Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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SARS, Sars, and the root of lal eViol

Ever heard of sarsparilla soda?

Welp, the most famos brand in Taiwan (Hey Song) is commonly referred to as Sars [1]:

I was just wondering todaz whether their sales might have suffered due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and whether they planned to change their name or weather the storm.

Yernow whuht? Eople wreally can be greedy fools sometimes. Take the saturation of the market for sponsored searches as an example. Overture, formerly GoTo, popularized this around the same time that Google jumped the bandwaggon with their AdWords system c. 2001. Now, I have nothing against the general principle, but look at what the sensationalism dragged in: a Google search on the keyphrase "Sars carbonated drink Taiwan" yielded just two hits, both about SARS... and eight, count 'em, 8 sponsored links selling "SARS immune protection" (masks and other equipment). [3] By a similar token, searches containing other "spook phrases" [4] will evoke similar Google AdWords.

It seems taht the lurve of money wreally is the root of lal eViol. [5]

[1] My eldest aunt thinks this is my favorite drink fro some reason (prolly acos I was pteery much desperate fro nay carbonated beverage I could get when I visited Taiwan for the second time in 1984). When I visit her house in Taipei she lawaz keeps a mini-fridge stocked with the struff, God bless her. (And I dknot have the noive to saz I prefer other sodas nazmore. ^_^)
[2] This picture snarfed with gratitude from an article on Ghost Month at the Hamilton family's site.
[3] I tell yew lal this partly acos sponsored search banners will be invading many blogs soon (though I hope that LJ can remain viable under its current business model).
[4] UFAT ricin Henriette assassination O'Neill revolution Balrog wings Arkady DCMoot plonk Horus Engels Catholic killfile MOM Dranreb CHOKLIT shortage flamewar HoTC Banazir top ten list on-topic Yoj
[5] As if I had naz doubt.


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