03.02.21 | Hasbro does the right thing by dropping Mister from its Potato Head toy brand but stubs their toe in explaining why. But first, Mayor Pete—Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration—is sampling the bike share program in DC and some are critical. Then, hook-up app Grindr smartly uses PR to let us know that once the event is over it is full steam ahead.
02.24.21 | Shop Talk reveals the most unfriendly state in America. Do you agree? Also, check these websites to see if your email address or password has been compromised—Avast’s “Hack Check” site and “Have I Been Pawned.” Jan Koum, Co-Founder of WhatsApp, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the expected revenge shopping at the reimagined mall and out-of-date emojis. Tim and John also share a lot of anecdotes and stories in between—as usual.
02.23.21 | Tim has a scare while talking with John before the show. A Michigan RV camp only allows men with certain equipment—to foster a like-minded atmosphere. Newsmax hosts label the Biden’s 2 dogs as dirty, disheveled, and unpresidential. Finally, a former Facebook employee confirms that some of their ad metrics were inflated due to duplicate and fake accounts.
02.17.21 | Shop Talk looks at the recent alleged DUI scandal with Bruce Springsteen which had Jeep pulling their recent ad featuring the boss. Then a story from Inc. Mag about a woman whose business was ruined by internet trolls. Guillermo González Camarena, color TV inventor, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the dark side of the Chippendales and a man falls asleep and swallows one of his AirPods.
02.16.21 | Words have gotten people in trouble this week. The Director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had to resign for making disparaging remarks about women, and an employment ad for a museum in Indianapolis seeks a director who would maintain its core white art audience. When asked to clarify, the museum’s chief executive said the use of “white” was intentional. Find out why and see if you agree. But first, there is a pet food shortage to add to paper towels, toilet paper, and bleach.
02.10.21 | Shop Talk covers the Big Game 55 and favorite spots from Tim and John as well as a few that missed the mark. Also, the top 5 LGBTQ TV spots from years past according to Mike Wilkie. James Edward Maceo West, microphone technology inventor, is our Business Birthday. He is also the son of one of the “human computers” featured in the movie Hidden Figures about the African American women that worked at NASA and got America into Space. Caught my eye looks at a preacher that can eliminate mildew by cursing it, thousands of generic viagra pills get stopped in Chicago, and check-out the books and music that went off copyright on January 1st. You will be surprised.
02.09.21 | President Erdogan of Turkey now declares that LGBTQ people do not exist. Turkey has cracked down on pro-LGBTQ protesters denouncing them as immoral and perverted. Then don’t feed the feral chickens in Hawaii or face a $500 fine. How did they get there? Finally, China believes their male population—”little fresh meats“ is the term they use—is becoming too feminine and needs a dose of masculinity training. To combat the problem, the government wants to reform the physical education programs to butch up the boys!
02.03.21 | Shop Talk shares one-star Amazon Reviews from Fran Lebowitz via an article from the New Yorker. Then, Super Bowl advertising is already sold out. At $5.5 million for 30-second spot it is amazing that this event still is the ultimate advertising powerhouse. Also, the auto industry is poised to lose $61 billion in 2021 due to a computer chip shortage brought on by the “event.” Andrew Conru, creator of Adult Friend Finder, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at two stories where the male anatomy, or depiction of such, takes center stage.
02.02.21 | One of the most comprehensive studies on death finds that when you die, you die. Once your body starts to shut down the chances of coming back to life are unlikely according to the study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Then, PETA wants to tackle speciesism by removing terms from our vocabulary and is asking dictionaries to do the same. So, calling someone rat because they snitched on you is not acceptable based on PETA’s latest cause. Finally, Harriet Tubman may be coming back to the $20 bill now that Biden has assumed Office.
01.27.21 | Shop Talk looks at The Serendipity Mindset, or luck, in business and career. Then, can you guess the most corrupt state in America? Calvin Schenkel, album cover designer, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the new logo that GM unveiled last week, LEGO flowers, postal service delays, and the closing of Godiva stores.