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Big Boy Re-launches Tubby Teen Brand

In a press release earlier this week, Big Boy Restaurants International announced that it will be re-launching the Big Boy brand in bid for the nostalgic spender/eater.

"For years we've heard from our customers how so many of the special times of their lives have happened at Big Boy Restaurants. Generations of customers have had memorable family experiences at Big Boy: going to Big Boy after school, on their first date, for birthdays and Sunday brunches. Couples have met at Big Boy; one couple even got married at our restaurant. It's those kind of moments that the commercials depict, building on the relationships that people have with the Big Boy character."

I don't have terribly fond memories of Big Boy, even though I ate their several times a week for a while as a child. My sister and I used to time ourselves and set personal records for how fast we could complete the puzzles on the kids' menu. I also remember a particularly frightening LSD experience at a Big Boy in which the bricks in the wall were heaving in and out of their mortar. Unpleasant. I'm glad to hear they're keeping the "Boy", though. It's reassuring in these yellow alert times.

posted by AES on Friday, February 28, 2003 | link to this post |


Plain Talk From The Vice Principal

Detroit area high school student Bretton Barber was sent home from school for wearing a T shirt with a picture of George Bush and the caption, “International Terrorist.” According to Barber, "I wore the T-shirt to express my antiwar sentiment...In the morning, I got a lot of compliments and no negative feedback. But at lunch, the vice principal came and said I had to turn it inside out or go home. When I asked why, he said I couldn't wear a shirt that promotes terrorism."

posted by p on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 | link to this post |


The Disorder that Dare Not Speak Its Name

This just in from Dr. Love, aka Pedro:

"A pharmaceutical company has patented a topical cream as a treatment for a condition it calls female sexual arousal disorder. In 1999, The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 43 percent of women between 18 and 54 had experienced some sort of sexual dysfunction. In its patent, the inventors define female sexual arousal disorder as the persistent or recurrent inability to attain, or to maintain, sufficient sexual excitement, which causes personal distress.

"Arousal disorder is definitely something you see in postmenopausal women due to lack of hormones," Dr. Yeager explained. "But it's also present in premenopausal women. The typical woman in our study was premenopausal, married, with one to two children, between 35 and 40 years old."

"These women say they can have intercourse, but nothing happens, they don't get aroused," he continued. "We don't know why. We think it has something to do with the action of vasodilation, or blood vessel dilation, gone awry. It's not psychological."
Note to the ladies: Pedro would love to take a look and see if he can't fix the problem without resorting to pharmaceutical intervention. Rico. Suave. Ithaca.

posted by AES on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 | link to this post |


Library Science Jargon that Sounds Dirty

Access point
Authority control
Broad classification
Closed stacks
Coextensive subject entry

And in that vein, here are some librarian pick-up lines:

"You have the tightest hair bun in the place."

If that doesn't work, try "I may not be a cataloger, but I bet I can find a place to fit you in."

posted by AES on Monday, February 24, 2003 | link to this post |

Repress Yourself

It feels really good to know that SOMEONE ELSE HAD A BAD TIME IN THERAPY. I find this stuff fascinating- the way social scientists can pull entirely untestable theories out of their butts and build multi-million dollar industries around them. And then take umbrage when someone asks them to provide some outcome statistics. I enjoyed this article very much- I've been looking for someone to say this for a while.

posted by AES on Monday, February 24, 2003 | link to this post |

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