Hey, what good is maintaining a blog if you can't complain to no one in particular?
1. Ear candles being sold in pharmacies. Yes, I first saw them in a pharmacy years ago, but last night I saw them again, and in a suburb with a big university student population. This really annoys me - a totally useless, fantasy science based product that is barely a step above employing a witch doctor to provide consultations in the corner. (In fact, that may be considerably safer.) Lift your game, pharmacists!
2. The extraordinary number of words still devoted to a violent fantasy soap opera each new season. You know the show I am talking about (OK, Game of Nudes About to be Killed, or whatever) - and given that I noticed some news story devoted to explaining how a particularly realistic violent death was done in a recent episode, I still consider it extremely likely that the show is morally degrading.
3. While I'm getting indigent about corrupting TV shows - what about Drunk History?? I've tried watching a couple of episodes of the British version of this show on SBS on Demand, and I was going to go on a rant about the depravity of modern England, but I gather now that in fact the British version came after an American version, which I have never seen. In any event, I can't imagine a stupider idea from a social policy point of view than starting a show with "And today's narrator, after downing 2 pints of lager and 8 double scotch and soda, will now tell the story of ...." I mean, for God's sake, are they serious about the amount claimed to have been consumed at the start of the show - because in one episode it sounded literally enough to kill some people if it was consumed within a couple of hours. Honestly, I really can't imagine a worse idea: well I can, although I suppose executive producers may be somewhat wary of going to jail if they try a show based on comedians who have just snorted two lines of coke. And if they try one based on stoned comedians in cannabis legal America - being stoned just doesn't make people funny, from my limited experience around them. But in any event, as far as I could make out, the end result even with alcohol is just not very funny. It is a terrible idea.