Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Annoying J. Crew Model of the Week - 12/29/08

It's been a few weeks since I have been able to update the Annoying J. Crew Model of the Week feature. So to help make up for lost time, this week's entry is a double shot:

I have no idea why she's hushing the dove. Is this a Christmas symbol on her shoulder, or just something annoying she picked up at the aviary?

I'm sorry, but this guy just has "dork" written all over him. And what's with the shoes?


Is that a hole at the bottom, or just some weird J. Crew label? Maybe he didn't get any decent footwear for the holidays. Or maybe he was just re-gifted.

The True Face of Christmas?

I've been away for a couple of weeks, so I haven't been able to update the Gallery of the Absurd. However, before we exit this holiday season, I thought I'd share with you a few Christmas-related images from the original Gallery.

This one is from the cover of an old Lands' End catalog. It was given to me by my good friend, Brian Donahue:

Brian's words when he gave me this say it all: "Ahhhhhghghghrrhh!! Eieeeeieee!!!! Ahhghh!!"

Here's another cover from the following year. Lands' End decorated that holiday season's catalog with an uncomfortably close image of the "innocent looking" Santa from the previous year:

Still not disturbed? Well, take a look at the image on the backside of the cover:

I think I saw those eyes in The Omen.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pole Position

What's wrong with this picture?

Didn't think penguins populated the North Pole.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Throw Gordo from the Train

Last week I had to take a trip to Macomb, IL, and the best way to get there was to fly to Chicago and then take an train to the western Illinois city. This advertisement was on the back of my ticket envelop that the Amtrak agent gave me:

Outside of the fact that this is a really stupid movie that the Amtrak folk have chosen for their marketing, I'm wondering about the timing. The film came out this past summer, and it's now December. Guess they had a lot of these ticket envelopes left over. Must have been successful campaign.

Annoying J. Crew Model of the Week - 12/08/08

Here's your Annoying J. Crew Model for the week of December 8, 2008:

Once again, similar to last week's posting, we have this weird flamingo pose. Either that or this model is getting ready to pee. But do female J. Crew models urinate in this manner? This is definitely something to investigate...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Labels Can Hurt Update

Another update from one of yesterday's posts, this one featuring the clown labels produced by the Label Factory. Did you know they also do meat labels? Yep, sure do!

"Extra thick for healthy appetites"..."Tender and juicy"....sort of makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Deli labels? Bakery labels? Medical labels? Clown labels? What won't they do??!!

Feel the love....

Zippy/Griffy Update

In one of the entries I posted yesterday, "This One's for Bill Griffith," I mentioned that phrases like "chunky fritters" coupled with "felt balls" might be something that Zippy the Pinhead would say in one of his over-and-over comments. I emailed Griffith on a whim, telling him about this entry, and he responded with a "thank you" and telling me that yesterday's Zippy was actually an "over-and-over," this one on "full voice chat." He said that I can post that cartoon, which I thank him for. Click on the strip below for more detail:

Here's hoping that someday soon "chunky fritters" and/or "felt balls" find their way in his strip.

This one is for you, too, Bill.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Labels Can Hurt

I found this business on the web by accident...an unsettling discovery, it turns out.

Clown Labels...what everyone needs for those fright-inducing moments in life.

This One's for Bill Griffith

You know, there's nothing inherently weird or unusual about the packaging of this product. But I'm posting this image because the phrase "chunk fritters" just sounds funny to me. It's similar to the reaction I had to "felt balls" last week. It's a phonetic thing.
And if you say "felt balls, chunk fritters" three times fast, you begin to sound like Zippy the Pinhead.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Annoying J. Crew Model of the Week - 12/01/08

I serve up to you, like turkey left over from Thanksgiving, the Annoying J. Crew Models of the week!

I'm not sure what to make of this week's entries. I noticed in the most recent J. Crew catalogs that many of the female models are posed with one leg propped up and bent like some kind of water fowl. Even hillbilly girl from a couple of weeks ago had a similar pose.

What is this, the new stork look?

Maybe I'm just not informed. Can somebody with some insights into the modeling business please explain to me this weird pose with the one leg?
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