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Sexy McDonalds

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In today’s world, advertisers know one thing is constant — sex sells. In fact, this idea isn’t cocacola ad new. Old Coca-cola ads showed beautiful, sexy women, in their bathing suits, drinking coke at the beach. This advertising got the point across: sexy people drink coke.

Today, the advertising industry is a multi-billion dollar corporation. If you want people to buy your products, you don’t ask them to, you TELL them to. And the advertising isn’t just on the extra pages of ads in a magazine or during the commercials of your favorite show. Magazine photo shoots and articles are always pushing a products or outfit or gadget. And television shows and even movies, are dropping label names, brand name and places to be like rain falls in Seattle. One of the most popular corporations is no stranger to pushing their product.

McDonald’s has had numerous advertising campaigns throughout the years with a series of catchy slogans. The slogans below are some of the most popular over the past two decades:

1992: What you want is what you get.

1993: Do you believe in magic?

1995: Have you had your break today?

1997: Did somebody say McDonalds?

1990: McDonald’s – It can happen.

2000: We love to see/make you smile. -and – Put a smile on.

And 2003-present: I’m lovin’ it.

While the United States thinks they are liberal with their advertising, everyone who has been to Europe or Asia knows differently. I remember the first time I was in Europe. I was on a trip with 3 of my girlfriends to London. I was shocked when we turned on the television in the middle of the afternoon and saw nudity in commercials and a sexed up version of Goldilocks.

In 2006, China McDonald’s used the slogan “Beef is sexy.” I supposed these ads were meant to show how sexy McDonald’s hamburgers are. But lets get real. When have you gone out to eat and said to yourself “Eating this hamburger makes me feel sexy.”? Yeah, that’s what I thought. While the taste of beef is delicious, ordering a fillet mignon makes me feel sexier than eating a greasy burger.

Another gripe I have with this advertising is how un-creative it is. Micky D’s, you are NOT the first people to make the connection between beef and sex. The 1980’s ad campaign for red meat already did that with the slogan “Where’s the beef?” which did not leave me feeling turned on in the slightest. Even certain members of the male population have equated their, um, male member with this favorite of all red meats.

However, in recent events, Japan has taken sexy beef mcdonaldsto a WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

At the end of April, a porn film crew was arrested at a McDonald’s in Saitama Prefecture. The story is that the director and three “actors” just strolled in and just started filming in the restaurant. A suspicious customer followed them to their corner and then called the cops. The cops arrested the foursome for indecent exposure and obstruction of business.

David Letterman came out with a hilarious Top Ten to comment on the, er, event.

TOP TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE HAVING SEX IN A McDONALD’S

10 Should I take her some place more romantic like Applebee’s?

9 Am I going to get “The McClap?”

8 Should we just stay in the car and have sex in the drive-thru?

7 The rats won’t mind, will they?

6 Would she rather have had a ‘Whopper’?

5 Is this what my dad meant when he said, “Go get a job at McDonald’s”?

4 Should I add fries and a soda for an extra 99 cents?

3 Can I tell my wife I was just getting a ‘Happy Meal’?

2 Should i see a psychiatrist?

1 Is this going to hurt my wife’s presidential campaign?

Well, all I can say is that sex still sells. Writing this blog has made me want a Quarter Pounder with cheese and some fries. Despite a health hazard, any news is good news for McDonald’s. I’d say that any management team deserves praise for giving the people what they want.

Especially when it’s sex.

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Let it Roll…

I have to pay tribute to two blogs that are awesome. Without them, I would not be blogging. So show your respect, and check them out for yourself! I promise, they won’t disappoint….

Heart shaped rock

For the “it” places, people and things, check out HeartShapedRocks. Three lovely ladies with high standards for Adorableness will point you in the right direction. With articles about food, fashion, living in Boston, and addictive television shows (only to name a few topics), this blog will not disappoint. Check them out at: http://www.heartshapedrocks.wordpress.com

Our world is full of randomness. This blog has one intent: to scour the four corners of internet for the coolest links to entertain bored workers and the just plain curious. A significant portion of the content is submitted Odditiesfrom readers like you, so feel free to email any worthwhile material. So cure your boredom! For information on the oddities and curiosities that life has to offer, check out:

http://www.ros2379.wordpress.com

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Did you write LOVE on your arm today?

