Tesco’s new packaging design for its buttermilk carton is all c*ck and balls

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 Tesco-ButtermilkWITH thousands of products battling for your attention at every turn, supermarkets go to great lengths to capture your attention while you’re walking the aisles.

The warring big four of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have even employed psychologists in the battle to fill the most trolleys and grab the biggest share of the £160million spent on food in Britain every day.

So, if we’re the human version of lab rats wandering around in a supermarket-sized experiment, what does this Tesco Buttermilk packaging say about us our thought process?

Snapped by a shopper in Terenure, Dublin, the carton has more than a hint of male genitalia about it.

And whether that’s quite the image customers want when scanning the shelves for milk is up for debate.

It’s certainly caused a storm on the internet – for all the wrong reasons – with a variety of theories for the cock-up being offered online.

On reddit Ireland user, Speelingfail, said: “Tesco subliminally trying to get women pregnant so they can spend all their money on nappies, baby food, blankets and what not.

“They also want their loyal customers to reproduce, thus creating a new generation of shoppers.

“It’s even above the whipped cream as if to say ‘Hey, why don’t you surprise him tonight?'”

However you dress it up, it looks like like a balls up to us.

The news comes just 24 hours after Asda was under the spotlight of internet jesters for the unfortunate placing of a diabetes test poster next to a chocolate mountain that would feed the sweetest of tooths for a lifetime.

South Africans want to boycott penis clamps

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450737210The little plastic device seemed ideal for South Africa’s campaign to reduce HIV rates through medical circumcision — safe, inexpensive, nearly painless, and non-surgical. You put it on, the elastic shuts off the flow of blood to the foreskin, and the foreskin dies on its own, removed after a week. Only problem: it’s made in Israel.

Whenever the Israeli-Palestinian conflict flares, it echoes in distant South Africa. And as the warring parties negotiate amid a five-day truce marred early on by rockets and airstrikes, the PrePex male circumcision ring is one of many products in South Africa being targeted by growing calls to boycott Israeli-made goods.

The issue resonates deeply here, with many South Africans supporting the Palestinians and drawing parallels with their struggle against apartheid. Many also remember that during the years of racist white minority rule, South Africa’s government maintained uncomfortably close ties with Israel — even though Israel formally opposed apartheid. Since the advent of democracy in 1994, the African National Congress-led government has been fiercely critical of Israeli policies.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace laureate who led South Africa’s post-apartheid truth and reconciliation campaign, has been one of Israel’s sharpest critics. In recent years, he’s championed a cultural boycott, arguing that it would be as inappropriate for artists to perform in Israel as it had been for them to do in apartheid South Africa, “a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity.”

Former president Thabo Mbeki has also joined the boycott calls, declaring that Israel should “pay a price for the position that it is taking.” A popular target has been Woolworths, an upscale grocery store chain that stocks a small number of products made in Israel.

Cosatu, the powerful South African trade union federation allied with the ruling ANC, has been behind the calls for South Africa to boycott the PrePex circumcision device. Spokesman Patrick Craven has explained that “we cannot have exceptions” in the wholesale boycott of Israeli goods.

In some cases the rhetoric has been extreme. Tony Ehrenreich, a senior Cosatu official, in a Facebook post this week called for an “eye for an eye against Zionist aggression.” Ehrenreich also wrote that the South African Jewish Board of Deputies — an umbrella group that leads the country’s Jewish community — was “complicit in the murder of the people in Gaza.”

The Board of Deputies has officially complained to the South African human rights commission, saying, “Ehrenreich’s inflammatory post incites violence and hatred against the representative body for South African Jewry.”

“It also comes at a time of heightened tension over the Israel-Gaza conflict, thereby inflaming an already volatile situation,” chairwoman Mary Kluk added.

South Africa’s Jewish population numbers about 70,000 people, some of whom played prominent roles in the anti-apartheid struggle. The recent conflict in Gaza has also sparked internal dissent within this community.

One controversy within the South African Jewish community has centered around a teenager named Joshua Broomberg, a student leader at a Jewish school in Johannesburg who is currently competing at the World Schools Debating Championships in Thailand.

Broomberg, 17, was photographed wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf, with the caption reading: “Team South Africa wearing Palestinian badges and keffiyehs to show our opposition to human rights violations carried out against the people of Palestine. #WSDC2014.”

An online furor followed, including a petition that called for the teenager to face disciplinary action at his school, with some arguing that he should be stripped of his school honors.

Broomberg posted an apology on his Facebook page in response, saying that his position was “not designed to offend or upset.”

“In fact, I consider it my duty to contribute to the growing worldwide discussion surrounding the desperate need for a quick end and lasting solution to this pernicious conflict,” he wrote.

“In my eyes, this criticism is not a betrayal, but actually the only honest and true way to show my patriotism and commitment to Israel, as well as my belief in human rights and the entitlement of all citizens of all countries to those rights.

“To improve, we must criticize.”

Woman with middle name ‘Skywalker’ told she infringes copyright

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Her namesake may be able to travel across galaxies in Star Wars, but Laura Matthews from Southend – whose middle name is Skywalker – isn’t even able to get on a budget airline to the Med.

