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May 27, 2018

Comcast Borrows Apple's Branding Flourishes for Its Remotes


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It’s unclear whether the embellishment was meant to be ironic

Comcast Corp.’s (CMCSA) Xfinity service generally leaves something to be desired although in some regions it’s better than others. But it’s not Comcast’s service, customer relations etiquette, or pending merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) that are the topic du jour. Rather it’s a rather humorous bit of self-promotion offered up by Comcast’s set-top box remotes team, which apparently is based out of Philadelphia, Penn.

Users have been noting that new XR5 v4u remotes for Xfinity boxes carry the bold proclamation:


Designed by Comcast in Philadelphia

Comcast XR5

Sound familiar? It’s the same wording (and virtually the same font/lettering style, as well) that’s used by Apple, Inc. (AAPL) on its products:

Apple designed by

Here’s another view of the flourish, thanks to a user on Twitter, Inc. (TWTR):

Is Comcast being intentionally humorous? Or do their designers just have delusions of grandeur in placing such silly embellishment on a cheap plastic utility product?

Either way, this is pretty funny. And about the only thing that could make it funnier is if Apple sued Comcast for cribbing its trademarked look. Now that would be real entertaintment.

Sources: Twitter, Gizmodo

“I mean, if you wanna break down someone’s door, why don’t you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!” — Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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Poison Ivy and Other Summer Skin Irritants

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Poison Ivy and Other Summer Skin Irritants

close up of three leaf poison ivy

Poison ivy grows as vines or low shrubs in most climates. Each leaf on a poison ivy plant has three smaller leaflets. Contact with any part of the poison ivy plant can cause red, swollen skin; blisters; and severe itching, sometimes within hours after exposure.

A poison ivy rash usually resolves on its own within a few weeks. In the meantime, control itching with an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. An oatmeal bath and cool compress also might be helpful. Consult your doctor if you have a severe poison ivy rash or if the rash involves your eyes, face or genital area. Poison oak and poison sumac cause a similar rash.

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Healthcheck: Dealing with poison ivy

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Umar Mycka isn’t your average gardener.

“I’m a poison ivy horticulturalist,” he says, “a gardener who specializes in poison ivy removal.”

What Mycka does makes other cringe: wading into backyards and parks filled with the poisonous plant, and digging it out.

He says that while most people can identify its “leaves of three,” they don’t understand how it grows, so they get rashes over and over again.

For one thing, it takes root fast, and spreads quickly. A 2-year-old plant can have a 20-foot vine.

In one yard, a handful of sprigs above ground were hiding a 30-foot vine just below the soil.

“It was under the shrubs,” said Mycka, “under the English ivy. It was under pachysandra. Weed killer only killed the top leaves, not the vine below.”

About 85 percent of us have a reaction to the oil that’s on poison ivy’s leaves and vines.

“It does penetrate your skin,” says Mycka. “It goes into the lower layers of the skin, and it combines with a protein in the skin. You want to get that off before it happens.”

Mycka says you’ve got about 10 minutes to wash it off with lots of soap and water, or wipe it off with rubbing alcohol.

If you do get a rash, contrary to common belief, it won’t spread if you scratch those itchy blisters.

But it will be with you for awhile. It takes 8 days to peak before it diminishes.

Experts remind us that there is normally a boom in poison ivy cases over Memorial Day weekend so beware!

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Umar Mycka’s website: idontwantpoisonivy.com

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