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By CHRISTOPHER SPATA TBO.com staff
When we heard there was a real-life hot dog hotline out there to answer hot dog questions we immediately got to work compiling a list of the most pressing hot dog issues of today.
Oh, and by the way, a hot dog hotline is a thing that exists.
Ball Park recently announced via press release that its Finest Franks Hotline offering "frank advice" in hot dog matters was opening for hot dog season.
So yes, right now (as long as it's Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., or 2 and 5 p.m. on weekends) you can call 1-844-4FRANKS and speak to an expert in all things hot dog.
Or you can text them at 57872, which is what we did.
What did we get when we asked every hot dog question we could think of? A few non-answers, at least one non sequitur, several counter questions that were all some form of "Have you tried our hot dogs?" and one definitive answer to an issue of much Internet debate.
Here's how our conversation went.
Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including Darius Rucker at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amhitheatre and the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.
“This here for that ice cold, that be the thunder, that Lightning bolt. This here for those thunder sticks, them Lightning fans at Amalie. Stylin’, wildin’, bringing the cup to this city,” sings Wild 94.1 host Orlando Davis on “Uptown Puck,” the Lightning-themed “Uptown Funk” remix he debuted on his morning show.
Davis says he was so inspired when the Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals that he started writing with the Bruno Mars track in mind and was recording the song 10 minutes later.
Davis’ Lightning fandom might even surpass this octopus at the Florida Aquarium.
Murray was the first guest when Letterman debuted on CBS in 1993 and has since appeared on the show dressed as Peter Pan, a football player, Liberace, a jockey and a sort of 19th century dandy, but his final appearance on Tuesday night (which included swigging vodka straight from the bottle) will likely go down as his most memorable.
Here’s the full video, including a cakey kiss for one lady in the audience.
Halloween is still more then five months away, but Universal Orlando has already revealed a major detail for Halloween Horror Nights 2015.
Jack, the murderous clown character who became the event’s most memorable icon when he appeared in 2000 with the theme “You Don’t Know Jack,” is returning for Halloween Horror Nights’ milestone 25th year.
Jack looks a little older, a little rougher, but just as terrifyingly insane as ever in the teaser (above) that the park posted today to reveal that “Jack’s back.”
By Carl Lisciandrello
What exactly is a happy ending, anyway?
Is it the one which we can grasp in our own limited scope? The one which we can relate to, with the confidence and assurance that it is the preferred outcome for the characters with which we’ve given so much of our time and emotional being?
Is it OUR happy ending, the one WE want to see?
By Christopher Spata
Looking for a more or less snake-free spot to hang your hat, toss your whip on the next barstool and enjoy a unique cocktail in the Orlando area?
Walt Disney World is creating just the place with a new “Indiana Jones”-themed bar and restaurant coming to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), according to the Disney Parks blog.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (a nod to the the name of Indiana Jones’ pilot from the beginning of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
By CHRISTOPHER SPATA TBO.com staff
The Hamburglar spoke his historic first words today (because “robblerobble” is not a word), and in true criminal fashion those first words were a lie to the Hamburglar’s wife.
In a strange, new video that McDonald’s posted to Twitter, the strangely handsome neo-Hamburglar made his first full appearance, crouching outside a McDonald’s and telling his wife via phone that he was at a party store and definitely not getting ready to commit a Class A misdemeanor at a fast food restaurant.
ABC is bringing Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and even hecklers Statler and Waldorf (still crotchety as ever) back to TV in “The Muppets.”
The new trailer for the series shows it’s a mockumentary in the style of “The Office” with a behind the scenes feel that includes one-on-one interviews and “will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires...,” according to ABC’s announcement.
“It’s sorta an adult Muppets show,” Kermit says in the trailer.