EWWWWW. Leigh Hanlon over at Hanlonvision asks us to consider the marketability of dog treats that taste like shit. Leigh’s post caused me to remember that I once worked for a man at a pharmaceutical company who claimed to have a friend who was the marketing manager for a company that manufactured “feminine hygiene sprays” (Are they still manufactured, I wonder?). He reported that the the company hired professional “sniffers” to make recommendations about various scents. As it was described to me, the test subjects would use the products and, at the appointed time, show up and stand on a platform built and shielded such that only the “relevant bits” were visible and sniffable. I assume the “sniffers” were paid more than the “snifees,” but one can only speculate.
March 14, 2003
Dixie Disappointed. It seems that Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the fabulous Dixie Chicks, one of my favorite groups, felt she had to run her mouth – in London yet – by saying, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” I sure wish she wouldn’t have done that.