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Jun
21
2010

Officially our best-ever cease and desist

Recently we got the best-ever cease and desist letter. We're no stranger to the genre, so what could possibly make this one stand out from the rest?

First, it's 12 pages long and very well-researched (except on one point); it even includes screengrabs of the offending item from our site. And we know they're not messing around because they invested in the best and brightest legal minds.

But what makes this cease and desist so very, very special is that it's for a fake product we launched for April Fool's day.

It wasn't the iCade, or the Dharma Initiative Clock, or even the Tribbles 'n' Bits Breakfast Cereal.

No, it was the Canned Unicorn Meat.

The very special but also very real letter is from the National Pork Board, who claims we're infringing on the slogan "The Other White Meat," a slogan they're apparently thinking about phasing out anyways. A screengrab of the product page is below.

Canned Unicorn Meat

Luckily, the Sisters at Radiant Farms, where the unicorns are nursed through old age before being slaughtered, canned, and brought to market at ThinkGeek, have nothing to worry about--this kind of use is protected as a parody. (We're hoping the NPB doesn't tell the Sisters that unicorns don't actually exist; it'd break their little sparkly hearts.)

Here, in all its porky glory, is the first page of the letter:

Best-ever cease and desist letter scan goes here

We'd like to publicly apologize to the NPB for the confusion over unicorn and pork--and for their awkward extended pause on the phone after we had explained our unicorn meat doesn't actually exist. From our press release [PDF or text]:

"It was never our intention to cause a national crisis and misguide American citizens regarding the differences between the pig and the unicorn," said Scott Kauffman, President and CEO of Geeknet. "In fact, ThinkGeek's canned unicorn meat is sparkly, a bit red, and not approved by any government entity."

We'd also like to extend a special discount to everyone we offended with our portrayal of Unicorn Meat as "the new white meat." For a limited time, take $10 off any order of $40 or more by using the code PORKBOARD at checkout, good until 6/30/2010 at 11:59PM ET.

The PORKBOARD discount is good on any ThinkGeek product, but you might want to check out shirts like Periodic BaCoN or Prime Cuts of Unicorn. There's also the popular Tactical Bacon or really anything from our entire line of pork-inspired products. Note: Please excuse the Zombies in the Bacon special interest section, we like to mix our meats.

Finally, thanks, National Pork Board, for giving us yet another reason to keep the April Fool's Day tradition alive. We'll always wonder if our Canned Unicorn Meat played some small, magical part in your rethinking of your brand.

UPDATE 6/21 2:50p ET: Due to popular request, and after some interest on the intarwebz, you can now download our original press release [PDF or text]. It was unfortunately rejected by the newswires so you won't find it elsewhere--kinda like unicorn meat.

