Posted in DC, new, news, WaPo

Legalizing marijuana is good business. You had me at the munchies.

The District of Columbia legalized the use of marijuana last week.

Big news? No.

NEW news? No.

27 states have done virtually the same thing.

But this is news that makes bankers swoon.

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The make-marijuana-legal bill was approved by DC residents over the objections of the fed gov’t. When the legal smoke cleared (see what I did there?) it was followed THE NEXT DAY by DC’s first marijuana expo.

The. Next. Day.

Legal weed is good business.

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The inside-the-beltway marijuana expo was called “Cannabis Academy” and The Washington Post says it was perfectly timed.

Put your money where your bong is.

Best headline of the day?

“DC Pot Expo Less Cheech and Chong More Berkshire Hathaway”

Pop culture meets Wall Street Journal. You go WaPo.

Big doobies are big biz.

Wait. Does anybody under 70 even say “doobie”?

The point is that after legalizing marijuana, states be rollin in the dough.

Pot. Weed. Dope. Marijuana. Reefer madness it ain’t.

Not buyin’ it?

Jump back cuz the haze filled state of Colorado just finished a banner year with a new banner crop of marijuana. Reuters reports:

In its first annual report, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division said 109,578 pounds (49.7 tons) of medical marijuana flowers were sold in 2014, while 38,660 pounds (17.5 tons) were sold on the retail market.

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Big biz? Oh hell to the yeah.

The NY Times says;

Welcome to Big Tobacco 2.0. In the emerging marijuana industry, potent edibles in the form of colorfully packaged cookies, candies, sodas and brownies are being advertised on the Internet and in mainstream newspapers and magazines across the state.  

Someone somewhere said:

“I never thought I’d see more people invest in marijuana than smoke it.”

Maybe Warren Buffett was high.

Whatev.

Legalization has already started in most states tho sometimes it’s called  “decriminalization.” Call it what you want, analysts say marijuana prospects look promising. Financially.

So smoke ’em if you got ’em. Invest in it if you don’t

ICYMI:  to celebrate the DC pot legalization restaurant chain Cava Mezza offered free chicken at 4:20 and billed themselves as “the second best joint in town.”

Gotta give props where props are due and this gets a big ‘ol marketing tip of the hat.

Well played Cava. Well played.

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Posted in animals, DC, internet, new, news, Uncategorized

Top trends in 2015. What’s in. What’s out. What in the hell does BAE mean?

2014 was the year that duck face (the weird pucker face that girls make for selfies) made it in,

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LOLcat (the plethora of funny cats online) became a thing

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and the word bae were all added to the dictionary.

You missed it? Bae? No worries. Bae is used as a term of endearment or to describe something as generally good or cool, as in “your ride is bae.”

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Okay, lots of people had to look bae up.

Trying not to fall hopelessly out of style is damn hard work.

Happily every year The Washington Post publishes a  list of what’s in and what’s out. You can read one list and staying hip doesn’t seem so hopeless. For now.

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Hipsters, Millenials, Gen Xers and Boomers take note though: Wapo’s 2015 list was in equal parts reassuring,  confusing and discomfiting.

Reassuring to know that these things are out:

  • Vaping
  • Matt Lauer
  • Cauliflower

Also good to know that:

  • hashtag activism is being replaced by t-shirt advocacy
  • you can say adios to “let it go” and start using Let. It. Go.
  • Breaking Bad and House of Cards binge watching have been replaced by binge listening to Serial podcasts.
  • Narratives are finally being usurped by Facts

Here’s where it gets confusing:

  • Lumbersexuals have been replaced by Urban Nomads
  • Office tiaras are giving way to Formalwear pasties
  • Hipster taxidermy is out. Unironic taxidermy is well, unironically in.

Ummm. K. Lumbersexuals? Office tiaras?

Basically if you nodded off at any point in 2014 you missed whole trends. In other words, hip can turn to sh*t in the blink of an eye. Wow. Total First World Problems.

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Note to self: thick-cushioned soles, conscious uncoupling, and orange wine are all hot new trends for 2015.  As soon as you figure out what any of that means.  Discomfiting? Like a boss.

 

 

Posted in animals, internet, new, news, Uncategorized, youtube

The tiny hamsters are killin’ it again. Tiny meals mean big numbers.

Cat videos are so 2010. Know what gets watched millions and millions and millions of times on YouTube these days?

Tiny hamsters. Eating tiny food.

When a tiny hamster ate a tiny burrito earlier this year the YouTube video got nine million views.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Nine MILLION views.

Yeah. That is a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito.
Yeah. That IS a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito.

Sensing a tsunami of popularity the brains behind the videos, who happen to be an advertising/social media company called Hello Denizen followed with a tiny hamster eating tiny birthday cake. Boom. Nearly four million more views.

And every time a hamster-turned-mini-celeb eats a hot dog or birthday cake millions of peeps check out the vids. Tiny hamsters are so cool.

With turkey day in our sights, it can only mean one thing.Tiny thanksgiving for tiny hamsters.

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Unlike the burrito, birthday cake or hot dog eating, this is a whole meal. That’s gotta mean guests…it IS the biggest meal of the year after all. So two tiny hamsters shared the bountiful feast with a rabbit and a rat. Because why not? Everybodys gotta eat.

Great article in the WaPo about how the videos are made but the short version is trained hamsters (yeah, that’s a thing) hamster-safe recipes, 12 hour photo shoots and unmitigated cuteness.

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Best quote about why anybody would go to the time/trouble of devising recipes for the look-alike foods used in all of the videos?

Well, you can’t just plop a burrito down in front of a hamster and expect him to eat it.

No words. Really.