There Are Consequences 

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Last Thursday, I posted about this ridiculous Macy’s ad.

One Day Sale, Friday December 29th through Saturday, December 30th

That same day, Macy’s announced layoffs and store closures. It’s a shame that 5,000 people had to lose their jobs, but maybe now we’ll see an end to this nonsense.

Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? 

Friday, January 5th, 2018

A headline like “Couple Caught Having Oral Sex in ‘Family-Friendly’ Restaurant” really catches the eye, but what’s most intriguing is the writing itself. In 159 words, it includes the phrases “family-friendly” and “family-operated”, and mentions that the location is a “family-friendly establishment” with live music “for the whole family”.

It really doesn’t seem relevant to the matter at hand. It’s not as though this behavior would be acceptable at say a Texas Roadhouse, or even a BJ’s Restaurant.

One Singular Days

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Come on, Macy’s!

One Day Sale, Friday December 29th through Saturday, December 30th

I’ve seen this nonsense before, but the extra day has always been referred to as a “preview day”. That’s idiotic, but it’s not as bad as this.

One Day Sale, Friday December 29th through Saturday, December 30th

I’m so rationally angry right now.

Previously in things being right in the name: It’s Right in the Name

Maybe She Meant That They’re Very Close Friends With Jesus 

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Shortly before December’s special Senate election in Alabama, Kayla Moore spoke about her husband, losing candidate/accused pedophile Roy Moore.

“Fake news,” she declared, “would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it all and I just want to set the record straight while they’re all here.”

Then, after a brief pause, for effect, she said, “One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them.”

As you might imagine, this defense was not well received. It’s also not clear who exactly Mrs. Moore was referring to. The Boston Globe was unable to find any rabbi willing to admit a friendship with the Moores. Now, it turns out that at least one Jewish attorney who has worked with the Moores is in fact a huge Doug Jones supporter.

Update (January 16th, 2018): It seems the truth is even dumber than expected.

The Man Just Likes Rams 

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

The Los Angeles Rams (formerly the St. Louis Rams, formerly the Los Angeles Rams, formerly the Cleveland Rams) don’t own the domain rams.com. Instead, it’s a site about, well, rams, as in male bighorn sheep.

Previously in domains not owned by the relevant NFL team: $275

The Real Friendly Skies 

Monday, January 1st, 2018

It really was awfully nice of Delta to make sure this poor bird didn’t wind up lost four states from home.

Additional CVS Signs

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Last month, I discovered a strange assortment of handmade signs in Boston-area CVS stores, all pitching flu shots. The initial post on this included signs from eight different stores, and I’ve since visited more than a dozen additional locations to find more signs.1 As I’ve said, there are really a ton of CVS locations in this area. Let’s dive in to what I found:

First up, loyal reader Waldo spotted this Downtown Crossing store’s sign. As you may realize, they went with a Game of Thrones theme. It’s one that works just fine even if you have no knowledge of that show or the “Winter is Coming” meme.

Winter is coming / Get your flu shot todayCVS Store #49

There may have been some internal dispute at this location, as they doubled up their signs. They started with a Halloween-themed sign which is inexplicably heart-shaped. Below that is more instructive ad for flu shots, conveying urgency through an assortment of clock pictures. It feels a bit Twilight Zone-y, but it’s a solid effort overall.

2 signs: Say Boo to the Flu / Time to get your shotCVS Store #1009

In addition to being rather leaky, the needle on this next sign looks incredibly blunt. I would not like to get a flu shot with this needle.

You call the shots / get your flu shot todayCVS Store #361

Identical silver glitter paper can be seen below, as well as a very similar needle. Fortunately, this one looks as though it could puncture the skin without too much difficulty. That “Stop” sign could really use some work though.

Stop the flu before it stops you! (G)et your flu shot todayCVS Store #10517

Speaking of road signs, we’ve got this Newbury Street store’s offering:

Flu season aheadCVS Store #1206

In America, yellow traffic signs are general warnings (such as “Slippery When Wet”), rather than explicit instructions (“Stop”). This sign doesn’t actually tell the reader what they should do about the upcoming flu season, so yellow seems an appropriate color. How many passersby simply mournfully shrugged and moved on after seeing this, certain in the knowledge that they’d catch the flu and feel like death soon?

On the other side of the quality spectrum is this needle!

Stick it to the flu!CVS Store #2256

Well-done, Government Center CVS. I also appreciate the pithy writing.

Meanwhile, these two stores had very similar rainbow colored signs, each utilizing a “sick”/“quick” rhyme. It’s possible one ripped off the other, as they’re only about 3/4 of a mile apart. Then again, each of these stores has a CVS location that’s closer to it, and it’s not the same location in the middle of them. In CVS distribution terms, they’re not actually that close.

Don't want to get sick? Get the flu shot quick!CVS Store #1258

Don't waste fall being sick! Get a flu shot. It's super quickCVS Store #5874

This sign is from Maine, and they do things differently up there. They’ve printed a fairly odd wordcloud of flu-related terms on glossy stock. This is then surrounded by handwritten messages, presumably from CVS staffers. It’s unique, I’ll give them that.

Save your sick days for playing hookyCVS Store #8245

Finally, while this sign was printed on a relatively small piece of paper, rather than large posterboard, I love the design here. The message is the most honest of all we’ve seen, and it seems like the needle is thinking it in a cartoonish thought bubble. Nicely done.

Save your sick days for playing hookyCVS Store #10174

Wrap-Up

At this point, I’ve run out of nearby CVS stores to check on. While flu season is ongoing, flu shot season is certainly winding down. Still, I’ll keep an eye out for more, and report back with this important news as it develops.


Footnotes:

  1. In addition to the signs shown, I found two stores in Boston (Store #8988, 25 Winter St. and Store #226, 81 Milk St.) which had no signs. As these two stores did not appear to offer flu shot services, their lack of signs makes sense. ↩︎

Watch for Blue Shells 

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Japan currently has a very interesting relationship with go-karts:

Go-karts, under the Transport Vehicle Act, are classified as scooters but as four-wheel cars under the Road Traffic Law, so drivers do not have to wear seat-belts or helmets.

In America, this dual classification would likely mean the vehicles would be subject to twice the regulations, rather than none. In Tokyo, it’s instead led to this:

A real-life Mario Kart driver

This seems like tourist buffoonery which would be annoying to locals, as well as fairly dangerous for the participants. I hope I get a chance to try it someday.

Spooky Space Stone 

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

I missed the story of this asteroid back in 2015, but it’s back in the news, because it’s swinging by Earth again next year.

A skull-shaped asteroid

I realize that’s just an artist’s rendering, but are we sure this is a “skull-shaped asteroid”? Could it not, in fact, just be a giant skull?

Symbolic Wood 

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Christmas is over, and in the near future, it will be time for the tree to come down. For New York City’s massive Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, it will be time for a third life:

Old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of affordable homes.

The trees are milled into a small amount of lumber, which is then used by Habitat for Humanity to build homes.