No, it's not a publishing contract. It got me pretty excited, though. The AV Club did my "Taste Test."

If you are not familiar with the AV Club (, you will probably be scratching your head. The AV Club is an off-shoot of the popular satirical magazine, "The Onion." The AV Club differs, however, because it is based on actual events. Think the A&E section of your newspaper twisted into a sardonic tornado.

Back in November 2008, I stumbled upon a bag of microwavable pork rinds. They looked beyond inedible. The rinds came in packaging nearly identical to microwave popcorn. Through the black magic of the microwave, these unholy crystals of pork morphed into rinds.

In short, they were too repulsive to pass up.

I submitted them to the AV Club's "Taste Test." The regular feature has the AV Club staff digesting the worst of the world's snack foods. The survivors write mocking, hilarious reviews of their fallen comrades' final moments. In that respect, I suppose it's perfect for Crime Space.

The microwave pork rind "Taste Test" took months to happen. Today it did.

Here's the proof:

Before we continue, I must send good vibrations to reader Ben S., who found these in a Stevens Point, WI store and mailed them to us. He wrote to us: “Keep up the great work, brave testers. Your bacon vodka test inspired me to put meat into alcohol, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend.” Taste Test: Breaking Up Relationships Since 2007.

Check it out here:,24872/

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Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on March 13, 2009 at 11:11am
Ah ha, but there is such a thing. Wrap the Lipitor in turkey bacon and you've got it.

Seriously, though, turkey bacon is not as terrible as it sounds. Sure, it's pork belly-free, but it's still good. I buy it all the time. It's cheap, too.
Comment by Dana King on March 13, 2009 at 11:00am
What they really need is a good bacon-flavored cholesterol medication. Then I'd be all set.
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on March 13, 2009 at 10:32am
The "bacon is always good" mantra has been applied in many interesting ways at the AV Club. Some past bacon bits: bacon vodka, bacon in a can, baconnaise, bacon salt and more.
Comment by Dana King on March 13, 2009 at 2:02am
Bacon vodka? I'm not much of a vodka drinker, but anything with bacon has to be good.

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