February 23, 2006

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Student finds toilet water cleaner than ice at fast food restaurants

“I found that 70-percent of the time, the ice from the fast food restaurant’s contain more bacteria than the fast food restaurant’s toilet water.”

Roberts’ graph shows the toilet water, shown in red, had less bacteria in most cases than the ice inside shown in blue, and the ice from drive-through windows shown in green. Roberts’ teacher says he wasn’t surprised either.
First, congratulations to Jasmine Roberts. Second, thanks for the warning.

Third: I think I’ll stick to getting my soft drinks in a bottle, in the future. Yech. Please folks, don’t take this as encouragement to drink McDonalds toilet water.

Building 19 Apologizes for “Wife-beaters”

Around here, the slang term for “A”-shirts (sleeveless tees) is “wife-beater.” When Building 19 used this slang in one of its flyers , that did not sit well with some of their customers:

Building 19 apologies came fast from spokesman Jerry Ellis who said, “They were right. It was awful and I am sorry it happened. It’s a slang expression, a street expression, but we should have known better not to use it.

Should Jerry be beat up over this? I agree that it’s not the most tasteful expression. Of course, you could turn the volume way up on the tastelessness, so maybe some perspective is in order? (Warning: that link takes you to a site with some loud not-safe-for-work music. And spanking.)

White House Issues Its Own Katrina Report

We can’t wait to read it!

It’s one sentence long: “We’re doing a heckuva job!”

Posted by James at February 23, 2006 6:38 AM
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I hate A-shirts no matter what you call them, I think they're ugly, so I do lean towards the ugly nickname (although I'll admit it's a little unfair).

Muscle shirts look MUCH better on everyone (EVERYONE!!!). Even those with more fat than muscle. Unfortunately, the A-shirts are cheaper and easier to make. Feh.

Posted by: Julie at February 23, 2006 9:55 AM

Sage advice on muscle Ts: if you don't have muscles, don't wear one.

So, beyond the dude who was honest enough to say he may have been "too busy" or possibly "too lazy" to read the ads before they go to print, there's someone working for them who thinks this term is just dandy to use in advertising.

What a schmo.

File this story under "Duh."

Posted by: Patti M. at February 23, 2006 10:17 AM

Folks around the office agree: not appropriate for a flyer.

(I asked one person, Ryan, not including myself.)

Posted by: James at February 23, 2006 10:48 AM

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