Friday, August 15, 2008

When you need a driver, ask the 12-year-old

When a woman wanted to go to a bar to drink recently in Longview, Texas, she had someone else drive her. Perhaps this was the responsible thing to do if she had already had been drinking.

Except that the person she chose to drive her to the bar was her 12-year-old daughter. After you check out the story, look at one of the reader comments below it:
"Sadly, this is what our harsh DUI laws have pushed many drinkers to."
Uh ... what? Blaming the DUI laws for having a 12-year-old daughter drive her mom to a bar. Come on, people.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

99 Cent Store raising prices

Another sign that prices for goods in America are on the rise:

The 99 Cent Only Store is raising its prices.

So the slogan of "nothing over 99 cents ever" is kaput. My favorite part of the story is this customer's response to the raise in price.

One customer said she would be OK with a price increase "as long as it was to 99.5 cents."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Inflatable poo causes damage

Actual headline:

Escaped 'giant poo' causes chaos

The actual art exhibit it came from is much more strange. It's called "Complex (Expletive you can probably guess)."

From the story:
A giant inflatable dog poo has caused chaos, breaking windows and pulling down power lines, after it flew away from an outdoor exhibition.

The artwork by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from a Swiss museum, living up to its title.
Maybe I don't appreciate art enough, but I think the exhibit stinks.

Return of the S.S. Minnow

Step right up, folks, to the SS Minnow. Don't worry about a thing. It will just be a three-hour tour (chorus response ... "a three-hour tour").

The S.S. Minnow from Gilligan's Island is being restored and the new "skipper" is preparing to take people on three-hour tours. Sounds like some nostalgic fun, at least until the weather starts getting rough and the tiny ship is tossed.

If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow could be lost. You'll have to start learning to like Coconut Cream Pies and prepare for one of your fellow castaways to screw up your weekly chance at being rescued.

Monday, August 11, 2008

McDonald's: The food of world-class athletes

A few days of the Olympics are in the books. As expected, the opening ceremony was incredible, the athletes are amazing and McDonald's is once again trying to convince us that world-class athletes are chowing on Big Macs and southern-style chicken sandwiches to prepare for their events.

Yeah, that's happening. That's what Michael Phelps wants rolling around in his gut as he swims the 400 meter individual medley. But McD's sponsorship with the Olympics goes way back. Below is the Dream Team commercial from 1992.

If Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin had really been eating triple cheeseburgers before the games, Team USA would've only beaten everyone else by about 30 points instead of 50.