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Old 9th Mar 2006, 19:30   #1
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A place for all those news stories which seem as though they might actually be April Fools, or at least cuttings from The Onion or similar satirical news-sites. Like, remember when some fat bastards tried to sue McDonald's for selling fattening foods just two years after The Onion did a story about confectioners having to pay compensation to obese Americans?

Today's is Gillette's launch of Fusion, a five-bladed razor, again just two years after The Onion thought they had ruled out the possibility with this piece. Sadly, they were just providing inspiration for an industry which knows no irony or self-awareness. In fact, the Fusion is a six-bladed razor, with an extra one on top - I am not making this up - for 'problem areas' like under the nose. So they're acknowledging that one blade is often better than two (Sensor), three (Mach 3 and all its little wizards) or four (sit down and shut up, the Wilkinson Quattro), not to mention five? Well pass me the Bic disposables then, at 99p for ten. I can't wait to see what cartridges for the Fusion cost, given that I already consider Mach 3 blades (£3.69 for four if you know where to shop, £4.95 if you don't) to be ludicrously expensive, never mind Mach 3 Turbo (about £6 for four) or Mach 3 Turbo battery-pack-vibro-wand thing (about £7.50 for four effing cartridges which will only last you a few weeks).

Other submissions welcome. The industry-standard two-year Onion-to-real-life delay need not apply.
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...with regard to the Gilette story...


Too right! This guy has actually got even more worked up about Gilette because, not content with charging too much for their products, they've now started embedding RFID chips in those spare blades which trigger photos to be taken of you whenever you pick the things off the shelves.

Presumably this is some attempt to limit shoplifting, and I think it's only at trial stage. Nevertheless, I think it kind of proves that spare razer blades are too expensive when the price doesn't change that much after the addition of RFID chips into the packaging, hmmm?
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Not so much Life Imitates Onion as Life Imitates Charlie Brooker's TV Go Home. Earlier this week we were discussing the plans for a musical based on the diary of Anne Frank. Charlie Brooker got there first, almost eight years ago.
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Not so much Life Imitates Onion as Life Imitates Charlie Brooker's TV Go Home. Earlier this week we were discussing the plans for a musical based on the diary of Anne Frank. Charlie Brooker got there first, almost eight years ago.
Flicked back to the January 14th issue to find Carry On Cromwell Street, the Fred West installment of the saucy innuendo series, followed by Conan The Bumbanger, a "puerile action film" starring Arnoldt as the "mythic homosexual warrior", with Jude Law as his "writhing victim".
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Black Guy Photoshopped In

The double-hilarious bit is they've also darkened the hand on the left, in the belief that that was supposed to be the guy's arm, when it's actually the mom's arm.
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Have you ever seen this website? There's a fair few examples of similar things happening in magazines including this very image.
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Speaking of photo shopping:

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Not sure this is the thread, but this review of "Whiter Shades of Pale" caused me to laugh, and it's very early in the day for that.
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"Christian Lander". Sounds like the first missionary off the boat.
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