Advertisement of the year?

Now that 2013’s almost over, what was (or were) your favorite advertisement(s) over the past 12 months?  Let us know your candidates in Comments, along with a link where we can see them. I’ll start off with this one from Australia – which caused some controversy when it was ‘erected’ in June. An advertisement showing a cartoon wallaby having sex with a lion has caused a stir in Australia ahead of this weekend’s Lions test match. The 15,030 square-metre [161,782 square feet] Sportsbet advert features a winking kangaroo hunched over the back of a lion and is spread across a

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The unluckiest goalkeeper in the NHL?

Mike Smith, goalkeeper for the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team, must have had a pretty awful Christmas.  His team played the Buffalo Sabres in that team’s home town on Monday night – and this happened. A “butt goal”???  Now there’s an ice hockey technical term I’d never heard before . . . Peter

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Verily, the mind doth boggle – roadbuilding edition

I was dumbfounded to read about a road in Iceland whose construction has been held up. Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church. The project has been halted until the Supreme Court of Iceland rules on a case brought by a group known

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Goodwill – and indigestion – toward men . . .

I hope and trust your Christmas has been a good one.  Mine certainly has.  I was up early, continuing to set up my new computer, and I took time out to take Oleg to the airport later in the morning, on his way to visit his parents over the holidays.  Miss D. and I will be catsitting for him. We’ve just finished our Christmas dinner.  We roasted two chickens in an oven bag, which yielded 4 cups of the richest broth you could wish for, plus succulent, moist meat that fell off the bone when poked with a fork –

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Santa’s on his way . . .

. . . and you can track his path, as always, at NORAD. The Telegraph has published a couple of useful articles to explain how he does it.  The science behind Santa is handily explained. A rocket-powered sleigh is out of the question: the fuel costs would be prohibitive (not that that has stopped people drawing up possibilities). But if Santa’s elves – “undoubtedly the most spectacular research and development outfit this planet has ever seen” – have worked a way of warping space-time, allowing the sleigh to sit in a small bubble of space that itself moves, it could

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2013 in photographs – reasons to be thankful, this Christmas

The Atlantic has come out with three picture essays of the most memorable photographs of 2013.  The three parts cover January to April, May to August, and September to December.  Here’s one image from each of them to whet your appetite.  I selected photos that should give us reason to be thankful, this Christmas, that we were spared similar trials. At the site of a collapsed garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, people gather in front of Rana Plaza building as rescue workers continue their operations on April 25, 2013. Survivors of collapse described a deafening bang and tremors before the

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The housing market and investors

A few days ago I noted that whilst housing starts were increasing, housing sales – or, rather, mortgages to fund housing sales – were declining.  This mismatch suggested to me that builders were living in a dream world. Reader FormerFlyer pointed out in two comments to that post that investors (of whom he’s one) are buying many properties for cash, looking for good deals in repossessed houses and the like.  Intrigued by his comments, I looked for more information, and found that one of the biggest private investment groups in the country is doing the same thing.  Bloomberg reports: You

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Cthulhu at your table!

Talk about channeling H. P. Lovecraft!  The Gothamist reports: Rusty Eulberg, a database administrator from Lubbock, Texas, tells us he brought forth what he called the Cthurkey about two years ago. Reached by phone at work, Eulberg says, “Apparently my Cthurkey — I always called it a Cthurkey as opposed to a Cthuken (no duck) — blew up online. A buddy of mine just told me he found it on Tumblr.” According to Eulberg, he and wife Jennifer Robledo “wanted to do something unique for Christmas dinner with friends of ours. Jenny is a big fan of Cthulhu so we

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Not the best landing ever . . .

This video clip shows a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900 coming in to land.  It’s too fast and too low, so it makes a bumpy arrival, bouncing clear into the air again.  The spoilers deploy automatically on impact, dumping the wings’ lift:  but the plane’s still moving too fast.  As it touches down again, the pilot clearly decides that he’s pushed his luck far enough for one day, and elects to take off again and go around for another try.  Note the tail strike as he over-rotates the aircraft. Methinks that pilot could do with some serious re-training . . .

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