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Well, you have found our miscellaneous crap page. From time to time we come upon stuff that interests us enough to share with our fellow surfers. Unfortunately, these items do not fit into one of our existing categories, so we simply stick it here in hopes that one day there will be enough similar items to create a new page devoted to the topic. Until then, feel free to mill around. Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands when you are done. Almost forgot, heard you humans are still trying to figure out how we manage to wrap the bone shards we eat in little fur packets. Remember, adaptation is a wonderful thing.

Gay Doll - Box Sign My niece received this for her birthday. In current times, the old word for 'happy' definitely has new connotations. Of course this could have been intentional hoping to increase their market demographics.
Dog Toy - Air Kong Linda picked up this dog toy for one of our poodles. I couldn't help but be a little bothered by the general shape of the thing and more astonished that the marketers were not a little concerned about it. In either case, it appeared to work since my wife actually purchased it - Maybe it is one of those toys you only get to play with a few days a month 8^)
Self-Service Gas Station - pump sign - credit card display This is from a local gas station in Kickapoo Il. I always got a kick out of the sign someone spent a significant amount of time on (each letter is put on by hand) - I am not the greatest speller in any context, but if I know it is going to be seen by a paying customer, I tend to double check for typos. The tipping point (and thus entry on the Scat Pages) came when the display gave me instructions to see the clerk inside ... contray to the sign on the pump.
Pass me the Toes please This little gem is now one of my favorite menus of all time - mainly because it is such a train wreck. At least you have lots of options. You can go with little Spags, a Pot of Toes or simply go with something that apparently needed a Vet. I would hate to see what they crossed off this list 8^)
Circuit Pity I bet it is a bear getting those negatives out of that little compact flash casing - not to mention having to do it in a dark room. 8^)
Darwin Award Candidate This guy passed me one day and I almost laughed myself into an accident. If you look real close, you will see he stuck the for sale sign on the middle of his windshield. Thispretty much eliminates any chance of him seeing anything in front of him without leaning to the sides and standing up in pegs - which he was continually doing.
When you really need a good scrubbing Thanks to my ever observant brother Ron, I bring you a pointless warning. Based on the packaging of MagicReach, you can use it to clean walls, tubs, doors, faucets, and really dirty surfaces. You should also keep it out of reach of children, pets and away from your skin. But wait, just as a reminder, it really shouldn't be used for personal cleansing - DUH!
Just Do It If you are going to a) bait and change the price and b) blame someone else for having to raise your prices, you could at least double check your sign 8^)
War Zone My wife and I had gone to a local festival and ended up parking by this vehicle. I had to chuckle as I passed by the window and noticed the "You Are Entering A War Zone" shirts being used for seat covers. The inside joke is a) this was only relevant years ago and b) the fact is THEY LOST and returned with less than was originaly offered - six more years of peace and harmony 8^)
SteamBoat '05 News 1 SteamBoat '05 News 2 I was watching the news coverage of the winner of the SteamBoat 2005 4 mile run when I noticed my head go by. I was a little out of it from running the 4 miles, so it didn't really even register when I went by - otherwise I am sure I would have done something goofy 8^)
Lethal Weapon 2 Movie Goof I've known about this for a long time now, in fact, I noticed it when I saw the movie the first time. This scene is near the end of the film while on the cargo ship. Capture 1 starts with Mel firing a shot at a bad guy. Capture 2 shows the results of multiple shots. Capture 3 shows the shots again. Then in Capture 4 we get a closeup but wait, there appears to be some details left out. Capture 5 ends the scene and sure enough there doesn't appear to be any damage from the previous 5 or 6 shots. My apologies for the poor quality caps, but I've been less than impressed with my AllInWonder and of course WMP doesn't allow you to actually cap anything.
Corporate Boobs This caught me completely off guard. I was at a large corporation recently that was in the midst of putting in new decor on the outside of their building. I realize they are not finished yet, but I found this hilarious. Some of the people I was with went with the Garfield Eyes approach, but I'm going with something else - brings new meaning to have a nice work day eh 8^) ... thanks to a friend for actually taking the picture.
