Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Favourite Things: October 2012

NOTE: This article was originally published by me on ASiteCalledFRED.com

I will refuse to use phrases like Rocktober. October does not deserve such a title. It is merely an OK month for me. Folktober might be more accurate.

Despite my apathy for the month, some rocking things did happen. Let us look at my favourites.


I like space stuff. By the sheer fact that I refer to it as "space stuff" you can probably tell that I'm not very knowledgeable about any of it. But you know who are? NASA. They've got a website called Astro Pic Of The Day and it gives you an awesome picture like this:


And an easy to read description of what it's all about. Apparently this is the remnants of a star, just like our Sun, that ran out of hyrdrogen. At the very center you can see a white dot which is what remains, a blue-hot white dwarf star. Cool, huh?

As the title suggests they give a new picture everyday and you can follow on Twitter too which is pretty handy.

2) The Ohio State University Marching Band

As many of you may know, the OSU Marching Band is famous for being pretty bad-ass and for a long time now have been putting on awesome shows at half-time. How awesome you ask?

Yes, you did just see Pikachu and yes you did just see Mario jumping on the flag. I know, I told you it was awesome. It was from the 6th of this month during a game against Nebraska.

And marching band people are not considered cool over there? You Americans are crazy.

3) Felix Baumgartner

There are times when I think we, as a species, should give ourselves a pat on the back. Curiosity rover on Mars was one moment this year. Another is a dude dropping from the edge of space and walking away from it like a boss. Felix, I salute you, you crazy diamond.

Here is a short video from Red Bull, who sponsored the whole thing, documenting the event. Makes me want to stand up and chant "HU-MAN RACE! HU-MAN RACE! HU-MAN RACE!".

4) PR Done Right

The internet has been awash lately with companies handling their online public relations all wrong: Managers of restaurants attacking people for negative reviews on sites. Online product sellers abusing clients for returning products. Et cetera.

One company that has it's head screwed on however is Bodyform. For those who don't know, Bodyform is a tampon/sanitary pad company who have been famous over the years for their advertisements such as this little beauty showing women in various different situations enjoying themselves.

A man by the name of Richard Neill posted this comment on their facebook page on the 8th of October:

"Hi , as a man I must ask why you have lied to us for all these years . As a child I watched your advertisements with interest as to how at this wonderful time of the month that the female gets to enjoy so many things ,I felt a little jealous. I mean bike riding , rollercoasters, dancing, parachuting, why couldn't I get to enjoy this time of joy and 'blue water' and wings !! Dam my penis!! Then I got a girlfriend, was so happy and couldn't wait for this joyous adventurous time of the month to happen .....you lied !! There was no joy , no extreme sports , no blue water spilling over wings and no rocking soundtrack oh no no no. Instead I had to fight against every male urge I had to resist screaming wooaaahhhhh bodddyyyyyyfooorrrmmm bodyformed for youuuuuuu as my lady changed from the loving , gentle, normal skin coloured lady to the little girl from the exorcist with added venom and extra 360 degree head spin. Thanks for setting me up for a fall bodyform , you crafty bugger".

Not ones to be outdone with a bit of comedy at their own expense, the guys and girls at Bodyform crafted this response. It is, I think you'll agree, brilliant.

5) Stay Safe

And finally, as the east coast of America gets hit by a pretty nasty storm all our thoughts here at FRED are with our friends and family out there. Hope everyone makes through it OK.

As inspiration, here is a shirtless horse-headed man running through the streets of the storm. You can do it, guys. Let him be your spirit animal.



And that's it! My favourite things of the last month.

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