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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The Claw
One game that most Dads like to play with their kids is the Claw. You know, the one where you make your hand into a claw shape and chase the kids while shouting "Here comes the Claw!", and the kids run away squealing with delight and terror, before you lunge at them with the Claw and everyone dissolves in hysterics. I don't know if it's related to the arcade claw game, where you pay your money for the chance of manipulating a mechanical claw into a position over some prizes, before it plunges down and hopefully latches onto something, then drops whatever it has into a chute from where you can retrieve it.

In the movie Toy Story, Woody and Buzz found themselves in a Pizza Planet restaurant, and Buzz desperate to get home climbs into a claw game shaped liked a rocket ship, full of little plastic aliens who happen to worship the claw as something that would take them to a better place. The local bully Sid plays the game and manages to snag Buzz with Woody holding on to his leg for dear life, only in this case our heroes aren't going to a better place, far from it.

Maybe that is how Maine lobsters will feel too.

I came across Dan Carlson's business site the other day, and he was spruiking a brand new claw game. It is an aquarium filled with live Maine lobsters, inside a claw game and you get to manipulate the claw and hopefully win yourself a lobster dinner. Now wouldn't it be nice for the lobsters to fight back?

Claw to claw fighting, so to speak.
  posted at 9:34 am

At 2:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claw was a spin-off character by late-night horror movie TV host Deadly Ernest on ATV-0.

Kids at school used to run around playing Claw having watched the show. I never actually saw the TV show because we didn't have TV and when we got it I wasn't allowed to stay up that late.

At 6:54 pm, Blogger pentacular said...

Not the craw.... the CRAW!

At 9:49 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi kitchenhand, yeah I remember him, wasn't there some creature in a cage as well? The Claw has travelled well, in the Jim Carey movie Liar, Liar he does the claw thing with his son.

Hi pentacular, as in stuck in your craw?!!

At 9:25 pm, Blogger pentacular said...

Tankedup, obviously you didnt watch the thousand re-runs of Get Smart when they were on.

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