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meaningless icon! *sigh* /facepalm
onefrozensoul said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
ilsaingrid said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! LOL!! Coffee just shot out of my nose. EPIC.
tinkerjenn said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! This has DEFINITELY made my morning! I wonder if this will get as much attention as Bacon Baby Infant Formula...
KatFish said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! wow, wow, i am amazed by lawyers missing the whole protected parody bit!
amazonv said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! :o) sooooo many giggles out of this one!! to go through that much work on an imaginary item! They didn't also get PETA involved? Hard to imagine. I was SURE the iCade would have been the one to get it!
ladyhgiggle said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Makes me wonder what Unicorn trichinosis would do to you?
GeekDad Ken said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! What Morons!
Monopoly_J said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Still laughing about this!
kylebellamy said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is pretty much the best news I've heard all morning. Thanks, Pork Board!
T'Dar said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! the hilarity is just. . . hilarious. The letter is so utterly earnest, yet boneheaded. It's sad to think that we have an entire class of humans in our civilization who have no sense of humor and fight to keep things that way.
eruditeogre said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is amazing and slightly sad. I don't think I was confused but if someone else's inability to get a joke gets me a discount, so be it.
sadday said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I wonder how many of those expensive lawyerly manhours went into this letter!?! LOL!
hbs said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow... Seriously? I mean, I can understand a little bit, but to go that far and not pay full attention to the SITE???? Wow... Just WOW. >..>
MonkieHeartBaboon said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wait, wait, unicorns don't exist? But, but who will fight the lion? Are we just going to give him the crown? And here I was so happy to once again find a source of sparkles. Now I am crestfallen. I have been sparkle deficient since the main producer of canned fairy meat went under for trying to double fairy dust production by using too many steroids. Gah!
Siliconwolf said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicorns DON'T exist? Damn you, ThinkGeek, there goes my childhood.
Ceasefire said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm so glad they are now using Facebook as a definitive news source. It's about time, don't you think?
fr4ct4l said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! There are so many awesome things going on here.
PurgeTheWords said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! HA! I <3 the Canned Unicorn Meat page. I totally linked to it from my blog for something. Best product photo ever.
Kegilert said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! You tricked them into thinking it was a joke? Brilliant!
thehatguy said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! LOLz!!!
SunSparc said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Hilarious. Some people just don't have a sense of humor I guess! ^_^
IronRose said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicorn is best eaten FRESH anyway...
Skupina said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ok, so does anyone else have a hard time with the 'National Pork Board' name? I keep wanting to say 'cork board' and when I say Pork Board I think of a cork board made out of pork. And I love the fact that nowhere along the line did someone at their company think, "Hmmmm, maybe I should point out the fact that unicorns aren't real?" "Sorry people, no bonuses this year. The money we spent on lawyers to fight the 'unicorn-meat crisis' was an unexpected loss. Merry Christmas! And don't forget to check out ThinkGeek.com for gifts this year, they have some great products and wonderful sense of humor."
Jenn'sComicLife said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! But... but... I placed an order... but... aw man! (^_^)
qor72 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! That just made my day.
richintheory said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Did anyone else read "lawyerly manhours" as "lawyerly man whores"? ... I must be cynical or something.
billwashere said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! If you can't sell unicorn meat, what about Unicorn glue? Magical, sparkly glue...
lizhume said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! So now I totally think you should make a pig shaped cork board and call it the "Pork Board" in their honor! LOL
RevmamaCrystal said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! If you can't sell unicorn meat, what about Unicorn glue? Magical, sparkly glue...
lizhume said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! So now I totally think you should make a pig shaped cork board and call it the "Pork Board" in their honor! LOL
RevmamaCrystal said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Kudos to the lawyer (more likely paralegal) who was able to bill hours for writing a cease and desist letter for unicorn meat. Shame on his or her boss for approving it, and double same on the Pork Board for paying it!
Didymus Rex said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! just be sure they don't use "magically sparkly" in their rebranding because I'm sure you'd be able to sue!! I'm glad the NPB actually lost time and money pursuing this. Big ups to the person exploiting them for a paycheck. lawlz
jezibel said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just imagine how much money they spent paying their legal department on this! Oh man, this made my day.
ZippoS said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Please tell me the NPB's solicitors DID NOT get paid for this. I mean come on -- whoever drafted that fax must've been laughing his arse off as he pressed "Send"
RaDragon said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm betting that the lawyers definitely got paid for this. What I want to know is how it got spun to the genius that told the minions to pursue it. I'm betting they said "We were totally successful, they're not going to sell a single can after having received our notice, and all existing stock will be destroyed." 100% truthful and they'll probably get a bonus.
TooManyHobbies said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Was starting off the week in a bad mood until I read this, I think CNN or AP should pick up on this.
ike101 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! My first thought was 'intellectual' is sure stretching things! Then I wondered if the Pork Board is now going to consider legal representation with another firm...
janmcbaker said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Who ever said all lawyers were smart, also believes it is not possible to surgically remove a person's sense of humor. Who ever wrote this letter proves I am right on both counts!
DarkWaterSong said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! The NPB has certainly raised the bar for your 2011 April Fool's products; this one may be difficult to top!
readknit said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm curious, did they also purchase several cans for taste testing? Perhaps there is a lawsuit in the works for marketing unicorn meat that tastes too much like pork.
Baconfan said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! The NPB has certainly raised the bar for your 2011 April Fool's products; this one may be hard to beat!
readknit said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! They are rabid! sent a C&D to a breastfeeding blogger a couple years ago over "the other white milk"
ShelliZ said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! New slogan time! My vote is for "Unicorn Meat. It's What's For Dinner."
Ethel78 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just started a facebook group and blogged an open letter to them on my blog. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=136608313017455 http://www.michaeldevault.com/?p=214 What a hoot!
michaeldevault said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Holy Horn Shavings Batman! Are these people for real?
DrunkenGamer67 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh for the love of Zuul! Someone actually took this seriously enough to not only write a letter, but have a lawyer do so?! Pardon me, I'll be over here in the corner ROFL-ing.
gloomcookie613 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! the NPB is pretty uptight about their slogan! check this out: http://thelactivist.blogspot.com/2007/02/overzealous-big-pork-stomps-on.html
izlear said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thanks for sharing this! It sounds like the National Pork Board just doesn't get it...twice. Marketer Drew McLellan has a great analysis on the stupidity of eliminating their "The Other White Meat" tagline: http://www.drewsmarketingminute.com/2010/06/otherwhitemeat.html
