My wife took our youngest son out of school for a doctors appointment in the middle of the day. Realizing at the last minute that he had missed lunch at school, and pressed for time, she pulled into the Drive-thru at McDonalds for a Happy Meal. What she got was a lesson in corporate politics, 90's style. If you think the government tiptoes around sensitive issues, take a look at what the lawyers of a large consumer corporation have come up with. Remember, this is all on one little paper bag: From the anti-litter lobby: "Please put litter in its place" From the environmental lobby: "Made from recycled paper*" "*65% post-consumer" From the toy safety/please don't sue us lobby: "The toy in this bag has been safety tested for children age 3 and over. CAUTION: Not intended for children under 3. Ask about special toys for kids under 3." From the healthy food lobby: "These materials have been developed in cooperation with the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION." Subject of puzzles and games on bag: "Food FUNdamentals Happy Meal" A compilation of corny jokes and puzzles focused on the importance of proper nutrition. Lots of pictures of apples, bananas , grapes, carrots, and a carton of low-fat milk. Makes you wonder if these are obscure, non-identifiable objects for the average hardcore customer. From the corporate movement to aggressively defend trademarks: "The following trademarks are owned by McDonalds Corporation, McDonalds, Happy Meal, and the Golden Arches logo. C 1992 McDonalds Corporation McD#92-047 FC#MCDY-399 Printed in United States of America (26172)" So the kid ate his politically correct cholesterol burger and greasy fries, drank his sugar-laden cola, broke the toy, ignored the health food drivel, and spread his recycled paper trash, complete with a liberal application of ketchup, all over the van. Mom was happy because it was convenient. The kid was happy because he got junk food. The lobbists were happy because they got paid. The lawyers were happy because no one got sued or wrote nasty letters. And the shareholders of McDonalds Corporation were happy, because they had realized profits on their 18 gazillionth burger.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)