Sunday, November 23, 2008
6170: Awards For Stupidity.
Chopping the news in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• The University of Illinois and Northwestern University will cease a rivalry tradition that included imagery insensitive to Native Americans—a trophy called the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk. The schools have been using the award since 1945, after the original trophy—a life-sized wooden Indian—had been stolen. “Out of tremendous respect for the Native-American community, the two universities have decided this would be the last year we play for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk trophy,” said a school official, adding that a new trophy will debut next year. Hey, isn’t the University of Illinois’ Chief Illiniwek looking for work?
• Mickey D’s is facing a lawsuit after a customer in Arkansas left his cell phone in the restaurant, and the crew promised to hold it for him. Seems the phone had nude pictures of the guy’s wife, which managed to find their way onto the Web. Maybe it was just part of the fast feeder’s claim of billions and billions served.
• A mailman in North Carolina was reprimanded for failing to deliver junk mail to the customers on his route for about seven years. However, he received nothing but praise from the customers. The Direct Marketing Association is not amused. However, it’s interesting that no one ever wondered why the response rates were less than zero in the area for years. So much for direct marketers being thorough in their recording and analysis of results.