Karl Sakas said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! For the interested, this letter likely cost north of $5,000. Easy. And my two double entendre cents: What the hell happens in law school to destroy both common sense and a sense of humor?
DataRules said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! wonder how PETA is going to weigh in on this.....
Capt. Sensible said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Keep in mind, this kind of thing happens all of the time because US copyright law needs serious updating. Boiling it down to basics, the law says that you have to show an effort to protect your copyright, or you're basically giving up your rights to it. Which means that companies are continually having to send out C&Ds over silly, stupid things like this, lest it lose them a serious court case at another time. Sad but true.
Artificer said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unfortunately, this is not a case of not having a sense of humor but of legal necessity. If they don't at least go through the legal motions to protect their trademark, they can lose it. This has happened to "cellophane" and "rayon", which slipped into the public domain because the holders of the trade marks failed to actively protect them. Read up on "genericized trademark". I wonder what would happen if the folks at "Think Geek" found out someone was running a website called, say, "Thinking Geek", for instance.
IvaFayeKname said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Makes you wonder who was behind this.... the person who wanted to keep the slogan and will defend to the death (from a jab by a unicorn horn) or the one who wanted to dump it.
cat72850 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! But...I can't boycott Pork...I LOVE BACON! AND SAUSAGE! I say you send them a case of CENTAUR STEAKS in THANKS for such an awesome, repeat, AWESOME and FREE advertising ploy for your website. Buy ALL THE PORK YOU CAN! Mmmmmm Bacon. THANKS NPB!
NerdRage42 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think their main problem was that the Unicorn Meat wasn't white to begin with but dark red/brown with rainbow sparkles. Also, when you start eating it, it bleeds rainbows.
Mr. Shoggoth said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! @TG: Unicorn Steve is very disappointed in you. No wonder he's the only unicorn in existence and isn't appreciated by his co-workers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qr7_pgr8D8 Unicorn Steve wholly endorses the consumption of more pork and less unicorn meat.
Galapagos Jim said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! What?!? Are they SERIOUS?!?! If they ACTUALLY took the product seriously, we have a national crisis on our hands here.
Coolman's Friend said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! @TG: Unicorn Steve is very disappointed in you. No wonder he's the only unicorn in existence and isn't appreciated by his co-workers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qr7_pgr8D8 Unicorn Steve wholly endorses the consumption of more pork and less unicorn meat.
Galapagos Jim said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think those lawyers are genius. look at all the free advertising they will be getting. Maybe lawyers really do have a sense of humor after all, and the joke is on everyone who actually thinks they were serious.
crossed wires said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I would LOVED to have been in the room at the Pork Board after they hung up the phone... red faces everywhere!!
Kim-Anon said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Of course Unicorns don't exist; everyone knows the Unicorn legends came from winged horses who had broken their wings.
Mad-n-fl said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Galapagos Jim's comment will be the next cease and desist. There's a certain Chicken product food business aroung this area where they chose cows to mock... Using his last phrase....They endorse the consumption of more beef and less chicken! Wonder if the "Beef Industry" sent them a similar letter! So worried about their pork image, they forgot to pickup their reality buzzer at the door!
UnicornMemories said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! @DataRules I'm pretty sure Humor Not Allowed is a pre-req to most law school courses.
DanielleM said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Any think that this was The smartest thing the NPB has done in a while? This is going all around the net. They are getting massive exposure! And all of that for a lousy $5000 bucks in legal fees that probaly come out of a non-refundable retainer that they'd likely have to pay anyhow. Now if I had the opportunity to do this I might be tempted as well. And think about it. It made my morning. Same for others here. Maybe we should give the National Providers of Bacon some love and just laugh with them
phidelta said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! @DataRules I'm pretty sure Humor Not Allowed is a pre-req to most law school courses.
DanielleM said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! lol - lol - lol. If that's the Board... HOW will be the rest of the associaton
Javifu said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! man , the sad part about listeriosis . is that it doesnt necessarly kill ya, and as i suspect what these lawers have , is an infestation munching their gray matter, and are now into the white meat :D
cutterhead said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! One has to wonder. How many billing hours did the Pork Board pay for this? :)
Cindy Fox said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicorn meat FTW!!! I fed this to my 2 year old now I can't get him to stop turning all of our furniture into skittles. He said that he tasted a rainbow in your can of Unicorn "meat"
Striperfisherman said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! this would so totally make a funny meme
fantasyrealm said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicord trichinosis would send glitter and magic rainbows worming through your brains until you died.
WorstGothEver said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! They had to do this...they have to defend the copyright or they loose it... in other news.. you use facial tissues, not kleenex, make photo copies, not Xeroxes, and use adhesive bandages.... no Band-Aids.:->
Crosis101 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I doubt the letter costs $5000 dollars to put together. I used to work for Intellectual Property Attorneys (read "trademark"), and while they are not the cheapest attorneys in town, this letter would have only been a couple of hundred at most. And yeah, they do these letter ALL THE TIME. Trademarks are so easy to dispute.
stephsparkle said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think the best part is that they're pissed, not that thinkgeek used the slogan ('cause they didn't), but that 3rd parties used it when linking to thinkgeek. As a result, I now wish to googlebomb George Bush with the phrase "the other white meat".
gitana said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! It's not a "copyright" issue - copyrights are, actually, pretty hard to lose. . It's a *trademark* issue; consider aspirin and nylon, once both trademarks, both lost because they became generic terms.
Fairportfan said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wonder what they think of Esther Friesner's book "Temping Fate", in which the main character has a t-shirt that says "Orc - the other green meat"...
Fairportfan said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Their lawyers AREN'T that stupid-- they know they get paid to send out cease-and-desist letters, so why not spend plenty of man-hours researching and proving your point for a nonexistent product? You may look foolish, but you get paid handsomely.
jimson said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! "pig shaped cork board and call it the 'Pork Board' " FTW!
BearGriz72 said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! @stephsparkle A twelve page letter from Faegre & Benson definitely costs more than a couple of hundred dollars. @IvaFayeKname How does "the other white meat" become the generic name for something? I don't get it.
Afrobisher said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! @stephsparkle A twelve page letter from Faegre & Benson definitely costs more than a couple of hundred dollars. @IvaFayeKname How does "the other white meat" become the generic name for something? I don't get it.
Afrobisher said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ummm... if you pour Coke on raw unicorn meat, do multicolored gummy worms crawl out?
LongLocks said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Seriously?! THIS is where all the money I spend on bacon goes? ::eyeroll::
