Ben interior paint. The logo for exterior paint is in lower-case cursive.
Several brands have jumped on the truncation bandwagon recently: Radio Shack wants to be known as The Shack, Pizza Hut is The Hut, and Campus Crusade for Christ will soon be Cru—to name just a few examples.
Insurance company Unitrin, which was spun off from Teledyne in 1990, will henceforth be known as Kemper Corporation. The renaming represents a revival of a brand that had disappeared in 2002, when Unitrin acquired Kemper Independence Insurance Company.
Before and after logos from Brand New.
If I had to choose a name of the two options, I would certainly go with Kemper. Unitrin sounds like a pill you take when you can’t pee regularly.
It was quite the zcoop—or zcandal—when New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Doug MacCash broke the story in his blog last month: the “lobster salad” being sold at Zabar’s grocery on New York’s Upper West Side contained no lobster, only crayfish. The kerfuffle eventually made it into the New York Times, which spelled the crustacean “crawfish.” (It’s the same animal whether you use a W or a Y.)
On August 30 the Times’s City Room blog reported a resolution to the controversy: Zabar’s owner Saul Zabar has rebranded the lobsterless salad as “zabster zalad.”
Mr. Zabar had wanted to rename it “seafare salad,” but ran into a trademark snag. Personally, I think zabster zalad is far superior—indeed, it’s a brilliant bit of branding to rival chik’n, wyngz, and cheez.
And while we’re on the subject of food that isn’t quite what it appears to be, meet the snack the world has been waiting for since 1973: Soylent Green.
Hat tip: Dustbury.
Yes, it’s real ($8.99 a box, US and Canada only), and no, it’s not people. (Because everyone knows corporations are people, silly.) Soylent Green crackers were developed by a San Francisco company, Parallax Corporation*, that brings imaginary products to life. Other Parallax products include Tru Blood beverage (“All blood. No bite”) and Stay Puft caffeinated marshmallows (“They’re apocalycious!”**).
So what’s in Soylent Green? Here’s some product copy from ThinkGeek, a Parallax partner:
Soylent Green Crackers are the food stuff the world has been waiting for. A pleasing green cracker is low in fat and full of spinach, high energy plankton, and a special blend of herbs and people. Wait, what? Did we say people? DID WE SAY PEOPLE? OH SNAP - SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!! Ok, it's not really people. But Soylent Green Crackers are delicious and a great conversation piece.
* If they’re hiring, I’m available. Just between us, I think Sabor de Soledad could be very, very big.
** Nice -licious coinage.