* * * * *Although I Twittered this link during the week, it is such a classic example of lawyers without humor that it deserves a re-mention here. The lawyers at the great mega-firm, Faegre & Benson, sent a "cease and desist" letter to the folks at ThinkGeek on behalf of their client, The National Pork Board. The good lawyers were defending their client's trademark slogan, "Pork: The Other White Meat" against infringement by ThinkGeek in its sales of .. wait for it ... canned unicorn meat.
* * * * *Speaking of processed meats, there was no major sausage-related news this week, but Neatorama.com did pass along two important meat-related stories. First, the Friendly's Burger chain is now offering a hamburger ... served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Home cooking tip: if you're out of hamburger buns, grilled cheese sandwiches will do nicely in a pinch.
Second, the Washington Post reported on the perfect summer activity: Camp Bacon.
The sun shone brightly as the couple sat down to breakfast under a big white tent. Their plates were piled high: with hickory-smoked bacon from Edwards of Surry, Va.; long pepper bacon from Arkansas' Ham I Am; and applewood-smoked bacon from Nueske's in Wisconsin; plus bacon scones and a slice of bacon-apple coffee cake for good measure.Mmmmm, bacon scones! The report also mentioned prosciutto and pancetta from La Quercia, a small Iowa company. Trust me, this stuff is amazing!
* * * * *In an all-time classic "D'Oh!" moment, a North Carolina fisherman lost a $912,000 prize after catching a prize blue marlin, because one of his crew didn't have a fishing license. The cost of the license? Five bucks. The look on the captain's face after the disqualification? Priceless. (C'mon, it had to be said!).
* * * * *In our international relations, multi-cultural cool video of the week, check out these South Korean student sports fans, who apparently have too much time on their hands and need to be introduced to tailgating:
* * * * *Finally, it appears that Orangina, the curiously suggestive soda from France, is marketing its product to cougars. Literally. Or maybe I just misunderstood this TV ad from its new ad campaign (some amusing short ads; check out the Panda and Rasta-Lion):