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For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about…

TWLOHA (To write love on her arms) is an awareness day for teen suicide, self-harm, and Liebe depression. Sunday is national Teen Depression and Suicide awareness and it runs till Friday.

Here are the facts:

“According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability, with approximately 121 million people suffering with depression worldwide. The National Institute of Mental Health states that approximately 18 million people suffer from depression in America alone. Depression does not discriminate across age, race, gender, or class. Among teenagers it is estimated that 20 percent will suffer from depression at some point by the time they reach adulthood. There are also as many as 8.3 percent of teens suffering from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to 5.3 percent of the general population.

Between 20% and 50% of depressed kids and teens have a family history of depression and children of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon Generalís Survey, 1999)
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Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH) 2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)

While not always the case, often untreated depression and other struggles lead to unhealthy ways in which we try and deal with the hurt and pain we are feeling. We try and find anything that we can do to take away the hurt, painful feelings, ormultiple loves negative thoughts we are experiencing. Often the things that we turn to seem to help at first, appearing to provide some of the relief that we need so badly. But, even though they may seem like they help, often they are unhealthy themselves, eventually becoming even greater struggles like addictions such as drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, or self-injury.

Self-injury remained very much a mystery until 1996 when Princess Diana revealed that she had struggled with it. It has become much more visible in society within the last ten years.

Self-injury is also termed self-mutilation, self-harm, or self-abuse. It can be defined as the deliberate, repetitive, impulsive, non-lethal harming of one’s self, including but not limited to; love31) cutting, 2) burning, 3) picking or interfering with wound healing,4) infecting oneself, 5) punching/hitting self or objects, 6) inserting objects in to skin, 7) bruising or breaking bones, and 8 ) some forms of hair pulling. While these behaviors pose serious risks, they may be symptoms of a problem that can be treated.

Experts estimate that 4% of the population struggle with self-injury. It has the same occurrence between males and females, even though in popular culture it can appear to be more prevalent among girls.

Those who struggle with self-injury may have many different reasons for their behavior, some of which may be feelings of emptiness, inability to understand or express what they are feeling, loneliness, fear, past abuse, depression, as well as many others. As self-injury, like many addictions, is often a coping mechanism to deal with some manner of internal pain, many who struggle with it also struggle with other issues such as eating disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. While self-injury may be someone’s way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings and is generally NOT a suicide attempt, relief is always temporary, and usually only perpetuates a destructive cycle that continues thelove 4 struggle. This cycle often means that those who do not get help can become more depressed and shameful, adding to the pain and need for relief, thus perpetuating the cycle.

Dangers: While self-injury may not be about attempting suicide, the damage done while harming oneself ALWAYS carries the risks of inflicting serious, and even lethal, harm to oneself regardless of whether suicide is intended or not. Also the continued cycle of addiction and self-harm, as in substance abuse and other eating disorders can have a destructive effect on one’s health both physically and mentally, and struggles worsen as time continues without treatment.

(*Self injury facts from SAFE alternatives, online.)

Self-injury, like alcohol and drug abuse and eating disorders, is addictive, and thus not something that is easy to simply ‘stop’.

love 5Help and treatment are available, though at times may be hard to find.

However, while all addictions are very difficult to overcome, help and treatment are out there and available, and recovery and freedom are possible.

We believe this is true whether someone’s struggles may be self injury, depression, drugs and alcohol, body image issues, sexual addiction, or other areas of brokenness.”

For more information visit www.twloha.com. And it’s not too late to start. Write “LOVE” on your arm in any language and join in the cause!

