Stay F---! | March 22, 2007
temporary181 at stayfreemagazine.org
Thu Mar 22 14:02:39 EDT 2007
Howdy. Here are some highlights from Stay Free's blog that I've
waited way to long to send out. For full text, images, and many more
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SEEKING YOUR FAVORITES FROM SF! MAGAZINE
If you have any favorite articles or interviews that you remember
from past issues of Stay F---, please let me know. I'm compiling
selections for a "best of" book and am incapable of being objective
about such things. You can either comment on our blog:
Or email Carrie at temporary181 at stayfreemagazine.org. Much thanks!
PRANK OF THE MONTH: FAKE GUCCI AD
A guy in Switzerland, pretending to be a representative from Gucci,
called up a weekly paper and reserved a two-page ad spread. He then
sent in a fake ad of himself half-naked, flanked by a bottle of Gucci
fragrance. When the bill went to Gucci, as he requested, hilarity
P&G BUILDS A MARKET FOR EATING DISORDERS
Just saw this ad from a new campaign [see blog for image] promoting
the laxative Metamucil and nearly lost my lunch. Procter & Gamble,
which markets Metamucil, has repositioned the brand and is now
pitching it with the slogan, "Beautify Your Inside." Now, I'm not the
gambling type but if P&G isn't targeting anorexics, bulimics, and
other weight-obsessed women with this campaign, you can have my
Thanks to BoingBoing for pointing us to this amazing study
demonstrating that, while both men and women concentrate on faces
when looking at pictures of men, men's eyes naturally wander south...
just a touch below the equator...
DOES TV CONTRIBUTE TO AUTISM?
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about a Cornell
economist who has done some fancy math linking TV use to autism...
MURDERERS, BANK ROBBERS AND... XBOX MODDERS?
Jason Jones used to run the Acme Game Store out here in Los Angeles.
When Acme closed, I assumed it was because Jason simply wasn't
pushing enough games to afford his lavish space. But no. Jason was
arrested by federal agents for allegedly selling "modded" Xbox
consoles. He is now serving time in a halfway house with decidedly
more violent offenders. That's your Digital Millennium Copyright Act
at work, folks!
SOLVING NEW YORK'S TRAFFIC PROBLEMS
My new favorite blog, Streetsblog, recently posted a fantastic video
interview with transit guru Sam Schwartz. Do wider roads create less
congestion? How reliant are New Yorkers on cars? How much traffic
congestion does closing roads create? Schwartz punctures a lot of
myths in just under a half hour.
RECYCLING IN NEW YORK: URBAN LEGEND?
At a Super Bowl party yesterday, a highly unscientific poll of
attendants revealed that the vast majority of these New Yorkers
worked in offices or lived in apartment buildings where recycling was
essentially a ruse. That is, offices would have clearly marked bins
for paper, plastic, metal, and trash, but at the end of the day the
cleaning staff would come and mix everything together. A similar
thing was recorded in large apartment buildings...
THE MESSAGE IS THE MEDIUM
In response to the ubiquitous public advertising in New York City -
including illegally posted advertisements - the Anti-Advertising
Agency (run by Stay Free! blogger Steve Lambert) and the Graffiti
Research Lab have collaborated on a project to appropriately label
the MTA's grating video ads. You can read about the project here....
ABBOTT TO AIDS PATIENTS: THANK YOU FOR NOT DYING
Abbott Laboratories has come up with an ingenius way of screwing AIDS
patients. Here's how it works: Abbott sells two AIDS drugs, an older
drug called Norvir, and a highly profitable newer med, Kaletra. The
older Norvir works only in combination with other protease
inhibitors; essentially, it boosts other drugs' effectiveness.
Kalectra, however, includes Norvair and therefore works alone...
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