Pocky for Men Thanks to Sung for finding this addition and going that extra step and buying if for me! I must say, I was pretty intrigued by chocolate that is marketed just for men. From a packaging perspective, I took note of the cigar themed box and noticed the shape of the actual product - I'll have to ask Sung if there was another product on the shelf for the rest of the market that looked like chocolate dipped lifesavers 8^). So why just for men? Ah, time to check the ingredients - struck out there too - nothing there that calls out any Viagra components - course I am pretty much trusting the translation on the slapped on sticker. The good news is you can start up a game of pickup sticks and simply eat the spoils (that is if you are a man 8^)
Count Ronald I am pretty sure everyone by now knows I hate @#$@$!@#$ clowns so I will spare you that dissertation. Instead, I will simply provide another example of the absolute evil they represent. I ended up at a local McDonalds to catch a quick bite. Not feeling that hungry I just got a couple of hamburgers. I reached into the bag and nearly drove off the road in absolute fright. Staring back at me is a bloodsucking demonspawn destined to haunt my dreams from this point forward. Mouth open wide, fangs exposed, and mocking me with the number of people he has killed this week. I think I will simply stick to Arbys from this point forward - last I heard an oven mitten never killed anyone!
Merry Valentines I have always been annoyed by the fact I have to see Christmas stuff on store shelves the day after Halloween. Thanksgiving is all but a forgotten holiday with the exception of maybe signaling that you are a day away from "Black Friday" shopping. However, the week before Christmas I was out trying to finish up my wife's stocking. This translates to an excuse to pick up some of that tasty Christmas candy which I know she will share with me 8^). So I end up in a local Shopco and proceeded back to the Christmas aisle to stock up on traditional staples like lifesaver boxes and marshmallow santas. To my surprise I can't find any, in fact the store was pretty sparse on holiday merchandise. In desperation I headed back to the candy area to see if they just stuck it there for convenience. I turned the corner and my mouth dropped - they actually had their Valentine's candy out. Unbelievable. I was forced to buy a chocolate covered heart just to put in her stocking because I knew she wouldn't believe me. Well, there is at last one store I will not be patronizing for my Valentine's loot - can't imagine how stale that candy is going to be having sat on their shelves since before Christmas.
Planter's Chocolate Covered WHAT? Okay, someone brought this to my attention a week or so ago and I refused to believe it. To prove this as an urban myth, I went to the grocery store to check it out myself (yes, I know what those are). Sure enough it is not a lie. It appears the marketing reps at Planters have decided to take the "chocolate theory" to the next level in hopes of generating some extra sales. I am not going into details here but if you need some clues, simply turn the package upside down and stare at it a few minutes.... 8^). To their credit, it did generate one extra sale since I just had to buy it to share with everyone!!
Change Error I went to change in my big winnings at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas and was greeted with this interesting message. My apologies for not being able to make out the letters very well, but basically it states that an unexpected error occurred. Unfortunately, it wasn't in my favor 8^)
Cock Flavour Big thanks to Sung for finding this gem (and purchasing it for me as well). I don't know about you, but I would put this right up there with one of the worst marketing efforts ever - good thing the fine folks at Tootsie Roll Industries had sense enough not to go with "Poop Rolls" or "Nuts on Sticks"
Mutant Model I have to give kudos to college humor for finding this first. We actually had the Victoria Secrets catalog that was mentioned on their website. Notice anything unusual about the model pictured on page 78... need a little help..... okay, here you go. Frightening isn't it 8^)
IRiver Cooking! Thanks to my brother Ron for this hilarious screen capture. This shot came from an explanation from IRiver's website on Digital Rights Management. I can visualize their new slogan - "Everything Tastes Better With IRiver"
RIAA Slap! What is this.... oh yeah, the money from the lawsuit filed against the Recording Industry's big 6 for ... hmm, tip of my tongue... yes, now I remember PRICE FIXING - Hey RIAA can you see me through your glass house.
More Engrish! It's SUPER, It's MINI, It's Beautiful Life from HIGH TECHNOLOGY. Scan-1 Scan-2 Thank Scott (and yes, he is cool) and Bronwyn for this fine example of Engrish. This is why you should always take the time to proof your work 8^) ... unless the true intention was to make us laugh as much as we did.
New Engrish! Another fine example of why auto-translators are a piece of crap.
Gender Day (rights remain with original photographer) WTF is this! Shouldn't that be the first "pansies" basketball game. Apparently this isn't a Missouri Synod school 8^). ...and tomorrow's lesson will be on the positive images portrayed by Tinky Winky [sic].
Intruder (article rights remain with author) In the same Summit Daily News I noticed a blurb on a home invasion that had occurred in the area. As a recommedation to anyone else that finds themselves in this situation, I recommend going with the rod iron poker at the start. You can also rotate it your hands so it stays straight! As you can see, I have little sympathy for the intruder in this felony attempt.
