Archives for September 2005

Giant Muffin Crushes Car

Thanks to Seth Godin for seeding this image of a unique outdoor board from Bloom, a Food Lion concept store aimed at providing a “simple, uncomplicated and hassle-free shopping experience.”

Service Providers Rush To Aid Podcasters

Business Week’s The Tech Beat blog reports that professional podcasting services are starting to sprout. One of my favorite geek news sites,, has hired a company called Podcast Voices to do its broadcasts. Basically, Podcast Voices’ professional readers will read the podcast and make it sound no less professional than BBC’s podcast. Independent, amateur […]

Take Your Lycra-Clad Buttocks To Vermont

Bangor News: Using a photograph of a twentysomething Lycra-clad man climbing the rock face of a mountain to sell a Maine vacation is just wrong, Bob Hastings believes. Hastings, 57, the CEO of the Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce, has nothing against men in Lycra, or courting them to come and visit Maine. It’s just […]

Unilever Weans Itself From The Tube

The Independent: Unilever disclosed yesterday that its global expenditure on traditional television advertisements had dropped by one-fifth over the past three years and was set to plummet further. Alan Rutherford, the vice-president of global media at Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, said the value of television advertising was dropping in the face of […]

Some Say Soda

Julia Set points to this “Pop” vs. “Soda” academic study. Using the World Wide Web to gather and process data from across English-speaking North America, Alan McConchie plotted the regional variations in the use of the terms “Pop” and “Soda” to describe carbonated soft drinks. One of the more interesting discoveries (for me at least) […]

Man Declares Jihad Against Burger King

The Scotsman: Burger King, is withdrawing its ice-cream cones after the lid of the dessert offended a Muslim. The man claimed the design resembled the Arabic inscription for Allah, and branded it sacrilegious, threatening a “jihad”. The chain is being forced to spend thousands of pounds redesigning the lid with backing from The Muslim Council […]

America, Please Welcome The Blisters

I haven’t been this interested in a television ad since Robert Conrad was daring us to knock a battery off his shoulder. Danny Miller is stoked about his nephews’ new commercial for Quaker Oats, which is certainly understandable. After all, it was directed by Errol Morris. And the spot serves as the television debut for […]

H&M Wants Kate “Healthy, Wholesome And Sound”

Softpedia: Supermodel Kate Moss apologized to her bosses for using drugs and promised to enter rehab, after a British tabloid ran photos of her doing lines of cocaine in a London recording studio. Moss, 31, who was photographed by Daily Mirror journalists snorting a line of the class A drug on the back of a […]