March Madness HubNuggets: Celebrating Entertainment, Media, Games, Toys, Hobbies, and Scrumptious Food

March Madness had again descended at the clubhouse. Every member of the team was glued to their monitors and mouse buttons, searching out the the biggest sales and the lowest prices, intent on snapping up the best deals.

"What is it about March that brings out this shopping frenzy?" asked Maddie Ruud. Her eyes were aching from staring at her computer screen for seemingly endless hours.

"It really has nothing to do with the actual month of March," said Patty Inglish MS. "It's a clever media invention - a nifty, rhyming slogan that some advertiser dreamed up to help boost shopping during a period of traditionally low sales."

"Woo-hoo!" Simone Smith crowed excitedly. "Well, it works! I just found my favorite game, "Ninja Girl Meme" at a ridiculously low price! Color me happy!"

"But, Patty, March is a perfect month for Madness. Besides providing a great rhyme, it's chock full of inventions - games, airplanes, media devices, recipes..." Enelle Lamb said, looking up from her screen.

"You've clearly done your homework," said Jason Menayan. "What a perfect lead-in for our featured topics this week!"

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Exotic Omelet

Indonesian Nasi uduk (rice cooked in coconut milk) comes wrapped in banana leaf and featured fried tempeh (soya bean cake), omelet, seasoned and roasted coconut flakes), and peanuts.
Indonesian Nasi uduk (rice cooked in coconut milk) comes wrapped in banana leaf and featured fried tempeh (soya bean cake), omelet, seasoned and roasted coconut flakes), and peanuts. | Source

Fun facts on familiar foods...

"Hey, speaking of inventions, I've found out some really interesting things about foods and cooking," said RedElf. "In March of 1841 Orlando Jones patented cornstarch, and in March of 1990 Harold Osrow and Zvi Bleier received a patent for a portable ice cream machine."

"...and in March, 1994, the world's largest omelet (1,383² ft) was made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan." KoffeeKlatch Gals laughed. "That's a lot of eggs," she added.

"Well, the yolk's on them," chortled ladyjane1. "They forgot to add onions, peppers, and cheese. Who's going to eat an omelet without onions, peppers, and cheese in it?"

RedElf and Gals started to giggle. "They didn't want to eat the omelet, lj," they said.

"I'm sure ladyjane1 knows that wasn't why the omelet was made," said ripplemaker, kindly, shaking a finger at RedElf and Gals. "Let's read the Food and Cooking entries, and vote for our favorites, shall we?"

Which one of this week's Food and Cooking nominees is your favorite?

  • 28% Eating Out with Kids: Benefits and Tips
  • 13% Recessionista in the Kitchen: A Week of Lentils
  • 25% Chocolate and Its Effects: Good News For Chocolate Lovers
  • 6% How to Make Cooler Corn
  • 26% My Five Favorite Foods from Nicaragua: Eating my way through the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
  • 2% Becoming Vegan - A Journey to Health
139 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

March "Hooping"

Washington D.C., US - Taking on the appearance of a human Slinky toy, a member of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus keeps 60 hula hoops going at once during her pre-show act March 27
Washington D.C., US - Taking on the appearance of a human Slinky toy, a member of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus keeps 60 hula hoops going at once during her pre-show act March 27 | Source

More "March" Inventions

"I've got a good one" said Patty, jumping into the fray with her customary gusto. "The Hula Hoop is an ancient invention - in fact, "hooping" as the game used to be called, was used by the Greeks as a form of exercise. Hoops have been made from metal, bamboo, wood, woven grasses, and even vine.

Hooping was introduced in Great Britain around the 1300s, with homemade hooping toys becoming very popular. In the early 1800s, British sailors witnessed hula dancing in the Hawaiian Islands. Hula dancing and hooping looked similar and eventually, the names of the exotic and the familiar were united into "hula hoop."

On March 5, 1963, American Arthur Melin, one of Wham-O's founders, received a patent for his version of the "Hoop Toy." His company sold twenty million Hula Hoops® in the first six months of that year."

