This made it on the news.
It is a sad day for news. Δ
July 7, 2009 • 4:45 pm 0
North Korea’s latest launch is not missiles, but a TV advertising campaign for a locally-brewed beer.
In a rare nod to commercial motives in the resolutely communist nation, the TV advert features a thirsty worker holding a mug of frothy beer. Young women in traditional Korean dress are shown serving trays of beer to men in Western suits. Billed as the “Pride of Pyongyang”, the advert promises drinkers that the beer will help ease stress. “It represents the new look of Pyongyang,” the two-and-a-half minute advert says. “It will be a familiar part of our lives.” … (via news.bbc.co.uk)
Well, they may be a backward nation run by a crazy little troll, but at least they’ve got relaxing beer. Δ
June 24, 2009 • 7:38 pm 1
Over at the pet section of Yahoo! Japan, a “Suko-zuwari” photo contest is in progress. “Suko-zuwari” is a word created by Japanese cat lovers to describe the amusing human-like sitting style of some cats. The behavior is most commonly found in Scottish Folds, so the first part of “Scottish” [スコティッシュ] was combined with word for “sitting” [座り] to make “suko-zuwari“ [スコ座り].
Fuji TV’s “Mezamashi TV” morning show recently ran a segment about the online photo contest, visiting a cat cafe to observe some “suko-zuwari“:
They find a few cats sitting in just such a pose, and comments are made about how it resembles the sitting style of lazy middle-aged men.
A cat expert says that cats often make various poses while licking themselves clean, and it is possible that some cats discover through their cleaning routines that the “suko-zuwari” position is comfortable. Only male cats seem to sit that way, and it may have something to do with their own desire to smell themselves. [via Japan Probe]
June 24, 2009 • 9:30 am 0
It turns out that MSNBC, FOX, and CBS are all fascinating stations — that is, when you splice out the reporters and replace them with singing comedians. Fifth in the Auto-Tune The News series, “lettuce regulation” is pure hilarity: