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Archie McPhee's just-launched humor, entertainment and storytelling site, Monkey Goggles, is worth checking out if you haven't already. (Full disclosure: I'm on its editorial board. But my enthusiasm for the site is nonetheless genuine.) The local novelty giant aspires to become the sum total of your daily news habit — why, this week alone we're presenting Mick Jagger's adventures in Toyland, an almost too-close look at the craptastic goods of PICO Novelties, a rant against the boring Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, the never-before-spoken truth about Herve Villachaize's role in the LA riots and a bloodcurdling expose on America's slow death by chocolate fountain. Suck it, Arianna Huffington!

In the future, Monkey Goggles will aspire to tell stories that haven't been told before and to follow its individual muse, even if that muse makes a bunch of left turns and kind of loses us in the downtown area. I hope you like it. If you don't, I would advise you to get your free villain disguise kit from McPhee's Wallingford store — using this coupon — and to build a top-secret base in a volcano from which you can plot Monkey Goggles' overthrow. Go on. I dare ya.