Skepchick Quickies 2.10


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Re the mask:

    When Glenn Beck pines for the good old days, this is probably the kind of thing he’s talking about.

    The thought of Beck in that thing made me smile, does that make me a bad person?

  2. I wonder if Pepsi has considered the fact that a taller, narrower can will not fit in most of the many, many objects that have been designed over the years to hold a standard-size, standard-shape soda can.

    I also wonder if they’d be willing to offer a curvy can for those of us who prefer that kind of beautiful, confident woman.

  3. @mrmisconception:

    No, just normal.

    re: Pepsi

    I don’t want to even imagine the brain-storming sessions that resulted in that idea. That’s the *best* thing they could come up with? Seriously?

  4. @davew: An edit:

    It is as if millions of smart phones cried out in terror, and were suddenly doused because the can no longer comfortably fit in any of the 9 bajillion cupholders

  5. Silly people, it’s not made for cup holders. It’s made to fit snugly between the breasts of the ‘ideal woman’. To be announced next will be the new diet can design to celebrate the overweight, the 5 gallon bucket.

  6. I think Pepsi wanted to make the can that shape so that it would be mistaken for these horrid “energy drinks” the hipsters are drinking these days. They just put a diffent spin on it because “me too” is not the idea you want to put across.

  7. From the article:

    Like the ordinary can, the Diet Pepsi Skinny Can will contain a mixture of carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, caffeine, citric acid, and natural flavor that the company describes as light, crisp, and refreshing.

    I’m not sure why, but I read the above in Stephen Fry’s voice. Delightful!

  8. I guess Pepsi One meant ‘size one’ all along. And as for that mask, I suppose it gives a historical twist to the notion of ringing someone’s bell.

  9. @davo_301: I re-read the ingredients list in my head, trying to do it in the Stephen Fry voice. Usually for me, this fails miserably, I just can’t get the voice right. But this time it worked perfectly. If I ever have a product I need to advertise, he’s on my short list (along with James Earl Jones, of course.)

    He will be in my neighborhood week after next to receive an award. I’m going with a bunch of not-particularly-skeptical friends who are huge Stephen Fry fans. An opportunity for a little gentle persuasion…

  10. @Buzz Parsec:

    Wow, It is humanist of the year time again? It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I saw the Mythbusters get the award.

    Just got my ticket to see Mr, Fry

    I am amazed the comments have been mostly about the Pepsi can and not a bunch of guys whinging about their lost foreskins.

    Kudos to the UN.

  11. You’re talking about the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism which is presented by Harvard Secular Society. The humanist of the year award is presented by the American Humanist Association. Different awards. Bill Nye is humanist of the year Stephen Fry is about to be present the Harvard award which the mythbusters won last year.

  12. Don’t you understand? The can is smaller and lighter so you can hold it in your delicate little hands.

    Please don’t hit me. Those little hands can really hurt.

  13. @weatherwax: Simple physics. What matters is pressure, not force. Pressure = force per unit area. Small hands = small area, therefore more pressure. Less is more. There’s a homeopathy joke in here somewhere.

  14. Go, UN!
    Of course, we need to see the words backed up by some action as well.

    @spurge: “I am amazed the comments have been mostly about the Pepsi can and not a bunch of guys whinging about their lost foreskins. “

    Well, why would they? It’s not as if the UN decided to balance out the plan for eradication of female genital mutilation by suggesting compulsory male circumcision.

    (For the record, my own foreskin is intact although it bears a small scar from the one time, as a kid, I got it caught in my zipper.)

  15. Regarding the new Pepsi can, it’s about bloody time.

    The ethnic section of the supermarket has had sophisticated narrow cans for a couple of decades, but unfortunately only stocking undrinkable Japanese lychee/milk/crab juice concoctions. Then Red Bull starting putting energy drinks in narrow cans, but I want to sleep some time in the next 30 hours, so I can’t have that either. So here I am, drinking out of a wide can like a chump.

    Finally, a transnational listens to the common people.

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