Monthly Archives: October 2010

An obvious (and unfortunate) side-effect of the “Root Suit”


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Full Body Spandex Suit - Morph Suit
Full-body Spandex Morphsuit (pick your color)

So the other day, Web Watch was participating in the monthly WOOT-OFF when we saw them talking about the ROOT SUIT

We know you’ve seen the ROOT SUIT on TV this football season — it’s been featured gameday wear for any number of collegiate and NFL football fans eager to get on TV but without having to show their face.

There are other versions and names out there: the MORPH SUIT,  Zentai, a full-body spandex suit, the lycra outfit, the Spiderman getup.  And they’re all the same basic thing — a costume that you can hide in public in. Continue reading AN OBVIOUS (AND UNFORTUNATE) SIDE-EFFECT OF THE “ROOT SUIT”

Calling in sick to work? Don’t use one of these excuses


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The Instant Excuse Ball
The Instant Excuse Ball

Web Watch has worked for two types of companies:

  • Those that split up holidays, vacation, and sick time into three separate trackable categories
  • Those that give employees a giant bucket of PTO (paid time off) for the employee to do with as they please

The philosophy behind the former is that an employee would have a bank of sick days that are available even if they use up all their vacation. 

The philosophy of the latter is that employees should be treated like adults, and if they want to use all their “sick” days as actual vacation then it’s up to them do choose to do so.

There really are pros and cons of both.  There’s nothing wrong with taking a “mental health day”, but having official vacation days that can be scheduled helps the organization ensure that there is proper coverage for whatever they happen to need staff for. Continue reading CALLING IN SICK TO WORK? DON’T USE ONE OF THESE EXCUSES

Words I Love. Words I Hate. Literally.


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I Love Inventing Words
I Love Inventing Words

WORDS I LOVE: Not necessarily words that Web Watch loves, but words that Christopher loves.  Words such as:

Continue reading WORDS I LOVE. WORDS I HATE. LITERALLY.

Most people would rather touch a public toilet seat than shake hands with a sneezer


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The Dread Pirate Toilet Seat
The Dread Pirate Toilet Seat

Are you scared of germs?

How do you feel when you meet someone who just came out of the bathroom and you have to shake their hand?  Especially if their hand is still just a little damp from not being dried properly?

Say it with us:  “Eeewww.”

You don’t want to touch anything in a public bathroom that’s wet, right?

Now take the same situation, and instead of “bathroom”, think “sneeze”.  You’re about to shake someone’s hand when they abruptly sneeze into it — then proudly present it for the handshake.  How do you graciously back out of that one?  It’s not like you can immediately switch to the Howie Mandel fistbumptm. Continue reading MOST PEOPLE WOULD RATHER TOUCH A PUBLIC TOILET SEAT THAN SHAKE HANDS WITH A SNEEZER

2010 Holiday Shopping Trends


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What Would Jesus Buy?
What Would Jesus Buy?

As we round the corner for the holiday season’s shopping sprees, researchers have gone out and announced their PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2010 HOLIDAY SHOPPING TRENDS.  

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2010 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, consumers reported the following: Continue reading 2010 HOLIDAY SHOPPING TRENDS

Science proves many pick-up truck drivers are idiots


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1956 GMC Pickup
1956 GMC Pickup

Web Watch was driving down the highway the other day when we were almost part of an accident waiting to happen.

The doofus in the pick-up truck in front of us ended up slamming on his brakes for some reason, which led to all of us behind him having to quickly do the same.  While we had plenty of braking room in front of us under normal circumstances, he had his pickup truck tailgate down, taking away an extra foot of available brake space from our squealing tires. 

Luckily, this was during the day and we could see that the tailgate was down, but if this same situation happened at night, that truck would be minus one tailgate and we would be minus one engine. Continue reading SCIENCE PROVES MANY PICK-UP TRUCK DRIVERS ARE IDIOTS

Old Photobooth Photos, Animated


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Who We Were: A Snapshot Picture of America
Who We Were: A Snapshot Picture of America

As you go about cleaning out your house, Web Watch is sure that the question of “What shoul I do with all these old photos that we have lying around?” comes up on occasion.

Some photos, you naturally would keep.  Perhaps in a frame, perhaps in a shoebox tucked under the bed.

But there are also novelty photos that really aren’t meaningful enough to keep, but aren’t so bad that you want to throw them away.

That’s where MOVING PICTURES comes in, as they’ve taken dozens of photobooth film strips  and other photos that they’ve found scattered around across America and digitized them. Continue reading OLD PHOTOBOOTH PHOTOS, ANIMATED

How better baserunning will win the World Series


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Baseball - Skills & Drills: The FUNdamentals of Baserunning
Baseball – Skills & Drills: The FUNdamentals of Baserunning

One thing that Web Watch has trouble understanding is why the baseball season needs to extend out into November.

