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Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality



Did you notice how food looks much better in ads than in reality? This website is running a Pulitzer-caliber project by posting photos of food in ads and reality.

You can see some interesting Ads vs. Reality photos here

Good lord – they were in Rocky?

rockyhorror.jpgNo, I don’t mean the good Rocky. Sadly, I’m speaking of the one that trades in its boxing gloves for a pre-op transexual’s codpiece. That’s right, I’m talking about The Rocky Horror Show.

There’s currently a revival of it on at CanStage in Toronto, and as such the Saturday edition of the Toronto Star devoted a large chunk of their Entertainment section to all things Rocky a few weeks back.

The highlight? A list of stars who have all appeared in it on stage at one time or another, complete with the characters they portrayed, the cities they performed in, and the years they were involved;

  • Gary Glitter – Frank’n’Furter – New Zealand, 1978
  • Tracey Ullman – Janet – London, 1980
  • Jerry Springer – Narrator – Cincinnati, 1982
  • RuPaul – Riff Raff – Atlanta, 1985
  • Wendy O. Williams – Magenta – St. Louis, 1985
  • Marina Sirtis – Magenta – Munich, 1985
  • Russell Crowe – Eddie/Dr. Scott – Australia, 1987
  • David Arquette – Frank’n’Furter – Los Angeles, 1999
  • Dick Cavett – Narrator – New York, 2000
  • Lea DeLaria – Eddie/Dr.Scott – New York, 2000
  • Luke Perry – Brad – New York, 2001
  • Robin Leach – Narrator – New York, 2001
  • Sally Jesse Raphael – New York, 2001

If you’re in Toronto and you think you might be interested in catching the show, tickets are surprisingly reasonable through the CanStage website. The show’s run has been extended thru May 5th.

This article was written by our very own Jim Squires. To check out more of his writing visit the pop culture blog Fjetsam, now updated daily.

Nine Inch Nails’ “Year Zero” disk holds a secret…….

If you picked up the new album today, you opened it up to find a black CD. Upon putting it in your computer and listening to it for a while, you’ll find the CD isn’t black anymore when you take it out……


[via digg]

McDonald’s Mondays: Pimp My Big Mac


I came across this picture while surfing around the net this week and was absolutely dumbfounded. I’ve never seen Ronald McDonald on Pimp My Ride, but if I had, I think it would have turned out something like this.

The yellow and red exterior with matching 26 inch rims is only bested by the yellow and red interior and 26 point IQ of the people who did this monstrosity. This couldn’t be more perfect if the passenger was wearing a diamond Big Mac around his neck. I think his stuffed Ronald is cute.

It’s nice to see that the love for McDonald’s is downright universal – from the wittiest bloggers to the thuggiest bangers.

McDonald’s Mondays is a weekly series of posts written by our own Jim Squires that initially appears on his pop culture blog fjetsam.com.

In case you get lost, Canada is that way

I was browsing through flickr when I came across this funny sign in the US. Like one could misplace an entire country:

Where is Canada?

Stupid questions answered by smart canucks

These questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism
Website – obviously the answers came from a fellow Canuck.

Q: I have never seen it warm on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching
them die.

Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? (USA)

A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto – can I follow the railroadtracks? (Sweden)

A: Sure, it’s only Four thousand miles, take lots of water. . .

Q: It is imperative that I find the names and addresses of places to contact for a stuffed Beaver. (Italy)

A: Let’s not touch this one.

Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (UK)

A: What did your last slave die of?

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA)

A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your North . . . oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.

Q: Which direction is North in Canada? (USA)

A: Face south and then turn 90 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we’ll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (UK)

A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? (USA)

A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is…oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany)

A: No, WE don’t stink.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Canada? (USA)

A: Anywhere a significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q: Can I wear high heels in Canada? (UK)

A: You are an American politician, right?

Q: Can you tell me the regions on British Columbia where the female
population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)

A: Yes, gay nightclubs.

Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)

A: Only at Thanksgiving.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round?(Germany)

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Canada who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)

A: All Canadian rattle snakes are perfectly harmless, and can be safely handled and make good pets.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada, but I forget its name. It’s a kind of big horse with horns. (USA)

A: It’s called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

Q: I was in Canada in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the girl I dated
while I was staying in Surrey, BC. Can you help? (USA)

A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)

A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

Why people are thrilled by the technically outdated and uncreative iPhone

Paul hit the nail on the head with his comment on my previous iPhone post. Having traveled to Europe I agree with what he had to say:

I’m not saying people should get a nokia and not an iphone, My point is that for the features the iphone has, its price is ridiculously high and with that price you can get much much better products as the iphone with quality camera, camcorder, built in GPS, same/better music quality, etc. The iphone would be a good solution if it’s price was cut to 1/3 of its current price and even less. If the iphone wasn’t from apple, no one would even look at it, but since it’s from apple and apple is cool, the iphone is great and is worth whatever price they put on it, even if it’s a total rip off, and everything else from everyone else is crap. And I’m saying this as a cell phone expert, I switch phones every 3 months and have had many phones from different manufacturers and write reviews.

