Friday Funny – Insensitive Advertising

29 03 2013


Earlier this week, we received an industry newsletter with a bit about an ad campaign gone awry in Ford’s foreign operations.

We have to say, while certainly tasteless, the Berlusconi one is dead-on; they probably could have substituted the now-infamous Domimique Strauss-Kahn in his place, just as well.

Some choice quotes from the article:

The company this week apologized for the advertisements, decried as demeaning to women, including one depicting Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with a trio of bound women in the trunk of a car.

Similar ads featured Paris Hilton apparently kidnapping reality television rivals the Kardashian sisters — all three sisters tied up and one in a bikini — and Formula One driver Michael Schumacher abducting his male racing competition

Ad firm JWT India fired several employees over the incident, and apologized saying that the ads were neither requested by Ford, nor intended for “paid publication” but rather were “part of a creative exercise”.



Friday Funny – On Modernity, What Century We Are Currently Living In, and the New Pope

22 03 2013

This was recently submitted by our Crete bureau chief Paris bureau chief, who has a knack for spotting such things on Imagur.



Friday Funny – Sizzurp Edition

22 03 2013

Ok – we realize that we’re taking a bit of editorial liberty with this one, and kicking someone while they’re down. It’s definitely a bit of Schadenfreude.

Evidently hip hop artist Lil’ Wayne was recently hospitalized for effects suffered from drinking too much “Sizzurp” – a cocktail of cough syrup with Codeine combined with certain other things – like Jolly Rancher hard candies and Xanex.

Here’s a choice quote from the L.A. Times article:

“Another source told US Weekly that Lil Wayne’s health problems could stem from his use of a popular drink combining cough syrup with codeine and other ingredients. ‘He drank too much Sizzurp to get a better high. He needs rehab, but he’s not close to death or anything. He’s fine and just coming down off the high.’ ”

In other articles it was stated that, as an opiate, Codeine can be as addictive as other drugs in that class, like heroin. And the detox effects can be fatal.

So perhaps none of this is exactly “Friday Funny” material, except in a kind of mean way. But, peep the image below from the LA Times – they have started inserting these ridiculous polls on EVERY news item. According to the poll of readers at the time we took the screen shot, a full 20% of readers would drink Sizzurp.



Friday Funny, Way-Back Edition Featuring Rusty

15 03 2013

We saw a wiener dog on the way into the office this morning.

Being exhausted from “researching” this week’s Friday Funny post for about 50 hours this week, we recalled a music video about our favorite narcoleptic daschund, Rusty.


Friday Funny – Grumpy Cat Finally Speaks About Success

15 03 2013

We spotted this on The Weather Channel’s front page, of all places.

You know that you’ve arrived when you make it to the front page of The Weather Channel’s website. You’re then only a pair of water skis away from jumping your very own shark.

This just in from Reuters.

Evidently he has quite the influence on Internet types who produce things like this:



Friday Funny, Late Cycle – World Superbike Edition plus an Airbag You Can Wear

22 02 2013

No explanation necessary:

I love this bit:

dancing motorcycle racer


Also just in from the Paris bureau:


drawing for a suggestged motorcycle suit of armorCourtesy Futility Closet:

Easy Rider


As reported to the Paris bureau, Dainese, the innovative and very high-end Italian motosports protective gear giant, actually made this reality – sort of.  It’s an airbag vest equipped with accelerometers which deploy the airbag around the torso.\

According to their website:



 Tests carried out in accordance with draft european standard en 1621.3 for chest protectors show that d-air® street cuts the force transferred by over 92% compared with the specified limit.

The force on the back is reduced by 82% (compared with the performance of a level 2 back protector)

D-air® street is triggered in the event of:

– Impacts.
– Slides.

For rider and pillion

D-air® Street has a total deployment time of 45 milliseconds.



Here’s the side view as it begins inflating:

motorcycle air bag


And inflated:

motorcycle air bag


Here it’s deployed in a racing application (where they were developed):


motorcycle air bag


Walk of shame (kidding, kidding):


motorcycle air bag

You have to see this video to believe it.  Note the soundtrack from DVD menu on the animated Matrix trilogy companion, Animatrix


Friday Funny: Little Blow Peep

15 02 2013

From The Weird Files (and firmly in the WTF category), as filed by our Paris bureau chief, whose only comment was “So, this exists.”

For today’s Friday Funny, we bring you: “Little Blow Peep

Little Blow Peep

Friday Funny – Te’o-ing

25 01 2013

If you’ve missed the uproar regarding Notre Damfootball star Manti Te’o an the elaborate hoax that he was the victim of (allegedly), well you must have been living under a rock or something. 

This is … Te’o-ing:


Friday Funny Take Two

18 01 2013

Well the iPhone ate my post. Lets try again. 

At the beginning of the Iraq war, do you guys remember the Iraqi Information Minister? 


He was famous for his ridiculous statements, many of which you can read here: 


Stuff like:


“The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad… Be assured, Baghdad is safe, protected. Iraqis are heroes.”




“They tried to bring a small number of tanks and personnel carriers in through al-Durah but they were surrounded and most of their infidels had their throats cut.”



Read this article in that light:



Friday Funny – Banned Haircut

30 11 2012


Today’s Friday Funny features a great haircut, if you are a fan of Texas A&M’s quarterback Johnny Manziel.


Christian Chavez of Kerrville, Texas decided to have Texas A&M’s freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel’s image shaved into his head as a tribute, along with the Texas A&M’s logo and the words “Johnny Football” shaved in on the other side of his head.

For this transgression against fashion and good sense, he was sent home until the image and words were removed. What a shame!

Racing to the Red Light salutes your dedication to the cause, Christian!