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Summer Fingertips (and Tippy-toes)

Color is IN! It’s summer and anything goes. Ditch the Black nails and try something a bit more refreshing. Reds, pinks, purples and neutral are everywhere, including bright primary colors. And as always, a French manicure looks equally as posh on you toes as your hands. Here are some of my favorites:

FAVORITE SUMMER NAIL POLISHES:

Colors below (L-R, T-B): Yoga-ta Get this Blue!, Jewel of India, Kiss on the Chic,  Stars in My Eyes, Dutch Tulips, Exposure, Overnight, Recycle, Can you Dig It?, Kangaruby

yoga-ta-blue Jewl of india kiss on the chic Stars in my eyesDutch Tulips

exposure overnightrecycledig itkangaruby

chanelChanel’s Robertson Blvd Line

Available July 2008

Melrose (pink)

L.A. Sunrise (yellow)

L.A. Sunset (oragne)

Rodeo Drive (purple)

And whenever polishing your nails, I recommend using Seche Vite, a fast-drying topcoat to get the most longevity with your polish job.

Above polishes can be purchased on the following websites, or look for them at your favorite nail salon.

www.essie.com

www.opi.com

www.chanel.com

http://www.opidiva.com

www.rescuebeauty.com

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NO NO Navy

I can’t help but wonder how in a day when everything is super expensive, Old Navy is still priced the same as when I was a kid.

Shorts are 15 bucks and t-shirts are 2 for 15.

I assume people think they are getting a bargain, but the quality has gone WAY down hill.

I grabbed every pair of shorts in the store and ended up buying none. Everything is boxy and lacks tailoring. The details are infantile. The butt pockets would look cute on a baby’s butt, but are not suitable for anyone over the age of 7. My sister tried on a dress thatdress was already ripped inside the store. No sense in finding one that isn’t busted if it can rip just as easily.

I am not a clothes snob in the sense that I will only buy expensive designer clothing. I shop at Target and H&M often and love getting cute clothes for a low price. But when it comes to sacrificing quality for quantity, I will not go for the latter.

I challenge Old Navy: Either raise your prices a bit and start producing clothing that has some quality, or keep your prices the same and let your quality go completely down the toilet.

If they start selling plastic bags as dresses, that will be it!

http://www.oldnavy.com/

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Happy Jetting!

After being away for five months, I have ventured back to Cali. Since I wasn’t sure when i wanted to return to Boston exactly, I booked a one-way flight on jetBlue. It was my first jetBlue experience. Yes, I’ll admit until last night, I was Blue virgin. And my first time wasn’t only memorable. It was good!!

jetblueI decided to upgrade myself when purchasing my ticket to the extra legroom, which was a great call on my part. Even though jetBlue does have the most legroom in coach, a 6 hour flight needs to be extra comfy. I sat down in my cushy seat in row 3 (I enjoy sitting at the front of the plane so I can get off the plane ASAP when we arrive), and got out my reading materials, snacks and headphones. A young man sat down on the aisle and we both lucked out in having the middle seat empty! So far, so good.

The best part about flying jetBlue was I got to watch television. For free. I am so sick of in-flight entertainment. The airline always shows prime time shows I don’t care about, like The New Adventures of Old Christine… come on!, and movies that I would never watch if you paid me. I once was on a plane whereairline tv they showed Arlington Road. Yes, that’s EXACTLY what I want to watch while flying 40,000 feet in the air. A movie about blowing things up. Anyway, each seat has it’s own TV built into the seat back in front of you. You can control what you want to watch. When I was in college, I used to fly back and forth on Frontier Airlines, and some of their planes had television, but you had to swipe your card (after paying a million dollars for your flight) and there were limited stations. JetBlue got it right. I had 36 free stations of DirecTV at my fingertips. With not one, not two, but three movie choices available for 5 dollars a pop. I chose to watch the free stations since I had literally seen 27 Dresses the evening before (adorable!), and wasn’t in the mood for Jumper nor the other movie.