dhatfield said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! You people obviously dont get it. The National Cork Board was making a subtle joke by responding and going along with their joke. Either that or they have very small brains. Maybe about the size of a Unicorn's brain. That could only mean one thing. THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD ARE REALLY UNICORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cannibal Unicorn said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I am amused by the whole thing, but the truth is that trademark law doesn't have a sense of humor. What flies under copyright law will often sink under trademark law. Fair use, parody, education, are all exceptions to copyright law that align it with the First Amendment. There's no such balancing act with trademarks, though you think common sense would play a part. What kind of lawyer doesn't want say to the client "Uh, there are no unicorns and it's April 1. Don't waste your money." Unfortunately, trademark law (unlike copyright law) does have an affirmative duty to make sure that there is no abuse or dilution of a trademark. Hence, this letter. One page should have been enough.
Photolawyer said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! Farking censor-happy moneygrubbing morons.
Jabberwockish said this 1563 days ago.
meaningless icon! I demand a T-Shirt! On the front, 'Canned Unicorn Meat' with a pick of the container. Below it will say "The New White Meat". On the back it will state in small(ish) letters, "Someone tell the lawyers that Unicorns aren't real.". Gimmi my 'T' or the monkey gets it!
ChardWreck said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Please, please tell me you will be making a pig shaped cork board.
gojirama said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just because there's no Actual Sparkly Unicorn Meat inside doesn't mean you're not selling a real product, such as a can with that label, or even a can of Spam Pork Products with that label on it. The fact that it was April Fool's probably should have been a clue, but you could have been selling an Actual Joke Product, as opposed to a just a joke.
billstewart said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicorn meat is kosher. Just sayin'....
Lalo_T said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! @amazonv - parody bit? Is that like a parity bit?
BeckieRGB said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! AURGHH... they canned my freakin' kidney!! :(
Charlie The Unicorn said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! "PORK: That's What She Said!" Brought to you by your National Pork Board...
Zeke321 said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wonder if this crack legal team said anything about their big unicorn takedown on their Twitter account @FaegreBenson ??
team_venture said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! sigh.
japharl said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Because of this, they sell more of that product that does not exist.
jeffmakesgames said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! I am hoping this will create the demand for this product. Since this is now officially funny as hell, a non edible legal unicorn meat should be displayed on geek mantles everywhere.
EgNagRah said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! do you think they may be worried that anyone using "the other white meat", even for an obviously fake product like "unicorn meat" could invalidate their claim for the trademark? If they don't defend against your fake use of it, does that make future defense of the trademark more difficult?
anomk5050 said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! How is it that no-one at the NPB had the insight to ACTUALLY READ anything on Think geek or give ordering some a go, thereby seeing the banner "APRIL FOOLS". ( and yes I know that banner was there as I wanted some. I thought you could buy the joke in a can. Hmmmph :-P Even if the can was empty it would look good on the shelf! ) Anyhoo, does it really take a genius to figure that they may need to research properly and not just look at surface wording? Could no-one ring TG HQ and ASK about the product? Oh and I too would love a t-shirt! Keep up the excellent work dudes! Live long and prosper!
Diamond Girl said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! is dementia a sign of advanced trichinosis?
jujul said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Again, proof that corporate attorneys generally have no sense of humor, and that they often believe (and can sometimes make stick) that parody is not a defense. If these lawyers come back and hit you up for another round... I wish you a lot of luck.
Mike Doughney said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just sent pork.org "April Fool's has come and past. I see you're the biggest fool at last!"
ClaireR said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm not an attorney, and I hesitate to pick fights with them, but I doubt you have to defend yourself against parody to maintain your mark.
rbloom said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! ThinkGeek +1
jenlight said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! If you leave Unicorn Meat out too long do you get hypnosis?
hkins said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Lawyers actually sat down in a room and wrote this out, imagine that! If they have facepalm'd themselfs yet, they should be required by law.
zoomos said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! You're getting some love in UK IT journal The Register: Unicorn! The other white meat... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/22/canned_unicorn/
Stefing said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! The sad thing is that several of these attorneys will someday run for Congress and win.
beven said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Why do commercial outfits think they totally own their trademarks to the exclusion of free speech?
GR8BigCheese said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Fairportfan - you're absolutely correct, this is a trademark issue and not a copyright issue. This is also why I need more sleep before holding forth on the letter of the law. The point still stands, however. Even when it's as silly as this, a company has to make an effort to protect their trademark or they lose it.
Artificer said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Send me 2 XXL & 2 XL shirts. On front, a graphic of your infamous canned unicorn meat with text "The new white meat". On back, graphic of an Orc with jewelry, battle ax & battle scars with text "Orc the other green meat". You may want to add some small text about relative nutritional values of unicorn, pig, snake & lawyer. I hope you are already working toward next April.
Eric Lee said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! I sent this to the Pork Board: ------------------------------------ Hi Pork Board, I was reading the blog post (http://www.thinkgeek.com/blog/2010/06/officially-our-bestever-cease.html) about how you spent all sorts of money and research looking into Thinkgeek's April Fools Day prank entitled "Canned unicorn meat." You folks are aware that unicorns aren't real, right? In any event, you look silly and are giving us great fodder on the Internet. Thanks for the epic fail. Cheers, Jack -------------------- I guess you could say I *spammed* them...
iamhamm said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHA, friggin HILARIOUS
Tubular said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicorn Meat looks like it came out the Unicorn's other end---YUCK! Do they feed that stuff to terrorists?
Poopdeck said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! The interesting thing to me is that this Pork Board is in fact part of the federal government. It is appointed by the Dept of Agriculture, and is part of that department. This is your tax dollars at work.
Space Blip said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Is it possible...maaaaybe...that the Pork Board guys knew it was a parody but needed to protect the brand and, thus, wrote the letter a bit tongue-in-cheek? Please, heavens above, let's hope so! Regardless, it's wonderful whether intentional or not.
CraigEgg said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! haha! good 'ol lawyers and no sense of humor. legendary.
darthchel said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! onefrozensoul, you play WoW. no doubt about it! this is ridiculous. so much time and money spent over a april fools joke
rumblingoyster said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! That's the best thing ever :) BTW -- it's only defense attorneys that don't have a sense of humor :)
StevieSegel said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Bah ahh ha ha ha ha ha ha! What a complete joke. If I were a judge and had this hit my desk, I'd giggle and pat EVERYONE on the head with delight for making my week.
Dawning said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! sounds like the NPB lawyers are practicing a little revenue generating-job protectionism here. hmmm, maybe they need some dough to go on a vacation to faraway lands....
skrose said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! It looks like that law firm is a few blocks away from where I work. I might have to go and point and laugh at them on my lunch break.
Chairman Rowe said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh.. Oh dear.. That.. that just isn't right.. not in SO many ways.. I think what we're seeing is the Pork Board's legal defense group trying valiantly to justify the new vibrating massage chairs in their offices...
