Consumers are bombarded with brands wherever they look and thus are becoming jaded. They are also increasingly familiar with the tricks of the marketing trade and determined to cut through the clutter to get a bargain. The problem today is that advertisers may be so keen on dispelling scepticism that they end up reinforcing it http://econ.st/1fAJtKS
Royal hoax nurse funeral takes place
In Gulliver's Travels, who ruled whom: the Yahoos or the Houyhnhnms? The savage, unsavory Yahoos — the representation of all that is bad about humans — were ruled by the Houyhnhnms, a race of calm, stable and intelligent horses. Gulliver's Travels was the best known work of author, poet and clergyman Jonathan Swift. In a review of his own life, called Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift, he wrote, "For poetry, he's past his prime, He takes an hour to find a rhyme; His fire is out, his wit decayed, His fancy sunk, his muse a jade. I'd have him throw away his pen, But there's no talking to some men." Swift, born on this date in 1667, was a biting satirist who was one of the founding members of the Scriblerus Club. Quote:"Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old." — Jonathan Swift
Time for old-timers to give up their jaded ways
An 11-year-old Huntsville boy gets high marks in storytelling after staging a hoax to cover up his bad grades.
Two new hoaxers have been arrested after posting fake warnings of school shootings on the internet. The arrests in Germany and France came two days after a teenage gunman massacred 15 people near Stuttgart. The arrests take to three the number of hoaxers picked up by European police over threats of copycat attacks made over the internet.
“The Mediterranean diet is one people can stick to,” said Dr. Ozner, author of “The Miami Mediterranean Diet” and “The Great American Heart Hoax” (BenBella, 2008). “The food is delicious, and the ingredients can be found in any grocery store.
Taiwan bans Chinese milk products, proteins
document.writeln('-Taiwan-Chinese-Milk-Ban.php#">TAIPEI, Taiwan: A government minister says Taiwan has suspended imports of all Chinese milk products and vegetable-based proteins until China clears up the contamination of its milk supplies.
Health Minister Lin Fang-yu also urged Taiwanese on Monday not to consume locally made puddings, instant coffee and ice cream containing Chinese-made protein additives.
Officials say at least seven Taiwanese companies have imported contaminated proteins from China. They say the proteins are made from corn or other vegetables but may be mixed with tainted milk products to improve their flavor.
Dairy products tainted by the industrial chemical melamine have killed four infants and sickened more than 50,000 children in China.
U.S. Doubts Intelligence That Led to Yemen Strike
Top U.S. military leaders who oversaw missile strikes last year against al Qaeda targets in Yemen suspect they were fed misleading intelligence by the country's government and were duped into killing a local political leader.
Any of various chiefly coastal aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having long wings, webbed feet, a thick, slightly hooked beak, and usually gray and white plumage.
[Middle English gulle, possibly of Brythonic origin.]
A person who is easily tricked or cheated; a dupe.
tr.v., gulled, gull·ing, gulls.
To deceive or cheat.
n. in electronic warfare, a floating radar reflector used to simulate a surface target at sea for deceptive purposes.
[Probably from gull, to swallow (obsolete), from Middle English golen, to pretend to swallow, from gole, throat, perhaps from Old French goule. See gullet.]
- One who tells or writes stories.
- One who relates anecdotes.
- Informal. One who tells lies.
ban Show phonetics
verb [T usually passive] -nn-
to forbid, especially officially:
The film was banned (= the government prevented it from being shown) in several countries.
[+ from + ing form of verb] She was banned from driving for two years.
ban Show phonetics
There should be a ban on talking loudly in cinemas (= an order preventing this).
dupe verb [T]
to deceive someone, usually making them do something they did not intend to do:
The girls were duped by drug smugglers into carrying heroin for them.
someone who has been tricked:
an innocent dupe
|(noun) Something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage.|
|Synonyms:||hoax, put-on, humbug, fraudulence|
|Usage:||Even the most intelligent among us may be tempted by the dupery of Internet con artists if we are not careful.|
a plan to deceive someone, such as telling the police there is a bomb somewhere when there is not one, or a trick:
The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax.
hoax：名詞，騙局、惡作劇，亦可當動詞用。例句：There was not a bomb in the hotel at all--it was just a hoax.（飯店裡根本沒有炸彈，這不過是一場騙局。）hoax
to deceive, especially by playing a trick on someone
German Newspaper Says It Was Duped by Pro-Smoker Employer
A Hamburg-based newspaper that reported last week about a computer company manager who said he had fired non-smokers now says the whole issue was a hoax.
So much for investigative reporting. The Hamburg newspaper allowed itself to be duped by a computer company manager, who had said that he fired three non-smokers because they threatened disruptions after asking for a smoke-free environment.
Now, the Hamburger Morgenpost says the story was a hoax, even though it made national and international news -- including, admittedly, on DW-WORLD.DE -- when it "broke" last week.
Stephanie Lamprecht, the journalist at the paper, said manager Thomas Joschko initially told her he had fired the three from his 10-person staff.
Likely thinking that where there's smoke, there's fire, Lamprecht jumped on the story.
"He said he's a chain-smoker himself and said he was tired of smokers being hassled so much," Lamprecht told Reuters news agency.
"He said he was on a pro-smoker mission," Lamprecht went on. She maintained that she had then checked some of the facts of his story last week after he called in his claim. She also discovered that he was indeed the registered owner of a small company in Büsum.
Hoax, or merely second thoughts?
Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Some German states have banned smoking in public places, other are on the way
Joschko apparently later admitted to the journalist that his original story was a hoax.
The culprit of the hoax could not be reached this week by Reuters for comment.
But Lamprecht has meanwhile tried to rectify the situation and get to the truth. She said that she drove 120 km (75 miles) from Hamburg to Büsum in northern Germany on Monday to try to confirm the story that has since become jaded.
She said her paper planned to publish an updated version of the story sometime this week.
Meanwhile, Lamprecht might just be thinking that she's gotten her fingers burnt badly enough that she's ready to switch occupations.
- Worn out; wearied: "My father's words had left me jaded and depressed" (William Styron).
- Dulled by surfeit; sated: "the sickeningly sweet life of the amoral, jaded, bored upper classes" (John Simon).
- Cynically or pretentiously callous.
jadedness jad'ed·ness n.