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Robots In Disguise

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

My friend Dean brought his children, ages 8 and 7, to see Transformers this weekend. Apparently, there’s a scene where the protagonist, played by Shia LaBeouf, is searching for something in his room. His parents are knocking on the door, asking what he is doing, and he tells them to hold on. This went on for a few minutes, and the parents were becoming inpatient. Finally, he lets them into the room, and they ask him something to the effect of, “Were you masturbating?”

Of course, that’s something most 7 and 8 year olds have (and should have) no clue about. Dean said his children began to persistantly ask what masturbating was, while in the theater, and he told them they’d talk about it later. But his son kept pressing on (more…)

Jingle All the Way

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Bad allergies have knocked me down and out, so I’ve been home the past two days. Although I’ve been filing news and writing articles remotely, the Benadryl is making me super-drowsy and dizzy. I also have a headache, but I wonder it’s from the (appropriate) Astalin advertisement that plays on TV during every commercial break.

As annoying as that commercial’s jingle is, it’s not as irritating as some others out there – particularly Behr’s Furniture. There’s no video, but you can listen to its jingle over and over again on its homepage. In fact, Long Island seems to breed a lot of bad jingles – so many, that my mom wondered if a special jingle school exists. Any Long Islander could probably sing the following:

  1. Rockaway Bedding – “Rock, Rock, Rock, Rockaway Bedding, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rockaway Bedding, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rockaway Bedding, Rockaway Bedding, yeah!”
  2. Nicolock – “Let Nicolock Pavers (let Nicolock Paaa-vers), pave your way… pave your way!”
  3. Sleepy’s (in a bad R&B beat) – “Trust Sleepy’s for the rest of your life, we’re the mattress professionals d-doing it ri-ight… trust Sleepy’s for the rest of your life!”
  4. Suburban Exterminating – “Call 8-6-4-6-9-oh-oh for Suburban Exterminating, Suburban Exterminating!”
  5. Eddie’s Trailer Sales – “T-R-A-I-L-E-R-S, trailers (Eddie’s), T-R-A-I-L-E-R-S, trailers (Eddie’s). For camping in the USA, call Eddie’s Trailer Sales today, it’s Eddie’s Trailer Sales!”
  6. 1-800-MATTRESS – “1-800-M-A-T-T-R-E-S (oh yeah, Dial-A-Mattress), 1-800-M-A-T-T-R-E-S… and leave off the last S for savings!”

There are quite a few more, but I’m conveniently forgetting them (and hoping it will stay that way).