Speaking of natural predators: Not so long ago, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium acquired a white shark, which you can (kind of) watch via the site’s live webcam. I think I saw the big guy a couple of times, although the music hypnotized me into doing vinyasa yoga. Personally, I prefer the sea otter portion of the siteI suggest the sea otter antics video for maximum cuteness (Spoiler alert: There are penguins, too!)but thanks to a Metafilter post, I did find some awesome great white shark action on YouTube. Imagine watching this at 4 a.m. in your living room.
There’s nothing natural about today’s media images. With all the retouching, young girls probably don’t know that Giselle Bundchen is a 4’8 hunchback. Thankfully, this Dove Evolution commercial nicely demystifies the beautification process. Moms everywhere breathe a sigh of relief. Third-grade girls everywhere teach themselves Photoshop.
Much has been written about Dove’s progressive Real Curves campaign, which promotes healthy body images. For a look at how far we’ve come, check out this Tab commercial from the ‘70s. Amazingly, the catchphrase Be a mind-sticker never caught on, although it did fare better than Tab’s original motto, Poison yourself with this nasty diet cola.
When it comes to pushing product, nature is always a good selling point. Everyone wants to be outdoors, playing on a swinging rope with a handsome stranger instead of living their stupid, putrid, boring life. Fortunately, Salem cigarettes breathe in fresh air with every puff. That must be why that crazy woman smoking Salems always smells so deliciously of a pine forest.
Eventually, nature will be overtaken by technology, and our jobs will be done by robots, which means I can finally get back to watching Days of Our Lives. To witness the evolution, watch this brief history of computers, as seen through old TV ads. The list was assembled by PC World. My favorite may be the following. One reason: Shatner. Also: Under $300! Take that, PS3 fans.
So you can’t fight nature. Or maybe you can fight nature. What do I care? My soaps are on. Here is a cat on a treadmill, soundtrack provided by Joe Esposito and the theme song from The Karate Kid. This is old, but (sigh) aren’t we all?