Monday, February 11, 2008

Interactive Monday Assignment - Valentine Haiku

Junk Thief has been known to go on a date now and then, and with this being the week for exchanging Valentines, he thought that would make a good theme for an assignment.

Sometimes the best dating advice comes not from self-help books, advice columns or the dreaded Doctor Phil. The best advice comes from the side of cartons.

Here are a couple of examples:

"Can't decide between two shades? Try the lighter one first. You can always go darker later"
- Just for Men

"If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age."
- Walgreen's Anti-Diarrheal Caplets

See aren't these a lot more helpful and practical than the usual psycho-babble about open communication and respecting boundaries? Plus, they have the elegance of haiku.

Now share your own product label dating advice.

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At 7:42 AM, Blogger Squirrel said...

Good post! Very entertaining. Now I'm off to look at phrases on packaging.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Squirrel - Thanks for dropping by and checking those packages. I just checked your blog and love your photos. This must be a frustrating year for you as the year of the rat -- another rodent getting all the glory and all.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger rich bachelor said...

"Dogs of all shapes
and sizes
love tiny treats"
-Zuke's Mini Naturals
(miniature dog treats)

It neither keeps the syllabic count that it should, nor is it the best I could find, but it's a start.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Rich - Actually that one is good, and I'd not even thought of pet products. Great suggestion.

"If any part of this product gets worn or damaged, please remove and replace it."
- 9 Lives Scented Jumbo Cat Litter Pan Liners

That one real sums up my philosophy on men.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger joe said...


At 11:53 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Joe - Hey, I used to date that guy too. Did he tend to explode with you as well? Damn, that boy gets around.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Gledwood said...

Hey junk thief: don't go stealin' my junk. Means the world to me!


At 2:57 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gledwood - I don't think I've stolen any of yours. If so, let me know and I'll gladly return it. Junk Thief only steals from the rich in order to entertain the poor.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Scot said...

The caplets are great, but very practicle advise can be taken from most medications, "If a rash or irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a physician."
Very, very good advise when dating

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Scot - Unless you're dating a doctor.

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

Tear open and use. (wet naps)

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gavin - That one is superb. No pretense of romance. Just go for it.

At 5:50 AM, Blogger Dave said...

"Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age."

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Dave - Oh, yes, I know about him. Though should it be "Keep children under 6 out of reach"?


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