"I had always assumed that the Canadian Government used Helvetica for all of its brand outputs — but after spending far too many hours staring at a sign hanging from the ceiling of my local passport office, non-Helvetica flourishes began to appear…"
"Italy’s highest court has ruled that a woman wearing jeans cannot be raped.
The Supreme Court of Appeal in Rome on Wednesday overturned a rape conviction, saying that the supposed victim must have agreed to sex because her jeans could not have been removed without her consent.”
An analysis by two Danish academics found that the Swedish furniture store Ikea gives its “better” products Swedish and Norwegian names, while “lesser” products are christened with Danish names. An analysis by a blogger on a Germany-based Web forum also reached the same conclusion.
PingMag: São Paulo No Logo: “At the beginning of this year, a new law in São Paulo, Brazil, drastically changed the cityscape practically overnight: No advertisements, no billboards, no posters anywhere! In an attempt to clean up urban surfaces and crack down on illegal sticker action, everything had to come down. Though not the first city to introduce such drastic measures, it nevertheless is a beautiful sight for contemplating our beloved consumeristic habits. In the last couple of months, photographer Tony de Marco has documented the whole process of tearing down the billboards with his São Paulo No Logo collection on Flickr. PingMag went with him on a visual journey through his advertisement-free cityscape and let Flickr users give their comments…”
Emotions against IKEA are running high in Denmark, where researchers claim the wildly popular Swedish home furnishings company only names cheap doormats and wall-to-wall carpeting after Danish towns, reserving Swedish names for its more expensive furniture.
A boycott’s been spoken of.
Even more serious, Danes are suggesting that one of their country’s light beers should be given a Swedish name.