Skier Death (article rights remain with author) The only reason I added this article to the scat pages was to mention a bunch of us from work were actually on Breckenridge's slopes when this occurred. In fact, one of our group's couple actually saw the ski patrol performing emergency procedures on the skier - pretty unnerving when you're staring down the top of ablack diamond the next day with both your legs strapped to a snowboard - then you remember your skills and put those thoughts way out of your mind and enjoy the thrill.
Beautify Downstate (article rights remain with author) I think I actually injured a rib from laughing my *ss off when I read this in our local paper. As a "downstater" (as in someone who lives more than a mile south of Chicago burpees) I am overjoyed that are state's First Lady has the time and dedication to make our surroundings so pretty. You would think student performance in our schools or the support of struggling farmers responsible for putting food in stores would be a far greater endeavor, but then again, that would require some form of action. So next time you head downstate, stop and smell the pretty flowers. Note, the best part of this .. our Governor (Blagojevich) decided not to live in our state's capital because his daughter's school life might be disrupted (I think she is in kindergarten) so the Governor's Mansion in Spfld essentially sits idle (although still staffed).
Chilly Willy In honor of former President Clinton's notorious oval office activity, we bring you a refreshing treat - although I would have gone for the shape of a cigar!
Tree Slaughter Once there was a happy grove of trees standing proud, swaying in the wind, and reaching for the sun. What little they asked in return for providing us with shade in the summer, and a dry place to stand in the rain. And then one day, someone decided that they actually needed a building in order to practice their religion. A building in which to gather weekly in their best clothes and exclaim their praise to the heavens. I hope they enjoy their time impressing their fellow congregation members. Instead, I prefer to sit in the comfort and serenity offered in the shadows of a sturdy tree and talk privately to the omnipotent One. Let's just hope the One they worship doesn't cherish all His creations.
Bad Location A local Petco petstore moved out of a small strip mall. I almost lost control of my car as I drove by there a couple of days ago. Yes, a Chinese restaurant is coming into the vacant spot. I sure hope they remove the old sign before their grand opening 8^)
Hallmark Christmas Card While picking out my wife's Christmas card, I came across this strange card. As a Catholic, I may be a little weirder about this than usual as of late, but this whole card just comes off wrong to me. If you understand what I am talking about here, then you'll probably catch my assumptions about the wry smile and card innuendo - the writing on the inside of the card put it over the top for me. If you are confused at this point, simply go about your day and forget this little event ever happened 8^). I should probably point out at this time that I did not get this for my wife. I actually went back and bought it for the sole purpose of posting it on the scat pages.
French Connection I was walking around San Francisco after a Computer Conference and noticed this sign. Needless to say, on initial glance it looked entirely different 8^) I am still not sure exactly what the UK stands for.
Late Again Hey, where is everyone! Great, I travel all the way to San Francisco's Moscone Center and I am apparently late again .. d*mn clock! 8^) (Thanks for the pic Tim)
Suffocating Frodo I was out with SiC doing some shopping at the mall when we noticed the new promotional merchandise for the new Lord of the Rings movie (Two Towers). One item in particular caught our attention, the Frodo plush doll. This is actually a fairly tall doll ~9 inches and comes in the packaging captured in the picture. (By the way, before I forget, thanks to whoever took this picture for his ebay sale - I didn't have my digital camera with me and scarfed this off the net) The detail that landed this item on the scat pages was the fact that there is actually a plastic bag over Frodo's head inside the packaging. My guess is their original intent was to preserve his hair or something, but this turns out to be very disturbing when staring at in a store - especially since it is really targeted for children who are constantly bombarded (for good reason) on how they shouldn't play with plastic bags.
Christmas Spirit It seems like every day I read another article involving one person doing harm to another. This is generally followed by the countless claims of oppression, environmental influence, unloved children, and the excuse list goes on. To be honest, I just don't get it, but then again, my parents did teach me right from wrong, provided for my needs, and most of all took interest in my activities. Apparently this is just too much to ask from some parents, but that is a whole rant to itself. What I really wanted to do in this post is to comment on a recent event that truly brought a smile to my face and reaffirmed my hopes our world is not completely doomed. So what was that monumental event that could overcome my doom and gloom.

