Attention Simpsons Fans: A Real-Life Kwik-E-Mart Just Opened in South Carolina


A slice of Springfield has landed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As WBTW reports, Kwik-E-Mart, the fictional convenience store made famous by The Simpsons, is now a brick-and-mortar attraction.

The real-life Kwik-E-Mart is located at Broadway at the Beach, a beachside shopping center that offers a variety of tourist activities. The new shop is stocked with many of the offerings featured in the show, including Buzzzz cola, Lard Lad donuts, and heat-lamp hot dogs. Bart can even be spotted sipping a Squishee drink above the cartoonish storefront.

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Next to the Kwik-E-Mart is another Springfield institution—the Aztec Theater, which is set to welcome its first customers later this year. When it opens, the cinema will show a Simpsons 4D movie experience and let guests out into the Kwik-E-Mart after each screening.

The South Carolina convenience store isn't the first time a Kwik-E-Mart has appeared in the real world. In promotion of The Simpsons Movie in 2007, a handful of 7-Eleven stores were temporarily rebranded as Kwik-E-Marts, and Universal Studios Orlando's Springfield, USA has a Kwik-E-Mart of its own, located on the same street as Krusty Burger and Moe's Tavern.

[h/t WBTW]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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