What has five members, 57 million YouTube subscribers, and over 14 billion total views? Why, it’s Dude Perfect, the trick shot/comedy/singers/video game producer/social media behemoth.
Dude Perfect is now on the road, taking their unique skills on tour, and that tour is coming to New Jersey on July 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
The group consists of Tyler Toney, twins Cory and Coby Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, and Cody Jones, all of whom are former college roommates at Texas A&M University. They gained notoriety for some (amazing) trick shots that some people to this day think are fake, but the dudes say the videos just show the best of the (many) takes.
“We love it when people say it’s fake because it makes the shots seem even more ridiculously impossible; and we get more publicity and hits and YouTube so we love the mystery of knowing whether it’s real or fake,” Jones said.
The group’s first video got about 200,000 views; their second, however, blew up to the tune of 18 million views. That’s when they knew they were on to something.
One of the things they do in their videos is engage in “battles’, usually involving made-up sports or existing sports with different rules.
They have set some serious world records (and some stupid ones, too) for things like longest basketball shot, highest basketball shot, longest barefoot LEGO walk, and longest pea-blowing. Oh, and they hold the world record for most thumbtacks pressed into a corkboard in a minute.
One of the Top 50 Candy stores in the US is right here in Jersey
Black River Candy Shoppe in Chester New Jersey was selected in Food Network Magazine's “America’s 50 Best Candy Stores” a couple of years back and the story went viral online earlier this year.
I decided to take a trip down there for myself to see what they had to offer. Right, when you walk in you feel like you are Charlie about to take over the chocolate factory. Black River Candy Shoppe is a cute little candy shop offering hundreds of different types of candy.
They have old-school childhood candy as well as an incredible selection of newer candy varieties. Candy is displayed in old whiskey barrels, and a lot of their candy is sold in bulk by the pound. It is located in downtown Chester right off of Main Street. Check out the photos from my recent visit:
The bass are biting in New Jersey fresh waters
Starting in mid to late May the largemouth bass started biting on my favorite lake. I finally got a chance to get out and see how good the fishing is this year and it didn't take long to catch. I got two bass in the first 10 minutes on the lake. We used to fish exclusively with live bait, either worms, nightcrawlers (the bigger worms), or minnows. That got too easy and it's not what "real" fishermen do.
It's more of a sport if you fool the fish into biting your hook with the right lure and the proper presentation. You have to figure out what they would be feeding on that time of year, pick a lure that resembles that and finesse it in a way that makes it look enticing to the fish. To most people, this is a stupid waste of time, but to those of us who caught the fishing bug as a kid or an adult, it's almost addictive. OK, it is addictive.
Most people look at a body of water such as a pond, lake, river, or stream and admire it for its natural beauty. Fishermen try to figure out what kind of fish are below the surface and what would be the best spot to catch them. If you have small kids and you know how to fish, you can create amazing memories and give a great lesson on nature. My dad and my uncles did that for me and those of some of the best memories of my childhood.
There are so many different kinds of fish and fishing in New Jersey's fresh waters. We usually think of fishing at the Jersey Shore, but there are plenty of fishing opportunities not far from where you live. Make sure you know a few simple rules and ask a local tackle shop for some good advice on what to buy and where to go, and you're good to go. It's a great way to enjoy the diversity of landscapes we have here and challenge yourself a little.
I challenged myself for the first time this season to try and catch a few bass on Thursday afternoon right before the rain and thunderstorms and had success right away in one of my favorite fishing holes in Medford.
A little slice of Jersey (and U.S.) history: A look at Cowtown Rodeo