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Onions too sexy for Facebook

There are regular onions, and then there are onions too sexy for Facebook, a Canadian seed and garden supply store recently discovered. 

The Seed Company by EW Gaze, in St John’s, Newfoundland, had wanted to post a seemingly innocent advert for Walla Walla onion seeds on Facebook. 

But to their surprise, it was rejected for being “overtly sexual”. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the social media company apologised for the error made by its automated technology. 

The ad flagged by Facebook showed Walla Walla onions, known for their size and sweet flavour, piled in a wicker basket with some sliced onion on the side. 

It took store manager Jackson McLean a moment to realise what the issue was with the posting, he said. 

Then he figured out that “something about the round shapes” could be suggestive of breasts or buttocks.

He knew his customers would find the ad rejection funny, and posted the photo, along with the automated Facebook message warning “listings may not position products or services in a sexually suggestive manner”, to the company page.

“listings may not position products or services in a sexually suggestive manner”, to the company page.mistakes…you’re Doing Something. “

Mr McLean said some clients have been posting images of potentially suggestive carrots and pumpkins in reply. 

He also appealed the decision to Facebook. 

“We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps, but sometimes it doesn’t know a Walla Walla onion from a, well, you know,” Facebook Canada’s head of communications, Meg Sinclair, told BBC. 

“We restored the ad and are sorry for the business’s trouble.” 

The company is in the process of digitising its whole inventory to make shopping online more accessible amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr McLean said, and that included boosting some advertisements, like the onion one, on Facebook. 

The Walla Walla onions, “an older onion variety”, had recently brought back in stock by customer request, and are now selling fast due to their newfound notoriety, he said. 

“We’ve sold more in the last three days than in the last five years,” said Mr McLean, adding they are also now listed under “sexy onions” on the company website.

Sexy Onions

You love YouTube but don’t know what to watch

If you’ve got time to kill on Youtube 

A bliss 30 minute video which makes you feel like you’re in Italy with Andre Bocelli. 

But before you watch the next one, Spinoff summed it up lol

https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/19-04-2020/the-highs-the-lows-and-the-wtfs-of-one-world-together-at-home/

8 hours of musicians for #oneworldtogetherathome the relief ad concert for the World Health organization. 

3 hours of the live stage shows 

This YouTube account has done Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag

We’re off on a bear hunt!

A nationwide teddy bear hunt is helping keep New Zealand’s children occupied during the country’s month-long coronavirus lockdown, with tens of thousands of homes taking part, including the prime minister.

NOW.. the bear hunt has gone global…

BUT There’s some new teddy bears in town.. People have taken the bear hunt to new levels. 

Here are some of my favourites..

I call this ‘show your bears off in your front yard doing what you should be doing.’

This couple in UK, have their Beary friends Ted and Ed doing chores. They even welcome suggestions but they don’t promise anything! 

‘Ted overload

This dude in Wellington, New Zealand put over 100 + bears on display in his front yard.. in my opinion looks like 1000. 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/wellington-man-takes-teddy-bear-hunt-next-level-display-200-toys

‘A different teddy’

One woman misunderstood her husband and put her lingerie teddy on display. 

teddy

Taranaki farmers show the farming community how its done. 

Farmer Bruce Nickel made a Teddy out of hay bales.  This led to a few other farmers following suit. 

Taranaki farmers
Source: Federated Farmers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/153539722208/posts/10157941229927209/

Another Taranaki farmer made a cow with hay bales and dressed it up in St Patrick’s attire. 

Haybale cow

Were you going to be getting married during the Coronavirus Outbreak? It’s time to get creative..


The couple who kept their wedding kosher—by having it in a supermarket

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something six feet away from you – the Coronavirus forced countless 

couples hoping to get married this spring to make the hard decision to cancel or postpone their 

wedding ceremonies.

Rescheduling a ceremony is definitely not a catastrophe relative to the health and safety crisis currently facing the United States and other countries around the world, but for couples who have been dreaming of their weddings for years, investing their savings, or even planning to honour elderly parents and grandparents while they may, shelving a wedding is a surprising option.

A few couples cancelled, postponed their weddings thinking it was the right choice for them. But for other couples, seizing the moment and getting married now—even if friends and family can’t be present, even if there’s no time for a dress or a corsage, even if the threat of death looms over everything—just feels right. Getting married during coronavirus is nobody’s dream, but it’s been some couples’ lovely, fragile reality.

On balconies, through windows, in the produce aisles of halogen-lit supermarkets—couples have consecrated their love and bound themselves to each other in the face of the especially dark unknown. Here are a few of my favourite stories of couples getting married during coronavirus:

This couple got married on their street

Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler were married on the street, out a window, in under five minutes, by a friend who also happened to be an ordained Universal Life Minister. After four years together, the Manhattan couple had planned to marry in autumn, they told The Cut, but realizing that one of them might lose her job and insurance, they decided to marry quickly. Wheeler, a fitness instructor at a boutique gym, finished teaching a virtual class from her apartment and showered, and they were ready to go. One bride wore a borrowed jumpsuit; the other wore a jacket. Their officiant read a passage from Love in the Time of Cholera out a fourth story window. The neighbours cheered.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FRxkGJCe4/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading


On March 14, the Israeli government banned gatherings of more than 10 people at a time to limit the spread of the virus. The exception was grocery stores, where up to 100 people were allowed to gather. In keeping with that rule, at least one couple got married in a local supermarket, inviting guests and a full band to celebrate on the brightly lit linoleum. Meanwhile, in a city in southern Israel, guests maintained appropriate social-distancing standards at an outdoor wedding by dancing from covered balconies.

 

The couple whose neighbors rallied in support

Anastasija and Josh Davis canceled the DJ. They canceled the venue. They canceled on all the guests who hadn’t yet canceled on them. In deference to social-distancing rules, the Canadian couple got married in Josh’s parents’ living room in front of family and one friend, surrounded by white roses, Insider reports. Then, taking what they thought would be a short ride in their prepaid limo (to be fair, limos literally create a lot of social distance), they saw it—separated by their cars, their neighbours had formed a parade to celebrate the new couple. Friends and well-wishers waved pompoms and held signs with messages like “Nothing stops love.”

The couple who gave their wedding away

 

A couple in Yorkshire, England, fed their 400-person wedding feast of “hog-roasted sandwiches” and puddings to the hardworking staff of a local hospital. A couple in Miami donated their wedding meal, which they had planned to feed to 170 guests, to a local food bank. A couple in Austin donated their flowers to the senior living center nearby, where the bride’s grandmother and all other residents are in lockdown. A couple in Mississippi did the same. And one in Alabama. And one in South Carolina. And in Arizona.

No one dreams of getting married in a pandemic, but it is nice to know that there are still creative solutions, and generosity, and lots and lots of flowers.

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