Posted by c. wagner on November 19, 2009
Interesting reflection on determining the status of Disney characters based on what they look like:
I would later learn that if you are a Disney character who wears clothes, no matter what your species, you can then own pets, who themselves wear no clothes at all, except perhaps for a collar. Pluto runs around naked except for a collar that says “Pluto.” Mickey runs around with yellow shoes, pants, white gloves, and the occasional bow tie; The haberdasheral hierarchy is clear. [page 15]
Clothes make the man? Or mouse?
(From Neil deGrasse Tyson’s The Pluto Files)
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Posted by c. wagner on October 30, 2009
Finally! Someone is going to have to suffer for those annoying Baby Einstein videos. And it’s not the babies anymore.
Seems that Disney and Brainy Baby are offering rebates to anyone and everyone who bought Baby Einstein videos. They’d already been forced to remove claims about the videos being “educational” and helping babies develop into geniuses.
Sure, the DVDs probably make decent babysitters, but they make even better coasters!
Read the article from the New York Times.
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