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Mark Frauenfelder at 12:02 pm Thu, Jun 12, 2008
Boing Boing pal and artist Shawn Wolfe says these cookies were: "on the checkout at Safeway last night. People didn't seem to be buying many of them." Link
the fibre baked goods?
And this isn’t a one off either. The Safeway near Ocean Beach also had a jar simply labeled: Prostate Cancer. I was afraid to touch it, but morbidly curious…
Further signs of the death of our culture.
That’s my favorite kind of cookie!
Maybe if they had nuts?
“Don’t laugh, Men! While there are about twice more new prostate cancer cases than breast cancer cases every year, there is more than twice more money in breast cancer research than in prostate cancer research!!”
This is, of course, complete nonsense. Please, do some research before making such preposterous claims.
In the United States, for example, the CDC estimates that in 2008 there will be 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer and 28,660 deaths from the disease.
For the same period, the CDC estimates that there will be 182,460 (female) and 1,990 (male) new cases and 40,480 (female); 450 (male) deaths.
And that’s after breast cancer cases/deaths have been in decline in recent years.
Sadly, he appears to be wrong about funding, but in underestimating the difference. There appears to be about 4 times as much federal funding into breast cancer research than prostate cancer. Federal funding for disease research is highly politicized and breast cancer advocates have done a much better job of publicizing that disease.
OTOH, malaria kills >850,000 people every year worldwide and total annual international funding to find a vaccine is about 1/2 of U.S. funding on prostate cancer.
Those aren’t chips, man. They’re butt-tumors.
Made from tumors, or just causing them?
Prostate cancer brownies are even worse.
aaack…. i’ll have a U-No bar, please.
Look, I had just spent my last bit of cash on AIDS brownies and Hepatitis’s juice. I’m not made of money!
An organization I belonged to in college raised money for pediatric AIDS research. So we had an event all planned, and being college students we had T-shirts made to wear at the event. The caption was simply “PEDIATRIC AIDS”.
We were a savvy bunch, oh yes.
No thanks. I still full from…
No. I can’t do it.
Somebody else please take this really obvious joke off my hands.
think of it as a test
I’m betting that “fundraiser” or “benefit/s” was inadvertently left off the label.
Still makes you wonder though.
Are the cookies *for* prostate cancer? In what way? Does that mean you should eat them, um, “backwards”?
tumors? I thought they were macadamias.
There, I said it. Now I have to go feed chopped spinach and mash to teh ducklings in the bathtub.
I heard that they tried some crazy esoteric desserts on that Top Chef finale, but this seems a bit much.
Good thing I didn’t say anything about the dirty knife…
Sucks that a fundraiser is going to get the shaft because of a marketing snafu.
But then again isn’t prostate cancer one of the most treatable and survivable forms of cancer? Maybe they don’t need the money.
The burning fire awaits rossindetriot….
Whatever they are, now I seem to be craving one.
Don’t laugh, Men! While there are about twice more new prostate cancer cases than breast cancer cases every year, there is more than twice more money in breast cancer research than in prostate cancer research!!
So funny, I just saw a plastic cup sitting at a Safeway check out aisle with a slit cut in the top for donations. It was labeled with a crappy label-maker label that simply read “Prostate Cancer”. Nothing was mentioned about a benefit, where the money might go, or who was responsible (or if it was even an official store donation station). No wonder “there is more than twice more money in breast cancer research than in prostate cancer research”
Were they under the colon chocolate bars?
The Vons stores (same company as Safeway) in the L.A. area have also been doing poorly-worded fundraising to (presumably) fight prostate cancer.
Cashiers ask “Would you like to donate a dollar for prostate cancer?”
There are donation jars that are labeled simply “Prostate Cancer.”
And one store sells hot dogs out front. “Buy a hot dog and help prostate cancer! $1!”
Our local grocery store recently did some kind of fundraising thing. I don’t know the details because I couldn’t get past the giant banners in the dairy section that said “Take a Bite Out of Cancer!”
It looks like they took the cookies from Chips Ahoy! and just wrapped them individually
I guess cookies are better than brown ribbons that say “Support our Poops.”
The next time I’m having a physical my doctor better not offer me a “prostate cookie.”