Monday, August 21, 2006
- UPDATE 8/24/06: Owners decide to change restaurant name and remove poster after wide controversy. [Thanks to Dajvid for the tip! -- L]
From the Questionable Ideas file: Hitler's Cross, a Hitler-themed restaurant (!) opened last week in Mumbai, India. Apparently the restaurant is trying to cash in on the association betwen the ancient swastika symbol - which is Indian in origin - and its appropriation by the German Nazi party.
"We wanted to be different. This is one name that will stay in people's minds," owner Punit Shablok told Reuters.Because nothing says "relaxing dining" like a poster of Der Führer. Satire? Who knows. The Producers it certainly ain't. More at India Times, Mumbai Edition. Other odd restaurant themes? Taiwan's "Marton" chain, Japan's The Lock-Up:
The small restaurant, its interior done out in the Nazi colors of red, white and black, also has a lounge for smoking the Indian water pipe or "hookah." Posters line the road leading up to it, featuring a red swastika carved in the name of the eatery. One slogan reads: "From Small Bites to Mega Joys." A huge portrait of a stern-looking Füehrer greets visitors at the door. The cross in the restaurant's name refers to the swastika that symbolized the Nazi regime.
"This place is not about wars or crimes, but where people come to relax and enjoy a meal," said restaurant manager Fatima Kabani, adding that they were planning to turn the eatery’s name into a brand with more branches in Mumbai.
"Become a prisoner and have the most shocking and exciting dinner in your life! Even though you don't want to work that much, there is no choice other than go to work every single day! Feels like a prison? Well.. how about trying our prison? We bet you'll like it! Cute jailers in mini skirts, monsters which are not scary at all, and of course the most delicious prison food you've ever had!"...and almost anything in Japan's Diamond Dining chain - like the Vampire Café.
- Thai cigarette warning labels don't mince words - they mince lung. And if dropping the Brown kids off at the pool leaves you bored, try the new TOTO toilet/mp3 player, complete with SD Flash memory slot for personalized toodle-oo on the loo.[Japundit]
- "Fermez le Bush?" Slate on the White House's clandestine Frenchness.
In retrospect, we should have seen the tell-tale signs of Frenchness all along: Bush's Parisian refusal to work in August, Cheney's snooty contempt for American culture, Condi's flair for haute couture, Bolten's Marie-Antoinettish tax cuts, and Rumsfeld's penchant for les head-butts. All this time, we've mistaken W for the Peter Sellers in Being There, when in every aspect of his job, Bush is actually Inspector Clouseau. [read full article]
- Is Sax Bad for Rock and Roll? [via Motel de Moka]
- Self-Assembling Nano Boxes Show Chemical Control! New Scientist reports:
Microscopic metal boxes that hold a few nanolitres of liquid each have been developed by US researchers. They say the tiny containers could someday be used for precision chemistry or even drug delivery inside the body.The X-Files' Skinner might have something to say about that there nano-tech.
...The tiny boxes are made from flat templates that self-assemble due to liquid surface tension during the production process. Once constructed, they can be also moved around remotely using magnetic fields. This means they could carry small chemical samples around or possibly even deliver drugs within the human body, the researchers say.