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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Are These Facts Learned in School Still True?

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Are these 6 facts that you were taught in school still true, today?  Jersey Joe plays a game with his friends.  Let’s see who can pass the test and who still thinks Pluto is a planet.

THE 411

What: Facts You Learned in School

For: Jersey Joe plays a game to see if these facts from school are still true

Are They: You Have to Watch and See


Hope you enjoyed this fun game!  I’m always looking for volunteers for round 2!

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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

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Jersey Joe and his friends play a round of the hit TV game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Are these people smart enough to take the grand prize and win a round of the show?

This summer, FOX brought back their hit TV game show.  Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, the show gives adult contestants the chance to answer questions from elementary school for a chance at a top prize of $1,000,000.   Contestants can use actual school children to guide them on their way to answering the 11 questions.

Players are also given 3 lifelines.  PEEK, where they can take a look at their student classmate’s answer, COPY, where they can copy their student classmate’s answer, and SAVE where if the contestant answers incorrectly – the classmate’s correct answer could save them.  Each can only be used once.

Once a contestant misses two questions, they FLUNK OUT of the game with $0.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader first premiered on February 27, 2007.  Full hour episodes aired on FOX in prime time until 2009.  A half hour condensed version was created for local stations that ran for two seasons from 2009-2011.  This summer, the full hour version returned to FOX.

THE 411

Title: Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

What: TV game show

Network: FOX (2007-2009, 2015), Syndicated (2009-2011)

Hosted by: Jeff Foxworthy



A great game show and I’m glad that FOX has brought it back.  The ratings for the current prime time version are not as high as in the past.  If viewers do keep tuning in, the show will be back.  It’s up to you!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Backwards Alphabet Challenge for Cash

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Jersey Joe challenges his friends to say the alphabet backwards for $10!  But, they only have 30 seconds to do it.  Check out the hilarity as they give it a try!


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What: Backwards Alphabet Challenge



See if your friends can do this!  Set your stopwatch and get ready for a good laugh!  $10 is quite the incentive!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mr. Sketch is Back!

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Remember those care free days of elementary school and those giant, yet great, smelling markers that we all had to color a zillion pictures with?  I was walking through Staples the other night and was shocked to find that they’re for sale!


Mr. Sketch markers were first introduced in 1965 and are manufactured by the Sanford office corporation.  Sold in packs of 4, 8, 12, and 18, each color features a different fruit smelling tip that kids love to color with.  Not only does the marker smell, but so does the ink on the paper!  It’s much better than those stinky giant markers that smell like pure gasoline and stain your fingers black.  (The only people who love those are the feds, blacking out documents…)


I remember the four pack featuring red (cherry), yellow (lemon), green (mint), and blue (blueberry).  When my elementary school had the budget, they would purchase the 8 pack which also contained orange (orange), purple (grape), brown (cinnamon), and black (licorice).  Everybody used to get excited in class when we had to color a picture with those big fat markers.  We weren’t a Crayola marker school; we were a Mr. Sketch scented marker school!  And we were all sniffing these markers left and right!


I was even more surprised to find they now feature a whopping 18 colors and flavors!


There once was an urban legend that says the government put a stop to their manufacture over fears that kids were sniffing them too much, which turns out not to be true.


Now, I don’t color with markers, anymore… but seeing those back in the store brought back some great memories.  I was always tempted to taste the flavors, but was more worried about walking around with a big blue streak on my tongue!  I’m sure many kids tried, anyway!


Let’s just be glad these things were non-toxic, right?  At least that’s what they had pasted all over the box!


It turns out, they were out of production for a while, but now they’re back with a blast — Literally.  A new commercial I just spotted on TV, which is the first advertising for the markers in two decades, features farting fruits that supposedly demonstrate how they get the scent in the marker.  Genius.



It looks like they’re back and here to stay.  Here’s to the next generation of kid artists that can get a smell up on their peers!


THE 411


Name: Mr. Sketch markers


What: water color markers with fruit smells


Introduced: 1965


Manufacturer: Sanford


Available: 4, 8, 12, and 18 packs




I used to love these things and wouldn’t mind coloring a few drawings right now with these.  Now that they are back, I hope they become as big of a hit with today’s kids as they were with us!


AND NEXT WEEK — Get ready to see KICKING BACK WITH JERSEY JOE in a whole new way!  My blog’s going video!


You’ll get to SEE the fun, so don’t miss my VIDEO PREMIERE – right here, starting next Thursday!