Daily Archives: February 16, 2010

Cucumber Billboard Offends Some Texans – North Texas in a Pickle!

At first glance, it looks like a cartoon character. But a closer look reveals something much more revealing. The billboard was put up by the companies Condoms to Go and Sara's Secret. KTVT / KTXA

LANCASTER, Texas (CBS) ―At first glance, it looks like a cartoon character. But a closer look reveals something much more revealing. A billboard along Interstate-35 in Lancaster is packing quite a sexual punch and some North Texans aren’t amused. – WJZ13

Here’s a peek at Sara’s Secret’s ad campaign:

North Texans usually aren’t amused. While driving through this past summer, it was all about cows, anti-abortion billboards, and most counties were dry counties (you have to drive over a hundred miles for a beer). Given the problem of the flies and the dust, maybe these billboards are the least of their problems. Sure sounds like someone will be in a pickle!

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On Nostalgia – New York Times Online Mentions Fading Ad Blog – FAB!

J. David Goodman of the New York Times Online was kind enough to mention our blog today.

Another place where the city’s past continues to endure: the sides of buildings. Fading Ads tracks these in daily dispatches from our enduring landscape. Plus ça change … –  J. David Goodman

Here is my response to his article:

Gloria Steinem said on the Bill Maher Show that “nostalgia is a form of obstructionism.” Can we move forward without looking back? Some do very easily- progress without looking where they’ve been. Others need the past as a reference. Nonetheless, the old ways are surely fading and the new ways need a tutorial. The challenge is keeping oneself ahead of the learning curve. Thanks for the mention Mr. Goodman!

Bill Maher show - Close Captioning - Fading Ad Wiki on Nostalgia

Check out my page on Nostalgia @ Fading Ad Wiki!

Home of Palagonia – World’s Finest Italian Bread – Brooklyn, NY

Junius Street - Brownsville, Brooklyn - © Frank H. Jump

Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods, dating back to the Neolithic era. The development of leavened bread can probably also be traced to prehistoric times. – Wikipedia

At one time, Palagonia was the ONLY Italian bread you could buy at a corner deli. I wouldn’t call it the best anymore. Vincenzo is a fan (see Enzo’s View) of Cityline’s Rosa Maria Bakery & Deli on 101st Avenue – if you want a really good semolina bread. Another favorite of ours is Paneantico Bakery off 65th Street & 14th Avenue in Bensonhurst.

101st Avenue - Cityline - Brooklyn/Queens - © Vincenzo Aiosa