Sunday, May 14, 2006


I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that my brother-in-law's company owns the trademark for the frowny emoticon (but, after a later compromise, they will happily sell you one). The frowny trademark was fairly easy to obtain, but this one is proving more difficult: Wal-Mart is trying to get the trademark for the smiley face (not necessarily the emoticon, but the actual yellow image that it uses in its ads), and the French man who claims he invented it is fighting back. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

They'd get a lighter sentence if they'd included the meatballs, too: Student protesters in Denmark aired their grievances by throwing cooked spaghetti (and a little tomato sauce) on the steps of the Finance Ministry.

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