Robin Bobcat said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! OH MY FREAKIN GOD!!!!! I seriously am about to lose my mind this is so funny! I read this and seriously almost fell out of my chair laughing. This is the first time I saw the Unicorn meat aprils fools ad so that is funny in and of itself, but the real icing of this story is the federal gov once again showing its ass. Hahahahaha Oh god make it stop my guts hurt!
thinkingape said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh man. I'm grokking grapes to this. Grokkity grok. That's so grok. Whoa guys. I can't believe how grok this is. Grapes too. Man, all of the grapes. Unicorn meat. Next think should be Unicron meat. I'd pay to eat that. Ew. V
V-money said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Have the pork board had their lawyers go to Cafepress? They'd have a field day! Pages of "other white meat" stuff.
gojirama said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! The lawyers aren't stupid - they get paid for this stuff. Their clients are another matter
tiggsy said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Lola-T..it's MAGICALLY Kosher!
gojirama said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! I was dumbfounded but then I realized you need at least 20 years of education to appreciate the serious matter of principle to be defended.
dst said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Technically, nature makes meat white, not the pork council. So if unicorn meat is a new market, Think Geek can stick to their slogan. Plus the other white meat implies that por is not the only whit meat. They have no case unless you rip off the logo design.
dst said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Their law schools must be so proud of graduates making money from an attempt at intimidation over such an obvious waste of management time! Can you let us know which schools so we send them congratulatory messages?
Ancient One said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Lalo_T -- Sorry Lalo. If there were such a thing as unicorn, it wouldn't be kosher.
verbatim613 said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! TG - Please, when you make the pig-shaped corkboard... print a bulls-eye on it and include some unicorn horn shaped darts!!!
Mmmattt said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you National Pork Board, I needed that laugh today
iggzy said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Too bad you didn't go ahead and sell a can or something. I would buy it just for the memories of this moment. The National Pork Board is probably subsidized by the government under "PORK".
whitlehm said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! ROFLSHMBCOMN
DizzyQueen said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Way to go Pork Board! I think someone had unicorn issues as a child.
Toddino said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is clearly the case of an attorney tooting his own unicorn!! He may have produced a thorough legal letter; but he sure wasn't thorough in his research prior to wasting his time!
CALACTX said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! I kinda want to see if we could get PETA involved... Just to see how far all of this would go...
BaschaW said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Who says that idiots don't serve a purpose?? That certainly made me laugh!
dorkherder said this 1562 days ago.
meaningless icon! Their letter is a scare tactic. The phrase, "The new white meat" does not infringe on the slogan, "The other white meat." White meat is not trademark-protectable in any way, and "the new" is not the same as "the other." They could fight it in court if they wanted, but ultimately, I believe they would lose. At least half the letters that attorneys send to protect their clients are threats with no teeth, and I believe this is one of them.
mpb1 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Well, just change the slogan to "Magically Delicious" that would work, right?
Leo AK 26 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I've heard that Mad Unicorn disease makes Mad cow seem like the sniffles....
gendo666 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh PLEASE< now you really do HAVE to come up with this product - how about in a plush material, or rubber? It would be such a COOL stocking stuffer!
poodoir said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Lawyers are buttholes -- the other dark meat!
CyberSchnook said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! That's a laugh I really needed!
Janster said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! They don't know who they are effin with!
FXrobot said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Lawyers: the other red-neck meat!
CyberSchnook said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Don't even joke about this guys. They're an endangered species it's not even funny.
Gadgetme said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! lulz thats an epic win
Kin_sedren said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oy... Anybody been to the pork.org web site? Apparently you can read the Pork Checkoff Report online. I can see it now - mod the Humping Dog USB drives, changing the dog into a pig with a moveable front leg...
The Snarkitect said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! can of meat & sparkles--- $5 people to make 4/1 movie---- $50 email sent through email (workere)----- $10 Convincing porkboard Unicorns exist----Priceless!!
MahEggo said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! How much do you think they spent to produce that document? I'm guessing over $100,000. The system is seriously flawed people.
westonism said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just another mediocre law firm trying to make a name for itself with a big client. Go to the website and its a firm with hundreds of attorneys promoting "we do everything." Apparently they do, and they do it for 12 pages, and they do it on their client's dime! I hope the pork board sends the law firm their PR bills -- are the attorneys paying them by the hour for having to address this mess??
AppforThat said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm very, VERY upset by this! I am both shocked and disappointed that the pork industry would stoop to these levels! Of course this doesn't mean I'm gonna stop eating bacon.. it's the king of all meats... uh oh.... will I get sued for saying that??
gman518 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! So now we have a shirt with a pic of the famous unicorn saying "I keep attorneys employed" or Smart attorneys or unicorns - which one really exists?"
MtnBelle said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! So "The National Pork Board" ACTUALLY thot "unicorn meat" was REAL? I think they oughta change the "pork" in their name to the "W. Va. pronunciation" I heard all the time I'd lived there . . . which is "P-O-K-E." Why? Because we "Poke Fun At" the "National Poke Board" for such a "Poke of Stuff!" "Cheese And Crackers Got All Muddy," what kind of "Maroon" thinks "Canned Unicorn Meat" could POSSIBLY be anything but imaginary? They must be using ex-gov. lawyers who'd undergone surgery to remove their senses of humor; "or something." (I reckon it was an "or something" part that had been removed, myself.) Buggers-- sorry; BOGGLES---the mind to think they were SERIOUS. Z.
ZIGMUND said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! You mean this aint Unicorn Meat we been eatin?
bezerk said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow--what a flippin' brain trust! The Pork Board should fire the whole lot of them, and hire some lawyers who don't think "passing the bar" means driving by a pub. And **I** can't even get a freaking interview, let alone a JOB! I love this country...
Jacobus said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Did anyone else notice that their letter states "...a number of other websites that refer to this product use the wording "The other white meat"...." They're not even saying that it was this website in there. And they send a cease and desist letter here? Morons.
Umbers said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! The copyright lawyer jackals can't take a chance that you're not selling SOMETHING in those cans. If money is exchanging hands, they're like the IRS. (Hey, what have I been eating out of this can anyway?!)
OKlumberjack said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is a copy of the letter I sent to the good folks at the NPB: Dear Pork Board, I am gravely concerned, as are you, about the use of unicorns in canned meats. Hazzah to you for protecting your outdated slogan! If we were to allow this to stand, where would it end?? Big Foot jerky, "it's what's for dinner"?! P.S. more glittery foods would be appriciated. Sincerely, Crystal
dorkherder said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I was rendered speechless, then I thought of a fitting quote..."stupid is as stupid does." Thank you, NPB. I had a good laugh at your expense.
Dihydrogen_Monoxide_XX said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! How do we know its safe from Mad Unicorn disease?
SebBell said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I just sent the National Pork Board the following message. I couldn't help myself. Was that wrong of me? "I would like to thank the National Pork Board for the wonderful cease and desist order issued to www.thinkgeek.com. Your misunderstanding of an obvious April Fools joke was priceless. As someone who lot his belief in magical, mystical creatures at an age of 5 or 6, I would like to commend you for your childlike faith. However, in order to save you further embarrassment, I would like to let you in on a little secret... there are no fairies in the forest."
