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Sunday, October 26, 2021

If you want to keep warm this winter while sporting that timeless Franciscan monk look, then the Snuggie, aka “the blanket with sleeves” is right up your alley.

Some things to consider from this “as seen on TV” commercial spectacle:

- The rhyming in the beginning that quickly gets dropped.
- The fact that your hands get caught in a blanket.
- This is available in three colors, but everyone in the ad is wearing the burgundy.
- Which of course causes everyone to look like they’re in a cult.
- Especially when outside roasting marshmallows (and preparing to sacrifice a virgin?)
- Even more especially when enjoying the outdoor sporting event.

And to think I’ve lived my entire life to this point with sleeveless blankets.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/26/2008 05:07:24 PM
Category: Comedy, TV
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The preemptive blame-game within the McCain-Palin campaign has begun, with Sarah Palin deeming the best defense to be a good offense:

“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to “go rogue” in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.

“I think she’d like to go more rogue,” he said.

The emergence of a Palin faction comes as Republicans gird for a battle over the future of their party: Some see her as a charismatic, hawkish conservative leader with the potential, still unrealized, to cross over to attract moderate voters. Anger among Republicans who see Palin as a star and as a potential future leader has boiled over because, they say, they see other senior McCain aides preparing to blame her in the event he is defeated.

Indeed, hints of that rogue factor manifested last week, when she visibly broke with McCain over policy points. As I said then, all of this points to Palin basically giving up on hopes of getting to the White House, and instead salvaging her reputation, at least within conservative circles.

I guess my fascination stems from how one of the two major parties could find themselves in such high-profile dysfunction. Especially the Republicans, who are allegedly more solidified than the Democrats when it comes to party discipline. I guess the late economic upheaval is enough to throw even the best-organized politicos into disarray.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/26/2008 03:33:29 PM
Category: Politics
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There’s a bit of irony in the Museum of Natural History — note that “natural” part — setting up an ice-skating rink filled with synthetic ice, instead of frozen water.

Nevertheless, it sounds like it’ll be pretty cool when it opens next month:

The Museum’s new Polar Rink… is located on the Arthur Ross Terrace, with magnificent views of the glowing Rose Center for Earth and Space and the surrounding Theodore Roosevelt Park. Skaters will glide around a 17-foot-tall polar bear made of openwork stainless steel festooned with pine boughs and twinkling lights.

It’ll be worth the trip to the Upper West Side just to see what fake ice looks/feels like. If it doesn’t measure up, there’s always the other traditional rinks around Manhattan, including The Pond at Bryant Park, which I noticed going up for the past week.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/26/2008 02:49:48 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Other Sports, Weather
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Germophobes can run quick from their bathrooms to their kitchens on this advice: Regularly microwaving your toothbrush to kill lingering bacteria and other dental nasties.

Should this procedure somehow become commonplace, get ready for near-future reports of widespread radioactive mouth tumors. (Or has that already come about, thanks to hypochondriac reactions to those overblown oral cancer ads?)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/26/2008 12:38:46 PM
Category: Science
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