Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

News You May Have Missed

Stan Freberg here with a few interesting news tidbits you may have missed. For example, the Thoreau Society reports that Henry David Thoreau, who died back in 1862, still gets junk mail! Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. The Thoreau Society reports that Henry David Thoreau, who hasn't bought much of anything since 1862, receives in one year about 90 direct mail solicitations at Walden Pond. And he thought he'd gotten away from it all.

Next, a new book tells of little-known things like how the "Popsicle" got its name. A man named Frank Epperson invented them, and started selling them at his lemonade stand in Oakland, California, but he called them originally "Epsicles," after himself. But then his children took to calling them "Pop's sicles," like, "I want one of Pop's sicles," and that's how the "Popsicle" got its name.

In Japan, "Post-it Notes" are long and narrow, to accomodate the vertical writing of Japanese characters. Makes sense to me.

And when the Parker Pen Company marketed a new ball-point pen in Mexico, it chose the slogan, "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." The translators goofed, and it came out, "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant"! Hmm. Reminds me of the time Pepsi tried to market Pepsi in China with the slogan, "Come alive!" The translation on billboards all over China was, "Makes your ancestors come back from the dead!"

Another Madison Avenue triumph!

Stan Freberg here.

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