Monday, May 16, 2005

Weird thing of the day 16 May 2005/7 'Iyyar 5765 (Day 22 of the `Omer)


Yesterday I was watching TV, and there was a commercial for a power company promoting itself as developing cleaner-burning coal. Something about it struck me as totally weird: the music, which was Merle Travis’s “Sixteen Tons”. This song is all about what a rotten life coal-miners have, and it is thus completely inappropriate for promoting use of coal. If I may quote the chorus:
    You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?
    another day older and deeper in debt
    St. Peter, don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go
    I owe my soul to the company store
Now, I’m aware that Bush and his closest supporters are evil enough not lift a finger to stop wage slavery, but most pro-Republican companies are not so collectively stupid as to advertise it. Since this a definite marketing blunder, I hereby name that commercial the weird thing of the day.

As a bonus, you can find out all about “Sixteen Tons” at Sixteen Tons - The Story Behind The Legend.


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