Should the layered surrealism become unbearable, you might dash out of Moe’s and see a statue of Jebediah Springfield—another replica!–with the town slogan on the base: “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” The Simpsons theme song plays from every speaker, except the ones playing “Aye Carumba!” or audio from the Simpsons episode where Bart and Lisa go to Itchy and Scratchy Land. Everything about Simpsons Land is intended to either make you think you’re in Springfield, or in a theme park with the Simpson family. Neither of those options are very settling, since both Springfield, USA and “The Simpsons” exist for the sole purpose of making fun of us.
Fliers for Marvel Slurpie Cups from 7-11
“I’m back from my latest Japan trip, and I picked up some new Kit-Kats! This time around, I got Purple Potato, Pumpkin Pudding, Rum Raisin, and Yokohama Strawberry Cheesecake.”
Look at this…
New on Dino Drac! I discovered something AMAZING yesterday. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that this was a STILL-OPERATIONAL mom & pop video store. You gotta see it to believe it!!
Meanwhile Pepsi, the country’s second largest soft drink company, had tried to fight Coke by selling its sweeter product in a larger bottle for the same price. Still behind in 1940, Pepsi’s liberal chief executive, Walter S. Mack, tried a new approach: he hired a team of 12 African-American men to create a “negro markets” department.
By the late 1940s, black sales representatives worked the Southern Black Belt and Northern black urban areas, black fashion models appeared in Pepsi ads in black publications, and special point-of-purchase displays appeared in stores patronized by African-Americans. The company hired Duke Ellington as a spokesman. Some employees even circulated racist public statements by Robert W. Woodruff, Coke’s president.
The campaign was so successful that many Americans began using a racial epithet to describe Pepsi. By 1950, fearing a backlash by white consumers, Pepsi had killed the program, but the image of Coke and Pepsi as “white” and “black” drinks lingered.