During the holidays, I always enjoy going out to the mall on the final days before Christmas. I usually have my shopping done, so the real purpose of this is to simply take in the festivities and partake in my favorite pastime of people watching. It isn't a holiday until you see someone with that last second desperate Chia Pet purchase 8^). Anyway, this year I made a stop off at Target to pick up some stocking stuffers. As usual, I parked as far out in the parking lot as possible and began walking toward the store. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a man was finishing up putting his items in his car and starting back to return his cart. Since I was heading that same way, I motioned to him to push the cart to me so I could save him the trip. He pushed it towards me and then simply turned back towards his car. I thought it was a little odd, but I didn't do it for any type of recognition, so I simply proceeded to the cart return area and safely stowed it away and went about my business. I came out about 20 minutes later and noticed this note on my truck To be honest, it about floored me. I do not know who you are, but I owe you a debt of gratitude for demonstrating the true Christmas Spirit. Hopefully this event will come to mind in your own day to day activities - I know it does mine.
Reindeer Down Image rights remain with original photographer/AP Kudos to the photographer who captured this image. After getting a good chuckle from the actual photo, I glanced over at the provided caption. Can anyone explain to me why they had to bust through inch thick ice to pull this deer to the shore? Seems to me if the ice is that thick you could simply rope the animal and drag it back it. He isn't going anywhere (obviously 8^) and it is apparently strong enough to hold a person seeing as how the deer has not broken through yet. Just seems a little strange to me, but then again, I am just a programmer and not a forest ranger.
A Dream Job Following my previous entry, this is also more of a gripe than a scat, but I am getting fed up with this whole situation. For countless years living in the Peoria area, I have been victim time and time again of poor weather predictions. This Christmas Eve ('02) was no exception. The previous day, the headlines read "Brown Christmas". Okay this pretty much set the stage for my assumptions on the weather and put me a little at ease seeing as how I had to travel that night. Well, too my surprise, we get roughly 4 inches where I live. Somewhat upset, I began to wonder what my career would be like if I was wrong nearly as much as our local weather predictions are. Let's see, I predict there is a 20 percent chance my program will be done today -- oops sorry, how about a 30 percent chance of getting it done tomorrow, oops sorry boss, make that a 25 percent chance I'll get the bugs out by Friday, or maybe something like there is a 50% chance my code will blow up today. Needless to say, they have a luxury I do not have. Anyway, that isn't the real point of this rant. Turns out, two days later our paper prints this gem of an article. Summarized "Sorry, my bad, maybe next time, yada yada yada. First of all, I know you were wrong - I was there remember? secondly, I don't care what your excuse is, stand up and take some blame for your actions, you ran the models, you made the prediction. Thirdly it doesn't make it right if everyone screws up. Additionally, don't sell me the weather, I don't need a pitch, I need facts. Finally, never make a joke about by admitting to the public that a real guess of 50% likelyhood is only slightly better than flipping a coin (need to account for that fractional percentage of it landing on the edge). But most of all, if I see one more commercial spouting off about how a particular station or publication guessed the weather right long before any other source, I'm canceling my access and finding a better source for my data.
Rolling Stones Pepper Thanks to Stewie for providing me with this pepper. He knew I was a big Stones fan and thought I would get a kick out of it. I got out my Stone's book and snapped a few pictures to demonstrate the similarities between this veggie and the the famous Stones logo - not to mention a pretty good likeness of Jagger as well 8^)
Clueless Engineers This is really more of a gripe than a scat, but I have been victim of this way too many times. I want to extend the "Clueless Award" to the engineer(s) that designed the '97 Dodge Ram 1500 cup holder. It only took one visit to a fast food restaurant to get a live demonstration on just how worthless this feature is. Perhaps you need a few pictures to understand what I am talking about. First off, here is a standard cup sitting in the holder. It Looks innocent enough. This couldn't be further from the truth. This tray actually slides out from the dash right above the stereo. The view you see is actually from the driver's seat. Now, focus on the bottom of the cup on the side of the holder and you will notice that there is very little support. Guess what happens when the truck makes a right turn? ... a little hint, centripetal force... top heavy drinks ... catching on? Here, let me show you a couple of pictures half way through the turn, all the way through the turn. If that wasn't bad enough, by its placement, your stereo becomes a sticky mess.

