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April 7, 2009 11:08 AM   Subscribe

Year of the Chicken Pot Pie, anyone? We're getting closer to David Foster Wallace's Year of the Whopper.
posted by jwakawaka (27 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Happy Year of the Yushityu 2007 Mimetic-Resolution-Cartridge-View-Motherboard-Easy-To-Install-Upgrade For Infernatron/InterLace TP Systems For Home, Office, Or Mobile [sic] everyone!
posted by rusty at 11:22 AM on April 7, 2009


Brought to you by Carl's Jr.
posted by 445supermag at 11:24 AM on April 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Chicken Pot Pie" isn't a brand. But yeah, disturbing. I'll never understand the preference for ugly advertising over simple taxation.
posted by DU at 11:25 AM on April 7, 2009


You know, if corporate advertising is what it takes to get the god-damned potholes filled on I-65 in the city, they can put whatever they want. I've lived in five major metropolitan areas, but Louisville is the first time I've driven on a major Interstate and felt like I was going 75 miles an hour on a worn out go-kart track: too-tight turns, bad banking, car parts lying everywhere, and an unusual number of waste hauling and dump trucks that spew dirt and other debris across the road and my car from hitting potholes.
posted by mrmojoflying at 11:26 AM on April 7, 2009


Has anyone here tried the hot pocket Hot Pocket? It tastes just like a Hot Pocket!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:31 AM on April 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yo dawg we heard you like hot pockets so we...&c.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 11:32 AM on April 7, 2009


There's a Hot Pockets vending machine here at work. And a hot dog vending machine. We are living in the future, truly.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:34 AM on April 7, 2009


Sup dawg, I heard you like topology, so I put a Klein bottle in your Hot Pocket so you can have diarrhea in the 4th dimension!
posted by explosion at 11:42 AM on April 7, 2009 [6 favorites]


I found the resurrection of the thirty-year-dead Harland Sanders more disturbing, though its notably strange that we're able to finance pothole filling through consumption of processed chicken product...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:42 AM on April 7, 2009


I guess Colonel Sanders coming back from the dead is a little more impressive than an Incan princess levitating for four hours.
posted by kozad at 11:54 AM on April 7, 2009


Did the video not work for anyone else? AdblockPlus, maybe?
posted by mrgrimm at 11:54 AM on April 7, 2009


Yep, ADP was it. Damn.

Anyway, seems like a good deal for the city, bad deal for KFC. I can't expect the trend to grow much.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:57 AM on April 7, 2009


Chicken pot
Chicken pot
Chicken pot pie...
posted by m0nm0n at 11:57 AM on April 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


my bad DU. "Year of the Colonel's Original Recipe."
posted by jwakawaka at 11:57 AM on April 7, 2009


You know, Hallmark really set the bar too low with their made up days of mandatory celebration, because the people with the real balls aren't hiding behind grandparents and they aren't settling for no measly 24 hours - no, they are going all the way, their shameless greed direct and up front.
posted by Kiablokirk at 11:59 AM on April 7, 2009


Yes, probably.
posted by boo_radley at 12:04 PM on April 7, 2009


Well, pile my food in a fucking bowl and brand my asphalt.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:08 PM on April 7, 2009


Here's another idea, giant corporations: repair, for free, without ad rights, the public infrastructure from which you've been disproportionately benefiting for decades, and we'll bump you down a dozen or so spots on the "To Pillage" list when shit hits the fan. Mkay?
posted by achromata cantata automata at 12:08 PM on April 7, 2009 [1 favorite]




Chicken, pot, pie?
posted by blue_beetle at 12:33 PM on April 7, 2009


Chicken + pot = pie?
posted by blue_beetle at 12:33 PM on April 7, 2009


Has anyone here tried the hot pocket Hot Pocket? It tastes just like a Hot Pocket!


yeah, I think Ben Linus tried it.....
posted by mannequito at 1:45 PM on April 7, 2009


I'll never understand the preference for ugly advertising over simple taxation.

Well, if it's done right, the advertising should only affect the people using the service that's being paid for or subsidized by the ads, and who presumably derive benefit from that service. Taxes, in contrast, generally apply to everyone without regard for the actual benefit derived.

So in essence the advertising is more like a toll than a tax, it's a sort of user's fee. You could argue, I suppose, that it's more or less regressive than a simple toll depending on what's being advertised and who the advertising targets (and whether you think the product is a good idea or not).

Of course the trouble with using ads is that they almost certainly have a lot of externalities; they're probably visible to a lot of people not using the service that the ads pay for, and they may affect some people disproportionately in a way that's unrelated to their use of the subsidized service, which is pretty obviously unfair. (E.g., if you build a highway that's paid for by billboards placed every 100' along the sides of it, people living along either side of the highway have to look at the damn things all day, even when they're not using the highway. They basically get screwed -- although fundamentally I'm not sure it's any more unfair than simply being unlucky enough to have the state build a highway in back of your house in the first place.)
posted by Kadin2048 at 2:15 PM on April 7, 2009


I thought this post was gonna be about how popular Chicken Pot Pie is. I came here to comment about how I knew I was ahead of the trend, but that I hope this newfound popularity doesn't artificially inflate the cost of real chicken pot pie. Cause, seriously, that shit is still so good.
posted by lunit at 3:10 PM on April 7, 2009


Have you ever looked at the calorie/fat numbers for a chicken pot pie? The small size had me fooled. They went right out of my diet after I checked up on it.
posted by telstar at 4:43 PM on April 7, 2009


Sadness pile....failure bowl...

What? Did someone say something?
posted by cerulgalactus at 10:13 PM on April 7, 2009


That intro video, with the swooping noises and letters telling how I could DOMINATE my fantasy baseball League.... First, I don't HAVE a fantasy baseball league, neither do I want one. Second, such was my wrath at being delayed from the target clip by such an obnoxious piece of advertising, itself, that my head nearly exploded.

I can only imagine the levels of annoyance I'd feel over seeing a blasted KFC logo on the very street every day.
posted by JHarris at 7:56 AM on April 8, 2009


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