Tuesday, May 22, 2007

picture dump ii

Once again I downloaded some pictures from my phone. enjoy.

Here is a picture of my lovely daughter alex when she was about 12 months old. she is trying to hide that knife she always finds.

What a little scamp.

Here is your typical upside down pick-up bed on top of another pick-up bed.

Here is an advertisment for some kind of energy drink. This one has an "obscene" amount of energy, which is at least double the amount of "uncomfortable energy"and triple the amount of a paltry "acceptable energy" drink.

This is one of my favorites of all time.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime picture of the blind leading the blind, which I was fortunate enough to witness on the corner of Keystone and Broadripple in Indianapolis a few months ago.


Monday, May 21, 2007

silly ebay feedback iii

more silly ebay feedback. click to enlarge. please enjoy.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Bacon-Loving Viking

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed for the first time that there was a cartoon Viking on a package of bacon. He was winking as if he was approving of me buying his meat. I was confused about seeing a Viking as a bacon mascot, but then I saw the bacon fork and the “That’s-a spicy meatball-a” gesture and then I knew he was a bacon-loving Viking, which makes perfect sense. So I bought some. I think the marketing company really won that little battle.

You can see the lovable scamp on the very left. It is hard to make out, but don't worry, there is a bigger picture below. Keep reading, devoted reader!

Here is how I think their product mascot meeting went:

Boss: “We have 60 seconds before lunch to figure out a likable and recognizable mascot for Plumrose Bacon”
Bob: “A pirate with a chef hat on!”
Sally: “a rapping elephant eating bacon!”
Fred: “An Eskimo on a sled pulled by bacon strips!”
Sally: “An astronaut on the planet bacon!”
Fred: “a winking Italian Viking with a fork..."

Boss: “Done! What about the motto?”
Bob: “We will pillage your taste buds and brutally murder your hunger for bacon.”
Boss: “Done!”

Anyway, some time passed and I forgot all about the bacon Viking. Then some more time passed and I started thinking it was odd that there was a Viking on a package of bacon. Then some more time passed and I doubted it happened at all.

Then I was driving on I-65 and a semi passed me with a picture of the bacon Viking but no pictures of bacon.

"Our bacon really takes the edge off of a week-long pillaging stent. "

When I returned to work the next day, I was still confused. When I thought about it, I wasn’t sure if that bacon was involved at all. The Viking could have been the mascot for shoe polish or lemon drops. I would have googled it, but I wasn’t able to really remember the exact name brand on that truck or on the package so I couldn't look it up.

It really bothered me for some reason. Was there such thing as the bacon-loving-viking?

I even emailed my friends to try to get some answers:

“When you guys buy bacon, have you ever seen the mascot on the bacon packaging that looks like a Viking that is winking and doing that “that’sa spicy meatball” think with his fingers?

What brand is that?”

I eventually tried to get to the bottom of it via Google*. After 20 minutes, I got desperate and started putting in phrases involving bacon and Vikings.

I couldn't find sqaut...

I even used ham instead of bacon. I still couldn't find jack! I tried many possibilites and it started getting pretty absurd, and when I checked my search history I found this list that might terminate my position if my boss ever saw it:

1) bacon Viking
2) ham Viking
3) ham brands
4) bacon brands
5) ham mascots
6) bacon mascots
7) Viking mascots
8) A Viking eating bacon
9) Winking ham Viking
10) Winking Viking who eats ham
11) Winking Viking who eats bacon
12) Viking with a chef hat on who eats ham
13) Is that a Viking chef on the ham package?
14) Why is there a Viking on that ham?

Man, I do love that list. I have read it at least a dozen times and still LOL. I am glad to have shared it with you. If you aren't laughing, please say #14 out loud until you do so.

*I did find the motto of Hillshire farms: “Go Meat!”

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