Now, let's look at some engineers that know what they are doing. Here is a cup holder from the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. This tray is actually pulled out from the console in the back seat. Notice the plastic insert on the right side. You can actually push this insert into the middle to decrease the size of the opening as well as provides stability on the cup's side. By the way, the fact that it folds all the way in also reduces the space it needs in the console.
Human Hair Sportswear Every time I go by this store, it cracks me up. I wonder if the care label says to hand wash and dry with a blow dryer?
Jack Rabbit Rocket delivers again. He was visiting a flower garden when he "came upon" this gem. He calls this one "Jack Rabbit", I call it "Scupltor without Thought". And yes, it is suppose to be a carrot. Thanks Rocket, keep 'em "coming" (sorry, couldn't pass up the opportunity to do it one more time ... killing myself 8^)
Sky Directions This one was captured in San Francisco while Tim H. (a friend from work)and I were at an IBM conference. I guess with all of those earthquakes, you lose track of which way is up. Thanks for the photo Tim.
Sunkist Fruit Gems

Front Wrapper

Nutrition Label

This is another one from my calorie conscience friend Sung. I didn't catch this the first time he showed me! Apparently a musician was responsible for this little goof. Either that, or they actually beat the calories out with a fish (2,000 strikes I guess). Thanks for the find Sung. By the way, this wrapper also highlights one of my pet peeves - this little wrapper contains only 4 little pieces, yet they still cut the calories and gram counts in half under the disguise that the serving size is 2.
WEEK 25 News Article

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

This one came from a friend at work - John R. He was reading the daily headlines at the website of Peoria's premier news channels when he stumbled upon this gem. At first, I thought it was simply illegal in the city of Peoria for restaurant workers to go to the bathroom. Actually, it appears to not only be illegal, but news worthy as well 8^). We decided to monitor this for a few hours to see how long it took them to figure out the typo. Whoops, I mean typos - check out the new word agunshot, Easy Peoria (East), improper sentence structure (and the left) and finally the strange word injuires. Sure enough, about an hour later, they updated to Version 2 of the document. The big one was out of the way, along with the sleasy date tag they gave East Peoria. I decided to help them out a bit and sent them a little reminder that the article still had errors. The response is kind of odd since it implies they can only make one correction before an upload and the server crashes were causing headaches in this effort. Finally, we got the third (and final I might add) version. As you can see, they still left the concatenated words (agunshot) and "injuires". Pretty disappointing especially since we are constantly subjected to commercials where they brag about their numerous awards for news coverage. Thanks for the find John.
Monical's Pizza place mat 1