But one thing you have to remember is that, Motorola has been the dominant manufacturer in north America and Nokia and Sony Ericsson haven’t had much investment in Canada, and only up to a couple of months before the SE k790 was brought in by rogers, all the phones by all the carriers were low-end feature less products and all the Good high-end phones were for the Europeans and Asians, and it is still this way more or so, so the iphone will leave a good impression to people who have been carying crap phones from Fido, Rogers, Telus and Bell over the years and have no idea what’s going on on the other side of the world.

Pearls Before Breakfast

In a curious experiment, Joshua Bell, one of the top violinists of our time, played as an incognito street player at the metro station L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. He used one of the most expensive violins in the world ($3.5 million) and played some of the greatest pieces of music including “Chaconne” from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor.

Among 1,097 people who passed by, only one recognized him and only a couple more were drawn to his music. However, every single child who passed by attempted to stop and listen, before being hastened on by their parents. For his nearly 45 minute performance, Bell collected $32.17 (not counting $20 from a passerby who recognized him).

“At a music hall, I’ll get upset if someone coughs or if someone’s cellphone goes off. But here, my expectations quickly diminished. I started to appreciate any acknowledgment, even a slight glance up. I was oddly grateful when someone threw in a dollar instead of change.” This is from a man whose talents can command $1,000 a minute.

The article is very well written and is an enjoyable read. I strongly recommend it.

Click here to read the Washington Post’s “Pearls Before Breakfast”

IKEA Canada’s flyer has photo of child reading a Mickey Spillane book!

Thanks to Ryan T for this very interesting information and photo scans!

I thought IKEA would actually learn from its embarrassing and controversial dog photo last year (click here if you don’t know what I’m talking about). But it seems like some of the pedophiles people working at IKEA thrive on controversy.

In IKEA’s latest “Suddenly it’s summer!” flyer, which just came out a couple of days ago, IKEA has a photo of a child reading a Mickey Spillane book. Most of Mickey Spillane’s books are only suitable for adults. His book titles include The Erection Set, Kiss Me Deadly, The Girl Hunters, etc. In general Spillane’s books contain high content of sex and violence; not exactly the type of content kids should be reading.

Here’s the photo of the boy reading a Mickey Spillane book in IKEA’s summer flyer. Thanks Ryan for the photo scans.
IKEA Canada

Zoomed in:

IKEA Canada

The boy is very clearly reading a Mickey Spillane book although I can’t figure out what the book title is. I did a search on Chapters.ca and Amazon but I couldn’t find this book cover. Any idea which of Mickey Spillane’s books this is?

You can also access this IKEA flyer on the IKEA Canada website although the resolution is low.

German Coast Guard

and you thought this was bad?


Dollarama – Thank you for your collaboration

Jim Squires posted this at fjetsam 🙂


Every morning I take a little walk over to the block of stores not fifteen minutes from my house. In this little plaza is a dollar store, Dollarama. They’re quite the big chain around here — anyone from Southern Ontario will know what I’m talking about. And yet despite my visiting this store on a near daily basis, every morning I’m still confounded by this sign.

What did I collaborate on, and why are they thanking me? Was it the sign? Did I make it? I don’t remember making it. Maybe I was drugged and forced to work in their Taiwanese factory where everything in this store gets made. Or maybe I have a split personality and I’m the mastermind behind their devious schemes. Whatever it is, my collaboration with Dollarama remains a mystery just waiting to be exposed.

This sign wouldn’t bother me so much if the store was run by ESL students, but these people are born anglophones, so there’s no excuse.

So that’s your little look into my local wackiness for the day. What have you got?

Google Maps Directions: Swim Across the Atlantic Ocean

Using Google Maps to get directions from Kingston, Ontario to London, England step 17 says “Swim Across the Atlantic Ocean“!! Very weird! 😛
Google Maps

And assuming someone’s going to swim, why start swimming from Boston? Wouldn’t New Foundland be a better starting point? 😆

Here’s the link to this trip on Google Maps

Dairy Queen’s New Fugly Logo

It’s a shame how Dairy Queen just ruined their good old logo with a new horrible design. DQ’s traditional logo was “unique, memorable and impactful” and very easy to recognize. Why on earth did they have to add these extra curved swishes?

Dairy Queen Canada

[via underconsideration]

Are Canadians giving up their privacy rights?

Here’s a story by James R. on how far the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has gone to stop people from taking camcorders – or any video recording device – into the theaters. This not only happens in the US… this event took place in Toronto. What bothers me personally is not the bad theatre experience, but how easily we’re giving up our privacy rights.

This was posted on politechbot (it was not emailed to me)

By James R:

My girlfriend and I are writers here in Toronto and I thought I’d share this, as if you needed evidence that privacy abuses are out of hand, here’s our completely insane experience with the MPAA from last night.

I wonder what kind of dystopian cyberpunk future we live in when you are physically searched before entering a movie theatre.

Last night (November 3rd), my girlfriend brought me along to see a screening of Derailed at the Paramount theatre in Toronto, which she had to review for a magazine she works for. The lineup for the screening was unusually long, as I think they also fill seats at press screenngs with radio call-in winners, who in hindsight, might have accepted such poor treatment in exchange for the ostensible privilege of paying for $30 worth of parking and fast food at a free $13 movie.


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