Alex Kelley and Erin Milnes

April 4, 2017

We all remember the California Milk Processor Board’s famous question. But before we can ask ourselves if we’ve got milk, we need to agree on what milk is. A fellowship of US Congresspeople is pushing a bill (the DAIRY Pride Act) that would ban non animal-based drinks from being called “milk,” “yogurt,” or “cheese.” Are you […]

Laurel Sutton

April 11, 2012

Much like death and taxes, diet drugs will always be with us, from the low-tech caffeine overdose of Dexatrim to the now-banned prescription pill Meridia. We all want to lose weight, and lose it now, with as little effort as possible. After all, if losing weight was as easy as eating less and exercising more, […]

Mark Skoultchi

April 30, 2010

You know how people often go to the store to buy good old-fashioned dairy milk, and then buy this stuff called “soy milk” figuring it’s the same thing? Milk is milk, right? Yeah, I’d never heard of that happening either. But that’s exactly what the National Milk Producer’s Federation is alleging in their new campaign. […]

Maria Cypher

October 29, 2007

Under the header of product names I’ve never understood is Febreze. It’s a bit risky putting this kind of opinion out there, since P&G has done so well with its line of fabric and air fresheners. (And in fact, I almost like the idea of a grocery-aisle name that isn’t really word play, that isn’t […]

Laurel Sutton

I saw a commercial on TV for this new product the other night: VERAMYST works on a whole range of chemicals that lead to your allergy symptoms.* *The way VERAMYST works is not fully understood. Say what? Although I like this pharma product name – vera connotes truth, reliability, effectiveness – the fact that the […]