The house hippo is the subject of a Canadian television public service announcement (PSA) produced by Concerned Children’s Advertisers (now known as Companies Committed to Kids) in May 1999 and reintroduced by MediaSmarts in 2019. The original sixty-second clip was directed by Tim Hamilton of Avion Films. Effects were produced by Spin Productions.
The narration of the piece is spoken in the style of a Hinterland Who’s Who spot, showing footage and describing the behaviour of the “North American house hippo”, a fictional animal found “throughout Canada, and the eastern United States.” The hippo is shown foraging for the crumbs of peanut butter toast in a kitchen, escaping from a house cat, and making a nest from lost mittens to go to sleep.
Their stated intent is to educate children about critical thinking with regard to what they see in television advertising, and remind them that “it’s good to think about what you’re watching on TV, and ask questions”. Nevertheless, some viewers on social media have expressed that as children, they completely believed that house hippos were real based on this commercial.
Death was a garage rock and protopunk demo band formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1971 by the brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney. The African American trio started out as an R&B band but switched to rock after seeing an Alice Cooper show. Music critic Peter Margasak (incorrectly denoting the youngest brother) retrospectively wrote of their musical direction: “The youngest of the brothers, guitarist David, pushed the group in a hard-rock direction that presaged punk, and while this certainly didn’t help them find a following in the mid-70s, today it makes them look like visionaries.” The band broke up by 1977 but reformed in 2009 when the Drag City label released their 70s demos for the first time.
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Bud Depot employee nicknames the bear Cheeseburger ‘because of all the good food he’s been trying to get’
When a Colorado black bear was unable to pry open a dumpster behind a cannabis shop, the animal made off with the whole thing instead.
Surveillance footage from The Bud Depot in Lyons., Colo., caught the hungry creature bursting through a locked fence door to access the garbage bin.
After trying in vain to get through the dumpster’s metal locks, the bear stands up on its hind legs and carefully drags it through the fence door and out into the alley for several metres before finally giving up.
“Seeing the video of that definitely blew my mind,” Bud Shop employee Nikko Garza told As It Happens guest host Megan Williams.
Garza says he’s seen the bear — or at least one like it — around the area a few times in the small mountain town.
Usually, he said, it goes for the nearby restaurant dumpster, because The Bud Depot keeps its trash behind a locked fence.
But this time, he said, the bear burst through the door like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
“But I imagine he’s a lot friendlier,” he said. “Instead of running toward you, he’ll run away.”
Garza has nicknamed the bear Cheeseburger “just because of all the good food he’s been trying to get.”
“He loves this grease trap back there,” Garza said, referring to the restaurant’s dumpster. “He loves just rubbing up against that.”
And it’s a snack the bear was after at the Bud Depot too. Garza confirmed it wasn’t trying to score the shop’s weed supply.
“I imagine he could probably smell something from the shop, but as far as the dumpster goes, we don’t have any cannabis products in there.”
The animal ran off, but Garza says he’s spotted another bear, or possibly the same one, once more since the dumpster incident.
Local wildlife officials say they are keeping an eye out for more.