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Not all cereal boxes are created equal [photos]

IMG_0180Michigan might have its share of problems—like a crippling depression, budget crisis and massive brain-drain—but one thing it still has going for it is sensible sized cereal boxes. Considering that breakfast cereal is one of the things that make America great, this is no small asset.

When I was back in town for XMAS, I stopped by the grocery store and noticed that the shrink-ray that has been plaguing the cereal aisles on the East Coast for years seems to have passed over the Midwest.

My favorite cereal—Lucky Charms—came in a massive 1.5 pound package for a reasonable $5.50. That is nearly twice as much cereal-per-box as is available at my local grocery store in New York, where the largest size has decreased from 14oz to 11.5oz over the past six months. Of course, they still charge $5.99 per box for the smaller size.

Needless to say I was sure to bring a few Michigan-sized boxes of Lucky Charms back to New York with me. And yes, they are the good kind that still have the full dose of sugar that we know and love.

The Microwaveable Teddy Bear [American innovation]

teddy-bearDid you think that the all-American teddy bear needed any improvement?

Neither did I.

At least, that’s until the other night when I was walking through the Columbus Circle Holiday Market and came across a stall selling microwaveable teddy bears.

Apparently these new–and-improved teddy bears have some sort of heating element inside them that will keep you warm all night long (or approximately 30 minutes). All you have to do is put the cuddly little creature into the kitchen microwave for a few minutes (make sure to scrape out the crud first).

After seeing this amazing teddy bear, I can’t help but feel that all other stuffed animals are somehow deficient. Why would you rely on an old teddy bear that only offers emotional warmth when you can get one that emits actual heat?

You wouldn’t.

I guess its time to drag out the dumpster and get rid of all those old and busted stuffed animals to make way for the new warming ones.

If you’re looking for for an awesome Hot Hugs stuffed anmial, you can buy one here.

God Bless America!

24/7 Christmas tree stand that delivers

IMG_0162The American entrepreneurial spirit never ceases to amaze me.

Tonight  I spotted a street-corner Christmas tree stand in Morningside Heights (110 & Columbus) that is not only open 24/7 but also delivers.

Some people apparently need a Christmas tree in the middle of the night. In America, they can have it.

Merry Christmas and God Bless America!

Corporate attack posters [follow-up]

Negative campaigning is one of the great things about America. And few negative ad wars are more entertaining to watch than when two big companies go after each other.

A few weeks back I posted a web ad that Motorola had released attacking the iPhone. It was a delightful little piece of corporate negative campaigning, and I’m pleased to report that Motorola has decided to put it on TV and adapt it to a poster campaign.

Here is a photo of some fly-postings I saw on a construction site in New York City’s East Village:

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As you can see, they should probably add “iDon’t take good nighttime photos” to the list.

Previous topics mentioned in this post:

#21. Negative campaigning

Corporate negative campaigning

Disposable umbrellas

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I count five, how many can you spot?

I’ve written about this before, but here is a picture to illustrate the point.

One of the great things about New York City is that you never need to worry about remembering to carry an umbrella. Why? Because whenever there is so much as a hint of rain, an army of enterprising street merchants appear out of nowhere to sell you shoddy umbrellas that are so cheap you can throw them away when the rain stops.

Previous topics mentioned in this post:

5 Things about New York City that make America Great (and 4 that remind me of Europe)

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