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Thursday, February 15, 2021

rubber lines
The famed tourism slogan “I Love NY” takes on new meaning when considering NYC Condom, the City-branded prophylactic designed as a free health-promotional giveaway.

New York City was selective about exactly which of its iconic symbols would grace this package for your package:

The new condoms do not bear the official seal of the city, an image of a big apple or an outline of the city’s skyline. The black plastic wrapper simply says “NYC condom” on the front, with each letter in a circle, like the letters used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to denote subway lines. (The authority gave the city permission to use the letters, which are the intellectual property of the subway system.)

Maybe you can hold onto the used wrappers for use as mini subway-line guides, afterwards? Because, y’know, sometimes you want to make as quick a getaway as possible, the morning after. If so, that’d be a further health benefit applied to city living.

Draw your own conclusions about the symbolic suggestiveness of trains and tunnels being linked to condoms…

The wrappers are certainly eye-catching. I’ve got to get ahold of a couple; figures they’d be giving them away on a day when I didn’t leave the house.

And that design must be visually powerful, if it can coax compliments out of the most extreme reactionaries:

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, a conservative group based in Tupelo, Miss., said, “By and large, I agree with what [New York City health commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden] said. It’s a statement that conservatives and liberals should be able to embrace.” He added, “Obviously, from a Christian perspective, I would say sex should be saved for marriage, but I understand what he’s trying to do.”

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/15/2007 11:28:24 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Society
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Courtesy of The Flowfield Unity, the recipe for The Catholic Guilt Cocktail:

Take one glass
Add two shots of whiskey
And fill to taste with holy water

Yeah, holy water definitely is an underrated mixer…

One crucial piece of advice: When you reach for that whiskey bottle, don’t defeat the purpose of this holy drink by using a spirit of the wrong (i.e., Protestant) denomination.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/15/2007 10:52:30 PM
Category: Comedy, Food
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facing the music
It’s a rumored deal that sounded more and more sensible over the past few days, and now it’s done. Peter Forsberg has been traded to the Nashville Predators for youngsters Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, and a first- and a third-round pick in this year’s draft.

I think they can start engraving the Nashville roster names onto the Stanley Cup right about now.

Okay, maybe not. But Forsberg is a huge pickup, for a team that was already stacked. If he stays healthy the rest of the way and into the playoffs, the Preds should have enough power to get to the Cup finals. That health “if” is significant, of course, and the biggest risk factor. Then again, we’re talking about a guy who once played a postseason game with a busted spleen — when the chips are down, Forsberg will come through.

As for Philly: It was a simple enough equation, with the team way out of the playoff mix. The demand for Forsberg was high, so they couldn’t hold him when plenty of assets were being offered. And of course, they can always re-sign Foppa after his rental period in Nashville ends (whether that’s in the first round or after a Cup sip). However, despite pronouncements from Flyers brass that they want him back… Would that be the best move? Philadelphia needs to retool their defense, which has been their true bugaboo the past two years. Bringing back Forsberg would eat up big salary cap space, with a good group of proficient forwards already on the payroll. In the end, shipping out Forsberg like this might have been the most painless way to revamp the roster going forward.

As for that “Nashvegas” tag, above: It’s what the locals call Tennessee’s capital. I actually picked it up several years ago, when my friend Schmu, who spent time at Vandy, used to use the nickname derisively. Foppa only adds to the town’s glitz!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/15/2007 09:44:53 PM
Category: Hockey
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