Monday, May 21, 2007

"Snorg" Is "Groans" Backwards, Almost

Hey, are you the kind of asshole who repeats catchphrases from movies and shows funnier than you are as if you are clever even though you didn't think of those jokes yourself? Well, now you can wear T-shirts that do the same thing. Just think, if you were just a little bit more of an asshole, you could have been the guy who thought up a whole website that sells T-shirts with references to funny lines and ideas from other people's movies and shows that you technically don't even have the rights to. Brilliant!

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10 comments:

Tommaso Sciortino said...

Awesome...ly bad.

C said...

there are like a million other sites like that on the internet. why does this one inspire so much scorn?

Kenny said...

I guess it's just the one I was looking at when I finally decided to write this post. You're right, BustedTees is another site that does the same thing...though I think that as bad as both sites are, the BT site at least has a higher ratio of non-quote-ripoff shirts to quote-ripoff shirts (even if all the shirts are still pretty unoriginal and similar to shirts found on other sites). I also feel like when they do choose to rip something off, it's more direct and upfront about it. A shirt that says "Stewart/Colbert" at least honors its reference point, whereas a "Bears: #1 threat to America" seems to be dancing around its inspiration for fear of a lawsuit. And where it is oblique, it is a little more interesting: If you must reference Old School on your shirt, a Speaker City shirt is a more fun, oblique reference to get than a dumb shirt with Will Ferrell's face on a tank that says "Frank the Tank."

Don't get me wrong, I don't like BT either... but I think that's why it didn't inspire a post and Snorg did.

Zack said...

I think you're wrong? I've only just seen BustedTees.com for the first time, and I see "Camp Anawanna" (Salute Your Shorts) and I Choo Choo Choose You (Simpsons) on the front page, and both sites, amazingly, have "That's what she said!" as the third item on the top row.

Anyhow, copyrights don't apply to ideas, so calling bears the #1 threat to America isn't "dancing around" shit. It's standing firmly and unashamedly outside the reach of copyright law.

crystal! said...

why do they pick the lamest quotes every time?? that's what gets me. i guess the same lame people who sit around quoting seinfeld will also like these lame things, so it's a smart business move.

Kenny said...

BT may be every bit as bad. I don't know. My impression was that BT had quote shirts making up maybe 60% of the selection, as opposed to, say 80%. For some reason Snorg was the tipping point. Maybe just because I saw it later. I know it's not stealing copyrightable stuff, but the shirts are obviously referencing something and I feel like I prefer an honest reference to somebody who repeats a joke and hopes you think it's his.

Kelley said...

I sit around quoting Seinfeld, and I recently bought a snorg tee that said "Stop looking at me, Swan," and I'm unashamed of how much I think it rocks. But then, I actually always thought that I was lame, so it's not a big deal to me if other people agree with that based on what my shirt says.

Anonymous said...

I think Kenny is just upset because his mom goes to college.

-Sean

Kenny said...

What's the swan quote from?

Kelley said...

Billy Madison! Are you kidding me? "Shampoo is better. I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better. I leave the hair silky and smooth. Oh, really, fool? Really. (notices gold swan on edge of tub) Stop looking at me, Swan."