Mommy, why is everyone staring at me?

Your baby won’t know the difference, so go ahead and have some fun.  That’s the logic behind one of the weirdest product categories we’ve come across in a while: obscenity-laced […]

The Ministry of Silly Brands

We’ve apparently got Monty Python on the brain this week. Ever see an item in a store that stops you right in your tracks—and not necessarily because you want it? […]

Fun while it lasted

People are falling off the low-carb bandwagon like bread rolls piled too high at the buffet table. That’s according to The New York Times, which ran a huge story in […]

A birth-control pill by any other name

So lately we’ve been seeing ads for this birth-control pill called Yasmin, and even though it’s been for sale under that name, particularly in Europe, for some time, it strikes […]

Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam …

Remember back in the happy-go-nutty dot-com days, when Hormel was grumpy that junk e-mail had earned the nickname “spam”? Didn’t people know—didn’t they care?!—that hardworking Hormel execs had come up […]

Founding Father. Inventor. Canoodler?

Was that the point of the History Channel’s documentary on Ben Franklin that debuted over the weekend? At the very least, it’s a paraphrase of one of the headlines in […]

Just beat it

As an entertainer, Michael Jackson has been mailing it lately, but the United States Postal Service won’t return the favor. Jacko, who just gave a DNA sample to investigators ahead […]

Friends don’t let friends dial drunk

So now we learn that Virgin Mobile Australia is offering a new service called Dialing Under the Influence, where drinkers can, pre-drinking, arrange to have certain outgoing (in every sense […]

Something’s fishy

Working from home means getting more than one’s fair share of telemarketing calls, even after that glorious day about a year ago when the family registered for the National Do […]

Spongmonkeys, R.I.P.

With the demise of the Quiznos/Martin Agency relationship, we are mourning the loveable, bug-eyed, misshapen, guitar-playing, moon-loving, rat-like Spongmonkeys. It remains a bit of a mystery how Martin sold through […]