Once a year, the uber geeks gather in San Diego for Comic Con. They don’t mind being called geeks. In fact, these days it is a badge of honor thanks in no small part to the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory that made all things geeky cool. Comic Con started out as a weekend gathering of comic book fans. It was a place to trade, sell, and buy comics. It was also the perfect place to get into heated debates, like who would win in a Superman vs. Hulk fight, or who was the best Enterprise Captain.
Slowly but surely, movie studios and television networks began to take notice that Comic Con provided a strong fan base. They began reaching out by providing screenings, previews, and star appearances. Now, Comic Con is huge business attracting all the big players. Each year, the one-hundred thousand plus attendees fan out across the Internet to proclaim the hits and misses. It can be enough to change the trajectory of a film. If you’re heading down to Comic Con and don’t have a pass, you should probably turn around. The event has been sold out for months. You can still follow a lot of the action, however, as it plays out on Twitter and Instagram. For those lucky few who have passes, iPoll gives you a peek at what you can expect.
This week the big action is in San Diego. This is Comic Con week, and if you love comic books, superheroes, and getting dressed up as your favorite genre character then you’ll want to be in SD. It is a safe bet that everyone has entertained a superhero fantasy at some point. After seeing the latest installment of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, and the like, how can you not imagine donning cape and taking to the streets to fight crime? Although that sound like fun, it’s not all that practical in the real world. Still, you can be a superhero in a small way thanks to iPoll’s Mobile Missions. This is the kind of hero that pays!
As a young lad, I was brutally subjected to steaming piles of Brussels sprouts with the admonition, “If you don’t clean your plate, you can’t have any dessert.” I submit this is bad parenting on many levels. To think my mother would cancel out all the benefits of vegetables by loading me up with a brownie or three. Wait… maybe mom had it right. Maybe dessert is the ultimate reward. After all, chocolate does release dopamine to the brain. That’s the feel good compound that makes us feel good all over. Mom was making up for the Brussels sprouts by sending me off with a smile. Gee, thanks mom. A box of chocolates is coming your way. Now as a fully-fledged member of adult society, I can skip right over dinner and go straight to the dessert. Yes, I’ve done that and I’m okay. Now thanks to iPoll, I’ve got an addendum to my foodie bucket list and they’ve got “feel good” written all over them.
As with all of the iPoll ”best lists,” the burger list is completely subjective. We could do a whole round up of best burger fast food chains (note to self: add that to the topic list). However, for the sake of this post, I want to focus on the burgers that are off the beaten trail, so to speak. These are the kind of burgers that are meant to be eaten in a restaurant, pub, or bistro, as opposed to the front seat of your car. Tasting any one of these burgers could have you reevaluating your entire burger repertoire. Say good-bye to the “arches” and “king”; there are a bunch of new burgers just aching to be eaten.
Digging into the history books finds that the Italians didn’t necessarily invent the pizza, as many might expect. However, it was certainly perfected by them. In fact, it was Italian immigrants in New York that cooked up the first pizzas, and for that we are all eternally grateful. As with any other type of food, you can have your favorite pizza. Most of us depend on finding that pie within a geographically desirable location. In other words, if it can’t be delivered, it isn’t going to work. Sadly, that often leaves us with subpar pies. I submit that to find a truly great and memorable pizza, you might have to take your appetite on the road. And so, these are iPoll’s top places you need to visit for your next pizza.
You can’t get through ten minutes of surfing the web without stumbling across a new “best” list. Of course, if that list happens to pertain to food, then I’m going to put the brakes on my web surfing to see what’s what. Any time I come across a “best”foodie anything, I lock and load the top picks in my Yelp bookmarks. That way if I’m ever in that city or town I’ll know right where to go.
As summer foods go, they don’t get any better than the hot dog. We’ve all got our go-to dog preference, which usually revolves around some combination of mustard, ketchup, and/or relish. At least, that is the go-to at home and family picnics. If you were to venture out of your hot dog comfort zone, you might be in for some incredible bites. Here is the iPoll roundup of the best American hot dog joints to dive into.
Yes, it is sad but true: life does pass you by. You notice it when you drive by your favorite restaurant and it is closed before you got a chance to go back one last time (oh, how I miss you Kenny Rogers Roasters). You notice it when you binge watch all of Breaking Bad and miss out on going to a 4th of July party (guilty). You also notice it when you miss out on an iPoll Mobile Mission. The best way to score online cash is with iPoll Mobile Missions, but if you don’t check in every day to see what’s cooking, then those missions will pass you by.
Woe Is Me
I’m ashamed to admit that I recently let a Mobile Mission slip through my fingers. There are always exciting Mobile Missions offered by iPoll. Whether it is the ongoing Micro Product Review or the recurring Bank and Convenience store missions, iPoll makes it easy to score throughout your errand-running day. After completing a survey that qualifies you for a mission, you need to be sure to check back in to fulfill that mission otherwise it will vanish for good. I qualified for a mission, saw it on my list, and said to myself, “I’ve got plenty of time to take this.” Turns out, I didn’t. It was only good for four days. By the time I clicked over, confident about earning some cash, the Mobile Mission was gone. Cut to me sitting in my car at a gas station wailing, “Oh nooooooo!” That only happened to me once and I vow to never let it happen again.
It’s not easy bringing the world together. Sure, on Christmas and New Year’s Eve you can get a vast majority of the global population to wish a “Merry” and a “Happy.” As for the rest of the time, we’re pretty much in our own borders unless of course there is some huge sporting event that features “world” in the title. In that case, we should all pay attention. In a short while, the World Cup of soccer will be decided and everyone will be heading home from Rio until the next four years. Until then, there are plenty of other world championships to keep you occupied. Are these sporting events on your list?
Every sport has their dedicated fans that run the gamut between enthusiastically supporting the hometown favorite to demonstrating borderline psychotic compulsion. Of all the sports, it would seem that soccer fans are among the most demonstrative and “active.” England is the home of formalized soccer dating back to the 1800s and the Cambridge Rules. They are also the birthplace of the hooligans. These are the wild fans that care more about getting into fights with rival fans than watching the game. In fact, any time there is a game in England, the police presence is heightened and the locals brace for the worse. Fortunately, that’s not how every soccer fan behaves. We’ve seen some wonderful examples during this World Cup of how you can be devoted to a team without going over the line. Here are some examples of proper fan behavior:
If you’ve been following the World Cup soccer tournaments, then you’ve caught plenty of glimpses of Rio de Janeiro. This is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest is all of South America. Not only are they playing host to the World Cup, but they’re also very busy preparing the many Olympic venues for the upcoming 2016 Summer Games. Although you might miss the World Cup Finals, it’s still a great time to visit Rio. The friends you make on this trip could be the same folks you can stay with if you go back for the Olympics. Of course, you might have to let them crash on your sofa when they come to your neck of the woods, but it’s a fair exchange. What will you do in Rio? Pretty much anything on your travel bucket list!