Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Off Topic Tuesday

Here are a few items I've been following that aren't usually what appear here:

Major Coffee Spill at BP Headquarters




I'm not a fan of the "Mondial" / FIFA World Cup "soccer" championship, but I had to watch a few minutes of it yesterday. The first thing I noticed was the incredibly annoying bee buzzing sound -- and thought there definitely must be something wrong with the audio broadcast.

How wrong I was.

The "Wife Hates Sports" blog has the scoop on this awful noise emanating from Vuvuzelas -- a stupid plastic horn that is the "official" noise maker for the World Cup games.

What a stupid noisemaker, for an even stupider, waste of time event.

The BBC is even considering a broadcast option in which they filter this noise out of the broadcast!

OK, the following issue is Israel related.

Israel to outlaw ads with underweight (BMI-challenged) models.

The government endorsed a bill Sunday aimed at preventing underweight models from being featured in advertisements. The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs voted in favor of a bill proposed by Kadima and Likud Knesset members.

According to the bill, commercial groups will be prohibited from displaying underweight models, and model agents will be banned from employing or representing such models. This also includes a ban on shooting underweight models, who will not be allowed to serve as label spokespersons.

A fine of NIS 75,000 (roughly $19,500) will be imposed on whomever breaks the law, which could go up to NIS 220,000 (approximately $57,000) if a campaign featuring underweight models is launched in the media.

The bill requires models provide a medical permit indicating their body mass index (BMI) is normal.

The initial proposal also sought a ban on computer programs which re-touch models' figures, however the bill approved by the government does not contain such a clause. Advertisers will be required to add a note whenever such programs have been used. YNETNEWS
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

For that authentic World Cup experience in your own home!

http://www.myinstants.com/instant/vuvuzela/

Anonymous said...

I'm proudly South African and the although the vuvuzela sounds irritating on TV, it gives the soccer an amazing vibe
A true South African experiance not to be dissed

Anonymous said...

That's just discrimination against thin people.

Yochanan said...

The vuvuzela ain't got shit on the Shofar.

Neshama said...

This was so great
up
until
the
last few words!

Why didn't you warn us??!!

ProfK said...

Sorry anonymous but thin does not equate to underweight. For far too long the media and manufacturers have been hyping a look that can only be achieved at the cost of good health and nutrition. Eating disorders of the bulemia and anorexia type have risen astronomically. One reason? Women see the image portrayed in print of what they are "supposed" to look like and don't. Israel is doing the right thing to protect its young women (and many an older woman too) by presenting images that are normal rather than the results of selective starvation.

Ole, Ole Ole! said...

Maybe Modial is a Spanish word that LAZY Israelis say instead of the real name.

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