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“Got Milk” going the way of “Tastes Great/Less Filling?”

February 24, 2014

This seems like a very, very bad decision:

Iconic ‘Got Milk?’ ad replaced with new tagline

jimmy smits dennis franz got milk“Got Milk?” is one of the most recognizable ad campaigns of the past 20 years. But the iconic ads are getting axed as the industry looks for a new hook to increase milk consumption amid declining sales.

The Got Milk ad first appeared in 1994 featuring supermodel Naomi Campbell wearing a milk mustache. Over the years, the ads have featured celebrities such as Elton John, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton and David Beckham.

Bernie Mack. Rulon Gardner. Pikachu. Chris Chandler.

Chris Chandler? How’d he get in there? Didn’t they lose that Superbowl?

Just scroll this page down a bit and you’ll find a collection of my favorite Got Milk ads. Danica Patrick! Brett Favre! Hayden Panettiere! Kiss! I’ve really had fun with the “Got Milk” campaign. Dangit.

And what are they replacing it with?

Yeah, okay, that was a pretty neat ad. Still, though. That doesn’t have the same legs, I’ll bet. And then they’ll just need another new ad campaign.

As a father of four, I am eminently qualified to say that yes, Michelle Obama was right.

February 22, 2014

And I find myself thinking that her critics – at least, regarding her “young people are knuckleheads” comment – are either non-parents, or are just trying to score points.

Here’s what she said:


“The truth is, young people are knuckleheads.”

I am the father of four children. Two of them are grown and out of the house (although sometimes it feels like we’re still raising them). Two are still at home, in school. I am also a former young person myself*.

And let me tell you something about young people, from my own experience.

They’re knuckleheads.

I don’t even see how this statement is controversial. Oh, sure, some young people are smarter, more capable, more ambitious, more mature at younger ages than others. Some young people do seem to be beyond their actual years, while some older people never seem to get that “mature adult” thing at all.

Fine. Now would you please pick up your damn shoes?

Talk to any parent about their children, particularly about their children between the early teens and early twenties, and sooner than later you’ll be hearing a story, the only conclusion to which can be: what a knucklehead. And then you’ll find yourself realizing: holy crap, I was that kind of knucklehead, too.

Disagree with the First Lady’s context for her statement, if you want. I certainly disagree with the premise she was trying to support. But her blanket statement about young people? True.

* I use the past tense here only to differentiate my current, far more mature and responsible youthfulness with my more ignorant, foolishness-prone, knuckleheaded youthfulness of 20-25 years ago.

Is it fair to ask whether these scientists are the same scientists who believe in Global Warming?

February 20, 2014

Probably not, but let’s ask anyway:

Last night, a giant asteroid was supposed to streak by the Earth, close enough for us to catch a glimpse as it zipped by. Except it never showed, and now astronomers say they have no idea just where the 900-foot asteroid has gone.

Science: it’s not an exact science. And that’s not as snarky as it might sound.

UPDATE - or maybe:

automotivator_asteroid

The upside: the alien invaders probably have no idea how to deal with a zombie apocalypse.

What do Ayn Rand, Christopher Gadsden, Reagan, Lincoln, Washington, and The TrogloPundit all have in common?

February 17, 2014

They were all born in February!

Okay, so “born” isn’t exactly the right word for The TrogloPundit. Begun is more like it. But, feh. Semantics. “Birthday” is, after all, just another way of saying “the anniversary of one’s birth.” And so “Blogoversary” is just another way of saying “blogs aren’t actually born.”

Or something like that.

Hey, this is five years. TrogloPundit started on February 13, 2009. I see I’m continuing the tradition of not noticing my blogiversary until several days later.

Yeah, little strange to celebrate a blogoversary when I haven’t really been blogging much for the past…oh…several months. But, again: feh. And:

automotivator_danica as marilyn

How does one spell “blogoversary,” anyway? Blogoversary, or Blogiversary? O or I?

When the dust from the zombie-apocalypse-triggering alien invasion finally clears…

February 4, 2014

…it’s Jamie Casino we want taking those green four-armed bastards to court! With his Flames of Justice, and his Hammer of Retribution:

Jamie Casino: avenging angel of personal injury tort!

The top ten books people lie about reading: I’ve read between two and five of them. No, really.

February 3, 2014

Here’s the list:

10. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
9. On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
8. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
7. 1984, George Orwell
6. Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville
5. The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
4. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
3. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
2. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
1. Ulysses, James Joyce

Okay, so I’ve read Atlas Shrugged and 1984. I know I’ve read parts of, but not all, of Moby Dick and Democracy in America. I even own a copy of that last one but have only started, never finished it.

Also, while I’ve never read The Art of War, I did read Clausewitz’ On War for a college paper. That should count. And while I’ve never read Ulysses, I have read at least two versions of Homer’s Odyssey (three, if you include the graphic novel), and also watched an absolutely wretched TV version that completely ruined Armand Assante for me.

So I think I should get to claim five.

Hat tip Ace.

UPDATE – yes, I wasted three hours of my life watching the movie version of “Les Miserables,” but even I wouldn’t try to count that.

UPDATE II - Linked by Brian J. Noggle, who seems to think Danica Patrick fan fiction has no place in literary society.

When the headline says “Groundhog Predicts Winter,” that means it’s more likely an early Spring, right?

February 2, 2014

Because of the story noted in my previous post. But hang on. This happened today:

Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil…was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.

Yeah, okay, but:

Punxsutawney Phil has been correct 39% of the time since 1887

So did they take that into account when they set Punxsutawney Phil out this year? Or are they still relying on the same old model?

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