Archive for October, 2012

Minnie Mouse’s new look reminiscent of fence post

Mickey and Minnie: The fat years.

Mickey and Minnie: The fat years.

Mickey Mouse, who has been dating Minnie for almost 100 years, may not recognize her new look.

Minnie, who was no Clarabelle Cow, is getting an even smaller dress size, according to a petition at Change.org. So far, 13,000 petition signers are not happy about it.

Mickey may want to look into purchasing elevator shoes and a sack of high-fat cheese wheels. His animated GF will now be 5-feet 11-inches tall and wear a size zero dress, which, according to women I work with, is really small.

The change is being made so Minnie will “look good” in a Lanvin dress in the Barneys NYC department store window this holiday season, according to the petition.

Unreported is Minnie’s original height and dress size.

The petition writer says girls are already under “tremendous pressure … to attain Photoshop perfection” and cites the following information from the non-profit National Association of Anorexia and Associated Eating Disorders website:

  • 47% of girls in …

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America: Home of the free (almost) beer

The battle of Midway Pub in East Atlanta. (photo by the author)

The battle of Midway Pub in East Atlanta. (photo by me)

A foreclosed American Dream has led many to drink in recent years.

The good news?

Americans work less for beer than any country on Earth, according to The Economist.

The handy graphic, readable even by those who’ve downed a cheap pitcher of Tuesday suds at Moe’s and Joe’s, reveals Americans work only 5 minutes for beer. For those bad at math, that equals a 12-pack per hour.

The next closest countries, the Czech Republic and Germany, may have better cheap beer, but they have to work two more minutes before enjoying one.

The poor (literally, sadly) folks in India have to work almost an hour.

The global average is about 20 minutes, according to The Economist, which got its data by dividing the retail price of a beer by the median wage of 150 countries.

Beer powerhouse Belgium is strangely missing from the list.

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‘Fired Big Bird’ takes wing after Romney debate comment

The unemployment rate on Sesame Street may soon skyrocket. (Image by @FiredBigBird)

The unemployment rate on Sesame Street may soon skyrocket. (Image by @FiredBigBird)

Picking the winner of the first Obama-Romney presidential event is a partisan endeavor, but a comment by the Republican candidate has one faux celebrity crying fowl.

Childhood friend to many, Big Bird, whose very livelihood was threatened in the Wednesday night debate, was quickly defended by a sharp-beaked anonymous tweeter.

“Somewhere Paul Ryan is kicking over trash cans in hopes of smoking out Oscar the Grouch,” tweeted @FiredBigBird shortly after Romney vowed to cut funding to PBS, the station that airs the puppet bird’s educational show “Sesame Street.”

Within minutes, the Twitter account had thousands of followers. FiredBigBird had more than 26,000 followers within 12 hours. Other Twitter users sent more than 17,000 tweets a minute mentioning Big Bird.

The imposter kept clucking.

“Mitt Romney will end Burt and Ernie’s right to a civil union.”

He even hinted at getting more politically …

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