MrBigAxe said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh well... I'm Jewish so I can't eat unicorn meat anyway..
Cheekymonkey77 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! THUD, THUD, THUD (that's the sound of my head hitting the wall!)
Judy and the Brain said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! ... I don't see the infringement against ThinkGeek.com. Your ad clearly states "The 'new' white meat'.... No where on that ad does it say "The ***** white meat.' Lawyers blow...!
Rangerboy said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! WIN!! xD
CylonModel13 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I am not in need of a "pork board" and canned unicorn meat tee-shirt.
Hinako said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ummm... They didn't even send the letter to the right people. Their trademark is not on 'The New White Meat.' The Porkboard fails, AGAIN!
hbomb1013 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! OMG I laughed so hard I think I may have wet myself.
Phoulmouth said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! "A copy of the website page advertising the unicorn meat is attached for your reference." I'm reminded of those who--while admonishing anyone (who'd listen) of how Harry Potter books are a threat to decent children everywhere--seem unaware of what every ten-year-old knows: magic wands don't work
are narwhals vegan said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I don't find this funny at all. Everyone knows unicorns are ENDANGERED!
poch333 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Hahahhahahhahaha, that calls for a new definition under 'gullible' in the dictionary, and maybe a few FAILs.
Sagacious said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think the lawyers at the Pork Board have been eating uncooked pork products and picked up parasitic larvae that have invaded their brains causing extensive damage to their frontal cortex and humor centers of their brains. A very sad case. I fear there is no cure,....... Maybe if they ate sufficient canned unicorn meat to counteract the parasites, there might be some hope for the restoration of the humor center of the frontal cortex.
Ladyfpdoc said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Did anyone else notice that in the letter it wasn't ThinkGeek that used "The other white meet" but it was FaceBook and The Frisky that used that 'slogan'. The way I see it, ThinkGeek are getting the C&D Order for using a phrase that sounds [i]similar[/i] to the slogan ot the slogan itself. I'm no lawyer, but that seems a bit off.
Grey Earth said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! OK, I am SOOOO CROSS with you guys right now. Did you really have to wait less than 24 hours after I placed my order to announce a discount code? Damn you, ThinkGeek!!!
Cajela said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow... Thank you for that! A little laughter before work always makes for a good day!
Little Demoness said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Now I want some sparkly baconated soda so it can shoot out my nose as I re-read this.
Leia1138 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Now I want some sparkly baconated soda so it can shoot out my nose as I re-read this.
Leia1138 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! http://twitter.com/foodagbiofuels is another of their twitter accounts. It looks like they are using a background from http://twitterbackgrounds.com without proper licensing. Twitter - isn't that the "other white internet" ??? Seriously guys - LOL all over this! I wonder if these are fantasy lawyers - I mean, can you see the lawyer meeting at this firm? "We gotta send a cease and desist for the Unicorn meat offering at ThinkGeek" I understand the need for billable hours... I still think that at some point, they must have had a great laugh among themselves at the ability to bill their client for work done on april fools joke. This is your finest work ever ThinkGeek. Oh yeah, I'd like a case of the Minotaur Strips, 'cause its whats for dinner - and I'd also like a 6 pack of the leprachaun tear juice cocktail - you know, "tastes great, less filling."
jakerson9 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! In the words of a really good friend, "Really?...No ...Really?!" Imagine what they could have done productively instead of going on a wild unicorn hunt. Amazing!
cstndcrw said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Rock on!!! I love your sense of humor!!!
cookiemomma said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Gadzooks! You better get an army of trolls to protect yourself from the revolution the pigs are conjuring up. Word has it (I checked on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube) there will be a million-pig march on Geeknet in the very near future!
SpamPie said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! So I'm going to assume one of two things. Either: 1. Their lawyers are SO frantic for billable hours they did this thinking you'd just go away and leave them to collect for valiantly protecting a slogan that wasn't really quite even infringed upon; or, 2. Someone at the NPB has a great sense of humor and was trying to April-fools you back, and it leaked out of the back office and their job is on the line. Oh, ok, or 3: They are a bunch of clueless Spam-eating weenies. But in their defense it IS tough to think straight until you've had that first piece of bacon & caffeine gum in the morning.
tgordo49 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Can you pack lawyers into cans?
dst said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! So are they going to sue every place that sells "White Meat" Chicken as well? I dont think so. They cant own the rights to White Meat... really now. Or is it the word "The" that they dont like? not sure.. could Timmy have made the page say New White Meat and not have gotten the letter?
Wingfat42 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! still laughing hysterically over comment about coffee shooting out of nostrils after reading this; lawyers are linear thinkers; geeks are multi-dimensional creative thinkers - what a super joke making fun of all linear thinkers. My pet Unicorn MakemeatouttameandI'llmagicallyshiftyourkarma is laughing hysterically too!
laurieowl said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Awesome! Funniest thing I've read in ages!
RebelWriter said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! *sigh* This is why we can't have nice things!
DiEx-80 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! In light of this, I'm surprised that you didn't also get a letter from the "My Little Pony" people... Hysterical. Lawyers. The other other white meat. (apologies to the pork board)
hamdingerette said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm totally dying! They were discussing this "store" selling unicorn meat and receiving a cease and desist on NPR this morning! they never said who got it!! ha haa haaaaaaaa!!!
DSquared said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I dont know, but doesn't this count as "fair use" ? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use#Fair_use_and_parody)
educk said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! ThinkGeek needs to make a T-shirt about this...
Navitas said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Hilarious! I'm surprised that you haven't also received a C n' D letter from the "My Little Pony" (TM) people... Lawyers. The OTHER other white meat... (with apologies to the Pork Board)
hamdingerette said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Does anyone else think that "The Pork Board" would be an awesome name for a band?
hamdingerette said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! does anyone know if unicorn meat kosher?
Dassi said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! You wonder if whomever had to type up the letter from the Pork Board was able to do so with a straight face or if they laughed for all 12 pages.
Alaria_Galanodel said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Change it on the web pages to say "ANOTHER White Meat". Youhave my permission to use that without fear of reprisal. :-)
MajicBlackHelo said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm glad that Google News picked this up otherwise I would have missed it. I'm *so* glad to hear that the National Pork Board's lawyers are so quick on the uptake. ... thank you for sharing the utter stupidity of this letter.
mr. drone said this 1561 days ago.
Zippo7883 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! But... What will BP feed their workers with if unicorn meat isn't real?
CrazyOnYou said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! You should launch a massive ad campaign for your Bacon products... 'Unlike OTHER pork sellers, ours comes WITHOUT swine flu!'
MaTrix2123233x1 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Also... EVERYONE BOYCOTT ALL NON-THINKGEEK PORK PRODUCTS!
MaTrix2123233x1 said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I take this as yet more proof that the rumors regarding lawyers having to have their senses of humor surgicly removed before they can pass the Bar exam must be true
