Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why accuracy matters.......

Drilling for oil on Lake Peigneur while mining for salt under the same lake. What could possibly go wrong?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Advertising Statements that make you wonder

Here are a few of my favorite advertising statements:
  • "New and improved" - I think that means the original product didn't sell. Probably for good reason. Odds are the new one won't sell either.
  • "Goes with any decor" - I looked at a number of products that make this claim. I think it means it probably only comes in one color - most likely black.
  • "Almost Genuine" - I've seen this one recently. Your guess is as good as mine as to what it means.
  • "Genuine Simulated Faux Pearls" - This one popped up on late-night TV. I saw it while flipping channels. I just had to watch. If Faux Pearls are Fake Pearls, then what are Simulated Fake Pearls? And what makes them Genuine?
  • "Genuine Simulated Naugahyde" - First you need to consider that there is no such thing as a Nauga. Naugahyde is a synthetic manufactured in Connecticut. So having a Genuine Fake Simulated material? Just for fun I have included a link to the Naugahyde site, more specifically their page A Nauga Story
Many years ago there was a big to-do about Pharmacy errors which allegedly caused a number of deaths. It made the news. In response, a NYC pharmacy took the initiative and placed a huge banner in their front window. It read "We Dispense with Accuracy". I don't feel safer.

On a trip through NY State I passed a sign "Seasonal Gift Shop". Under it was another sign "Open all Year". What part of Seasonal don't they understand?