Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 6, 2019

  • LiberallyLean has a bit in which he’ll point out what he believes are hidden paid advertisements. Sometimes I think his net is cast a bit wide, such as when Blue Bell announces a new flavor and the local press picks up on it because it’s folksy. I thought of him yesterday and could relate when I heard the Musers on The TICKET do a segment defending the new Peleton commercial. For a while, I’ve felt like Peleton has been paying them for passive mentions. I picked up on it when Bob would playfully bring up the time an instructor called him out by name. Then, there was the time the Musers decided to organize a mall walk at Northpark and kept mentioning they meeting place would be near the Peleton entrance, and yesterday we have them defending the latest commercial. There’s just a little too much casual name dropping for this to be a coincidence.
  • Subway sues journalists for reporting its chicken is only 50% chicken—and loses
    • They sent samples of Subway chicken, along with chicken from A&W, McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, and Wendy’s, to a lab at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, to test how much of it was actually, you know, chicken. They weren’t expecting anything to come back as 100%—things happen during processing and seasoning—but most of the tests came back showing between 88.5% and 89.4% chicken DNA. Except for Subway. Subway’s “oven roasted chicken” tested as 53.6% chicken and its strips were 42.8%. The rest was soy protein. Perhaps, they thought, there had been a mistake in the lab. But when they tested again, the results were the same.
  • I intended to mention these two CBS Sunday Morning stories earlier this week.
    • This story is about a model family. The father, mother, and their five kids are all models and their full-time job is doing family shoots for name-brand companies you are familiar with – Brooks Brothers, Hanes Pajamagram, Bass Pro Shops, Dell, Disney, and Coca-Cola to name a few.
    • This story started out with a big family feud:
      • “My mother got in a huge argument with her brother when I was 10, and bought all the remaining spaces in the family cemetery so he and his family couldn’t be buried with the rest of us. That was the meanest thing she could think to settle the score.
  • Young boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing
  • Elementary School Headmistress In Poland Staged Active Shooter Situation, One Student Jumped Out Of The Window, Other Kids Have Trauma.
    • The headmistress in the Polish school got a very bad idea, when she called in people with guns and balaklavas to school and staged a fake terrorist attack at her own school. Nobody but the headmistress knew that this was a fake attack.
  • Iceland puts well-being ahead of GDP in budget
  • Color news
  • The world’s first poop database needs your help
    • Artificial intelligence will soon be able to decode your poop. That’s the ultimate goal of a campaign to collect 100,000 fecal photos to build what developers say is the world’s first poop image database. The campaign, launched by microbial health company Seed, dares you to “give a shit” for science by uploading photos of your feces so that scientists can use it to train an AI platform launched out of MIT.
  • Here’s a fun little office gift, it might just be better than a red stapler.
    Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser, Record Player
  • And I thought I was watching the original all these years.
    • Ironically, it was commissioned by The Coca-Cola Company, and if not for this mega-corporation, this anti-commercialization-of-Christmas special would not exist. Their sponsorship tags would be cut from subsequent broadcasts, although the studio also used this to their benefit to correct the clearest and most fixable animation errors they could notice (while adding a few more in, ironically), the end result having been a disaster in the eyes of Melendez and New York executives in the first place.
      The version that has been broadcast and remastered since is the revised version, while the original print would not be screened ever again except during special screenings from an vintage 16mm print. One of these prints was offered to ParamountCartoons, member of the Internet Animation Database forums, who dissected as much as he could from this version, and the print was soon shared as an MKV at the Lost Media Wiki for all to enjoy and dissect, and in this video will be compared in split-screen with the changes made in the final cut.
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