Father's Day, on June 19th this year, is fast approaching. You've (maybe) already got your Father's Day gifts covered, and now it's just a question of how to spend the day.
According to seasonal advertising, your options are limited to only the most traditionally masculine of activities. You can barbecue, attend a sporting event, have dinner at the Playboy Mansion, etc. But if you're tired of doing the same activities year after year, here are a few suggestions for frugal Father's Day activities outside of the hyper-masculine box.
Fushigi. If that name sounds familiar to you, then you--like me--were probably up way too late one night when you were first introduced to one of the most absurd products and late night ads to hit the airwaves. Yes folks, I'm back again with another wacky product of the week. And yes, the Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball might just be the wackiest (read: ridiculous) product of them all.
So join me and let's defy gravity and the laws of physics together. Oh boy...
3 years ago
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Though the U.S. is now out of the World Cup, Landon Donovan's goal last week against Algeria was another shot heard around the world. The goal felt like a major sea change in how Americans view soccer.
Will it now become America's fifth team sport, after football, baseball, basketball and hockey?
What Donovan's goal did was show just why soccer is popular in other countries. The tension throughout a game builds and builds so that a single goal can be far more triumphant than a touchdown or home run. The thing with soccer is that watching the game takes a different type of skill set: a near miss can be exciting too. For Americans, that may be asking a lot--similar to asking baseball fans to be excited about a ball with home run distance that goes just foul. That's just not the way we think. "Almost" is not really a part of the American Dream.
The other major issue is how this all plays out financially. Because soccer's played in two 45-minute halves without a break, there's no time for commercials, so networks can't make the same kind of killing as they do in Super Bowl ads. However, there's a huge opportunity for merchandising and other revenue-getters.
3 years ago
Another weekend has arrived and that means it is wacky product of the week time again. This week we look to save the environment and absorb as many sun rays as possible while doing it with solar powered charger backpacks.
4 years ago
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