Monical's Pizza Place mat 2

This one came from my friend Scott. He was eating at a local Monicals when he noticed the place mat. The first Monical's image has got to be the first maze I have ever seen with the true path actually numbered. I don't know about you, but I am taking the shortcuts between 3 and 4 and sure not going to 9 or 10. Why did they even bother to draw false paths 8^). I am hoping they didn't pay much for the artwork on the second image. By the description, the middle picture must be a cat although it really looks like a cross between a poison skull (with whiskers) and a beaver - couple that with the left side paw joints going 90 degrees out from the body and you have one freak of a cat. Rounding out the graphics, we have a dog with no bones in its legs (or at least not all going the same way) and a bat whose ears are twice as big as its entire body. I am guessing kids using this mat will experience terrible nightmares of post nuclear genetic mutants staring up at them from the dinner table. Thanks for the find Scott.
Screwed by Fruitopia This one came from my friend Rocket whose 9 year old daughter was the victim of tiny print aka crap marketing. On April 9th 2002, his daughter came home extremely excited because she had won a free bottle of Fruitopia - in fact, the first win she had ever had at a marketing campaign. The contest in question was a Fruitopia drink Twist Win Repeat game based on the standard "Look under the cap to see if you are a winner". Sure enough, the inside of the cap did indicate that she had won a 20oz drink. Well, that would be the case if it were not for devious marketing practices - keep in mind, this is a 9 year old. Before I forget, the "best if used date" on the bottle is Jun 17th, 2002. On closer inspection of the tiny print on the label, you will notice that it has a redemption date of 12/31/2001. Since this was bought on 4/09/2002, she never had a chance. Reading further down the bottle, it indicates that this offer was only valid in DE, KY, MD, MI, NC, NY, OH, PA,VA, WV and Washington D.C. residents. Kind of interesting since the bottle was purchased in Peoria, IL. Two blows to a 9 year old's excitement. Good thing there are so many other drinks on the market!
A talented member of an Archeology team

Local copy - all rights remain with author

I will leave the gems in this one for you. For some reason I have trouble keeping a straight face while trying to read this article - maybe it has something to do with the author's refusal to use the first name when referencing the source of quotes. The sentence beginning with "But", is just plain wrong.
Microsoft's Bug Delivery System

Local copy - all rights remain with author

Found this one on Yahoo's tech news page. I was reading along about how great Microsoft is (ick) when I came across a particular sentence that made me laugh. Look about 9 paragraphs from the bottom (start at the bottom, otherwise you will be puking before you get there) and you will notice the following sentence: "For example, Microsoft hopes to evolve Windows XP's automatic update feature such that one bug or security fix could be immediately dispatched to all users. " Depending on how you look at it, this sounds like Microsoft will be able to propagate one bug out to everyone instantly - Thanks Microsoft, like I wasn't getting enough of them because of your weak security model - now I can count on them coming straight from Redmond.
Alcohaaaaaaaaaaal Anonymous I was searching for a restaurant (really) when I came across this beauty. All I can saaaay is this must look right when you aaaaare DRUNK.
Batman Paper Action Figure Sung gave me this scat entry. He was at a comic book convention (yeah, I know), and came across a "Batman Non-Posable Model Character Toy of Your Very Own" card. Essentially you cut out the pre-drawn shapes, bend and glue them into place for a fun for all ages doll - whoops, make that an ACTION FIGURINE (inside joke 8^) The more I read the directions the more I laughed. I decided I needed to share! By the way, I was reading the directions because it looked funny, NOT because I was planning on building it! Now go away while I dispense justice on that penguin meanie.
Poopy's Sung and I stumbled on this little gem while heading up to Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL., to take in some late season snowboarding. While passing through Savanna IL., Sung noticed this sign in their downtown area. A mental note was made and we caught it again on our way back home all lit up in neon glory. The fact that we remembered it is amazing in itself since our brains and bodies were brutally beaten from the days activities. Sung actually got out of the car to make sure we had a good picture to post. I originally thought it was a biker bar, but it turns out that it is a Harley parts store.
Russian Roulette I have to thank Scott for this one! I do not know how he found it, but this game ended up on e-bay. My guess is each click adds a little more air into the balloon. ... and I thought the rusty erector sets were fun. Addendum: My brother recently pointed out to me that the balloon will actually pop right next to the kids eardrum.
Virtual Keyboard (aka Eminent Death) Another excellent find from my brother. There are soooo many things wrong with this advertising picture for a new Palm virtual keyboard. Imagine the consequences of typing on this virtual keyboard (with no tactile feedback, mind you, so you have to look at it while you type) on your dashboard as you drive RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE OF A DOUBLE YELLOW STRIPE on a road (on a hill no less)!!

You can read all about this product and the manufacturer's name at: http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_Story.asp?ID=3173

Thanks Ron!

