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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Ladies, are you still clinging to those hose? Then you’re officially a fashion casualty, because pantyhose, stockings and the like are out of style, according to those who concern themselves with such matters.

I guess I’ve noticed of late the prevalence of bare legs among the womenfolk. But being in Florida, where the climate makes regular outfitting in hosiery uncomfortable, I figured it was strictly a regional matter. I was unaware that it was so widespread.

As long as you’ve got the leggage to pull it off, rock on. If not, consider sticking to pants and creative cover-ups.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/07/2021 07:27:29 PM
Category: Fashion, Women
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Las Vegas’ tourism board struck gold with the “What happens here, stays here” advertising tagline. The phrase became the centerpiece of the city’s marketing, and grabbed hold of the popular consciousness.

You probably know where the story goes from here. “What happens here” has since transcended its status as a memorable advertising line to become a bona fide pop-culture touchstone, the “Where’s the beef?” of its time. Billy Crystal riffed on it during the Oscar telecast, as did characters on Frasier and The Simpsons. Laura Bush (of all people) invoked it twice to winning comic effect on The Tonight Show. Former morals czar and enthusiastic gambler Bill Bennett lamented to Jay Leno about televised footage of him playing the slots at a casino: “Apparently, ‘What happens here, stays here’ applies to everyone but me.”

In advertising parlance, the ad campaign accompanying the slogan has “repositioned” Las Vegas as the Sin City it has always been since its mobster founding. It does so via a series of “Vegas Stories,” 30-second vignettes that play off consumer research suggesting that people imagine Vegas as a place that is “commitment-free, pressure-free, judgment-free,” according to Billy Vassiliadis, chief executive of R&R Partners, the Vegas ad agency that created the campaign.

The shaping of the campaign worked, I think, due as much to what it didn’t say about Sin City:

Indeed, the ads occupy a kind of non-context, an Anywhere of diners and limos and hotel lobbies. There are hardly any of the usual signifiers of Las Vegas — no flashing neon, no showgirls and no gambling. Instead, what ad agency creative director Randy Snow has imagined is a certain thrillingly dangerous but slightly seamy psychological atmosphere.

I noticed early on that gambling, the one element most associative with Vegas, was conspicuously absent from the ad spots. I figured it was an exercise in clever de-emphasis: Everyone knows the casinos are there, so there’s no reason to sell them, or even mention them. But the attitude set up in the campaign left enough suggestion in the mind of the consumer.

The story of the “What happens here” campaign is inspirational for ad professionals, as campaign copywriters Jason Hoff and Jeff Candido parlayed that success to jobs at bigger agencies. It’s important to establish a winning track record early!

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/07/2021 07:16:03 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Pop Culture
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Traveling abroad, and not in the mood to fuss with politics in this post-election glow? T-Shirtking.com, a New Mexico-based company, can hook you up with a “Go Canadian” package that will help pass as a Great White Northerner.

“It’s not meant as a slight against the United States or Canada,” explained T-shirtKing.com President Bill Broadbent. “It was meant as something Republicans could give their Democrat friends to say ‘C’est la vie.’ … But maybe not c’est la vie because that’s a French word.”

Actually, that’s three French words. But who’s counting…

I could be persuaded to buy one of these. But only if I can pay for it in Canadian currency (which is actually valued lower than the U.S. greenback — a neat trick at the moment).

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/07/2021 06:42:04 PM
Category: Business, Political
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The one bright spot in the National Hockey League’s lockout is that it prompts more folks to focus on junior hockey, where the purity of the game is allowed to flourish, unsullied by adult crassness.

Uh, right.

A female hockey fan lifted her top and shook her breasts at rival fans - at a junior game played by 11-year-olds…

In a letter to the league, one parent who witnessed the alleged incident called it “unfortunate” and “disturbing”.

“She lifted her top well above her breasts. Wearing a bra she shook her breasts side to side,” the woman wrote.

Well, at least she didn’t bare her breasts. But is this what Comedy Central had in mind regarding “bearing” breasts?

NHL owners, NHL players, I implore you: Hammer out a deal and start playing soon! Think of the children! Jiggling, bra-clad breasts have no place in a kids’ league — they rightly belong in an NHL arena!

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/07/2021 03:07:42 PM
Category: Hockey, Society
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South Florida has long been recognized as home and destination for the Jewish community. The typical migration pattern, though, tended to be from New York/Northeastern U.S. to the Sunshine State. But now, instead of just American Jews, Chosen People from all corners of the globe are opting for metropolitan/multicultural Miami over Israel.

I just hope all these newcomers stock up on their Chrismukkah cards.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/07/2021 02:07:29 PM
Category: Florida Livin', History, Society
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What if renowned physicist Stephen Hawking one day caught a Beastie Boys show and was struck by inspiration? And furthermore, decided the hardcore rhymin’ of NWA and The Ghetto Boyz was just his speed?

Yes, I can feel that you’re feeling it.

Look upon MC Hawking, ye mighty, and despair!

You can buy his debut disc right now. I think I’ll wait for his sophomore effort, wherein, hopefully, he’ll dissertate in crime-rhyme time that Planet Rock actually does exist.

(Via Obfuscated Networking)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/07/2021 01:45:07 PM
Category: Comedy, Pop Culture, Science
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