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Monday, September 10, 2012

At Sea-Tac Airport, Don't Drink Disgusting Water

Posted by on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 7:57 AM

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You deserve a five-dollar cup of candy. Don't let Michelle Obama see this.

 

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Anal moi: "Michelle Obama"
Posted by Patricia Kayden on September 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 2
Starbucks does actually have really good tasting water.

Around my neck of the woods where the water is borderline toxic, when I noticed recently that Starbucks coffee wasn't making me have skin and digestive problems (like in the past from almost all places near here).

I started ordering a glass of ice water with my drink and it was very tasty (I'm a water connoisseur, and buy many bottled waters, but only the best ones).

I asked the barista what there secret was and he said they had installed a special filter but it was proprietary. Thinking he was pulling my leg, I emailed Starbucks HQ and they affirmed that yes, it is a very good filter and yes they can't tell me what it is.

I've improved my water to the point of tastiness with a GE reverse osmosis filter that was quite the bear to set up and install. But it's worth every drop.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM · Report this
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Silly, sure, but - forest for trees. This ad is at one of the kajillion excellent water fountains the Port of Seattle has ALL OVER THEIR AIRPORT. They even have those talking fountains. As a lifelong fountain aficionado, I must put in a good word for SeaTac having always made it especially easy for travelers to avoid thinking they have to use the retail vendors for hydration.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 4

@3) Sea-Tac is hardly unique in having lots of water fountains.

Posted by Dominic Holden on September 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM · Report this
raggeddog 5
A better ad would have said something along the line of "you can always get water on the plane..."
Posted by raggeddog on September 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 6
@2 Move one city south. Auburn has a glacier fed water supply. Incredibly clean & crisp.
Posted by Sir Vic on September 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 7
I like candy. Everyone at the stranger is such a prig.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on September 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 8
@2,
I asked the barista what there secret was and he said they had installed a special filter but it was proprietary. Thinking he was pulling my leg, I emailed Starbucks HQ and they affirmed that yes, it is a very good filter and yes they can't tell me what it is.
I once asked a priest how they get their holy water. He said there's a "special filter" installed but it was proprietary. I called the Vatican to verify it and they told me that was correct, they have a "very good" filter, but they can't tell me what it is.
I suspect their filter may be supernatural.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 9
Michelle Obama is getting over the top on this. Did you all see her chastise Olympic Gold Metal winner Gabby Douglas on the Tonight Show over celebrating her victory by enjoying a delicious Egg McMuffin?
Given the athlete's metabolism, I hardly think egg, cheese, and a muffin warrants Michelle's plebeian pontificating.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on September 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 10
Most candy is very low-fat, just pure sugar and/or corn-sweetener. Many of the pricey Starbucks glopathons are loaded with grease.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on September 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM · Report this
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MO is projecting her fears... Not everyone has a ballon ass... She should speak with Fergie on ass matters and diets...

Posted by pupuguru http://www.godsweed.org on September 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM · Report this
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@4, no kidding. Few do it as well as my podunk hometown's though. If they want to put some cute ads up promoting their rent-paying retail tenants, doing it at the site of their wonderfully popular fountains seems logical enough. To think it will have a serious water-discouraging effect is like thinking putting escort ads next to the personals means the Stranger would rather we pay for it.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 13
Drinking water or being obese? Hmm what will it be?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on September 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 14

@12) A "serious water-discouraging effect"?

Posted by Dominic Holden on September 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this
TVDinner 15
My pancreas is whimpering.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on September 10, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 16
#8

I did spend one whole afternoon during a scout jamboree looking for a "left handed windjammer" so gullible could be my middle name.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on September 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM · Report this
care bear 17
So, I grew up calling them "drinking fountains" instead of "water fountains" like the rest of the world does, apparently. Is this just a Southeast Alaska thing? Or just me? Anybody else call them that?
Posted by care bear on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
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@14, what, commenters can't overwrite sometimes too?
Posted by gloomy gus on September 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
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@9 Did you see the smiling and laughing? Notice the tone of the remark and her body language?

This is what we call joking.

