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Marylander’s Homemade Doritos Commercial Single-handedly Saved the Super Bowl

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Not only did Ellicott City native Raj Suri’s homemade Doritos commercialmade for only a couple hundred dollars, mind you! — collect enough votes to be broadcast during the Super Bowl; for many viewers it was the best 30 seconds of the entire evening.

In the Twitterverse, the inventive and funny time-machine-themed ad was a favorite among an otherwise lackluster field dominated by tedious car commercials. The following tweets represent people’s feelings:

As it became clear that the game itself was going to be as disappointing as the commercials, fans played of the premise of the Doritos time machine to goof on the game:

Ellicott City Man Could Win $1 M for Hilarious Homemade Doritos Ad

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See what you can do with a camera, $300, a dog, and some cooperative friends? This 30-second Doritos ad was created by Centennial High alum Raj Suri and his crew on a shoestring budget as part of a competition that will select two crowdsourced ads to air during the Super Bowl. And one of those ads will earn $1 million for its creator.

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Suri’s “Doritos Time Machine” spot is one of five finalists, and I have to admit, it’s absolutely Super-Bowl-ad quality. It’s hilarious, inventive, and flawlessly executed. In fact, it recalls the golden age of Super Bowl ads (which I place from 1997 to 2001).

Enchanted Forest Being Clear-Cut for Bank

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There aren’t many original pieces from the Enchanted Forest theme park still standing at the old Route 40 site, but what’s left will soon be the sharing space with a bank. Ellicott City Patch reported that many trees have been cut down to make way for the bank (which was originally said to be a Chevy Chase, but that’s impossible, right?).

Whatever it’s going to be, construction may last until summer.

Baltimore-Area Man Dies After “Fun” Obstacle Race

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Back in April, Ellicott City Avishek Sengupta jumped off a 15-foot plank into a freezing pool of muddy water in West Virginia. And he did it on purpose: it was one of the obstacles featured in the Tough Mudder extreme endurance event that Sengupta and a group of co-workers had enrolled in. These races are often billed as being fun romps through the mud, and often they’re just that. But in the wake of Sengupta’s death, some people are wondering whether the races are too unsafe to keep going as they have been.

Four Llamas, 30 Cats, 16 Alpacas, and a Peacock: Ellicott City Farm Family Lives Happily off Their Land

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“I may smell like pig!” Alison Martini Meyer tells me, laughing, when I’m moved to hug her goodbye after a visit to her vet clinic in Silver Spring. At her generous invitation, I’ve transported a sick and dizzy and can’t-walk rescue kitten from a shelter in Baltimore. “We’ll keep him here and run tests,” she says calmly, walking quickly through the clinic in jeans and flats. The pretty brunette 40-something works here half the week and spends other weekdays at home on the nearby range of western Howard County tending land and animal and little child. Her loaded life’s super inspiring to an animal lover like me, who wants to help critters in need but does so only in small doses.

Ellicott City’s Zac Fowler: a Seven-Year-Old with Drive

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When I was very young I would lie and say I wanted to be either an astronaut, or a firefighter, or a sort of firefighting astronaut, putting out blazes in zero-gravity. I had no idea what I what I really wanted to do for a living — certainly not something as pulse-raising as those professions — but people expected an answer.

Apparently, that is not an issue Zac Fowler, 7, has ever had to deal with. He knew what he wanted to be at three years old — a race car driver. But what’s really remarkable is that Zac got a jump on living his dream the next year, when his parents bought him a go-kart and let him begin to “get a feel” for the gas and brake pedals. At five he began competing at Sandy Hook Speedway.  And now, the Ellicott City resident is vying for a national go-kart title.

Zac, who recently traded in his first go-kart, which was “like driving a Weed Eater” for a new one that’s “more like a lawn mower,” has already won 13 trophies. My only wonder is, if he becomes the national go-kart champion, will he just pack it all in? I mean, will there be anything left to prove?

Unlikely. His parents are already looking into moving to Mooresville, North Carolina, a major NASCAR hub.

Is Ellicott City the New Gotham?

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Historically, I’ve always preferred X-Men comic books, in which each character has his own fantastic, innate ability: telepathy, indestructibility, heightened senses, and so on — one guy even has a star for a brain! But over the years I’ve acquired a taste for Batman villains, many of whom have no special powers per se. Instead they’re all style, all pathological obsessions — a former district attorney who commits crimes on the theme of duality and who makes major decisions with a coin toss,  a ventriloquist with multiple personality disorder who takes orders from his dummy, a pyromaniac with a flame-thrower — the list goes on.

Which is why I have a special appreciation for a recent story in The Baltimore Sun that begins, “A man brandishing a syringe robbed an Ellicott City pharmacy of prescription medication…” So peculiar — and yet so thematically cohesive! Since we don’t know his identity, we’ll call him Hypo, or the Needler, or Side Effect.

Now Ellicott City just needs a stylish, psychologically-tortured vigilante, someone who can end the reign of crime that has terrorized the populace and driven tourists away from the antique stores and boutiques downtown — someone who will apprehend Hypo and throw him into an institution for the criminally insane.

Or maybe the cops should just look into it, or whatever.

Baltimore’s Own Decaying, Haunted Fairyland

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Baltimore natives:  did you ever vacation at Enchanted Forest, the 50s-era amusement park outside Ellicott City? Once, we’re sure, it was full of enchantment and surprise and over-priced sodas; these days, though, it looks more like “Munchkinland’s skid row,” as io9 puts it. The fairy tale theme park closed in 1989, and has been in a poetic state of collapse ever since. You’re not supposed to go there, but some intrepid souls still do — and bring back the photos to prove it:

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