ChuckvdL said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Screw the National Pork board, I stopped eating pork a long time ago. To show my support I'm buying unicorn meat only!
ChunkyPB said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! I picked up this story on SyFy's wire service... I just laughed myself out of my chair. Just more proof that all that is wrong in the world is due to stupidity.
LordPrez said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Perhaps it should have said, "It's sparkly, a bit red, and not approved by any government entity, but magically delicious!"
OpenWaterSwim said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow, knowing what tards the people at the pork board are now makes me want to avoid eating pork even MORE!
goldrodor said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! They should really be concerned with Unicorn Bacon! I hear it is tastey!
Every1Talks said this 1561 days ago.
meaningless icon! My unicorn and I forgive you.
Ton-Def said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! If they have brought unicorns into reality, do I have to worry about unicorn flu now?
Oscarsmom said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! The only solution? Eat Mor Gryphon
CindieLou said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! Why is everyone saying the lawyers don't have a sense of humor? Who's laughing all the way to the bank on this one???
mobeus said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! I came across this story on my local newspaper's website just a few minutes ago, and just had to re-post it on Facebook. :-) Hooray for raising awareness about the wonders of unicorn meat (and the lack of humor among employees of the National Pork Board)! This whole story is a huge pile of win. P.S. I really want some unicorn meat now!
Marc F. said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! Pork? Silly people! Everyone knows unicorns taste like chicken!
Teeseeree said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! Why is everyone saying the lawyers don't have a sense of humor? Who's laughing all the way to the bank on this one???
mobeus said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! Do lawers know funny? Do they use that word often?
Cybercat said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! I tried contacting them on their website, they disabled their submit link. Truly funny for us, sad for them.
Dezknvtz said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! I tried contacting them on their website, they disabled their submit link. Truly funny for us, sad for them.
Dezknvtz said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! /golfclap
Nahlille said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! i wonder if it occurred to any of them to attempt to purchase the unicorn meat
Chechodium said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! Since they sent you such a wonderful letter, perhaps all the fans of ThinkGeek can reciprocate by sending the National Pork Board wonderful unicorn stickers and miniatures. Just think of all the sparkles!
HikingStick said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! Eating unicorn meat grants you eternal life. But to kill a unicorn you must sacrifice your soul…
ZeroFire said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! omg it was charlie the unicorn the one that went to candy moutain
DocWhispr said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! wow people will do anything nowadays just for money what a shame
Bell45 said this 1560 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is like that time the MPAA claimed they held the trademark on the letter R.
Spiletta42 said this 1559 days ago.
meaningless icon! This made my day! I wish I got paid to tell people off for imaginary products made from imaginary creatures.
Frogbot said this 1559 days ago.
meaningless icon! I have to imagine that opening this letter was the most fantastic experience that one of your staff members has ever had in their life. I imagine it started with a bit of confusion, then denial, then a big ol' cuppa LOLWTFBBQ. Seriously, were there dramatic readings of portions of the C&D in the Think Geek HQ?
dootsie said this 1559 days ago.
meaningless icon! Well now I have to get some Unicorn Meat and give it a try, wonder if it's anythin' like Spam.....
Bubba Bones said this 1559 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys are sheer geniuses. LOL! I honestly believe you could get a similar effect by taking the Beef people's slogan "It's What's For Dinner," and combining that with Dehydrated Dodo Meat. Seriously, ThinkGeek should capitalize off that. :) Ahh, you gotta love the legal demons from hades. They're so sue-happy.
Johnneh said this 1559 days ago.
meaningless icon! Kudos!! Though I am sure that Unicorn Meat would taste good with some eggs.
JSin1276 said this 1559 days ago.
meaningless icon! LOL!
AnikanSkywalker said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! only in America lol
Justme_09 said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Really guys, they were just protecting there trademark... shame on you by laughing at them!!! XD They do not have the fault not knowing unicor's meat do not exist... they are like little kids, they are innocence and naives (and they have to be by paying real money for that!!!). But I will pay any amount of money to be there when they were redacting the letter and when the people of thinkgeek read it and ... SPECIALLY... when they were on the phone and it was explained that the product did not exist... IT HAD TO BE PRICELESS!!! I have to ask if the firm is hiring people... I really need to laugh more... THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!
ambar79 said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Everyone knows Bacon is more magical than Unicorn meat, so where is their beef? (your welcome)
Anonymous-B said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh man, EPIC!
Jediknight120 said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Funnily enough, that product was actually the source of inspiration for my essay for English class, to which I got 100% on and thus passed the class top of the school. If anyone cares to read it, it's here: http://darkesoft.com/world/node/9
JacobPariseau said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Guys, the Ceast and Desist was just a lawyer type joke. Lawyers do that kind of thing all the time, mostly because they are the only ones who can. It's like the cop who pulls you over for no reason and searches you. It's all in fun. Oh, man. They burned you so bad. Ha ha ha.
FlamingRobzilla said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow this just made my morning AND day
Keigami said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! I don't even know what to say to this. That is pretty brilliant.
Princess Leia said this 1558 days ago.
meaningless icon! Why does it matter?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
slp1998 said this 1557 days ago.
meaningless icon! Its amazing how stupid the people can be nowadays...I have a feeling the movie idiocracy will soon become a reality.
Zacida Loco said this 1557 days ago.
meaningless icon! i think i broke a rib from laughing
damianrendon said this 1556 days ago.
meaningless icon! And here I thought Congress was the National Pork Board. They sure seem to process a lot of it, anyway.
ursid said this 1556 days ago.
meaningless icon! Fried unicorn sandwiches are amazing. It will be the rave at out 4th of July celebration. I would like to put it on a stick wrapped with bacon and deep fry.
Marble Man said this 1556 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm just astonished that any attorney would represent (for either Love, Money, OR the Love of Money!) "The National Pork Board!" I mean, wouldn't that be like someody signing on to be Dr. Lector's soux chef? A "foodie" wanting Alfred Packer to teach him the finer points of his craft? I mean, the early Fijians didn't call MIssionaries "Long Pig" for nothing! On the other hand, if the attorney naffed up really badly, his "NPB" bosses could make him do a "Jimmy Hoffa impersonation!" I'd watch the papers for anything about that lawyer "vanishing;" and if so, I'd switch to "Hebrew National" weenies for awhile! Zigmund
ZIGMUND said this 1555 days ago.
meaningless icon! That is priceless. Personally I find Unicorn a bit tough and gamy, I much prefer haggis instead. That, along with the relative scarcity of unicorns, is a good reason to stick to offal. Any opportunity to make attorneys look like the stuffed-shirt, anal-retentive, humorless cretins that they are is univerally welcomed.
The Old Wolf said this 1555 days ago.
meaningless icon! To the persons who are saying that a thing like this is necessary to avoid trademark genericization suits: Oh, come on! 12 pages of meticulous research is far more than would be necessary to "make an effort". To the person who says the lawyers were pulling their own april fool's joke, I feel the same way. I doubt this was billable work, and I'd love to see the actual letter in its entirety.
BobR said this 1555 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Afrobisher: snake. The other white meat. Human. The other white meat. Veal. The other white meat. Even Turkey. The other white meat.
