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Friday, October 24, 2021

Just last year, landing a job on Wall Street would have been a best-case scenario for someone young, just out of school, and (of course) saddled with debt.

Now? Predictably, without that high-finance salary and bonuses, those youngsters are facing the prospect of having to leave pricey New York City altogether.

And that’s actually the new best-case scenario. At least compared to the probable next step: Relocating overseas to escape your student-loan bill collectors.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/24/2008 07:44:00 PM
Category: Business, New Yorkin', Society
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Think Fine Living Network isn’t cashing in on its rerun scheduling of “Iron Chef Japan”? Check out this inventive promo commercial it’s cooked up (pun intended):

And here are those Chairman Kaga-inspired joke lyrics, overlaid into the rhythm from The Vapors’ “Turning Japanese”:

I’ve got your seaweed
I’ve got your eel
And something secret
I can’t reveal
The Iron Chef is really flashing blades of steel

I’m cooking Japanese
I think I’m cooking Japanese
Like Morimoto

Is that the Chairman?
Is that cod roe?
Is that some liver?
I’ll never know
I quiver and I shiver at ingredients that rise from down below


Lyrical love for Iron Chef Japanese, but not for the other three (plus alumnus)? Maybe they can dig up other ethnically-referential songs for future promos.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/24/2008 05:19:44 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Food, Pop Culture, TV
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Thanks to current economic conditions and the parallels to 1929, I’ve recently come across this quotation more than once:

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

And it’s usually attributed to none other than Mark Twain, probably because it’s got the sardonic edge of something that he’d quip.

The trouble is, there’s no evidence to support that he ever said it. Considering Twain was super-diligent about laying claims to all his intellectual property great and small, that means he most likely didn’t cook this one up.

Still, he should have, because it’s a good one.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/24/2008 04:53:18 PM
Category: Business, Creative, History, Wordsmithing
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