I have a few lovely things to share with you today.
First, there's this ad campaign (pictured) that graphically demonstrates how gross it is to kiss a smoker. Even as a (mostly) non-smoker, I really don't find kissing smokers to be that gross. However, I think ads like this are a positive thing in the end. Anything to get people, especially kids, to stop or never start smoking, is worth doing...even if it's government money funding the campaign. Some people disagree: see The London Fog's post about this, and the heated debate which followed in the comments section. I think it comes down to the fact that smoking kills people. People need to know that, so that they can make an informed decision about whether to smoke or not. An attention-grabbing, and hilarious, ad campaign like this can at least get people thinking about it. I think part of the government's responsibility is to educate people about objective facts, so I have no problem with government money being spent on stuff like this. You go, government.
Second, also courtesty of The London Fog, are two stories of products being tampered with at the factory, with hilarious results. Here is a story about a talking Elmo doll which asks kids "who wants to die?" And here is a story about a person who opened their brand new sealed iPod package, only to find raw "mystery meat" inside.
The theme of this post is: "Things which were cute, but then made extremely creepy by death and/or raw meat."
....yeah, iPods are cute.