We first heard from space engineer Tale Sundlisæter early in 2013 when she wrote to tell us that she was entering the Axe Apollo Space Academy competition, a program which would send a few hopeful astronauts into space. Tale let us know that not only was the competition being sponsored by a brand with very sexist advertisements, in some countries women were even being excluded from participating. Tale decided to fight sexism and maker her space dreams come true by winning the contest, and asked Anne Taintor fans to help her get enough votes.
Here at Anne Taintor, Inc., there’s nothing we like better than fighting back at sexism, especially with some good humor. We posted a few appeals to our FB fans to vote for Tale – and many of them did! And wouldn’t you know it, Tale DID win the contest and this brave woman became Norway’s first astronaut. Cheers to you Tale!!
You may have guessed that I chose the image for the June caption contest in eager anticipation of Independence Day – my favorite holiday. I love the Statue of Liberty. And I love fireworks. Portland, Maine puts on one heck of a fantastic firework display – something I missed in my eleven years in the desert (where fireworks were sort of a no-no). I’m crossing my fingers that tomorrow’s predicted rain holds off until midnight.
You submitted lots of caption referencing liberty. Many were funny but none of them quite made the final cut.
In fact my favorite – and yours – didn’t even reference New York City: congratulations, Sharon Gavin, on your hysterical winning caption!
We also loved this so simple and yet so funny caption from Donna Beltzner:
The rest of the finalists did make reference to NYC – all in different ways – and each one took me by surprise.
Friends & family are all very well, but what you really need to help you cope this summer is a Frozen Drink. That’s right folks, the month we wait all year for has now dawned: the Anne Taintor Unofficially Official Frozen Drinks Month! (otherwise known as July).
We all know that sticky summer heat can get you down. Aromatherapy buffs claim that citrus oils may help improve your mood…and we’re absolutely certain that this Lemon Vodka Slush will do all that and more.
Frozen Lemon-Vodka Slush Recipe (adapted from food.com)
2 (6 ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
2 (6 ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate (thawed)
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
3 1/2 cups water
2 cups lemon-flavored vodka
1 cup sugar
carbonated beverage (such as 7-Up or Squirt)
Combine all ingredients (except soda) in a plastic container & mix well. Cover & freeze overnight. To serve, scrape a large spoon across the top of the frozen mixture and place 1/2 cup of slush into an 8 oz glass (or into one of our “juice glasses”) and fill with soda of choice. Enjoy!
You guys really made me laugh this month. Vote for your favorites by midnight on Wednesday the 2nd.
Anne loves the now-famous “lady in black” in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w59e20ijOpE
She says: “She can shake it!!! Which I appreciate in a lady.”
Reader Poll: When Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” came out in 1992 were you an obsessed pre/teen? Or a horrified mother?? :)