Sunday, May 24, 2009

Less Than Or Equal To Or Greater Than

I get the distinct feeling that, sometimes, marketing is just about filling space with words. I don't know how else to explain a subway advertisement promising that "right now, you can save up to $1,000 or more a year".

It may not make sense, but, logically, it is always true.

Doesn't the "or more" obviate the "up to"? I guess to a marketing copywriter, 2 gimmicky claims are better than 1, even if they contradict each another.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

An Anatomical Oddity

It has been a long time since I last visited Pathmark of Gowanus, and I'm glad about that. As Kelley and I waited in the checkout line, a large woman was in front of us, struggling mightily with the self-checkout machine.

Fat ankles.

This picture doesn't do this woman's ankles justice. She has managed to cultivate a roll of fat around each ankle. I've never seen anything like it before. She may be suffering from some sort of medical condition, so the cart full of junk food she was packing up might be completely unrelated.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Agony of Defeat

The Sports Museum of America opened last May. In February it closed its doors. In April the fallout was explained in the Wall Street Journal.

Sports Museum of America: May 2008 - February 2009

There are many much more interesting things to do in New York than look at sports artifacts, so this really is no loss to the city. Though it is a shame that the window display featuring a very realistic statue of fat man sitting on a bar stool with his butt crack exposed was displaced by this museum. That display endured for years, while this sorry sports museum lasted 9 months.

(Short) Attention to Detail

While this is miles away on the scale-of-unbelievability from the MTA misspelling "downtown", it is pretty incredible. They spelled "Rice Krispy" correctly in ingredients. At least they got it right once, right?

Chocolate Rice Chripsy Bar.

Monday, May 18, 2009


The recent California and Texas earthquakes reminded me of my first earthquake experience. My mom was visiting me in Portland, Oregon in 2001. One day she asked me if Portland ever has earthquakes. Rather than explain that, yes, there are earthquakes but it's nothing like California, I said no.

Well, the next day - literally - there was an earthquake. Nothing major, but it was enough to cause me to lose all geologic credibility with my mom.

And with that little anecdote, I offer more tectonic humor, this time, in the form of a woman's account of the recent California earthquake.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Humble New York

New York is not known for its humility, so I was surprised by this sign above a shop on an eternally scaffolded block of Rector Street.

Of all the claims New York business are willing to make...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Google Doodle Spells Disappointment for Thousands of Children

Google is having another of their "doodle" contests. Children draw the Google logo and one winning kid gets to see his drawing grace the Google homepage.

If there's one winner, that means more than 28,000 losers.

You can browse the submissions here, which really means that you can click among more than 28,000 losing submissions. As you do so, think of the children!