- Headline of the day: McDonald’s wins “McCurry” war. As Delbert McClinton put it, “I’ve been in a lot of battles that aren’t even worth being won.”
- Churbuck has a funny one: “A Swiss man caught speeding on a Canadian highway has blamed his actions on the absence of goats on the roads.”
- Latest development in death as a marketing opportunity: “Die-hard fans of Boca Juniors, Argentina’s favourite football club, may now rest in peace in a cemetery featuring a section just for them. Home of football greats such as Diego Maradona, Boca had already started making available coffins bearing the team’s blue and yellow colours.” Don’t they know God is a Notre Dame fan?
- Questions I don’t want to know the answers to: Could donkey milk hold the secret to skin health?
- Borrowing your way to salvation? New Enlightenment Visa Card Helps Earn Points Towards Life Enriching Rewards or to Support Socially Conscious Organizations. “More than just a credit card, the Enlightenment Visa Reward Card is a card for people who want to make a positive difference in their world with every purchase they make,” says CEO Christopher Miglino. Want to make a real difference? Purchase less and give the money to someone who can do something with it.
- Congrats to my colleagues at AdFreak (hey! that’s twice in one week!) for sussing out that when Paris Hilton claimed to be rushing for a burger when pulled over for DUI — she was allegedly going to an In-N-Out Burger, not a Carl’s Jr. which is the chain she was paid to endorse. Congrats also to AdFreak for restraining from making the obvious joke about Ms. H and In-N-Out. Sadly I have no such restraint.
- Hooray for me! Someone linked to CD from a discussion threat at DailyKos earlier this week and since then I’ve been getting about 400 visits a day. That’s double what it was before. Thanks, gang!
- As constant readers know David "The Book Thief of Lenovo" has a blog. Yesterday he wrote about his lust for a brand new computer he has seen/used. Now you have to understand why I call him the book thief of Lenovo, if you don't already, to understand why this strikes me as so odd. When we worked together back at IDG, I loaned him my copy of "Lives of The Popes" which has to be some of the best bathroom reading ever. Shortly thereafter, he departed to become global web marketing swami or somesuch at Lenovo. (He forgot to return the book, hence the nickname. Our mutual friend Laurence Allen has offered to retrieve said book but I declined because then what would I have to tease Churbuck about? But I digress.) Whatever his title there is no doubt that Churbuck is at least a muck and probably a full blown muckety muck or demi-poobah at Lenovo. So the computer he lust's after? Lenovo 3000 notebook computers – V100 DUDE? If you can't get one then who the hell can?
- Headline of the day: Some apes, birds can think ahead, studies show Ladies & gentlemen, you're next FEMA director.
- The AP falls for the Monopoly myth: "The original version created by inventor Charles B. Darrow, who sketched out the game on his tablecloth more than 70 years ago, will still be sold." As anyone who has read Philip Orbanes fine and extremely readable book The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers, from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit knows: HAH! Darrow swiped the game. The AP is not alone in this mistake, lord knows. Hasbro, which certainly knows better, perpetuates the story.
- It's raining again here in Boston. Time to go sacrifice another politician. Ahhh, that's better. Now I almost don't care if it stops raining.
Headlines I never expected to see: Free Trade Pacts Are Bad For Business. What makes it so unexpected? It’s from Forbes.
GM sold GMAC? But that was the only part of the company that actually made money…
Previously I reported that the word games at Neopets didn’t recognize the words sex or cards – add id to that list says CollateralDamageJR ™. Where the bloody hell did a 9.5 year old learn the word id?
David “The Book Thief of Lenovo” Churbuck has discovered a web site specializing in “bus plunge journalism.” Has to be read to be believed.
Ever wondered what I look like? I didn’t think so, but this is a pretty good representation. Gotta love the photo booth at the bowling alley. Stat land: The Krispy Kreme burger entry continues to be the most read thing here on the site. You people continue to be weird. Tuesday saw the most visits ever to the site, nearly a third more than usual. Maybe folks like what they saw ‘cuz the numbers have stayed up for the rest of the week. If you like the site, please pass the word along about it. If you don’t please leave a really, angry post. I love those.