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March 30th, 2010:

Sarkozy’s special espresso machine

I am a big Nicolas Sarkozy fan, but demanding that Columbia University procure a special espresso machine to make his pre-lecture coffee is a bit much.

The New York Post has the details:

Carla Bruni isn’t the only thing Nicolas Sarkozy likes hot and Italian — the French president demanded a special espresso machine when he visited Columbia University yesterday.
Organizers of his appearance revealed that the finicky French leader had insisted his choice of espresso machine be provided.

In addition to ensuring that he was properly caffeinated, Sarkozy also flew in a plush rug and distinctive podium for his talk on world affairs.

Someone should have probably told him that our normal coffee selections are rather good as we don’t serve Nescafe Instant Coffee like they do back in Europe.

Soda companies show a united front [ads]

At my high school, the senior class was given the Coke machine as a fundraising tool. Seniors were responsible for paying the Coke supplier and keeping the machine stocked. As compensation, they got to keep all of the profits for the class.

Needless to say it was a gold mine–even at a small school with only 350 kids from 6th-12th grade.

The reason it was so profitable was because we kept it stocked with drinks that people enjoy, like Coke, Cherry Coke, Dr. Pepper and Sprite. If I recall correctly we only had one “Diet” option and stopped stocking Dasani water because it was always the worst seller. Instead we used that slot for, you guessed, more Coke.

This is all by way of saying that I’m a little bit sad that in face of growing criticism from ‘health advocates,’ Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper announced they will stop selling full-calorie drinks in schools. Now it looks like everyone will have to drink “Diet Coke.” Back in my day, we only had one slot in the vending machine for that.

At least they put up a good “image ad” to tout the initiative.

“Rivals” TV Ad from American Beverage Association on Vimeo.

#27. Not adopting the metric system [because we can]

Being the richest, most bad ass country in the world is kind of like being the captain of the high school football team: There are certain privileges that come with the position.

In the case of high school, that means not having to lug heavy equipment around and getting the hottest (and often dimmest) dates to prom. In the case of the United States it means that we don’t have to adopt sissy global conventions like the Metric System of measurement just because everyone else does.

I’ll have more on the Metric—or Communist—system of measurement in the next day or two. Until then I’d like to leave you with this map of countries that have refused to capitulate to Napoleon’s yard stick. The grey countries use the Metric System.

Yeah, we’re pretty bad ass.

[map via Wikipedia]

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