almost a decade.) (Guest) on 11/14/2006 5:25 pm

Very cool blabber. I imagine they are lucky since there's no coal marshmallows made of rat turds or fruitcake marshamllows with 3.5 juicy fruit flies in each one (Just like your average packet of ketchup!)

Anyways, I seen some boxes at work for Wii products. The boxes labeled the controllers as "Nunchuck controller". Here's hoping they call the PS3 controllers "boomerangs". Then you can use that Mortal Kombat 3 background again!


James (Guest) on 11/14/2006 5:35 pm

Glowing cards....must have! Even though I'm not planning on getting a Wii for about a year.

I would imagine that a pine tree would be lucky because they give birth to the little baby pine scent trees that they put in new cars.

I don't associate candy canes with luck, you can't get the damn plastic off of those things without breaking them. Snowmen bring luck and protection of the frost giants from Jotunheimr.

I don't know about the others, I do find it weird that lucky is trying to break into the christmas racket, won't this throw off the balance of the holiday universe?


Doctor dumbass (Guest) on 11/14/2006 5:53 pm

I think Wreaths were hung for good luck back in the old days...


Ninjawolf (Guest) on 11/14/2006 5:58 pm

Angyhydralisk, Sony changed the freakish Boomerang-style PS3 controller to the current Sixaxis controller a few months ago. I style think they should launch that prototype out as a product though, sort of like a noveltie item.

And as for the charms:
Pinetree- If you've ever had a life one for a Christmas tree you know how annoying it can be to be stepping on the needles for the next three months.
Cany Cane- It is sort of like a horse shoe I guess, so that must be its luck factor: The universe will see it and just say "Ah, close enough" and give you the good luck
Snowman- Hopefully you can bring it to life like Frosty and have it serve you as your eternal slave.
Wreath- The knowledge that if you get mad enough at your family you can use this to kill them by sitting them in a chair and pulling back to strangle them and/or break the wind pipe. However, it takes so long you'll probably be able to kill one of them. So its good for everyone. Except for the one you kill. If you actually manage to kill one.


Mike P (Guest) on 11/14/2006 8:05 pm

The pine tree is lucky because if someone hadn't cut it down for it to be used as a Christmas tree, a bunch of chipmunks would have invested its branches. So you see, the pine tree is lucky, not you.

The stocking represents blind luck. Will you get something nifty or something crappy?

The candy cane probably has some sort of Eastern Europeon tradition associated with it that makes it lucky.

The snowman will be lucky if it stays below forty degrees. Any higher than that and his luck starts to run out.

The ornament probably also has some obscure tradition associated with it and its luck. I read something about getting an extra present on Christmas if you're the first to find a pickle ornament on your tree, so that's kind of lucky.

The wreath... you're lucky if it doesn't fall apart. Unless if it's not made of real wreath-bits, in which case you're lucky you have an extra hat?

Finally, you need luck if you expect to give and get good presents on Christmas. That's the presents luck symbolism.


Aks (Guest) on 11/14/2006 10:26 pm

Whats lucky is that I didnt kick their asses for changing my lucky charms! >:(


Azrael (Guest) on 11/15/2006 10:21 am

I want a wii card! The light is soo warm and blue and glowy. Must...have...card...
on a side note, the only thing "lucky" about lucky charms is that Boo Berry doesn't go over and kick Lucky the Leprachaun hairy ass


shannon (Guest) on 11/15/2006 1:57 pm

ok thi shas nothing to do with lucky charms. i just felt the need to tell everyone to go buy the new Tenacious D cd. its amazing. thats all.


Jai (Guest) on 11/15/2006 3:42 pm

Dude, I'm digging through the Lucky Charms right as I read this.


booberry (Guest) on 11/15/2006 5:04 pm

Change the Blabber's banner.


-RoG- (Guest) on 11/15/2006 8:33 pm

Angryhydralisk, speaking of the nunchuck controllers, wanna know what I can't wait for? I guarantee you, within a month or so, you'll start seeing videos on YouTube of people getting to excited with their controllers. They'll swing their arms a little too wildly and end up breaking a lamp or smacking their friends in the face. It's gonna be fantastic, and we have Nintendo to thank for it!

James, nah, other cereals and food products have been getting in on the Christmas hoopla for years... I believe Lucky Charms has in the past as well. So I don't think it will throw off any balance. After all, there was never any to begin with.

