kottke.org posts about Not The Onion

Hermes breeding its own crocodiles

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 11, 2009

This report from Vogue has inspired a new tag: Not The Onion.

The recession seemed like a far-removed concept for Hermes this morning, as the luxury retailer announced it is breeding its own crocodiles to keep up with the demand for its iconic handbags.

(via @bldgblog)

Sea kittens!

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 16, 2009

Somehow not from The Onion: PETA is trying rebrand fish as “sea kittens”.

We’re going to start by retiring the old name for good. When your name can also be used as a verb that means driving a hook through your head, it’s time for a serious image makeover. And who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?

I guess that’s not any worse than Chicken of the Sea. (via design observer)

Astrology is valid science?

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 19, 2005

Not from The Onion: US biochemistry professor admits that astrology would be considered valid science according to his own personal definition. Said a spectator of Pennsylvania ID trial: “I can’t believe he teaches a college biology class”.

Aeron wheelchair

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 27, 2003

Aeron wheelchair. Somehow not an article from The Onion.

Could you turn off that camera? The noise is disturbing our illegal drug use.

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 22, 2002

I can’t believe this is from Reuters and not The Onion. Canadian Hookers Campaign Against Hollywood details an effort by The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users organization to procure compensation for prostitutes and drug dealers displaced by movie shoots:

Sex trade workers must be compensated for displacement they experience at your hands in the same manner you would compensate a business if you were to use their locale during operating hours. The same must hold true for homeless people you push from beneath a bridge or doorway, and drug users you move from a park.


Pornographer probed

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 10, 2000

Headline that isn’t from The Onion but probably should be: Net Pornographer Probed.