Sometimes a Cigar is Just an Innuendo

December 28, 2012 at 9:19 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | Leave a comment
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Last week the hubs and I spent some time in the Nutmeg State visiting our families and came across today’s Photo Phriday gem… Does this bring back Clinton-esque memories?  It did for us!  But who knows – maybe to “that woman,” a “cigar” is just a cigar…

Cigar Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky

Sometimes a cigar is just an innuendo

Photo Phriday: The MTV Jersey Shore Puzzle

July 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Photo Phriday | Leave a comment
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Today’s Photo Phriday is yet another “inappropriate for children but apparently made for children” product.  I was strolling through the aisles of Toys R Us the other day <shudder>, when I stumbled upon this:



C’mon, kids! Let’s do a puzzle!

That’s right, next to the Toy Story puzzle and below the Barbie puzzle was a 300 piece “Jersey Shore” puzzle.  I was horrified.  First of all, what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is Toys R Us doing stocking a “Jersey Shore” puzzle?  Second, if you’re going to manufacture a “Jersey Shore” puzzle, why only 300 pieces?  Isn’t the rule that the fewer pieces, the more suitable it is for younger kiddies?  Are kids who buy 300 piece puzzles also watching MTV’s “Jersey Shore”??  Am I so far out of the “cool for kids” zone that I’m the only crotchety old lady who thinks this is a little inappropriate?      

~ The Prude

Photo Phriday: Lost In Translation

May 11, 2012 at 9:18 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 2 Comments
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Ikea, for those who avoid pop culture and reasonably priced, ready-to-assemble-furniture, is a powerful brand.  So powerful, in fact, that according to the Twitter wisdom of @davidgate and #FactsWithoutWikipedia, “In 1983 Sweden changed the colours of their flag to Blue and Yellow after the phenomenal success of the IKEA brand.”

Personally, I love Ikea.  And nearly everyone I know has purchased an Ikea product they can’t pronounce because the Swedish brand, staying true to itself, doesn’t rename their products in local dialects.  And usually that’s fine.  But sometimes it can be a little awkward, which brings me to today’s Photo Phriday.  I recently got the following email blast from Ikea – can you spot the faux pas?

(Hint: think like a slang-spewing teen boy)

Ikea: affordable prices, lack of cultural intelligence. No wonder that woman is hiding!

If you don’t know what the name of that faucet translates to, I congratulate you!  You’re not missing anything, other than an embarrassing moment and uncomfortable mental image.  However, if you do have a burning need to discover what this slang means and lose a little part of your innocence (not worth it*), I’ll refer you to “Urban Dictionary,” but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

* Seriously, you can NEVER go back to not knowing this, so click wisely, dear reader(s).  And remember, I don’t recommend it!

Photo Phriday: Lady Bits

February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Posted in Around Boston, Photo Phriday | 2 Comments
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Today’s Photo Phriday comes to you from a local eatery near Chez L-ski where this gorgeous mural is posted outside the ladies loo.  Why is this worthy of a Photo Phriday public shaming?  Because it makes me question basic anatomy.


Anatomically Incorrect

Is this what we're supposed to look like??

Photo Phriday: What the Frog? Or Mouse… or rat… or human…

October 21, 2011 at 9:46 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 3 Comments
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Today’s Photo Phriday gem is brought to you by my colleague at Dark Water Fowl, “Amoanda” (nickname courtesy of a misspelled birthday “cake wreck,” not a reference to any sort of sounds she may or may not make).

Amoanda was on the interwebs this morning and noticed an “interesting” ad from the Goggle.


I don’t want to know why the average person would need human, mouse and rat DNA – whether it’s methylated or not.  Before long we may even see DNA infomercials and ASOTV pitches!  I can see it now… “But wait, there’s more!  Buy rat DNA today, and get a special offer on monkey DNA!”

Happy weekend, dear reader(s)!


Photo Phriday: You’re Serving WHAT?

August 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Posted in Around Boston, Office Humor, Photo Phriday | 11 Comments
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There’s a “cute” little cafeteria here at Dark Water Fowl and, while I usually brown-bag it, I often check the weekly menu to see if anything tempts me to stray from my turkey on wheat.  Needless to say, this week didn’t do it for me…

Tater Tots

Your tots are totally inappropriate!

While I enjoy avocados, I’m not sure how I feel about “avacado” on Mondays, and I’m not sure whose pie they were serving on Tuesday, but today’s vegetable is most impressive: “tata tots.” 

Tata tots???   Now that’s an inappropriate side dish!

Oy vey.

~ Sarah

Photo Phriday: Breakfast – the Snuggliest Meal of the Day

May 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Around Boston, Photo Phriday | 8 Comments
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“Store brands” and “generics” can be tricky.  While I generally don’t give a second thought to products like OTC medications or frozen vegetables, I tend to stick very closely to name-brand paper goods and cereals (which, now that I write that, makes me feel a little strange… shouldn’t I care more about medication than toilet paper?  But I digress…).

Traipsing through the cereal aisle, I decided to make an effort to be a little less snobby and a little more frugal.  After all, as April pointed out yesterday, we could all use a little help with our household budgets, and cereals are notoriously pricey.  And that’s when I started giggling.  Like a mad woman.  Standing alone.  Surrounded by carbs.

Generic for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats

Creative branding at it's best...

This is the “generic” brand of Frosted Mini-Wheats®.  I had NO idea cereal was so affectionate.  How does each mini-wheat decide who will be the “big spoon” and who will be the “small spoon?”  Do they try to spoon with the same mini-wheat every time, or are they promiscuous little cereal bites?

And this begs the question: if you were in charge of naming generic cereals, what, dear reader(s), would you propose?  Silly/ridiculous answers also welcome (example: Lice Krispies).


Photo Phriday: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

March 11, 2011 at 11:43 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 6 Comments
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Today’s Photo Phriday image was submitted by my gal pal, Rhymes-With-Tzarina (aka MOH), who was recently walking along the shore in beautiful San Diego (ask Ron Burgundy if you want to know what the name means) when she spotted this “interesting” congratulatory message scrawled in the sand:



Tzarina, I have no idea how to respond to this. Part of me wants to giggle like a nervous school girl as I break into a blush and find myself unable to meet anyone’s gaze.

Part of me wants to roll my eyes and say, in the most crotchety voice I can muster: “Oy: kids these days have no respect!”

And a tiny part of me is a little jealous of Chelsea. I mean, where was my sand-message-of-accomplishment? Where was my inappropriate congratulations missive? Why wasn’t I welcomed so warmly into the tribe of women? (And since my parents and my in-laws read this blog, I should clarify that this message would have been appropriate *only* the morning after I was married… Andrew and I had a two bedroom place before we got hitched so we could remain pure as the freshly fallen snow. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

Anywhoodles, congratulations, Chelsea Brookmeyer. And thanks to your beach-messaging friends, our readers all around the world are in on your little milestone.

You’re welcome 😉


Photo Phriday: Cookie Mustache

February 4, 2011 at 8:50 am | Posted in Around Boston, Photo Phriday | Leave a comment
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Have you ever wondered what I’d look like if I had a mustache made from a Chips Ahoy cookie? I have. And apparently I kinda rock it.


Admit it: I look pretty hot with a cookie-stache!

And yes, that is my partner in junk food Rhymes-With-Tinny!

Happy Phriday,


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