The 29-year-old added the middle name by deed poll in 2008, “for a bit of a laugh”, and recently tried to renew her passport, complete with her new name and the signature L. Skywalker. Her application was refused, with the Home Office telling her it “will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark”.

“We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute,” a spokesperson told the BBC. A disgruntled Matthews complained: “It’s on my driving licence, my bank cards, everything. Everyone else is happy with that signature apart from passport office.”

A compromise is nevertheless being hashed out where she could submit a passport form with her old, non-Tatooinian signature, and is able to keep her new name on her new passport.

Connecticut man arrested after stabbing watermelon

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SONY DSCA 49-year-old Connecticut man faces threatening charges after a woman told police he stabbed a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner.

The Register Citizen of Torrington reports Carmine Cervellino of Thomaston was arraigned Monday on charges of threatening and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $500 bond.

Police say the woman had gone to police on July 4 to report finding drugs, including marijuana, in Cervellino’s tool box. He was not arrested.

They say she later returned home to find the watermelon on the counter with a butcher’s knife in it.  She reported that Cervellino then entered the room and began carving the watermelon. She called the incident passive-aggressive and menacing.

No one answered a phone call Tuesday morning to the Cervellino home seeking comment.

“In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once”

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5593226-3x2-340x227An Australian campervan company is facing an online backlash over “misogynistic and degrading” slogans painted on the sides of their vehicles.

By Sunday afternoon more than 12,000 people had signed a Change.org petition calling on Brisbane-based Wicked Campers to remove slogans labelled as degrading to women.

People are also bombarding the company’s Facebook page complaining about the slogans.

Sydney mother Paula Orbea said she was prompted to start the Change petition after her 11-year-old daughter told her about a van she spotted in the Blue Mountains.

Ms Orbea was outraged by a slogan reading “In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once”, and helped her daughter register a complaint with the Advertising Standards Bureau.

She also blogged about the incident, and was blown away by the public outpouring of support and comment, including more than 130,000 hits on her personal blog, which usually sees about 50 hits a day.

“I was livid,” she said.

I agree with free speech, but where is the line? At what point do we say no, that’s not morally correct?

Paula Orbea

“I believe these [slogans] are changing the way we see each other through these labels.

“I just feel like it’s wallpapering our lives, this idea, this obsession with sex, and creating a sex-obsessed male and a victim female, a hyper-sexualised ‘asking for it’ female.”

She said her daughter was upset because she thought the slogan could be referring to a child like her.

“It made her fear being perceived that way – especially by someone she may cross paths with who may agree with that perspective,” Ms Orbea wrote on the petition.

The petition includes a number of examples of other slogans the company has painted on their vans, including “A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done”.

Ms Orbea said the slogans were degrading.

“I agree with free speech, but where is the line? At what point do we say no, that’s not morally correct?” she said.

“We’re not the enemy for saying we don’t like to be referred to as sluts, that we all are begging [for sex] and hyper-sexualised.

“We have the right to say we’re not happy with that.”

Complaints upheld in previous cases

Wicked Campers, registered in Queensland but operating across Australia, offer cheap campervans aimed at a primarily young backpacker market.

Ms Orbea has called on the company’s Australian director John Webb to eliminate “misogynistic and degrading slogans and imagery” from their vans.

The online furore follows a finding by the Advertising Standards Bureau in March upholding a complaint about the company’s slogan “…fat girls are harder to kidnap”.

The company has been subject to numerous complaints in the the past six years.

The board found that Wicked Campers made light of the serious issue of kidnap, which breached a section of the Advertiser Code of Ethics, by depicting material contrary to prevailing community standards on health and safety.

The complainant argued the advertisement was sexist and misogynistic, but the board found it did not breach section 2.1 of the code, which requires advertisements to not portray material that is discriminatory or a vilification on gender, race and other grounds.

Wicked Campers did not respond to the bureau’s finding.

An 11 year-old gets into an argument with his grandfather at their mobile home, then gets a loaded shotgun and puts an end to the discussion

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grandson9n-2-webAn 11-year-old boy fatally shot his grandfather at a North Carolina mobile home during a bloody domestic dispute, authorities said.

Lloyd Woodlief, 84, had wounded his 49-year-old son Lloyd Peyton Woodlief with a .22-caliber gun before the unidentified boy fired a 12-gauge shotgun at his grandfather, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lloyd Woodlief died at the scene.

Father threatens to behead daughter with sword after disagreement over what TV show to watch

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charlesduecasterAn elderly Youngstown man is in the Mahoning County Jail after threatening to cut off his daughter’s head with a sword.

Youngstown Police arrested Charles Duecaster, 74, Sunday on a charge of domestic violence after his daughter, Allison Whitaker, 43, said he grabbed a sword and threatened her with it during an argument.

Whittaker said she and her dad got into an argument over their television, which soon escalated into Duecaster grabbing a “long sword,” and threatening to cut her head off, according to a police report.

Whittaker then called police and said that Duecaster fled the scene with the sword, the police report states.