Back in the 1990s when I was living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, there was a building that housed Sensations Nightclub, the Down Under Pub, Campus Liquors and several other businesses. In the inside hallway was a pinball machine that one of my friends decided to play one night. After a bad game, she shouted, “Bad Girls sucks your balls!” and something like that is hard to forget.
I randomly happened upon this Bad Girls flyer while scrolling through some eBay listings and, yeah, I had to get it.
There are more than a few people who bemoan the proliferation of product placement in today’s entertainment world, but unbeknownst to them, this is not a recent phenomenon. For centuries now, highly respected poets have turned themselves into blemished bards by skillfully plopping a brand into their work in exchange for a bit of money (or a decent bottle of absinthe). After a bit of research, I have found seven blatant examples of this foul practice that you might not have noticed back in English Lit class. Continue reading →
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