So do people still go to Pizza Hut? I saw a commercial for it on TV the other night and realized that I'd kind of forgotten it even existed. It was like seeing a commercial for slap wraps or Tab or, I don't know, a loom. Don't get me wrong, I've got fond memories of Pizza Hut, but they mostly take place between 1990 and 1995 and involve being too young to know any better. I lived in England, you see, where an all-you-can-eat salad bar was incredibly avante-garde. And stuffed crust! Don't even get me started on the unadulterated sophistication of stuffed crust. So I suppose I just thought that when I stopped going there, the world stopped going there. But no! Apparently, Pizza Hut is alive and kicking, and is turning out ever more imaginative pizzas with exciting names like the 4ForAll and the Full House XL, which means people are still having the same arguments over whether anyone else at the bloody table even likes ham and pineapple, Holly and therefore all is well.
But it got me thinking. Does anyone, for example, use Ask Jeeves anymore? I mean, seriously? I sort of feel sorry for poor old Jeeves. He's standing there in his smart black jacket with his spiffy red tie and his pinstriped pants (which seem like kind of an absurd detail to me, but whatever) and he's totally willing to try and find the answer to your question about trout farming or quotes from Austin Powers, and I don't know about you, but I'm always going to Ask Google before I Ask Jeeves anything.
Also: what happened to laser discs? And mini-disc players, which enjoyed such a brief flurry of popularity before the Dawn of the Almighty iPod? Do people watch South Park anymore? Have you used a floppy disc recently? Eaten a fruit roll-up? Do you miss that show on MTV where all they'd do was dance for the cameras for half an hour?
And seriously, do you think you'd ever be able to order a pizza called the 4ForAll without smirking just a little?