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June, 2008:

Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla Gardening websiteGuerrilla Gardening [^] is all about the “… long-term cultivation and care for some otherwise miserable and neglected land.”  In simple terms it means bringing barren patches of earth, like traffic islands and median strips back to colourful and productive life.

The Guerrilla Gardening Blog [^] is all about the goings-on in central London, but the movement is world-wide. I stumbled into this from an article in the LA Times [^]!

Cruel Hoax or Security Risk?

If you thought that marketing and advertising couldn’t possibly get any more intrusive, then think again!  I found this on  the larryfire [^] website.

US pizza company Papa Johns has come up with this new “direct marketing” gimmick that is sure to annoy the living daylights out of people.  It’s a security peep-hole attachment that makes it look as though a pizza delivery person is at your door.  No doubt they will be billing this as a world-first! 

Papa Johns PeepholePapa Johns Peephole Outside

Something similar has been seen before in “The Fifth Element” [^], where a bad guy takes a photo of the empty corridor outside Korben Dallas’ (Bruce Willis) apartment and puts it over the peep-hole and rings the doorbell.  So, I guess those creative advertising types are not that creative after all!

We are sure that we will soon reporting on the first legal action against Papa Johns where this device has been used in a doorstep mugging or home invasion!

Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop

Dr. Fredric J. Baur, the designer and patent-holder of the iconic Pringles can, has died. In a long life, full of achievement, his daughter is recorded as saying [^] that her father’s proudest accomplishment was the tube shaped, self-sealing container.

pringles can - original

Dr Baur had one unusual dying wish – to be buried in one of his own potato crisp containers. Dr Baur’s family complied with their father’s wish; he was cremated and around a third of his ashes were laid to rest in the iconic container, and the rest in a more traditional urn.

Also worthy of note is the fact that Dr Baur invented freeze-dried ice cream, just add cream and put it in the freezer.  Now that is something way more interesting than a tennis ball can with chips in it!  Apparently it was an idea ahead of it’s time, and never became a commercial success.

There has been no mention of which flavour Pringles container Dr Baur was interred in.  Perhaps this leaves Pringles fans one great question to debate!