To the couple from The Second Cup

Kindly pardon my eavesdropping; it's a bad habit. I wasn't paying much attention to your companion's chatter until I started to hear some alarming tip-off phrases: "catching the vibe", "online mall", etc. Also, all the talk about goals and aspirations was like a flashing neon sign to me, because it's the standard M.O.: Getting you... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Paula Oliviera, a 26-year-old Brazilian lawyer, claimed earlier this month that while visiting Switzerland she was assaulted by a group of neo-Nazi punks. The three skinheads grabbed her as she stood outside a train station in Zurich, speaking Portuguese over her cell phone. They made some racial slurs, then carved the initials of Switzerland's wildly... Continue Reading →

Deja Ew

TV ads for Dianetics and Amway? That is so '87. "The Land of Will": Nauseatingly ridiculous TV spot for the cult known as Quixtar. Notice how they throw in the first mention of Quixtar at the very, very end of the commercial, almost reluctantly? And how they don't actually mention what they're supposedly selling? I'll... Continue Reading →

The Part-Time Job That Eats Your Soul

Unfortunately, I have some personal experience with the quasi-religious corporate cult known as Amway/Quixtar. My ex was involved with it for roughly six months, about ten years ago. Sadly, Quixtar recruiters still use most of the same tired ol' enticements they were using over a decade ago, with a few new twists.Initially, I didn't think... Continue Reading →

Anthony Godby Johnson, the Invisible Boy

Boy Wonder Tony Johnson was a dreamchild: A kid who excelled effortlessly in school, never accepted handouts, and was determined to better himself, despite having a childhood that might have made Dickens blanch. What follows is Anthony Godby Johnson’s story as he told it in his 1993 memoir, A Rock and a Hard Place: One... Continue Reading →

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