BobR said this 1555 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys totally rock.
BethW said this 1555 days ago.
meaningless icon! hahaha so yeah i am hearing this on KISSFM like every five mins. I love it!!! Good job guys!!!
shootsomestars said this 1555 days ago.
meaningless icon! have the marshmallow people contacted you guys yet about saying that marshmallows come from unicorn poop?
luke_warmwater said this 1554 days ago.
meaningless icon! Why can't people get anything right? What is really in the cans is Unicorn POOP! We can't hurt any of the Unicorns, there are so few of them now. Their breeding cycle is every 250 years.
Just me thinking said this 1554 days ago.
meaningless icon! Seems to me these lawyers need to lose their jobs.
CthulhuCollector said this 1554 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ah, America. Where people sue for dumb crap like this and get money for it.
ArgonianDrummer said this 1553 days ago.
meaningless icon! Unicorn meat... When pigs fly... Off the handle. Silly lawyers. They do surgicaly remove your sense of humor in law school.
Ensign Red Shirt said this 1553 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow...they do surgically remove the sense of humor in law school. This shall be emailed to many, many people right now.
Ensign Red Shirt said this 1553 days ago.
meaningless icon! *Facepalm* Well this has made my day :D Awesome lawyer, getting paid for the suing of a... unicorn meat company :P
UndergroundPhoenix said this 1553 days ago.
meaningless icon! I...think I just died of laughing...lemme check my pulse. Yup, I'm dead. Guess that means I'm a zombie now. I'm going to go eat the brains of those dudes who think Unicorn Meat is real.
Oni-San said this 1552 days ago.
meaningless icon! I hope I come to the right place. I am looking for unique old computer chips. Where can I go to get it.
kunthearm said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! I just wanted the Monolith action figure :-(
bardsfingertips said this 1550 days ago.
meaningless icon! ...oh, and the gf wanted the iCade (and she doesn't even have an iPad).
bardsfingertips said this 1550 days ago.
meaningless icon! Holy cow! (Or should I say holy unicorn?) This made me LOL so hard! I have to share this with my Star Trek club now. :-)
Agiani said this 1550 days ago.
meaningless icon! Does that mean I don't get a can of sweet, sparkly unicorn meat?
DvsNegrito said this 1549 days ago.
meaningless icon! The pork boardhas to be as dumb as a pig to think this was not a joke lol
cday138 said this 1549 days ago.
meaningless icon! based on the first page of the letter, think geek used the slogan 'the NEW white meat' however, other websites that refer to the think geek unicorn meat referred to it as 'the other white meat' which is their actual slogan that they copywrited. i'm no lawyer, but it seems like the letter should go to 'the frisky' website and the person who created the facebook fan page, b/c think geek never used the phrase 'the other white meat' just my two cents. i'm probably being too anal, but just a way to make them feel more dumber (dumbererer)
Ricky Tan said this 1549 days ago.
meaningless icon! Haha, nice trolling!
Platemaster said this 1548 days ago.
meaningless icon! I like the glue idea. You can call yourselves "the other white glue". :D
BzGeek said this 1547 days ago.
meaningless icon! Bacon.
invokesuppress said this 1547 days ago.
meaningless icon! They are so, so, so, CORPERATE!
TophatCommando said this 1545 days ago.
meaningless icon! ............really, i mean really!!!!!
TheZMan27 said this 1545 days ago.
meaningless icon! Excellent example not of stupidity because I don't think anyone can be this dumb, but of lawyers "justifying" their retainers... "Dear National Pork Board, We are please to report that on May 5, 2010 we successfully defended your trademarked slogan "The Other White Meat" against an attempted infringement by various websites including but not restricted to thinkgeek.com, facebook.com and thefrisky.com. As such, our retainer is increasing from $X to $XX per month. Yours, Faegre & Benson"
Myrmidon said this 1544 days ago.
meaningless icon! They couldn't research that it was a parody before they hired lawyers and made a 12 page letter? LOL!
INSULTINGKLOWN said this 1544 days ago.
meaningless icon! Dear ThinkGeek Masters, I immediately thought of you and your tasty, sparkly unicorn meat when I saw this video. http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/mythical-unicorn-found-in-deer/py32t8y?from=en-us_msnhp&gt1=42007
ubelkaiserin1 said this 1543 days ago.
meaningless icon! ah so fun, what porky goodness - thanks so much, u guys rock!
asbestosDove said this 1542 days ago.
meaningless icon! I told this 2 my 4-year old cousin ,and she was like "Mommy they make meat out of unicorns!!!!!!! Please don't buy it I luv unicorns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd said this 1542 days ago.
meaningless icon! bestest read EVER. i would like to send them a picture of my unicorn pig.
starwarseveryday said this 1542 days ago.
meaningless icon! What's next guys? Monkey meat? Yumm, monkey.
FlamingRobzilla said this 1541 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! ( me LOL ing)
SuperSmartMathWiz said this 1541 days ago.
meaningless icon! That's the funniest thing I've read for some time.
Clazberry said this 1523 days ago.
meaningless icon! epic. phenomonal. frikking amazing. etc... I had seen the product on thinkgeek, and thought nothing of it, until I heard a late night radio dj read the story of how "an online retailer got in trouble with the npa for using their slogan to market 'canned unicorn meat'". I was dissapointed to learn that it was an april fools joke, though...
jocofee said this 1485 days ago.
meaningless icon! I just used this as a work cited in an essay for english. Can't wait to see the teacher's reaction!
Zarina0602 said this 1484 days ago.
meaningless icon! My feedback to the Pork Board: "I hear the Pork Board is under grievous attack by unicorns. Anything we pork-consuming Americans can do to help?" Their response: "While we understand the humorous nature of ThinkGeek's 'unicorn meat product,' as the owner of the The Other White Meat(r) trademark, we are required by law to challenge any infringement or dilution of the trademark or face the possibility of losing trademark protection. America's pork producers have invested millions of dollars to successfully develop the mark The Other White Meat(r) for over 20 years. Due its success, dozens of entities have tried to capitalize on The Other White Meat(r). We face infringement and dilution nearly every week. Any infringement or dilution of the mark, no matter how big or small, could substantially lessen the mark's value and impact for U.S. pork producers. Our only interest is in protecting U.S. pork producer's investment in The Other White Meat(r) trademark." Note to Weird Al: Don't mess with the Pork Board!
davetaflin said this 1455 days ago.
meaningless icon! Canned Uncorn Meat stir fried with Magic Mushrooms....mmmmm good stuff!
pnknbnny said this 1424 days ago.
meaningless icon! This cracks me up. Too funny. Next time the Pork industry wants to throw money away they can send it my way.
UslackerU said this 1400 days ago.
meaningless icon! Congratulations to the Pork Board and its creative bunch of lawyers. Don'cha just love it? Never before have I seen such an amazing coup of free publicity for a product. I think everyone at ThinkGeek and all of us as well should go out an buy a can of the other white meat as a tip of the hat to them... just to acknowledge that we have been royally taken by this great whole new marketing campaign idea! Maybe ThinkGeek can come up with a similar idea. Hey guys! Look around for a parody you think you can get away with "suing" and then backing off!
MarkState said this 1327 days ago.
meaningless icon! You can not tell a fool that they are a fool.... as they are a fool
billlllllllllllyyyyyyyy said this 1316 days ago.
meaningless icon! OMG!!! I have several cans of Canned Unicorn Meat (my kids love it - BTW) and I can't think of ANY reason why someone would have a prob with the REAL "other white meat"!!! Geeesh... Get a life you nit-pickin' lawyers!!!
Emweaver said this 1301 days ago.
meaningless icon! haha i can just picture someone in the mcdonalds drive thru saying,"I'll have the canned unicorn meat,a hot fudge sunday and a large fri,please."
ihascheeseburger said this 1288 days ago.
meaningless icon! slice and dice.. shake and bake. mmmm.. makes great tacos.. just needs a little Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Korean Ketchup Rooster Sauce
kiernan van doorn said this 1280 days ago.
meaningless icon! Congratulations to the Pork Board and its creative bunch of lawyers. Don'cha just love it? Never before have I seen such an amazing coup of free publicity for a product. http://eliminarlagrasa.com/culturismosintonterias/
Culturismo sin Tonterias said this 1142 days ago.
meaningless icon! nonsense that we all know that unicorns do not exist but anyway congratulations to reading it witty entertainment post Cellulite expert Lucia http://eliminarlacelulitisrapidamente.com/
eliminarcelulitis said this 1096 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ahahahahahahaha!!
Dakki said this 930 days ago.
meaningless icon! That's the funniest cease and desist letter I've seen. Texas
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