Just because Romney is a robot doesn't mean his supporters have to be.
Posted by giffy on September 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM · Report this
SPG 20
In the snowboard world, where just about every athlete is paid by either RedBull(shit) or Monster, there's been a backlash by some pros who've dropped the energy drink sponsors and launched a campaign called simply Drink Water.
http://www.wedrinkwater.com
Posted by SPG on September 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 21
Remember folks-airports are the filthiest places on earth. If you use the drinking fountain, do not touch anything, including the button. Pull a sleeve over your finger or get a napkin before to put over the button. Other countries are exporting the fucking plague, ferchrisakes!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
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@9: Another Republican whose blind hatred makes it impossible to see humor from a Democrat.
Posted by bigyaz on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 23
@19: Of course, laughter followed and I would have agreed with you. But the joke is essentially the result of the First Lady's sincerity over the issue. And when she said "You're setting me back Gabby" and then Gabby with an embarrassed laughter says "ssorrrry", the "joke" fizzles.
It's all kind of weird.
It's as if Gabby will be reluctant to watch that video as she remembers provoking the First Lady, nervous laughter, "joke", and all.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on September 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
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@23 Didn't seem too nervous to me. Looked like she was teasing her in a very good natured way.

Do you really think Michelle Obama thought that her cause was set back by Gabby enjoying a McMuffin? Really?
Posted by giffy on September 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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@9

1. It was a joke

2. McDonalds is paying olympic athletes a lot of money so they can get dumb, fat americans to feel better about eating at McDonalds.

Both of those things went over your head, didn't they?
Posted by GermanSausage on September 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
balderdash 26
@23, you honestly seem to be the only one in this scenario, on the TV or in the thread, who is made uncomfortable by Michelle Obama.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on September 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 27
@23: Oh come on man, you are smart enough to know damn well that it was a joke. Give me a break.

"Provoking" the first lady? Please. Either you are just willfully lying (shocking, right?) or you are seriously projecting your fear of black people.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on September 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 28
...but I do love it when people go out "for a cup of coffee" and come back with a sundae. If your coffee needs that kind of enhancement in order for you to be able to enjoy it, maybe you should just kick it and go the hell to Dairy Queen.

I don't trust public water fountains anymore. I gave them up when I started getting really sick when travelling. It's one of the things I ruled out as a source. I keep my hands away from my face. I wash my hands thoroughly whenever I get a chance. I stay out of the airplane toilet, and I don't drink from public fountains. Call me a germaphobe, but for the last few trips I've remained well.
Posted by Bauhaus I on September 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 29
@26 That's not true. FLOTUS makes me uncomfortable too, but in a "my jeans are too tight" kind of way.
Posted by Sir Vic on September 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Dougsf 30
Is it Seatac where some of the water fountains shame you with "glug-glug" noises? I'm starting to see the larger strategy here.
Posted by Dougsf on September 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
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This is why we as a nation are sick and getting sicker. In public health, we call it an obesogenic environment. Others call it a toxic food environment or the "eat-more" food environment. Whatever you call it, it's clear that we have given the food and beverage industry carte blanche to do whatever they want with our environment. They can advertise whenever and however they want to whomever. They can put the worst foods at ever-inflating sizes within constant reach. This ad is a particular egregious example of a strategy the beverage industry has been using called "share of stomach," where their competitors are no longer other beverage companies, but things like water or homemade tea. It's a direct assault on our health that seeks to further undermine our norms around food.

But the thing that pisses me off the most is that anytime someone says, "Hey, this is out of hand, doing the healthy thing should not be an uphill struggle," we hear the same refrain from industry: "You want to live in a nanny state! People are obese because they don't practice personal responsibility or they don't exercise or they need more education."

BULLSHIT.

People are obese (and, far more importantly, disabled and dying prematurely from food-related chronic diseases) because we as a society have allowed industry to make that the default. It's crazy. It's time for us - acting through our elected representatives - to restore sanity. That's why I support NYC's proposed soda size cap, I support the soda taxes that are on the ballot in California, I support the happy meal standards in San Francisco, I support banning food advertising to children under five, and I support major structural reforms to the Farm Bill.
Posted by facet on September 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
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@30, a dream April 1 prank would be to switch that "babbling brook" audio file for a fart noise.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
Dougsf 33
@32 - How about a blowjob slurp noise? Too far?
Posted by Dougsf on September 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this

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