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September 04, 2003

What If I Ditch the Olive?

My latest post to the Beast Blog is worth mentioning here:

The neighborhood playground:
No Drinking?

I find it odd that the martini glass (with olive!) is the universal symbol for alcohol. Particularly because the folks at whom this sign is directed are likely drinking something that has it's own identifiable silhouette.

Posted by peterme at September 4, 2003 01:35 PM

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I see that Berkeley has extended its restrictive Municipal Code reach far beyond its borders, declaring "No Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages... outside these premises."

Excuse me while I sneak a little drink down here in L.A.

Posted by: BJMe at September 4, 2003 10:10 PM

peter, how stereotypical of you. people drinking 40's in playgrounds? the next thing you'll be telling me is that gary coleman is running for governor... bwahahahaha! i love new york.

Posted by: spcoon at September 9, 2003 09:57 PM

As Pavlov showed (ok, very abstractly), icons don't have to be realistic to be meaningful. My friend Ken likes to point out that one of the oldest (modern) ideas, the light bulb, still represents new ideas.

...and even if it was a 40, do you think it was Mickey's, when there's so many to choose from:

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