On a recent visit to McDonald's I spied a Hello Kitty toy in a Happy Meal, and I was almost inspired to order a kid's meal myself. The McDonald's Happy Meal was by far the most brilliant marketing idea to ever light up the golden arches -- luring kids, and their parents' disposable incomes, into the ... More >>
When I equated the One Book, One Denver program with a McDonald's Happy Meal -- people-pleasing and easy to digest -- I didn't know that McDonald's had signed on to sponsor this year's celebration of reading, which will focus on The Art of Racing in the Rain. But hey, at least it's better th ... More >>
Mayor McCheeseLast week, San Francisco banned toys from McDonald's Happy Meals, which as of December 1 cannot contain more than 600 calories -- or a plaything! But that's not the only unhappy McDonald's news. While working at a McDonald's outlet in Brazil for a dozen years, a store manager ... More >>
Joann Bruso's Happy Meal at the start of her experiment.What happens when you put a McDonald's Happy Meal on hold? Two very different women in two very different towns decided to find out. Coloradan Joann Bruso, author of the blog Baby Bites, which is designed to help parents transform picky ... More >>
Marketing stuff to kids is pretty easy -- which is why the government prevented tobacco companies from doing it -- even subtly, supposedly accidentally -- a few years back. McDonald's Happy Meals are the latest to feel their knuckles rapped by this particular ruler -- the obesity epidemic am ... More >>
Despite the obvious enthusiasm for its legalization -- see today's rallies in Denver, Boulder, Santa Cruz and other hemp-friendly havens -- marijuana is still technically illegal. So it behooves us to consider that it might sometimes be advisable to, you know, hide it. Many have tried. And many have ... More >>
The sassy Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge skewers Dickens.
Marilyn Megenity went biodiesel, and her car came up smelling like...fries.