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Chia Obama = Blooming Patriotism

chia squirrel

I hate to spoil it for all you folks on my Christmas list, but I can’t wait to share what I’m getting everyone for Christmas. I have considered in the past making a pact with myself to purchase every single Christmas gift at convenience stores. I’m not doing that this year, maybe next year (I can see you squirming with excitement already).

However, I have found the perfect gift for every single person on my list. From plant lovers to patriots, I’ve got you covered.

It’s the Obama Chia Pet from the Proud to be American Chia series.

Or maybe you’d rather have the Statue of Liberty Chia with the “ever-glowing flame.”

Feeling a bit more revolutionary, there’s the George Washington Chia.

There’s also an Abraham Lincoln Chia edition, but I can’t understand why they didn’t manufacture it where Lincoln’s beard will also grow green plants. Only his hair grows. Shouldn’t Abe be wearing a stovepipe hat to cover his hair, leaving his chin as the best spot for luxurious growing greenery?

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Feel Good Friday – Evolve

Happy Friday everyone!

I know this is a commercial for Gatorade, but I can’t find a video version of the song without it, plus I still dig watching Muhammad Ali strut and do his shuffle.

The song is by Kermit Quinn.

Feel Good Friday – OK Go

I know it’s late in the day, but it’s still Friday and who doesn’t love a Rube Goldberg Machine. Now that’s a winning combination.

It’s OK Go’s new video for their song “This Too Shall Pass.”

I’ve used OK Go for my Feel Good Friday before with their synchronized treadmill action on the video for the song “Here It Goes Again.”

Suddenly I have an urge to play the old game Mouse Trap.

Play-Doh Bunnies Take Over New York

I’m one of those people who is more likely to pay attention to the commercials played during a broadcast than the actual show they sponsor.

Sony Bravia has utilized some eye-catching ways to tie the idea that their high definition televisions bring bold color to the consumer’s home in a way that the competitor can’t replicate.

To get their point across, Sony has used 250,000 high-bouncing super balls, spools of thread, explosions of paint and Play-doh bunnies to make their case. There’s another Bravia commercial to be released any day now in which a Miami street was filled with foaming bubbles.

The commercials are riveting and, of course, colorful. The music also sets the tone in theses adverts.

I can’t get enough of the Velveteen plasticene rabbits roaming the big city streets. It’s even more intriguing when you see the behind the scenes stuff about how the commercial was pulled off. They used natural lighting and allowed the public to wander in and out of the frames. A record was established with 40 animators on the set. Their moves were choreographed and finely tuned during a week of “boot camp” as they learned the steps needed to “wrangle” their rabbits into place. And let’s not forget to mention the 30-foot tall red rabbit that rises to loom over the street.

Check out the bunny commercial and all that went into making it.

Here is the first commercial in the series featuring the bouncing balls with musical accompaniment by Jose Gonzalez performing “Heartbeats.”

Here are the paint explosions filmed in Glasgow and using 70,000 liters of paint with the thunderous orchestral backing music from Rossini.

For those with a geometric bent, here are the spools of thread in an Egyptian setting.

The Squirrel Queen can’t wait to see how the Foam ad turns out.

Now Shhhh! Everybody be quiet. My television show is about to start again.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Begora!

I love that word, damn it.

Wait, I love to say damn it too, but on this special day I’ll stick with Begora to honor St. Patrick’s excellent work as a snake herder. Maybe he was just rounding up all the reptiles in order to slip the legless wonders into bottles of vodka?

To get you into the mood for the day, I’ve rounded up three classic commercials with an Irish theme – Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s, Irish Spring deodorant soap and an old Lucky Charms commercial from way back when there were only four different marshmallow shapes in the box.

Here we go down nostalgia lane.

I’ll admit I’ve never sucked back one of those minty dairy concoctions, although it is a bit intriguing. Wait, what was I thinking. Pass on the offer. If I’m drinking anything in shades of grass today, it will be green beer. For more Shamrock Shake commercials, head here.

Now, pucker up and whistle along as we get all get squeaky clean.

Carving up a bar of soap must be a way for a frustrated lad to relieve some tension when the lasses aren’t responding to his wooing. That or it’s some threatening and weird fetish. Cleanliness is next to Irishness.

And finally, a 1970s version of those magically delicious breakfast treats.

I actually found the inaugural Lucky Charms commercial which was filmed in black and white but made a point of showing the different shapes and telling the viewer what color they were. The original four shapes and corresponding hues were yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers and pink hearts. I think they’re now actually packing up to about 64 different shapes of the dehydrated little marshmallow bits in a box. That’s one for every color, not in a rainbow, but in a box of Crayola crayons.

Don’t forget to wear something green and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.