Snoozing the Day Away

14 12 2011

The irony did not escape me today, as I clicked the ‘Snooze’ button on one of the notifications on my calendar today, for a health seminar webcast that my company’s HR department is hosting:

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Har har!





Mind Your Manors

14 12 2011

I saw this misspelling on a website yesterday, and it prompted an amusing exchange between some of my friends at work. My emphasis below:

Action oriented to move forward in an intelligent manor.

This prompted an exchange of images between two of my friends and I. This is what I came up with:

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From: http://www.at-v.com/website%20photos/TANKIE.pdf





The Real J. Peterman

5 12 2011

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Seinfeld is, for me at least, one of the classic sitcoms of the modern era. I think that the show will be comparable to I Love Lucy, in that it will have a long life in syndication and will continue to draw in younger fans over time.

Now I can’t remember exactly how I came across this tidbit of information; I think I was trying to get an exact quote from an episode of Seinfeld (“I find pastrami to be the most sensual of the smoked, cured meats” – don’t ask why I was looking this up).

Fans of Seinfeld may recall one of Elaine’s more memorable bosses, J. Peterman. J. Peterman owned a clothing catalog business, and he was given to describing the clothes in grandiose, narrative style.

It turns out that there is a real J. Peterman, who really has a catalog clothing business! And in a truely amazing case of art imitating life imitating art, there is a great backstory where the real J. Peterman received financial assistance from the actor who portrayed him in the show:

Later, when the Paul Harris Company went out of business, Peterman was able to purchase the rights to his own name as a brand, with funding help from John O’Hurley, the actor who portrayed J. Peterman on Seinfeld.

[2] With the help of a core group from the original company (creative director, William McCullam, marketing director Jonathan Dunavant, merchant Paula Collins and director of manufacturing Kyle Foster), The J. Peterman Company was relaunched.

He even wrote a book about it all, called Peterman Rides Again. I have ordered it and will provide additional anecdotes as they become available.

Read about the real J. Peterman:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peterman

And how about this actual example of a description from their catalog:

http://www.jpeterman.com/Mens-Pants/Mens-4-Wale-Cord-Pant

Out of the corner of your eye, you notice that the man thatching the roof of that sensational thick-walled cottage in Dorset isn’t merely wearing corduroy pants, but extra-wide-wale corduroy pants.

Aha! The Broadway director driving to work from Snedens Landing in his Aston Martin is wearing, naturally, very-wide-wale pants.

The abstract-expressionist artist roughing it in his $2 million loft in Soho is wearing, what else, enormously-wide-wale pants.

What is at work here is evidence of a worldwide, but unspoken, preference: Wider is better.

(Wales are the soft, velvety ribs of corduroy. The fewer the wales per inch, the wider they are; the wider they are, the more handsome. Why? God works in mysterious ways.)





Fat Friday

2 12 2011

Today I’ll be adding to my earlier post regarding my asshole doctor calling me fat.

It turns out that Americans didn’t used to be the gluttonous bunch of fat-asses that we are today; in fact, there used to be products that purported to enable you to gain weight:

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All this fat talk reminded me of perhaps the best web page ever created on God’s green Internet: FATMOUSE

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A couple of things to note about FATMOUSE – he is the superlative. He is the king. And dammit, he will rock your world.

FATMOUSE is full of choice quotes, like this one:

FATMOUSE IS COMING AND HE HAS A MESSAGE AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE IT. FATMOUSE WILL CONSUME YOUR POOR THIN WORLD AND REGURGITATE IT IN HIS OWN IMAGE. FATMOUSE DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU AND HE DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR MEAGRE HOPES AND DREAMS. IT IS BETTER TO WALK WITH FATMOUSE THAN TO BE IN HIS PATH, FOR FATMOUSE MUST FEED.





Smurf Town

1 12 2011

Over the summer, a small town in Spain painted the town blue to promote the new Smurfs movie:

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Some townspeople really got into it!

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