Monday, June 29, 2009

Jill brought this website to my attention. Along the lines of, this is one of my new favorite sites! So awesome! I have always wondered why it is they don't have translators to proof this stuff. I mean, when I was Korea, I saw these kinds of English bumbles on everything that could be printed on. A source told me that companies do it on purpose, as if it is cool or something. I don't believe it. I just think Asians are dumb.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The new face of Diet Coke

Mia is teething and when I pulled out a Diet Coke from the fridge today, she started gnawing on it. Coke should consider hiring a spokesbaby.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just when you think toilet paper couldn't get any better!

Is toilet paper really archaic? disgusting?
Do we really need an 18" extension to take care of business?
Is this really the greatest improvement to toilet paper since the 1880's?


Sometimes, there just isn't a lot we can do about the basics of everyday living.

Too bad it doesn't fold down to compact size. I figure if people were to use it, they would want to be able to conveniently be able to tote it around. How would you explain this contraption to someone?!

Freakish M&Ms

I don't know if you've seen these before, maybe they are just a Eugene special, but I tried these Strawberried-Peanut Butter M&Ms the other day and in not so many words, they are barfy.

To describe the taste, it is an oddly confusing mixture of fruit and peanut. Now, I kind of get it. PB & J right? Oh how clever. But, it doesn't work. I don't mind a mild sensation of confusion every once in a while, but this taste test was just completely perplexing. At first, it's a whole lot of strawberry. And then it's all peanut butter, but when it's said and done, it's mostly just nonsense.

What is it with candy companies getting overly creative? I mean, I know, from my business school vocab, "product extension", "product expansion", "product line diversification". But really, is M&M a product that needs any sort of diversification? Its three strongest products, Plain, Peanut, and Peanut Butter, are on the top 10 list of best-selling candies. They have a good thing going! No need to mar their reputation by adding fruit to the mix! I mean, it's not like there is a hugely competitive peanut butter and fruit-flavored candy market out there. When you got a good thing going, stick to it.

Considering what it takes to get a product from concept to store shelf, it is amazing to me how a strawberried-peanut butter products get the green light. Among the other products that really don't belong within reach of consumers:

- popcorn-flavored Jelly Belly's
- fish-flavored candies
- booger candy

There are a lot of better examples at good candies gone wrong but I can't think of any. If you have some, do share.

Bottom line: avoid the disappointment, deny the intrigue, stay away from this M&M mutant and stick to the M&M product you love.