November is FOOTBALL season, as everyone knows.  Sure, throw in a little pre-season basketball or hockey if you’d like – at least those two are considered “winter” sports.  But baseball already has spring training, the boys of summer, and the fall classic.  Why do they need to bogart the winter season as well – it’s not like baseball is played outdoors in all types of weather, like we see with real sports like football.  Let’s keep the baseball playoffs to the fall months and be done with it.

Maybe the issue is that baseball players don’t really understand how to play the game. Continue reading HOW BETTER BASERUNNING WILL WIN THE WORLD SERIES

Scrotal cancer is not a laughing matter (Chim Chim Cher-ee)


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Mary Poppins poster
Mary Poppins poster

So the other day, Web Watch read an article entitled CANCER IS A MAN-MADE DISEASE, STUDY CLAIMS, that talked about how cancer was a relatively rare occurance back in the day.

The article said that while DINOSAURS HAD CANCER, cancer was generally considered relatively rare before the 17th century.  For example, scientists found just one mummy from the Dakhleh Oasis that had rectal cancer about 1,600-1,800 years ago, while today cancer is said to be responsible for 1-in-8 deaths. Continue reading SCROTAL CANCER IS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER (CHIM CHIM CHER-EE)

WHEN IT DROPS tells you when new releases are coming out each week


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The Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle

The AMAZON KINDLE is great:  whenever a new book release comes out, you can pretty much instantly download that book to your Kindle and begin reading immediately.

The hard part is knowing what books — or movies, or DVD’s, or video games — are being released each week so that you can be prepared ahead of time.  Sometimes things get released and you just haven’t been paying attention. Continue reading WHEN IT DROPS TELLS YOU WHEN NEW RELEASES ARE COMING OUT EACH WEEK

Top 10 Weirdest Things Smuggled onto an Airplane


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Budgie Smugglers
Budgie Smugglers

On any of your last vacations or business trips, have you ever smuggled anything into a movie theater, concert venue, or past the TSA security onto an airplane?

We’re not talking about anything illegal, of course. Something like a sealed bottle of water or a bag of candy purchased elsewhere. Nothing inherently dangerous, but just against the general rules of what’s allowed and what’s not.

And the usual method you employ to smuggle those items is usually what?  Put them into a bag and hope nobody’s looking? Generally this will work…. but check out these WEIRDEST ITEMS SMUGGLED ONTO AN AIRPLANE to see if you would have the same guts to smuggle things in your pants: Continue reading TOP 10 WEIRDEST THINGS SMUGGLED ONTO AN AIRPLANE

Looking for GOOD Halloween costume ideas? Try WTFCostumes.com


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Halloween Costume & Party Supplies Store Business Plan
Halloween Costume & Party Supplies Store Business Plan

As Halloween fast approaches, Web Watch wants to remind you that you have a limited amount of time to pick out the best Halloween costume out there.

Web Watch has already told you about one place to find SOME GREAT LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS,  but we have stumbled upon one site that is chock-full of not only some great ideas, but the visuals you need to pull the outfit off yourself. 

That’s why we’re pointing you to WTF COSTUMES: THE CRAZY and SEXY HALLOWEEN COSTUME ARCHIVE. Continue reading LOOKING FOR GOOD HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS? TRY WTFCOSTUMES.COM

Johnson & Johnson, Disney top the Corporate Social Responsibilty Index


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Ashoka's Social Entrepreneurship Series presents Architect of Corporate Responsibility: The Story of Alice Tepper Marlin and Social Accountability International
Ashoka’s Social Entrepreneurship Series presents Architect of Corporate Responsibility: The Story of Alice Tepper Marlin and Social Accountability International

Being corporately responsibile is not necessarily an easy thing to do, let along doing so and being recognized for it.

Harder still, is coming out on top of such a list of recognition.

Yet, that’s exactly what JOHNSON & JOHNSON  and THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY have done this year in this year’s CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INDEXContinue reading JOHNSON & JOHNSON, DISNEY TOP THE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY INDEX

How to win the McDonald’s Monopoly promotion


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McDonald's Big Mac: Two all-beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun
McDonald’s Big Mac: Two all-beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun

Web Watch would like to take a moment to salute the marketing geniuses at McDonald’s for continuing the McDONALD’s MONOPOLY PROMOTION.  It combines two great things into a singular quest to find the special missing sticker that will complete your game board.  Boo-ya!

Let’s cut straight to the chase:  there is absolutely nothing for you to do that will affect your ability to win this contest… other than doing everything you can to obtain as many game pieces as possible in the hopes that one of them is a rare chaser piece. Continue reading HOW TO WIN THE MCDONALD’S MONOPOLY PROMOTION

More proof that you suck at choosing passwords


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Password Reminder Notebook
Password Reminder Notebook

It seems to be one of those regular “create a public panic” news event.  “OMG!  Look at how silly people are with their passwords!”

Except this time, the people being silly about their passwords are kids.  And with kids, it really is a good time to teach kids THE IMPORTANCE OF SELECTING A GOOD PASSWORD, because it ends up that kids really don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to protecting their personal online spaces.

The survey found that: Continue reading MORE PROOF THAT YOU SUCK AT CHOOSING PASSWORDS