"In March, 1910 Rose O'Neill copyrighted her Kewpie doll, " Maddie added. "Let's see what our nominees in this next category have to say about games, toys, and hobbies!"

Which one of this week's Games, Toys, and Hobbies nominees is your favorite?

  • 36% A Birthday Party for Batman - Pinata, Food, & Games
  • 7% The Difference Between a Comic Book Store and a Typical Book Store
  • 19% We Made Fun From Junk
  • 3% Comic Book Storage
  • 28% How to Breed Different Dragons on Dragonvale
  • 7% Ways to Stop the Addiction to Video Games: Excessive Gaming/Good or Bad
58 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

March Media

Poster advertising the Lumière brothers cinematograph in Paris, cca 1895.
Poster advertising the Lumière brothers cinematograph in Paris, cca 1895. | Source

"March" Media Tidbits

The team had no sooner finished reading and voting for their favorites in the second topic than ladyjane1 announced her latest find.

"I just scored front row seats at an off-Broadway revival of "Titanic: The Musical," she said. "...and don't bother telling me to take an umbrella or water wings, you two," she added, scowling at RedElf and Gals.

KoffeKlatch Gals and Redelf grinned at her - ladyjane1's scowls weren't very fierce. Besides, they'd both won tickets through a media promotion in their local newspaper. As they shared the good news that they could all see the show together, it was Enelle's turn to add her "March Media" tidbits.

"Did you know that in March of 1895, the grandfather of modern motion pictures, Frenchman Louis Lumière, patented a motion picture machine called the Cinematographe - a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector all in one?" she asked. "As well, in March, copyrights were registered for each of the following:

  • 1933: "42nd Street" the movie
  • 1944: Abbott and Costello's "Baseball Routine", also known as "Who's On First"
  • 1956: "West Side Story"a musical play by Leonard Bernstein, and Woody Guthrie's song, "This Land Is Your Land"
  • 1963: "To Kill A Mockingbird" the movie, based on Harper Lee's novel

In March of 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their first bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton. creating a major media event." Enelle smiled. "Now, if we're done with shopping and March Madness for the day, let's see what the hubs in this last category can add to our knowledge of Media & Entertainment."

Which one of this week's Entertainment and Media nominees is your favorite?

  • 10% The End of The Amazing Fact: "Now which side is that pesky fuel tank on?"
  • 10% Why You Should Never Say Macbeth In A Theatre
  • 45% 10 Types of Students - Humor
  • 13% A Very Guilty Pleasure: Criminal Minds, A Review
  • 8% Those Darn Hippies and the Disco 70s!
  • 15% Zombie Warfare Preparation: The Best Strategy Against a Zombie Attack
40 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

The HubNuggets Team

SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb
SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

What's a HubNugget?

Voting for their favorite new HubNuggets hubs was a way for hubbers to support and celebrate new-to-us writers through the weekly HubNuggets contest:

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invite the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners were featured in our newsletter.
  • HubPages continues to welcome and celebrate new writers

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33 comments

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Of course my friend the March Hare is also very mad indeed! It's to do proverbially with making little hares in March - like Spock's Pon Farr for rabbits - or it could be an old wive's tale from the 1500s. But along with the Mad Hatter (my hero), March shopping could be extremely fun as we play pranks on the shop girls! And we could all stop for tea and ice cream.

Now everyone of you kind Readers please vote for your favorite in each category above so that we may all get back to shopping and pranking. Cheers!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

What fun this was! Loved all the fun March facts. And the nominees are, as ever, splendid this week. I've voted for my favorites. Can't wait to see who wins!!

In the meantime... I've got some Ninja Girl Meme to play!


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Patty, I am very fond of the Mad Hatter as well - he can be a trifle unpredictable, but always entertaining - like our team! Pass the tea, please!

Hey, Simone! Yes, we have some more great hubs nominated! It'll be a tight contest!


