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Follies of the Mad Men #159

Portraying what goes into the customer's mouth as truly sentient is never a good move, I think.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 11, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Food

Follies of the Mad Men #156

Sexy cheese?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 25, 2011 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Sex Symbols



The tradition.

The controversy.

The taste.

Eating guga is an experience that can produce a lump in the throat, tears in the eyes. Tears of nostalgia, to those for whom it is part of a cultural identity - for others, simply a response to the urge to regurgitate.

The guga is a fishy-tasting seabird, highly prized in its own area for its unique taste. Yet to others living a mere 20 miles away, it is incredible that something so foul can even be taken into the mouth, let alone enjoyed.

The guga, however, is unique to the Isle of Lewis. When exiles meet in far-flung places, the talk soon turns to guga and memories of sharing this . . . delicacy. As the ache of nostalgia creeps in, soon they long to plunge knife and fork into this plump seabird, a 3lb baby gannet. And so it is that barrels of guga, salted down in the summer, wend their way across the world to destinations as far away as New Zealand to bring a taste of home (the sweaty, fishy, oily taste of the scuppers of a fishing smack).

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 09, 2011 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, Europe, Natural Resources

Follies of the Mad Men #153

Apparently the South Koreans believe these popstar girls can sell everything from cellphones to pizza.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 25, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Communications, Food, Sex Symbols, Dance, Asia


Canoodle from Shaun Young on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 02, 2011 | Comments (0)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, Humor, Movies

Chef Boyardee Recipes


Every page has the same text.

1) Open can.
2) Dump in saucepan.
3) Heat and serve.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 29, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Books

Follies of the Mad Men #145

The twentieth-century's maddest genius touts chocolate and antacid.

Thanks to the sharp eyes of Warren Ellis.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 21, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Surrealism, Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1960's

Follies of the Mad Men #144

Imagine living a life where your major existential dilemma was which flavor snack cake to purchase.

I was going to assume that Ho Hos were no longer made, given the nasty use of "ho" as a pejorative--but apparently they are still around.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 13, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Junk Food, 1970's


Who here among us has ever dared taste Marmite? Not I!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 12, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Foreign Customs, Europe

Roca Labs Gastric Bypass

Eighty percent of your stomach filled all day with indigestible mystery fiber, for only $480.00? Sign me up! Or just plunk me down in a barn full of hay!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 06, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Medicine, Self-help Schemes
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