Japan's on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to cats - they get that kitties in little clothes will get Internet attention, and fast. But I'm not sure they're quite on the same page as we are when it comes to branding.
In the latest move by Pizza Hut Japan, marketing is focusing on a "Pizza Cat" restaurant (alas, it doesn't really exist) wherein the feline employees will ignore your calls, fail to deliver your pizza, and screw up the company's finances by sitting on keyboards and cash registers. It's like they're saying that if your service is bad, blame it on the cute cats.
If Kevin Smith really wanted to make another movie about surly clerks, this one should have been it. Check out a sampling of the shorts below...More >>
I know it's been a long time since I did one of these, but there really haven't been that many compelling examples of Japanese weirdness worth writing about in a while.
And then one day you see a picture of kids wearing little turd hats sliding into a gigantic toilet.
What stories might you (and we) have missed over the weekend? Fear not, dear readers, for many of them have been gathered here for your perusal via reader submissions, and the assistance of Kyle LeClair.
This week's tipsters include James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, NebulaJack, troi, DrAbraxas, Gallen_Dugall, Dr.Gonzo82, rkwsupserstar, donnaryoko, Timely-Tardis-LegoMore >>
On TV and in the comics, the Tick would attempt to stop the Man-Eating Cow. In real life - and most ironically, in Texas - ticks are now preventing men from eating cows. Just like their big blue namesake, they seem to have misinterpreted the script.
Here's how it happens: The bugs harbor a sugar that humans don't have, called alpha-gal. The sugar is also is found in red meat -- beef, pork, venison, rabbit -- and even some dairy products. It's usually fine when people encounter it through food that gets digested.Doctors have no idea if the newly created meat allergy is permanent or not, but smartasses like me would suggest that if there is a God, He couldn't have delivered a more ironic pestilence upon Texas unless there were somehow a way to be allergic to football.
But a tick bite triggers an immune system response, and in that high-alert state, the body perceives the sugar the tick transmitted to the victim's bloodstream and skin as a foreign substance, and makes antibodies to it. That sets the stage for an allergic reaction the next time the person eats red meat and encounters the sugar.
h/t Broos Campbell
As part of a new, massive line of SNL-inspired product, hipster candy chain It'Sugar is actually making something bearing this name. No details on what it actually is yet, though I assume it will only be a reasonable facsimile of the wood-chips that made up the original fake product.
Not to be confused with the cereal for aspiring writers, "Semicolons Blow." [/editor humor]
What, you thought I'd end with a TUPPER ADAM joke? You are a True Believer.
Meet Jim Lee's Boo Berry, Dave Johnson's Franken Berry, and Terry and Rachel Dodson's Count Chocula. All of whom will now get their own Warner Bros. solo movies before Wonder Woman.
Is it just me, or did Jim Lee do a self-portrait? If he is in fact a fruit-flavored ghost, that would explain a lot.
He's gone too far with the changes this time:
In other things:
-Bill Murray to voice Baloo opposite Christopher Walken's King Louie in Disney's live-action Jungle Book, which makes me think Wes Anderson should be directing.
-The Dead Island movie might be happening again.
-Doctor Who to debut Peter Capaldi in theaters before TV, and of course CHris Hardwick found a way to be involved.
-There's a food truck for dogs, because dogs are so discriminating in what they put their mouths on.
-Dragonriders of Pern to be a movies series.
-Artist SUCKLORD sells unique spins on Star Wars figures.
-Leatherface may get a teenage angst prequel. And yes, I just typed that.
I have a lot more video content, but it has become quickly apparent that there isn't an Internet signal in San Diego that will let me upload them in less than five hours or whatever. So while I go around getting even more, I'll let you enjoy the picture above, which got me more Twitter responses than anything else at Comic-Con.
My hotel bar serves no food, so I bought the item above at a gas station. I'm still alive.
Talk amongst yourselves. I'll be back to posting later this evening.
The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded (a serious crowd of humanity in the space of a few blocks) and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things - and it's not even all Hatsune Miku, but there's a lot of her, too.More >>
"What the hell is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue?" is probably a thought going through your head right now, as it passed through mine when I saw a full-page ad for it amid the usual junk-mail circulars. Well, it is a chain that exists, though where I don't exactly know, save for the empty one in a strip-mall on the seedier side of town that I found myself at, anxious to use the one-dollar-off coupon for a ramen burger.
New enough to be a trailblazing trend in fast food while just old enough not to be the toast of the food-hipster town, the ramen burger is a thing I've been hearing about for a while. Could it be the next big thing?
I'm thinking, "no."More >>