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Sylvia D'Souza |
April 25, 2003 15:58 IST
Quizzes, Japanese fashion, unanswered questions and, finally, a tobacco company that tells it like it is
What kind of a smile are you? Ever thought of that? Ever been curious to know the answer? Even if you aren't, it doesn't hurt to take a quiz and find out. Quizilla has lots more questionnaires like this one, and then some. A lot of fun, and all to be taken with a great deal of salt.
The popular section, for instance, boasts gems such as 'How emotional are you?' and 'What swear word are you?' The best part is, these quizzes can be created by just about anyone. Quizilla offers you tools as well as space to showcase your creation. You can create as many quizzes as you like and manage them using your account. How about something like 'Are you dumb enough to try this quiz'? I quite like that one.
But, never mind quizzes. Let's move to the streets of Japan instead. This is actually a Japanese company that has its people patrolling the lanes and by-lanes to bring you up-to-date information on street fashion. What you get are images, as well as relevant data about brands and prices. Why would you want to log in? Probably because, as the home page states, 'A Japanese Streets user might be a fashion magazine editor in Milan looking for the latest trends in Japan. Or a designer in London researching the competition. Or perhaps a student in Hong Kong trying to decide what kind of clothes to buy.'
Whatever your reason, Japanese fashion is online, if you want it -- menswear, womenswear, Kimonos, shaved heads or piercings. Now this is what I would call extraordinary, but maybe it's just part of Japanese culture.
More questions (it's a questions' special this time, folks). Gadzillion Things is where you can go for unanswered questions. Why? Because, say the people who put it up, it's "better than an unquestioned answer." Go figure. What you'll find here are loads of unanswered questions on practically every topic under the sun. Under the sub-section 'Bosses', for example, you find 'Why is it that your boss calls all your ideas lousy until his boss has the same idea?', 'Why do most bosses think the best reward for a job well done is more work?' or 'Isn't it odd that the person with the strongest belief in hard work and dedication by employees is usually the boss?' Other sections you might want to check out are those on Diet, Advice, Luck�and a couple of hundred more�
Last stop this weekend: Licensed to Kill, Inc. -- a tobacco company that tells it like it is! Licensed to Kill, Inc was incorporated in the state of Virginia on March 19, 2003, becoming the world's newest tobacco company. By taking such a name, Licensed to Kill admits to clearly identifying what it is: "a company that has been given the explicit permission by the state to manufacture and market tobacco products in a way that each year kills over 400,000 Americans and 4.5 million other persons worldwide."
Better than any 'Quit-smoking' campaign, Licensed to Kill puts down in cold hard terms what tobacco companies stand for and what they market: Death. CEO Rich Fromdeth (another apt name, what?) tells us why the world would be bleak without tobacco companies -- "Not only would tens of thousands of our employees around the world be out of a job, so would thousands and thousands of hospital bed manufacturers, nurses and cancer specialists." All in all, a young company, but one that is highly ambitious. What it aims to do is have its own 'Global Massacre' brand replace Marlboro as "the cigarette sold most around the world."
Food for thought, the next time you light up.