I also liked that they gave you a choice of snacks. I am personally not a fan of peanuts, and those snack mixes which contain 3 crackers are barely a snack. On jetBlue they give you the option of Munchies chips, cookies, cashews, chips and other tasty snacks. The flight attendants were generous with the drinks and water, and if I had wanted more snacks, they would have given them to me. However, since the flight was 6 hours, i came prepared with a sandwich, fruit and mega water bottle.

Even the two young kids sitting directly in front of me didn’t rain on my parade. The toddler was happy and friendly, occasionally standing up and looking over the seatback to me. And as for the baby, I didn’t realize there was a baby there too until at least halfway through the flight. And I only realized this because I saw her. The parents however could have taken a few lessons.

  • Offense 1: Flashers – Parents, I get that your kids are adorable and you want a million pictures ofPhotographer Dad them. And in normal situations like a trip to Disneyland or having a face covered in cake, that is fine. Snap away. However, when you are in the confined space of an airplane, choosing to do a full on photo shoot of “Baby’s First Flight” is not appropriate nor courteous to your surrounding passengers. There were so many flashes going off, that if I had epilepsy, I certainly would have had a seizure.Smelly
  • Offense 2: Smells Worse Than Teen Spirit – Note: This rule is for all times, not just airplanes. Poopy diapers. If I can smell them, and everyone else can smell them, why can’t the parents? No, it’s not convenient for your kids to shit while you’re in that department store, but put down the Theory dress and excuse yourself and your poopy-pantsed kid to resolve the stench. Use your brain people. Needless to say, being around a smelly diaper is much worse on a re-circulating air airplane than in an open department store. I think you catch my drift.

All in all, I arrived at Long Beach airport having watched two movies on FX, the season finale of America’s Next Top Model, the new episode of Top Chef, and bits and pieces of various episodes of Friends and Family Guy. I recommend that if jetBlue flies to your next point of destination, you book it.

www.jetblue.com

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Porn Star goes to the Prom

High school is a hard time for many. Having to deal with peer-pressure, fitting in, and getting good grades to get into that Ivy league college so that your parents can brag to everyone they know. In the mean time, your body is going through crazy changes, hair is growing in new places, and your hormones are ragging out of control. Luckily, I am well beyond those years.

For many, all of that cumulates in the most dreaded and celebrated night of your high school life: The senior prom. Personally, I went with a friend in a group of “couples” that were just friends. The whole purpose of having a date is to have a cute posed picture in your gorgeous dress, and have someone to dance with on slow dances.

In past years at Calabasas High School (go Coyotes!), a high school in a northern Los Angeles suburb, a boy asked a stripper to be his prom date, but this is the first porn star, that we know of. This is the real-life story of the movie “The Girl Next Door,” except I doubt she lives next door, and someone probably paid her.

dakoda brookesPorn starlet Dakoda Brookes was set up on a blind date to attend the Calabasas High School prom on May 3rd, 2008. The Alabama native said she never had the chance to have a real prom experience and jumped at the chance to go. Her date, Alex, claims he was “a bit terrified and excited”, especially since Alex is still a virgin. Or was before the blessed night. “He didn’t have a date and I said sure, I’ll go,” Brookes said. “I try not to think about what his mom and dad might say about this but it’s really just two teens going to the prom.”

I have no idea if the school is trying to reprimand the student for the possible negative publicity. Since both parties of the date are consenting adults, I doubt there is much they can do.

“Oh my God. When I found out he was a virgin I wasn’t sure if I should go through with it but I wasn’t able to have fun at my own prom so I thought let’s do it,” Brookes said in an interview.

It sounds like prom has gotten way sexier since I left school.

To read/see more on Ms. Brookes, check out this month’s cover of Hustler, a video of her on lubetube.com, or one of the following links:

http://ainews.com/story/13236/

http://www.lubetube.com/video/Backseat-blowjob-by-Dakoda-Brookes

http://www.genesisonline.com/30/porn-star-goes-to-the-prom/

http://blastmagazine.com/2008/05/high-school-senior-had-the-ultimate-prom-date/

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