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Category Archives: People baffle me.
I don’t watch much TV. I don’t listen to top 40 radio. I’m not enticed by most of what ends up on the New York Times bestseller list. Almost invariably, my first hints that a new pop culture phenomenon is … Continue reading
Sometimes I overhear odd things. I’ve been collecting these on Twitter. “When the squirrel started crying his ears hurt.” “…He looked exactly like me. And in a few days he was picked up by a private jet…” First guy: “You’re … Continue reading
Viral marketing and alternate reality games are the great new thing in marketing. Saatchi & Saatchi thought it had a doozy of an idea for Toytota. They’d stalk Toyota’s customers. Unsuspecting participants in “Your Other You” would receive a week’s … Continue reading
The Des Moines Register has an article on a funeral home that’s putting its death notices on electronic billboards. Alternating with ads for vacation getaways and gas station soft drinks, the 8-second announcements feature the deceased’s name and the day, … Continue reading
On the bus the other evening I overheard the people in the seat behind me talking about books. Specifically, about people who keep their books, and have a lot of books around which “they’re never going to read again.” “It … Continue reading
Hard on the heels of the Great Chicken Emergency comes the arrest of a woman who failed to return three VHS tapes to a long-defunct video rental store in 1998.
It’s interesting living in a city where a mysterious mass chicken release is major breaking news.
Disappointingly, the headline was later changed to “Local authors write ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Chakras’”.
The worst street names I have ever encountered are Toadflax Boulevard and Dingleberry Road.
A terribly offensive advertisement recently appeared on buses in Des Moines, Iowa. Passengers trembled. Small children cried. Governor Chet Culver weighed in: “I was disturbed, personally, by the advertisement and I can understand why other Iowans were also disturbed by … Continue reading