Doctor dubmass, hrm, I recall something about wreaths being given to victorious gladiators or something along those lines. So I guess they could be associated with luck, as in "lucky to still be alive."

Ninjawolf, haven't you ever seen Jack Frost? Don't ever try to make a snowman your slave or he'll make you pay for it with your life.

Aks, heheh calm down there Clubber Lang, they didn't change the taste of the cereal. It's still just as good as ever.

Azrael, if I could've chosen between the warm glow of a Wii gift card and a Glow Worm when I was younger, the Wii card would've won hands down.

Jai, liar. If you were really digging through the Lucky Charms, you'd have BOTH hands in that box... and possibly your entire face. But no, you're typing here in this blog.

Booberry, good call. I was wondering why the blog still felt creepy every time I visited it. And here I thought it was because of the poor coding...


James (Guest) on 11/16/2006 1:00 pm

No balance?! My entire universal view has been shattered! I....I think I'm starting to hyperventilate or however that word is ...


Ninjawolf (Guest) on 11/16/2006 6:30 pm

Actually, Jack Frost was actually one of the main things that I though of when I was writing that. But as long as you keep a blow torch (or even a blow dryer for that matter) handy you should be able to keep it under control.


Erik Majorwitz (Guest) on 11/16/2006 6:31 pm

Screw Attack has their spot in line for a PS3 up for auction on eBay benefiting Child's Play.

Semper Fi,
Erik Majorwitz


Sam Iamb (Guest) on 11/16/2006 10:38 pm

I know that Christians kind of took over Christmas, but wasn't Santa Claus some sort of Elf-King in charge of distributing gifts to children before the birth of Christ? I'm pretty sure.

You know how some people go on and on about how Satan is Santa misspelled. It actually makes sense to me today (these understandings come and go). I heard a pretty good euphemism for "evil" or "the devil" or "antiChrist" or whatever you want to call it - I think this term is a pretty good blanket term describing the danger of greed: "Everything That Money Can Buy." Like instead of saying Lucifer, saying Everything That Money Can Buy in order to be clear you're talking about the temptation of materialism, because sometimes Lucifer means light or the danger of enlightenment to someone who hasn't taken the right precautions with his body and ego.

Back to the subject, I don't know enough Dungeons and Dragons or Tolkein or whatnot (whatever) to know the relationship between elves and leprechauns, but I'm pretty sure they're in the same general family. I can't say I have a problem with the concept, except that there is any concept to begin with. Screw all the marketeers, coming up with new ways to sell junk I don't want.

As for mixing up all the trappings we've added onto Christmas in centuries since the winter celebrations all kind of got squashed into Christmas, your guess is good as mine. If they had marshmallow mistletoe and pine trees, wreathes, and maybe an ice skate or something it wouldn't be bad. How about eggnog flavored cereal -- just saying because I won't eat it no matter what flavor. I don't even want to live in the modern world and I hate cereal with marshmallows in it. I did my best LOL


Sam Iamb (Guest) on 11/16/2006 10:51 pm

oh forgot,

candy canes represented shepherds' hooks?

christmas tree was a German pagan thing, ornaments came later, but children used to used to decorate string up garlands of popcorn and berries 'n such and decorate live trees still in the ground on the edge of the forest, then hide and get a kick out of watching of the little birdies and other critters having a little animal feast a la St. Francis -- a very gentle nature granola-ey kind of christmas. this kind of takes the creepy edge off the black forest of the grimm bros.

i didn't know the evergreen wreath was the same as a roman laurel - are you sure? because what i learnt was that laurel crowns made out of laurel sprigs (where bay leaves come from) were given to gladiators and all sorts of other champions in ancient rome. what I heard about the christmas evergreen wreath was more about life cycles (1) an entire life cycle starting over with the approaching new year and (2) the usual pagan sex stuff.

just me blabbering, don't mind me


WiiObsessed (Guest) on 10/13/2009 1:53 am

The cereal isn't the lucky bit-you were wondering what leprechauns have to do with Christmas? They don't really have anything to do with Christmas the small man in green is there for the lucky aspect of the product... ...I thought you would've seen that already.

They would've needed something simple that most kids and adults would understand - it's not the charms that are lucky it's the leprechaun, think of the title of being:

[main heading] Lucky Charms!
Winter Themed!


[main heading] Lucky!
Winter Charms!

Do you understand now? I hope I helped.

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