Are We Retro Yet?

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?

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Susan
Nov 07, 2005

My husband just announced that the iPod he bought in AUGUST is now obsolete.

Then again, my kids' favorite toys are the Mini People my mother-in-law stashed in the attic when her kid stopped playing with them (in, oh, 1970-something).

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Gretchen C.
Nov 07, 2005

I love the English attitude toward pizza. Douglas Adams wrote a marvelous bit into The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul about an American girl in London trying to phone up and order pizza delivered to her hospital room.

My husband claims that Pizza Hut's cheese contains petroleum products, for what that's worth. He's paranoid. But as he will tell you, just because you're paranoid it doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

I miss Jeeves. I used to ask him if he smoked pot, or if he was gay, and stuff like that. In fact, I may just go over and ask him some stuff now. Thanks for the reminder. Poor guy.

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Mir
Nov 07, 2005

What is this iPod you speak of? Sounds positively nifty.

And I LOVE Hawaiian pizza. Though probably not from Pizza hut.

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Luke
Nov 08, 2005

Down here in Singapore, Pizza Hut is only just catching on. I'm sure we'll all be playing with yo-yos and listening to Hootie and the Blowfish pretty soon.

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sgazzetti
Nov 08, 2005

I wonder this kind of stuff all the time, too. Especially if you move around enough, it becomes really hard to keep track of what's coming and what's going. Or gone, which I think must apply to Jeeves, poor fop, crushed like a bug by the Googlenaut.

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Swedish Girl
Nov 08, 2005

Haha! Brilliant.

I've had exactly the same feeling, but I'm even more self-involved and seem to be unable to process the information that high-school classmates continue to exist EVEN WHEN I'VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEM.

It always surprises me when they suddenly re-surface.

Not sure that this reflects very well on me, though...

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Swedish Girl
Nov 08, 2005

Oops, sorry - I didn't mean to imply that it's self-involved to forget about Pizza Hut.

It's probably not a character flaw at all.

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Jilleyn
Nov 08, 2005

I thought Jeeves was gone too until Sitemeter told me that someone asked Jeeves how to get away from his wife, and Jeeves directed him to my blog.

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Janet
Nov 09, 2005

Haha! Ohmygoodness. I have not eaten a fruit roll up, watched South Park, ordered from Pizza Hut, used a floppy, or asked Jeeves anything lately!!! That is kind of sad.

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Daisy
Nov 09, 2005

Fruit roll-ups. Yum. They come with tongue tattoo now.

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jes
Nov 10, 2005

separated at birth, you and I! i am always in a debate with people over the goodness of ham and pineapple pizza. i think it may be the 8th wonder of this world.

except not from pizza hut. that's just greasy and gross. i prefer papa john's, what with their dipping garlic sauce. and why is it called dipping garlic sauce? the garlic sauce is not dipping. rather, i am dipping my pizza into the garlic sauce. so perhaps it should be called The Garlic Sauce That Is Dipped Into By Ham And Pineapple Pizza.