The Little Demons March On

From Chicago:  Squirrels Torch Man’s Home Twice in 8 Days:

For the second time in eight days, Turcott’s Blue Island home caught fire when squirrels knocked high-voltage wires loose from a utility pole and onto his three-story house, fire officials said.

An accident? I think not.

And then from Burlingham, VT:  Squirrel Deflects Bullet to Tree Worker!  The squirrel-dominated media, of course, would have us believe that the hunter was at fault for bad aim, but I think we know better.

The people in India had better watch out: Giant flying squirrel found in Jharkhand. Looks like reinforcements are starting to show up.  And this one flies, too.

Let’s be careful out there.

Sexy Dames Ahead

This picture is one of the sexiest pictures I’ve ever seen:

Sexy Picture

American Beauty was a decent enough film, and Mena Suvari was attractive, but the photograph above — modeled after that iconographic image from American Beauty — is a masterpiece. It captures the woman’s beauty, it shows off her curves; it captures an essential sexiness that Mena Suvari just couldn’t grasp.  It’s a beautiful, amazing picture.

And if you’ve been paying attention to the blogosphere today, you know that it’s part of an ad campaign from Brazil promoting a product called Fit Yogurt: a non-fat yogurt.  The text roughly translates to, "Forget it. Men’s preferences will never change. Fit Light Yogurt."  I suppose the connotation is supposed to be that men aren’t going to find women like the model in this picture attractive, so women should go find non fat yogurt.

A lot of people find this ad campaign offensive; me, I just think it’s dumb.  Granted, I’m not part of the target demographic, so maybe if I were a woman I’d find the ad depressing and I’d fall for its hype.  But as a man, I’m just not turned on by women who have bodies like a pre-pubescent boy, despite what shows up on television; Ellen Pompeo will never be sexy, no matter how much hair she has.

So the ad is blatantly wrong; there are lots of men (and plenty of women) who find women like the one in this ad sexy.  And, of course, societal norms of beauty have changed; skinny has only been sexy for the past century or so.  For centuries before that, larger was better because it denoted health and prosperity.  But I suspect that these facts won’t matter for a lot of the women in this ad’s target demographic.  There’s so much pressure on women to be skinny in western culture, and I suspect that it’s this pressure, more than "men’s preferences", that drive these sorts of ads.

So, this ad just leaves me confused, a bit offended, kind of annoyed, and in desperate need of a cold shower.

(Thanks to filk singer Tom Smith for the heads up.)