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Sunday, April 12, 2021

It was only a matter of time before someone in zombie fandom equated “living dead” with “resurrection”, and came up with Zombie Jesus.

Just in time for an Easter origin tale, too:

If I have a basic understanding of the Bible (which I don’t), then I’m pretty sure today is important because Jesus rose from the dead and terrorized those who had cast the first stone within glass houses.

It was only after a man dressed in the skin of a rabbit was able to subdue Our Lord and Savior by hurling eggs at him until he agreed to go to heaven that J.C.’s rampage finally ended.

Even though this theological horror story neatly incorporates the legend of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs, I’m skeptical. Thankfully, I don’t think any of this applies to Greek Orthodox Easter, which I’ll be celebrating next Sunday.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/12/2021 08:35:58 PM
Category: Comedy
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Not that I have any use for AcipHex, but: Why would a pharmaceutical company conjure up a prescription drug brandname that sounds like “ass effects”?

I recognize the amalgamation of “acid” and “pH” in the name. But there was really no need to settle on that unfortunate pronunciation.

Is that one of the laundry-list side effects that could occur from taking this acid reflux disease cure? “May cause shortness of breath, birth defects, night blindness, and unspecified special effects coming out of your ass”? If so, then I commend Big Pharma for giving the heads-up via the very name of the elixir.

More likely, this weird-sounding tag is the result of the fuzzy naming convention behind drug marketing:

“A lot of it is more art than science,” said William Trombetta, professor of pharmaceutical marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. “There are certain letters that express power and control, like Z, M or P. Other letters, like S, are more passive. Depending on what the drug does, you want to give the name certain features.”

Want to sound high-tech? Go for lots of Z’s and X’s, such as Xanax, Xalatan, Zyban and Zostrix.

So that “x” in “ass effects” is supposed to imply technological advancement. Too bad the approved pronunciation kicks that concept square in the butt.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/12/2021 05:50:45 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business, Science, Wordsmithing
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