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July 15, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Drink name

ZitdrinkJohn Hayashi sends in a picture taken in Atikokan, Ontario:

This is a picture of a poster in a convenience store window.

"Bloody zit" never seemed like the most appealing name for something anyone would want to drink.


are you kidding? that sounds delicious!

Posted by: gmangw at July 15, 2006 12:16 AM

That's pretty funny. Surely they could have come up with a better name!

But I can just see it:

Now hiring acne infested teens!

Posted by: yofosho at July 15, 2006 12:16 AM

Sure, why not... Jelly Belly makes jelly beans flavored like black pepper, ear wax, "booger", dirt, and yes even vomit...

About time someone made a bloody zit...

Posted by: WiglyWorm at July 15, 2006 01:01 AM

What you do, see, is get a Baby Ruth, and dip it in the bloody zit. The visual is stunning!

Posted by: jay at July 15, 2006 02:16 AM

_@_v - eee! reminds me of the 'jam hawkers' sketch on snl....

Jam Hawkers

..written by: Michael O'Donoghue

.....Jane Curtin

.....Chevy Chase

.....Dan Aykroyd

.....John Belushi

.....Garrett Morris

Jane Curtin: . . . And so, with a name like Fluckers, itís got to be good

Chevy Chase: Hey, hold on a second, I have a jam here called Nose Hair. Now with a name like Nose Hair, you can imagine how good it must be. MMM MMM!!

Dan Aykroyd: Hold it a minute folks, but are you familiar with a jam called Death Camp? Thatís Death Camp! Just look for the barbed wire on the label. With a name like Death Camp it must be so good itís incredible! Just amazingly good jam!

John Belushi: Wait a minute . . . Dog Vomit, Monkey Pus. We offer you a choice of two of the most repulsive brand names of jams youíve ever heard of. With names like these, this stuff has got to be terrific. Weíre talking fabulous jam here!

Chevy Chase: Save your breath fella! Hereís a new jam weíve just put out. Itís called Painful Rectal Itch. Youíd have to go a long way to find a worse name for a jam. And good? MMM WAH! With a name like Painful Rectal Itch you gotta bet that itís great . . .

Dan Aykroyd: Mangled Baby Ducks. Thatís right, Mangled Baby Ducks! Picture a jam so good that youíd dare to call it Mangled Baby Ducks! Great Jam! Itís beautiful jam!

John Belushi: Wait a minute, wait a minute, this is it - 10,000 Nuns and Orphans.

Jane Curtin: 10,000 Nuns and Orphans? Whatís so bad about that?

John Belushi: They were all eaten by rats! Oh, itís so good! MMM!

Garrett Morris: Hold it, hold it everyone, your attention please, I have here a jam called, Oh God, [mumbles] Ick! Yecch!

Dan Aykroyd: Itís so good itís sick making!

Chevy Chase: Oh, thatís gotta be great jam!

Jane Curtin: So if itís great jam youíre after, try this one, the brand so disgusting you canít say it on television. Ask for it by name!

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at July 15, 2006 05:13 AM

Re: she-snailie_@_v (above)

' (apostrophe) is ≠ (not equal to) í ('i' with an accent aigu (acute))

Posted by: Trent Chernecki at July 15, 2006 06:30 AM

I think the nastiest drink name I have heard (which it happens I have drunk) is the Abortion. It is a glass of ouzo (or other anisette), a couple cubes of ice, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a bit of grenadine for color. If you can't picture it, just make one; you will understand.

Posted by: cmadler at July 15, 2006 06:36 AM

Posted by: Bob at July 15, 2006 07:01 AM

Bob: Truly disturbing. Truly.

The name is broken but no more than the advertising.

Posted by: Randy at July 15, 2006 07:58 AM

I come here to read about unintended negative consequences of poor design. These days, all I see here is wacky marketing. This frustrates me.

Posted by: Jonathan Harford at July 15, 2006 08:35 AM

Jonathan, the simple solution to your problem is to stop coming here. It's a win-win situation for all of us.

Posted by: GMoney at July 15, 2006 09:52 AM

Just change the "z" to a "t."

Posted by: dinnerwithentre at July 15, 2006 12:20 PM

Maybe it's a bloody mary going through puberty?

Posted by: Echo35 at July 15, 2006 12:48 PM

Not broken. The very purpose of these kind of drinks are to have grossout names.

