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Wednesday, January 25, 2021

A promo ad for Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” features a humorous on-camera testimonial by Bigfoot.

Strange thing: The on-screen labels describe “Mr. Bigfoot” as an “Urban Legend”.

Not to quibble, but does something like the Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti myth qualify as an urban legend? That “urban” part doesn’t seem to jibe with a wilderness-dwelling man-beast. I think “rural legend” would be more accurate.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/25/2006 09:24:48 PM
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no natural
Witnessed on NHL Center Ice: Jan Bulis scored a hat trick during tonight’s Montreal at Philadelphia NHL game. Not just a hat trick — a natural hat trick, making it that much more impressive.

And yet, not a single hat hit the ice. Not one. The Flyers fans didn’t see fit to acknowledge the feat by a player on an opposing team.

It’s not on the same level as the oft-cited Santa Claus incident, but it’s a definitive example of the general boorishness of the City of Brotherly Love’s fandom. (And this is coming from a Canadiens hater.)

UPDATE: Bulis just scored his 4th goal of the evening. Who needs a hat-toss now?

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/25/2006 09:05:43 PM
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cuts all waysHere’s an open question to any whisky aficionados and/or drunks:

What’s the general impression these days of that old standby, Cutty Sark whisky?

The reason I ask: I bought a bottle of Cutty a couple of weekends ago, mostly on a lark. I saw it on the liquor store shelf, and despite the proximity of plenty of other brands, I picked the green bottle with the yellow label. Price was no object; I just hadn’t sampled Cutty in a long while, and figured I’d reaquaint myself with the spirit.

When I unveiled the bottle during a house party that same night, I caught a good bit of flack over my selection. The sentiment was that Cutty was hopelessly old-school — not in a good way. One guy launched into a story about how, when he was a bartender a couple of years ago, it was impossible to even give away the stuff.

I wasn’t expecting that sort of reaction. So I polled a couple of other people, both my contemporaries. One of them, my friend Tom, said the drink definitely struck him as a second-tier brand, somewhat past its prime. What’s more, the label really put him off, as it looked too old-fogeyish; ironically, it kinda appeals to be, standing out by virtue of its old-fashioned style. I guess I’m in the minority, because indications from the product’s website say that a packaging redesign is in the outing.

I don’t have any special attachment to the whisky. But I’m curious about how others perceive it. So comment away.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/25/2006 08:20:07 PM
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