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Cease and Desist

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 153 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Humor, Open thread at June 29th, 2010 - 11:00 pm

Recently, Snork emailed me a .jpg image of the infamous Unicorn Meat (as shown below left). Here is part of the advertisement from Think Geek:

The Unicorn Meat advert went semi-viral after it was posted on April Fools’ Day this year. But there’s an update to the innocent prank.

I’d never heard of the National Pork Board, but apparently they sniffed out a clear case of trademark infringement. On 5 May 2010, the international law firm of Faegre & Benson faxed the owners of the Think Geek website a 12-page letter, excerpted below.

“This law firm represents National Pork Board in connection with its intellectual property rights.

We are writing to you in connection with your activities at the website www.thinkgeek.com, wherein you have been marketing a product called “Radiant Farms Canned Unicorn Meat” using the slogan “Unicorn- the new white meat.”

See, NPB owns the trademark “The Other White Meat” in the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.  Unfortunately their lawyers didn’t realize that Trademark Infringement does not extend to parodies, and that unicorns don’t really exist. [Full story here, via here.]

Speaking of the sparkly-assed rainbow-pooping bastards, lets have an Overnight Open Thread. With some Pâté.

April Fools Day in Россия = Lenin Fart Day

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Humor, Open thread, Politics, Russia, World at March 31st, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Apparently there’s a tradition in Russia that involves decorating/desecrating/mocking the ubiquitous statues of Lenin on April Fools Day, and this one in particular is in a class by itself.  From the excellent website English Russia:

And so, on April Fool’s Day they made Lenin Fart Day, with putting 300 gram TNT explosives inside the monument that was located in very busy city square of seven million population Russian city.

Then at designated hour they heard a boom. Be sure it was heard by hundreds or even thousands of passers by as this unfortunate Lenin statue was right in front of St. Petersburg’s railway station.

The consequences might be very rough for the ones who made this happen, but it is still unclear have they been found or not.

Other examples of anti-Lenin pranks can be found here.

Oh yeah. This is a shamelessly open thread.