I’ve seen some crazy commercials, but this one takes the cake.
First off, the name. Tiddy Bear? Seriously. And then there’s the placement of the bear in the first part of the commercial: face down in womens’ cleavage. That’s either bad design or the women are doing it wrong. Alternately, it could explain the name Tiddy…
The idea, of course, is a good one. I’ve seen soft pads for seatbelts, but they tend to be beige rectangles, not a fuzzy bear that looks more at home on the backpack of an 8 year old. ‘Nuff said.
Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to make an awesome April Fools’ version of my blog, and every year I forget about it until the last minute. I remember one year, I was planning on putting sponsors all over my website. That was a long time ago, and in retrospect, it’s a lame idea. A lot of April Fools’ ideas are pretty lame, but I guess it mainly depends on how you view April 1st. For instance, I find it mildly funny that xkcd points you to Questionable Content, while Questionable Content links to Dinosaur Comics, and Dinosaur Comics links back to xkcd. I also find it funny that the Telegraph reported on flying penguins, and Google and Virgin teamed up to establish a colony on Mars (complete with a questionnaire).
Even better is YouTube RickRolling everyone who clicked on a featured video on the front page (on a related note, GameFAQs has a RickRoll poll on the front page), or College Humor getting bought by some MySpace diva. (Unfortunately, they took that down before I was able to get a screenshot and Google’s cached version is just a few hours off.)
As with every April Fools’ Day, there’s going to be funny stuff, not-so-funny stuff, and stuff that’s just weird. And then there’s stuff like Dextre the Magnificent. Actually, that did make me laugh. In a nerdy sort of way. You know, with the snort and requisite pushing up of the glasses.
This has got to be the single strangest thing I have ever seen posted on the Internet, not counting images.
I came across this on Reddit (that’s right, Digg is lame, and not just because of this kind of thing) and here is the original link.
And for further evidence of the awesomeness of Reddit, refer to the following comments on an article called Proposal to erect XXX domain faces stiff opposition (even the name…):
I was just recently introduced to what may or may not be a masterful satire article on Adequacy.org, entitled “Is your Son a Computer Hacker?” If it’s satire, it’s awesome. If it’s real, it’s disturbing. Either way, it makes for a good read.
Basically, the article is written by a father who found out that his son was a computer hacker. He lists out 10 warning signs.
- Has your son asked you to switch ISPs? – Anything other than AOL is for hackers only.
- Are you finding programs on your computer that you don’t remember installing? – Hacker programs include Comet Cursor, Bonzi Buddy, and Flash.
- Has your child asked for new hardware? – If your son wants a processor from AMD, he’s a hacker.
- Does your child read hacking manuals? – “Programming with Perl” by Timothy O’Reilly is out.
- How much time does your child spend using the computer each day? – If your son spends more than 30 minutes online, he’s a hacker and he’s trying to DOS someone’s computer (seriously).
- Does your son use Quake? – Quake is an online virtual reality used by hackers. Hackers will tell you that it’s just a game.
- Is your son becoming argumentative and surly in his social behaviour? – The Internet has that effect on people.
- Is your son obsessed with “Lunix”? – Lunix is an illegal hacker operating system invented by the Soviets.
- Has your son radically changed his appearance? – Hackers dress in bright, day-glo colors, complete with glow-sticks and pacifier necklaces.
- Is your son struggling academically? – It may be due to computer radiation. And Otaku.
I’m reasonably certain the entire site is satire (along the lines of Landover Baptist), but if anyone knows for sure, feel free to let me know.