you gotta run these links through the nytimes genlink script, dude. permalink.

eh, everyone cool uses greasemonkey to do that JIT

I heard some of them have eight legs

You know that stupid urban legend college kids always try to blow your mind with about how KFC is called that because the FDA said they can’t call their food sources ‘chickens’ anymore? And then some loser like me goes, “think about it, it’s obviously marketing. They don’t call it chemlawn anymore either.” Actually they do still call it chemlawn. Can you believe that? Anyway, according to snopes, the real reason is 10 times crazier than the Robochicken Hypothesis:

It sounded good, but the real reason behind the shift to KFC had nothing to do with healthy food or finicky consumers: it was about money — money that Kentucky Fried Chicken would have had to pay to continue using their original name. In 1990, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, mired in debt, took the unusual step of trademarking their name. Henceforth, anyone using the word “Kentucky” for business reasons — inside or outside of the state — would have to obtain permission and pay licensing fees to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It was an unusual and brilliant scheme to alleviate government debt, but it was also one that alienated one of the most famous companies ever associated with Kentucky. The venerable Kentucky Fried Chicken chain, a mainstay of American culture since its first franchise opened in Salt Lake City in 1952, refused as a matter of principle to pay royalties on a name they had been using for four decades. After a year of fruitless negotiations with the Kentucky state government, Kentucky Fried Chicken — unwilling to submit to “such a terrible injustice” — threw in the towel and changed their name instead, timing the announcement to coincide with the introduction of new packaging and products to obscure the real reasons behind the altering of their corporate name.

Kentucky Fried Chicken were not the only ones who bravely refused to knuckle under. The name of the most famous horse race in North America, held every year at Churchill Downs, was changed from the “Kentucky Derby” to “The Run for the Roses” for similar reasons; many seed and nursery outfits that had previously offered Kentucky Bluegrass switched to a product known as “Shenendoah Bluegrass” instead; and Neil Diamond’s song “Kentucky Woman” was dropped from radio playlists at his request, as the licensing fees he was obligated to pay the Commonwealth of Kentucky exceeded the peformance royalties he was receiving for the airplay.

or should that be SNOPESED?

Its like double snoping. Man I wish that was true.

also, I’ll never be able to trust snopes again. the ultimate way (before this) to phish me would be to hack my browser to show “snopes.com” in the title bar and say “It’s ok to enter you account number hear. –Barbara ‘ID-Thieving’ Mikkelson” and i would totally do it.

and another thing, part of the reason I thought this was true is I remember reading about New York City trying to profit somehow from it’s ‘brand’ a few years ago (I specifically remember something about negotiations with Snapple to allow itself to call itself the official drink of New York or something), as well as the London underground. All i could find now though is this:

New York Loves Its Trademark

New York officials show no mercy in their bid to protect the “I ♥ New York” logo. The trademark, supplied free of charge by graphic designer Milton Glaser in 1976, helps beckon 140 million tourists to the Empire State each year. As others tried to tap the design over the years, state legal eagles have filed close to 3,000 trademark objections.

Apparel company 4 KAMM International is incensed at New York’s pending effort to halt the use of “I ♥” SF, Las Vegas, and Paris on everything from bumper stickers to calendars. Last year, New York shut down “I ♥ Yoga” T-shirts produced by a Florida Bikram yoga outfit. And in October, the U.S. Trademark & Patent Office is expected to hear a case filed by Michael Stewart, a clothing designer in Raleigh, N.C., challenging New York’s opposition to “I ♥ NC.”

Lawyers say Stewart’s case is stronger than most because of coloring differences and a change in the heart’s look. New York says this is about protecting a logo, not upping licensing fees, which totaled $900,000 in the past five years. “We aren’t in the business of taking apologies,” says Jonathan Faber, a lawyer at Collins, McDonald & Gann, which represents the state.

But who will watch the watchmen, Jeb? Who will watch the watchmen?

First the last tape factory, now this

It may read like a page out of a classic corporate crime thriller, but the threat is real. ExpoPul, a company whose factory in Saratov, Russia manufactures vacuum tubes under the brand names Sovtek, Electro-Harmonix, Tungsol, Svetlana, Mullard, and others—tubes that include the 6H30 “super tube”—is threatened by one of the many Russian corporate “raiders” who are increasingly stealing businesses from their rightful owners. If the threatened hostile takeover proves successful, two-thirds of the world’s supply of vacuum tubes—tubes vital to the sound of audiophile gear and instruments from such well-known companies as McIntosh, Audio Research, BAT, Jadis, Fender, KORG, Peavey, Vox, Soldano, Carvin, Ampeg, and Crane—could become a thing of the past.

Apart from the fact that if the Sovtek factory is shut down we are all screwed in a practical sense, you really should read at least one of the articles because this is just the beginning. There was a good one in the NYT but its behind the wall now. The company is baised in Samara. The ‘corporate raiders’ physically raid businesses. There’s also a bizarre white-color angle to the crimes. It’s endemic to modern Russia. The sovtek factory was basically supported as the tube industry died by the russian military-space complex and is one of the only operating cold war artifact factories in russia. The company is owned by the guy who invented some famous pedals like the Big Muff and who had something to do with Hendrix. I mean, really, you have to basically read the article.

Rhymes with Orange is the worst comic

I’d be mair vauntie o’ my hap,

Douce hingin’ owre my curple,

Than ony ermine ever lap,

Or proud imperial purple.

– Robert Burns

‘Nothing rhymes with purple’– another Dark Age superstition dies in the harsh glare of the Natural Philosophy. The fact that this includes the word ‘ermine’ is just a bonus.

[Sc., corruption of crupper] (rhymes with purple, cf. hirple) 1) the hind-quarters or rump of a horse 2) transf. the rump, posterior