Posted by: Mike Harris at July 15, 2006 01:06 PM

Disgusting, but not broken. I agree with Mike Harris. The name is on purpose, not an accidental flub.

Posted by: Chad Bechtel at July 15, 2006 01:45 PM

bloody vikings...

Posted by: Homer Despot at July 15, 2006 01:52 PM

Therefore, the marketing isn't broken, because for once it actually makes you NOT want to get something!

However, I think we can safely say that the people who named this drink are broken, or at least have broken minds. That is also true of whoever thinks that the drink is cool because of its name.

Posted by: The Pondermatic at July 15, 2006 03:48 PM

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that I suspect that this drink is targeted at children. Boys, specifically. They think gross stuff is cool.

I recall an ad for squeeze-bottles of butter with blue food coloring in it. Pretty much the whole ad, as far as I remember, was trying to put across the message that grown-ups think blue butter is gross.

Remember Garbage Pail Kids?

More to the point, remember gummi worms? And that kit they were selling where you could make gummi bug candy, and gross out your sister? Same general principle at work here, I think.

Posted by: Kalthare at July 15, 2006 04:05 PM

I'm in agreement that it's not broken, for once. Yeah, it's gross, but deliberately so. As 'The Pondermatic' points out, you might think the folks who named it or think it is cool might be broken, but that is apparently the target demographic. Just because I have no use for Vagisil doesn't make it broken. Just because you won't buy this because it sounds gross doesn't mean the target audience won't spend their disposable income to have one precisely because it DOES sound gross.

I remember two things from marketing class. One was the practical definition of marketing: "Getting people to spend money they don't have on things they don't need." The other was the fact that marketing is so refined and evolved to focus on precisely the target demographic that it WILL appeal to SOMEBODY. If you don't get it or don't like it, that's because you're not the target audience and they're not talking to you anyway. If you like it or think it's cool, then guess what: Their marketing just worked on you because you're the target audience, and someone else somewhere is thinking that it's stupid and pointless. Ergo, if you don't like something that doesn't mean it is broken, just that it isn't meant for you. As hard as it is for some people to believe, you're not the center of the universe and the entire world is not set up to cater to your needs and wants. There are, however, plenty of businesses who want to sell things to the demographic you happen to represent.

Posted by: Hoki at July 15, 2006 04:10 PM

Gag! I don't care about the selling principle - the commercial Bob posted proved how broken the people who made this are.

*runs to bathroom to vomit*

Posted by: readmore at July 15, 2006 04:10 PM

In the Inuit language, "Bloody Zit" translates to "Refreshing, blood-based energy beverage". Not Broken!

Posted by: spooly at July 15, 2006 05:50 PM

It's those bloody americans trying to spoof us high class Englishmem

Posted by: wiggleworm at July 15, 2006 10:37 PM

disgusting yes.

broken no.

how is this broken? it's just a name that you dont like. this is totally not broken. people gotta start posting real broken things and stop posting rubbish.

Posted by: yingjai at July 16, 2006 12:28 AM

_@_v - it was a direct copy from the page i found it on trent. that's how it was formatted...

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at July 16, 2006 12:39 AM

Someone just told me at a party the other day about a drink where you suck some Bailey's up into a straw, let it out into something that makes it curdle into strings, then top that mess with Grenadine. "Bloody Brains." If I can get the rest of the recipe I'll repost so we can all try this at home.

Posted by: Bloody Brains at July 16, 2006 02:41 PM

Not broken. It's a marketing tactic and you all are here discussing the product. It worked perfectly. Next time you are in 7-11 buying the Bloody Zit Slurpee, remember that. SUCKERS!!!

Posted by: J. Scott at July 16, 2006 05:27 PM

Re: Jam hawkers

I thought you lot called it 'jelly'?


Posted by: Michael Batey at July 17, 2006 11:39 AM

Bloody nose is more like it.

Posted by: 4 fingered sushi chef at July 18, 2006 01:33 AM

Why is there always a person to say "not broken"

Who cares if it is or not, just shut up about it

Posted by: Jimmy at July 18, 2006 06:15 AM

Hey, Jimmy, the whole point of the site is to discuss people's points of view on a broken or not broken item. I guess.

Posted by: joe at July 18, 2006 11:07 AM

this is a clever marketing tactic. I doubt any of these haters have even triend this drink. It is delicious!

Posted by: Alexander at July 18, 2006 05:58 PM

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