Month: August 2014

Beautiful Billboards #2: Oreo Cookies, 1950s

Beautiful Billboards #2: Oreo Cookies, 1950s

Advertising
From Anywhere, USA of the 1950s comes this gorgeous billboard ad for Nabisco's Oreo cookies. Make the switch! Oh my, is that ever beautiful. From the lovely illustration to the great vintage packaging to the television graphic, it's almost enough to make me not even notice the fantastic group of cars parked there. Almost.
The Sad Story Behind Trivago Guy

The Sad Story Behind Trivago Guy

Funny Stuff
If you've seen any ads for the German travel agency Trivago, you've no doubt taken note of their oddly disheveled spokesperson, known in Internet circles simply as "Trivago Guy." While I'm supposed to be listening Trivago Guy's pitch for finding the best price on a hotel room, I'm instead transfixed by his "sad divorced dad" vibe. I find myself asking questions not about how to find the best fleabag hotel room in Terre Haute, but more important things like, "Where did this guy come from?" "What unspeakable tragedy befell him to make him show up to an ad shoot dressed this way?" But most importantly, "What the hell happened to Trivago Guy's belt?" Turns out the answer was there all along, and it can be found in The Sopranos. In the season one episode "Down Neck," we find out th
Brochure Beauties #3: Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida

Brochure Beauties #3: Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida

Ephemera
Here's another 1950s gem of a travel/tourism brochure. This is for Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida, a nature preserve/zoo created by the late Dr. Henry Nehrling in the 1910s, and it was originally known as  H. Nehrling's Tropical Garden and Arboretum. As the brochure explains, Nehrling's gardens had become neglected following his death in 1929, but were revived in 1954 by Julius Fleischmann. In the late '60s the Gardens began the transformation into a zoo, and the facility is now known as Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. You can still get there by following the Tamiami Trail, aka Route 41.   Want to see more Brochure Beauties? Of course you do!
All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

Football Friday, Sports
With training camp upon us and the 2014 NFL season just around the corner, it's time to revisit my list ranking all 32 franchises from best to worst. For reference, here is last year's list. And don't forget to check out all my other fantastic sports lists as well! I didn't see the need to introduce any major changes to my calculation system, other than to penalize teams for losing seasons. Also, I did go back and correct some data entry errors I discovered. None of this had a noticeable impact on the rankings, as no team moved more than two places from the 2013 list. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a championship game/Super Bowl win, 15 points for a championship game/Super Bowl loss (starting in 1932). 5 points for a season with a play