Jun 11, 2009

The Czech Republic is the new Bulgaria

Ok, it's official: The Czech Republic has become the new Bulgaria as the epicenter of weird. (And I love Bulgaria, literally.)

So what happens when a Missouri mom posts the family Christmas photo on her obscure blog? Why, it ends up as a the centerpiece of an advertizing campaign for a Czech grocery store – of course.

AP: “One of Smith's college friends was driving through Prague when he spotted their huge smiling faces in the window of a store specializing in European food…’It's a life-size picture in a grocery store window in Prague — my Christmas card photo!’ said Danielle Smith.”

Mario Bertuccio (who we suspect is not Czech) owns the store. He knew the photo was "from the Internet," but claims that he didn’t know the family was real. “We'll be happy to write an e-mail with our apology,” said Bertuccio. Since Bertuccio is dealing with Americans, he might just have to write a check to their lawyer as well.

By the way, Smith’s blog has received 180,000 hits since the story went viral. Seeing opportunity, I'm toying with the idea of posting photos from that lost weekend in Baku. I could be the face of Yves Saint Laurent in Malaysia.



Lost weekend in Baku???

BTW, what a lucky blogger - 180,000 visitors :(

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Craziest place I could think of, in a moment's notice. =)


Craziest place??? But we have three McDonald's, a generous royal family and will have soon the world's tallest flagpole! Shame on you :)

Mrta said...

Livlius - I think the proper response here is to invite PD or perhaps all of Eternal Remont to Baku for one crazy weekend!


LOL, if you agree - as locals love to say - "convey Azerbaijan's truths [in plural -sic!] to the world", we can contact some truly magnificent NGOs and foundations to arrange a "friendly visit" by ER staff (another catchword, btw) :))


P.S. If you write my name with Caps Lock turned off, then the proper form would be Lucius Julius ;)

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

We're always friendly. =)

BabaYaga said...

What's on the itinerary for the unfriendly visits? That's what I want to know


Well, I don't know what's on the itinerary for unfriendly visits, but after that kind of visits you can be called porno-correspondents and get such op-eds :)

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