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Brian VanHooker

Brian VanHooker is a staff writer at MEL specializing in pop culture, food (especially pizza) and long form oral histories. He is the co-creator of the comic book "Barnum & Elwood" and "The Tramp," a comedy pilot starring John O'Hurley. He also hosts a TMNT interview podcast called "Turtle Tracks" and was once called a "Good Guy" by Mr. T.


I Spent a Day in Manhattan Eating the Rich

This week, a popsicle truck set up shop in New York and L.A., offering up the frosty heads of billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. I happily chowed down on all of them

A Deceptively Small Oral History of ‘Shrinkage,’ the Perfect Seinfeldian Word

Before ‘Seinfeld,’ there was no English word to describe what happens to your junk in cold air and water. But after it first appeared in a 1994 episode, the world couldn’t get enough of that frightened turtle

A Very Chill Collection of Popsicle Patents

For nearly 100 years, popsicles have been a delicious, frosty canvas for our culture to paint itself on