The original Gerber baby

Thursday 20 November 2014, 12.01am HKT

original gerber baby

(Photo: Associated Press, via

She is Ann Turner Cook , born today (20 Nov) in 1926.

This 88-year-old American great-grandmother is the original Gerber baby. She’s also a mystery novelist (as in mystery novels, geddit).

Man, they sure know how to pick a baby model in those days! She looks great even now.

As a Gerber baby myself, this woman is my hero.

She turned from a sketch into a person — how crazy is that…?

What the heck is a Gerber???

gerber baby food


The food was … well … so-so, but the bottles were fantastic.

Give it a few more years and she’ll be back to eating Gerber herself and using diapers, if not already. (Sorry, just kidding.)

If she’s that old … R.I.P. Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben

You can read about Gerber’s (not-such-a-big-deal) branding blunder in Africa.


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Consolation … and a sweet one

Monday 10 March 2014, 5.39pm HKT

5.11pm local time, 14°C (57°F), drizzly and miserable

legs and creepers

(via Cheepfrills)

Still remember that wonky TL;DR post of mine Why brothel creepers are rad’der than you think (23 Oct 2013)?

Yes, that one.

I quoted Paul Sweetman in the post. He left a comment there the other day:—

Bo Diddley Mona

(Sorry, I didn’t buy the WordPress video upgrade, so please just click the link.)

Dr Sweetman is Senior Lecturer of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London (University of London). He is the world’s foremost scholar on subcultures and the cultural sociology of fashion and consumption.

I’m chuffed to the bollocks (to borrow the phrase from British author Harold Pinter) to see such a distinguished person as Dr Sweetman leave anything on my blog.

As I’m the world’s foremost laughing stock when it comes to sane writing, that’s praise from one end of the spectrum to the other.




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LOL, they’re actually selling THIS now…

Saturday 7 December 2013, 1.00pm HKT

xmas snowden doll

Let’s hope Eddie the Non-IKEA Snömy gets royalties from the sales

Hate to say this, but this in all probability is going to be a mega hit in JapanThe Land That Gave Us Weird Since 1957.”

There, retro death-metal porn grind rockers in Hello Kitty French maid’s uniforms will be masturbating WITH (not just ‘to’) this doll between now and Valentine’s Day. If all goes well, the Japanese will EXPORT it across Asia, suitably accompanied by psycho-porno anime and BDSM manga.

I think Eddie will be alarmed and psychologically disturbed by THAT more than the U.S. efforts to extradite him back.

The programs known collectively as “Co-Traveler” (leaked by Eddie) allow the National Insecurity Agency to track the inane locations of any insane mobile phone user in the world (currently 5,000 million phones daily).

This antic of theirs is just so fuxxing funny (almost equal in rank to a Mel Brooks caper) that it’s just uneffingbelievable in hilarity.

LOL, if they’re tracking me, they’ll have the exhilaration of knowing that my calls are mostly with government regulatory officials and assorted similar cattle talking about how American government officials keep effing up big time giving timely clearances to IPOs because we didn’t bribe (or not enough). LOL, no shit, boyo.

If they’re tracking my location, it’s office, McDonald’s, supermarket, office, home, bathroom, office, McDonald’s, supermarket… I could keep going at a faster rate, just to fill up their expensive hard drives. Could I f**k (Londonspeak for “Could I f**cking ever”).

*ROFLMAO* *Snorg* *Tears streaming from my eyes*

(I can’t effing stop laughing as I write this, by the way.)

Otherwise, they could tap into my phone camera (if I had a smartphone) and basically see what could be summed up by this mug—

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Read the ‘over-constructive’ International Business Times story “How NSA Collect Location Data From 5 Billion Cellphones Every Day [Video].”

That story could’ve been better re-headlined as “How NSA Self-Pwns From Collecting 5 Billion Cellphone Locations With Ultra-Repeating Patterns.”


Marketing protip to the NSA: Rename your programs “Co-Spender” and export it. Support “Made in the USA” and help American technology earn export dollars.

(Clearly somebody at the NSA is a hardcore Mel Brooks fan…)

Images via c4c.



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The egg gig with Annie Lennox

Wednesday 2 October 2013, 2.00am HKT

egg label via annie lennox

“I opened up my recent pack of eggs to discover a whole bunch of information inside the lid. Information that seems vital to all egg consumers. Information that reminds me of a university course. I had no idea that the egg men cared so much about the people who eat them! They WANT us to know exactly what we’re putting into our systems! They truly do… otherwise… Why would they go to all this trouble to explain?? I just thought eggs were simple affairs… You boil ’em, fry ’em, scramble ’em or poach ’em… Right? WRONG!! Eggs are complex and scientific! We must study them to understand them! Know your eggs folks. Know your eggs!”

Annie Lennox (the real one) on Facebook, 01 Oct 2013

(Image also from her too)


Here’s the rub, though…

It’s not so great when eggs come from caged hens. Eating eggs basically means we’re supporting the caged-chicken industry. Imagine spending our entire life slotted into tight quarters, with no room to turn round. We should be a tiny bit more interested than now about how we treat chickens and other livestock. We should know how we benefit from those livestock animals as much as they should benefit from us before we slaughter them for food. We talk about making our lives worth living. How about theirs?

Somebody said, “Ah, Annie, stop talking ’bout eggs and release another album!”

Yeah, but we still gotta eat, no?


Italy by law requires total trace of eggs from birth to the dining table. As far as I know, it’s the only country that requires 100% tracking; all others settle for partial tracking. So, in Italy if your eggs are crap, you know who to have a ‘cordial and frank’ discussion with.

The gods in heaven, I remember when we had nine planets and life was simple…



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David Frost (1939-2013)

Monday 2 September 2013, 11.12am HKT

david frost with richard nixon 1977 hollywoodreporter

David Frost, 1939–2013, aged 74

“Don’t be rude!” — Frost to President Nixon during live TV interview, 1977

(image by Getty Images via The Hollywood Reporter)

Boy, I remembered that TV interview really well. I thought Frostbite got real balls to interview Tricky Dick the way he did. I honestly thought the pair of them would literally have it out in front of the cameras — in Frost’s signature red socks.

(And whatever may have been said about Robot Nixon, he as president of a world superpower got real balls to let anyone interview him the way it turned out and let it carried on.)

Srsly, they don’t make people like the pair of them anymore.

Sir David Frost died of a heart attack on board the cruise ship M.S. Queen Elizabeth on Sunday Saturday, 31 Aug 2013.



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