I wonder what ridiculous thing we are doing or advertising now will be most amusing to those observing 30 years later


Continuing the discussion from Vintage ads for ill-advised pets-by-mail:


The first thing that popped into my head was:
Power Balance - Wrist Band


Activated almonds.

I wonder how much of the global demand for almonds is driving the drought in California. AIUI, a significant chunk of the world’s nuts are from CA* and almond farms need a fair amount of water.

*Fill in your own joke here!


How about a giant 1,000-ft waterside in very-dry downtown L.A.?

I’m not joking. September 28th, they’re setting up the giant slide, and raking in the cash.





we don’t wait 30 years now that we have the internet.



Perhaps they could buy that 55 gallon drum of lube off of Amazon instead.


My mother-in-law drinks that stuff like water…


I connected these two comments and came to a very wrong conclusion.


A keyboard… how quaint.


I can’t find the quote, but I think that Frank Lloyd Wright said something along the lines: The country is tilted – all the nuts fall off the trees and roll out to California.


Hunted for a bit, and found this page with three similar quotes - no nuts are provided.

America is built on a tilt, and everything loose slides towards California. - Mark Twain

(The earliest searchable online use I found of this was 2003 during the Davis recall. It’s attributed, but not dated.)

[I]n Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn’t tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California. - Saul Bellow

(Quote from Seize the Day)

If you tilt the whole country sideways, Los Angeles is the place where everything loose will fall. - Frank Lloyd Wright

(Attributed. Earliest occurrence found in: Holiday, Volume 2, Issues 1-6 (Curtis Publishing Company, 1947), p. 33)


seriously though? hain’t gonna happen.
because we will always have “do what I mean not what you think I maybe said in this horribly inefficient relational language” of spoken, idiomatic english. Plus: subways and motorcycles. Although it’s hard to type on a motorcycle as well. hrm. Probably “solved” there with pupil-monitoring…


(this still haunts my sleep, Rob)


I do recall that he did specify L.A. rather than CA, so that was probably the line.


LOL, same thought, different brain.


I entertain myself by doing that much too often…