Suncoast Robbery I think the picture speaks for itself. This DVD was purchased on the same day from Suncoast and Best Buy and neither was on sale. Needless to say, the Suncoast product was returned immediately and future purchases from that store have been stopped.
JaveOne Deception

Initial Website Page

Full Image

This is one of my favorite catches of all time. The company I work for sends people to the JavaOne Conference that is held yearly in San Francisco. I had attended the 2000 version, so my friends got to go for the 2001 event. Sun's website was posting pictures of the event and I was watching them fairly close in hopes of identifying someone I knew. I noticed one of the images that was posted had a large number of people in it, so I viewed the Full Size Image option and started combing through the people. Something about the image started bugging the spider senses when I finally discovered a very strange thing. Yes, apparently JavaOne was cloning people! I couldn't believe my eyes. Immediately I sent an email to the photography company responsible asking them to explain their actions. To their credit, the president responded the same day and removed the image from the website. Tsk Tsk
Zachary Confections I must give kudos to this company. I recently purchased a carton of their chocolate covered marshmallow eggs. (I admit it, I am totally addicted to them and eagerly await Easter time every year so I can devour them!) This year a small piece of paper was inserted into the box. This note expressed their feelings for the cowardly act that occurred on Sept 11th, 2001 and indicated that a portion of their proceeds from my purchase would be donated to the recovery effort. I realize that other companies have been offering up the same type of assistance, however, this effort merits recognition for a very special reason. That reason is, this notice was INSIDE the packaging. There were NO special markings on the outside of the packaging or even next to it in the store. It makes me sick when I see other companies rushing to change their product's packaging to announce their hollow concern for one of the most devastating events that have ever taken place on American soil. Reality is, they simply want to increase the sales of their product. It is refreshing that honesty and integrity is alive and well in at least some business circles. I applaud your efforts Zachary Confections and you can consider me a devoted customer.
Update: as a note, this company never even bothered to respond to any of my emails. The first address I tried to send it to (obtained from their website) was rejected. I went back to their website and noticed it had been redone, so I used the new address that was on there - that one was not returned, but I have never received a response
Devil's Head Reservation Number I have to thank Sung for this one! I was showing a friend of mine the trail map for Devil's Head Ski Resort in Wisconsin, when he noticed the interesting reservation number on the back. You would think this would have been an 1-900 number. By the way, this does give new meaning to the name of the resort 8^) Thanks Sung!
Radio Shack Audio Cassette Tape I have to thank my brother for this one! This is the back of Radio Shack's Extended Premium Metal Bias Cassette Tape package. This is Radio Shack's best cassette tape. I have to hand it to them, this is one of the first truth in product advertising I have seen in a long time. For the non-audiophiles out there, you actually want a high signal to noise ratio (meaning a lot of signal energy compared to noise) Thanks Ron!
Navigator Man Drawing - (local image) Searching for some information on the net resulted in this little gem. I was trying to concentrate on the information contained in the PDF, but the picture kept grabbing my attention. It wasn't so much the subject (stupid man with an 'S' for a neck), but rather what the stupid man with an 'S' for a neck was doing with his hands. Here are my guesses:
  • Playing "Malcolm in the Middle"'s circle game
  • Demonstrating his girth
  • Playing some billiards (left ball in the right pocket)
  • Relieving himself
  • Watching a Michael Jackson video
  • Convincing me that I do not want anything to do with this product
  • All of the above

Note, a local copy of the image was made for those individuals without a pdf browser. All rights remain with the referenced site in the provided link.
Oracle Developer License I am sick and tired of getting trapped by software licenses that cannot be read before agreeing to the terms. The back of the CD envelop states "NOTICE BY OPENING THIS ENVELOPE YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE ORACLE TECHNOLOGY NETWORK DEVELOPMENT LICENSE AGREEMENT CONTAINED INSIDE" As you can see, the front of the package does have a window to the license document, but you can only read a quarter of it. Nice job Oracle, this one went into the trash.
Nokia Phone Clip Directions I totally disagree with their recommendation! I had the best luck when I placed the clip at least four eighths of the way up 8^). Also take a look a the picture and notice where the clip is drawn. Apparently Korean schools (item made in that country) have a different number system. Does anyone ever check their work anymore? How can I trust the quality of the product when the easiest part has errors?