August 25th, 2010

Toy Yoda

Just came across the Toy Yoda story on Snopes.com. Man, that's cold:

In 2001, 26-year-old Jodee Berry had bested the other servers at her restaurant in a competition to see who could sell the most beer in a month to that eatery's customers, with the winner to receive a new "Toyota." When the day came for her to be presented with her prize, Berry was led blindfolded to the restaurant's parking lot to receive her award, but when the blindfold came off she was devastated to learn that the promised jackpot was not a Toyota automobile but rather a "toy Yoda," a Star Wars doll. She quit her job and sued Gulf Coast Wings, Inc., the corporate owner of the restaurant, alleging breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation. In 2002 the suit was settled for an undisclosed amount of money, which one of the attorneys involved in the case said would enable her to go to the local car dealership and "pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants."

Jodee Berry Toy Yoda

I imagine the conversation went something like this: "Boss, winning a Toyota automobile is one thing. This is totally different." "No, no different. Only different in your mind."

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead TV Series Trailer

Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series The Walking Dead is a must-read, a wise and sensitive portrayal of the psychological toll that surviving a zombie apocalypse would exert -- week after week, month after month, year after year. A trailer for the upcoming TV series has just been released. Also, check out Kirkman's first ever prose fiction publication, "Alone, Together," in The Living Dead 2.

The walking dead tv series trailer