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Another awesome hub - read and voted, now off to do more shopping before March Madness is gone!


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Drat this good Hubs of yours, RedElf - I am a captive. I find myself drawn to newspaper ads advertising March Madness. It's a good thing I read, voted, and then shared this Hub before spying the first ad.


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by to support our new writers, Enelle - have fun shopping.

Patty, I'm so glad you read, voted, and shared first! There are some amazing sales out there! :D


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am caught in the March Madness Hubnuggets!!! Whhheeeeee....it's insanely fun! :)


Nare Anthony profile image

Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Does it count if people vote for me here? As my name doesn't have the vote button in topics :(


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plaid pages 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Yippee! You like me. You really like me! :)

I'm beyond ecstatic to have another Hub chosen.

My warped wit is rubbing off on you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Robyn

"Ten Types of Students"


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

RedElf, amazing, you've done it again. Another terrific hub. Love the March maddness. It's caught me in it's spell.

Read the nominees hubs and did my voting for each category. Good luck to all the nominees.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Only one word needed here:-'brilliant'.

Take care and have a nice weekend.

Eddy.


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

ripplemaker, always more fun when you're along for the madness :D

nare, I checked in my other browsers, and there's a radio button beside your title in the right-hand column. Is there somewhere else you're looking for a vote button? People have to come to this hub to vote. Make sure to tell all you friends and family to come and vote for you.


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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

Thanks for the great hub and the food and cooking nomination! :) Fun.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Robyn, I'm sure you will find many kindred souls here on HubPages. Congrats on your nomination!

Gals, you are always so kind. Thanks very much. I am a big fan of "the madness" as well.

Eddy, thanks so much. I really enjoy writing these round-up hubs. You have a nice weekend, too!

LauraGT, you are most welcome. Thanks for writing such a great hub! Good luck to you, and to all the nominees!


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ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

Wow, superb hub! I have voted all the categories! Loved to read your hub!


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I love the comments and good reactions to this Hub. Rated Up and shared with friends and Facebook!


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, ronny! Glad you enjoyed the hub, and reading all hubs from our new writers.

Thanks so much for the rate up and share, Patty :D


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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Thank you dear RedElf, I'll tell them to vote here, I was bout this: http://hubpages.com/food


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Laura Rash 4 years ago from Missouri, USA

I made it, I made it, I made it... so proud to have been one of the nominee's on here.

I think it's a wonderful idea and gives us newbies a chance to not only be recognized but to have more experienced hubbers read our articles and hopefully offer some feeback!

Thanks again for the nomination - there should be an award icon created for our profiles when we get one!!


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

You're most welcome, Nare!

Good for you, Laura! That's what HubNuggets program is all about - supporting our newer writers! HubNuggets winners do indeed receive an accolade.

Congratulations and best of luck to ALL the nominees!


kimberlyslyrics 4 years ago

voted, great work here, thank you


LauraGT profile image

LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

When does voting close for this week's contest?


Laura Rash profile image

Laura Rash 4 years ago from Missouri, USA

I was told voting closes on Wednesday - RedElf, is that still correct?


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Yes, the voting closes on Wednesday, by about noon, I think, Laura.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Kimberly - nice to see you here supporting our new writers!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Hello Nare congrats for winning HubNugget! Cheers


Nare Anthony profile image

Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Thank you dear Vinaya :)


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Well done, all you HubNuggets winners, and congrats to all the nominees!


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plaid pages 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Thanks, RedElf. No what happens? Red carpet? Paparozzi? No doubt a trophy... :)


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

plaid pages, now you receive a lovely accolade for your profile page, and our congratulations! Well, ticker-tape parades are passe, but we will pass on your hub-link to any passing paparozzi we meet :D:D:D


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Excellent hub. Sorry I´m so late coming to it.

Take care


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

And it's still a fun Hub now, isn't it? I go back and read old HubNuggets Hubs all the time! They are a hoot.


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, DF, and Patty, always a pleasure when you stop by. Better late then never, and return visits are always a pleasure.

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