Archives for October 2008

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The Scariest Jack-O-Lantern

If the classic pumpkin carving patterns just don't do the trick for you anymore, you might want to check out this video: Personally, this year I'm going with an actual-size CEO of Countrywide Mortgage Angelo Mozilo carving for my Jack-O-Lantern. His ugly mug alone will probably scare my neighbors into foreclosure. Besides, you can't ask for a better match to his skin tone. You really can't, I …

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The ‘Sex Rod’ Case Gets Resolved

Since the Boston Red Sox don't have to worry about any of that pesky 'playing in the World Series' nonsense, they can fully devote their attention to other, more pressing matters. Like the 'Sex Rod' case. An interesting copyright/patent case for the ages. The background is that back in July of 2005, Brad Francis Sherman from New York, (which I'm sure didn't help the matter at all. Although in t …

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A Profound WaMu Fail

A few weeks ago WaMu failed and sold its soul to JP Morgan. I really appreciate the Zen-like quality of this one: Seriously, did they only pay a quarter of the electric bill too? Things must be really rough for them. via failblog

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A “Sad Trader” Image In The Making

I've figured out the winning recipe for capturing an epic 'Sad Trader' image (e.g. the 'Sad Guys On Trading Floors' blog, and as the accompanying photo for every stock market disaster story in print publications): ♦  1 part great location (outside the New York Stock Exchange) ♦  2 parts photographer (must have telephoto lens, backpack full of camera gear, sports jacket, and a goofy bandanna) …

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Is There Some Sort Of Metaphor Here?

The liveblog rolls on! To continue with our theme of talking to some of Wall Street's least influential people, I asked this guy what he was spraying. His response: "Blood!"* So there ya go, take that for what it's worth. A proximity shot after the jump. *He actually said 'dirt', but does he really expect us to believe that with all the turmoil down here these days?

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Weekly Write-Off Caption Contest

It's that time of the week again. Here is this week's caption contest. We post an image with no further comment or explanation and see who can come up with the cleverest and most amusing caption to describe it. Feel free to use quotes, links, movie references, and curse words at will. Let your imaginations run wild. Submit all captions as a comment to this post. The winner will be announced at …

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Do We Really Want The “Wall Street” Movie Sequel?

Surprisingly, 20th Century Fox announced yesterday they are 'moving forward' with their sequel to the 1987 film, Wall Street. The movie, which epitomized what it was like on Wall Street during those 'greed is good days' of the 80s, also created the character of Gordon Gekko. Michael Douglass has said that he will reprise his role as the main character if the script is good enough. The projec …

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Those Pranksters Are At It Again

Those vandals who spray-painted the Wall Street bull's balls a painful shade of blue last week are at it again. This time it appears that it is Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, who will need a quick power-wash to avoid further humiliation. Jeez, cut the guy some slack, people. You have no idea how much chafing his lustrous silver beard is causing right now.

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Remembering The Good Old Days

It'll be a while before we see scenes, or cartoon depictions of scenes, like this again. During the current financial crisis, you'd be more inclined to hear: "James and I are fleeing to a remote area of the wilderness in order to escape the massive amounts of debt we acquired."

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Best Wall Street Jokes From Last Nights SNL

Last night Saturday Night Live started doing its new live Thursday night 'Weekend Update' show. I suppose they're just brimming with presidential debate impressions that they wanted to get out before Saturday comes around. Gotta stay relevant, I guess. (btw, Fred Armisen's impression of Obama makes me want to gouge out my eyes.) Anyway, I was impressed with some of their material on Wall Street an …

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New Weird Al Song Satirizes Recession

As if the recession needed any further satire? Anyway, Weird Al is back and after killin' it with his last spoof, he's coming after both our deflated purchasing power as a result of the weak economy and Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., better known as the rapper T.I. It's also interesting to note that this marks Weird Al's first single written exclusively for the internet. The times are definitely chan …

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Weekly Write-Off Caption Contest

It's that time of the week again. Here is this week's caption contest. We post an image with no further comment or explanation and see who can come up with the cleverest and most amusing caption to describe it. Feel free to use quotes, links, movie references, and curse words at will. Let your imaginations run wild. Submit all captions as a comment to this post. The winner will be announced at …

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Who Else Deserves A Punch In The Face?

Although it would seem that we’re all about assaulting Wall Street executives, what with our violent and awesome URL, the truth is we prefer a calmer approach to dealing with some of the nastiness on the Street. However, all non-punching options seemed to go out the window when it was confirmed yesterday that, yes, Dick Fuld CEO of Lehman Brothers was punched square in the face while working out a …

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Sexiest Singers

It has been said that music is the language of love, and that music can soothe the savage beast. But it has probably always been the case that a beautiful woman can make any song sound sweeter. Here are the pop divas who are both ear--and eye--candy. ShakiraMost Popular Song: “Hips Don’t Lie,” Laundry ServiceWhy She’s Hot: Proving that big things do come in small packa …

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Does Anyone Notice Her Beautiful Hair First?

I can't understand how this new Pantene Pro-V ad from Brazil was designed for women. There's just something about it that screams "Hey males, look at me!" Can't put my finger on it. I literally spent hours scouring this poster for some indication of what it was trying to say. After my careful research, I realized there is a little brown colored circle near her ear that says in Portuguese, "Make …

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These ‘McCain Potatoes’ Ads Are Very Misleading

Plastered all over the NYTimes.com this morning are these ads for McCain potatoes. Let the confusion begin. You see, McCain, the Canadian food company that specializes in potato products which include sweet potato fries, trans-fat free frozen french fries, and the oh-so-adorable smile fries, has launched a major ad campaign to capitalize on all the Decision 2008 Election News with Republican ca …

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“Its A Great Time To Invest!”

Further evidence that everything Alec Baldwin touches turns to gold.Does anyone imagine his character in this old SNL commercial parody to be the same guy he played in Glengarry Glen Ross only after he got his full morning enema?Hot Stock Tip: Reliable Investments seems totally solid.

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Weekly Write-Off Caption Contest

It's that time of the week again. Here is this week's caption contest. We post an image with no further comment or explanation and see who can come up with the cleverest and most amusing caption to describe it. Feel free to use quotes, links, movie references, and curse words at will. Let your imaginations run wild. Submit all captions as a comment to this post. The winner will be announced at …