Archive for December, 2012

2013 Personalities

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

We have some big plans for new products in 2013, including a few entirely new product lines. More on those soon.

As always, we’re expanding our list of notable historical and cultural figures. Below are some of the people whose likeness we’ll be bringing to new products in 2013.

(no, not Elizabeth Taylor)

(no, not Steve Martin – listen to the lyrics)

The Nietzsche Little Thinker

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

This blog post was suggested by Yael Levy, one of our designers, who was doing an image search of our Nietzsche Little Thinker.

Every once in a while, people send us photos of their UPG products in action – a Darwin doll on Galapagos, a Shakespeare puppet at the Globe in London, a Freud and Couch set used in a therapy session, etc.

But our Nietzsche Little Thinker doll tends to bring out warm fuzzy feelings in our customers. People keep him in their office or on a prized shelf at home. There’s something about him that makes people happy.

Here are just two examples:

Here’s a woman hanging out with him at a bookstore.

And there’s a blog dedicated to one man’s journeys with his Nietzsche. Make sure to scroll down to see Nietzsche with a variety of people in a variety of different environments.

Do you have adventures with UPG products or other philosophically-inspired items? Share them with us!

Monday Morning Music: 12 Days of UPG

Monday, December 17th, 2012

It’s that time of year in which warm holiday feelings collide with crass commercialism. We’d like to take a moment to share this little holiday video with you. Enjoy.

Smartass Response to a Philosopher #5

Friday, December 14th, 2012

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him” – Voltaire

I was just thinking the exact same thing about chocolate-covered pretzels.

Tales from the Union Square Market

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Each year, the Unemployed Philosophers Guild has a booth at the Union Square Market in NYC. It’s a lot of fun for us to interact with customers in person. Sometimes, however, things get a little wacky.

The following post is from our booth worker Dia:

Girls will be girls…

I don’t know if you’ve all seen our Obamarama yet, but needless to say it’s been a big source of comic relief this market season!

One night I had just finished helping a woman, probably in her late sixties, snag a few items, and just as she was getting all her bags organized to continue on her way, another group of women walked up and started pointing and laughing at the latest Obama mix-n-match creation: board shorts, powdered wig, bare chest (maybe some “HOPE” bling, but I can’t be sure).  The first woman saw them all laughing and girlishly chimed in “I’d say he’s got one of the best bodies of any president we’ve ever had.”  One woman, let’s call her the Leader of this new group of women, immediately starts ranting. “I’d have to completely disagree.  I think he’s one of the worst presidents we’ve ever seen.  I think he…”, but before she could finish the first woman cut her off.  “I’m not talking politics.  I’m talking torso.”  

I’d like to say that the rest of the women thought that was funny (or true) and lightened up a bit, but I guess President Obama only gets that engine started for some of us.

Smartass Response to a Philosopher #4

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

“One cannot step twice in the same river.” – Heraclitus 

How about lakes?