There is still a huge backlog of responses. These are just the tip of the iceberg. If you haven't already seen them, check out the earlier ones, too. So far, I've only caught up through end of Feb, 1996 - YIKES!
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As of recently, I've started leaving the names on most of the messages. Some message only include an Internet address, and I usually don't feel comfortable posting those without explicit permission.
Some of these have been lightly edited purely for spelling, grammar, or strong language. My comments are emphasized just like this text.
wasn't that supposed to be:
But whoo really gives a hoot, if they've got any stores in Aus, they're a long way from here.
But if U want a Nu Name
have a gif for your background collection
It's on the background of my homepage
I took the pic
I scanned it
Do what you like with it
It's the Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
If you make a million bucks with it buy me a new Mac 8500 (phone number in home page)
There's lots more, even the occasional genuine Aussie Road-kill
hear it was -32 in Calgary last night, woooo, positive 35 deg C at my place today, not a cloud in the sky, guess Austin TX isn't too cold
(Somebody at this site *has* to ride a hog.)
83deg in S.W. Florida
S.W. Florida (*Not* retired)
Betty St. John
Now as to roadkill...it is HUMOUR..one LAUGHS at it. It is NOT a business or business AFFILIATE.
The trademark for Toys-R-Us should not and does not to my knowledge preclude a humourous *-R-Us web page from being put up. Please cease your bullying and your posturing. It carries very little weight on the internet, and perhaps our boycotting your stores means quite a bit more.
With GREAT disapproval,
Michael G. Haynes
(hope you understand my note, its not often I write in english)
This is great --- keep it up.
Well, it's time to change that! I will gladly join your boycott of "Idiots R Us" uh, I mean "Toys R Us" TM TM TM. Maybe they'll run out of money to pay their team of lawyers?
I'd like to offer a suggestion...
What if everybody out there in netland goes to their local butcher and buy whatever animal brains they can - let's mail them to the exec's at "Toys R Us" TM TM TM - they sure could use them!
Good Luck RRU!
Tell them beastiality-brained (which is illegal in these United States) [disrespecters of their mothers] that yer name is spelled like it should be & not w/ a backward letter in the middle.
Ride Safe & save me some stew.
Pure and unadulterated chicken [feces].
Have you ever smelled pure chicken [feces], well it smells like this, foul, fowl, foul...
boycott, you bet, but what else can we do???
how about a no giraffee sign, lilke a no smoking sign, ya know, giraffee, circle around it and line through it.
[We already had one, it just wasn't on the page yet. But it is now. -Miles]
keep up the fight, cause if you let them win one, they'lll never stop
Get a life. I've got a spoiled 2 year old, and she likes toys. If you continue this insane assult on the First Amendment (ever heard of it?) we will not spend dime-one in your store! (by the way, hire some union people while you're at it. Your employees deserve a living wage.)
David C. Anderson
Anyway my suggestion for a new name is:
Roadkills Sont NousIt is Roadkills Are Us in French but I'm not really sure about the copyright infrigment there, but I doubt they could say anything because they don't sound alike and most American business keep thier American names when they go overseas. And plus this name would [annoy] so bad :)
[The message ended at this point. I can only assume that Jon was assaulted by hordes of wild, rabid assault lawyers at this point. I wish him well! -Miles]
[From Jon Grant]
Found your website and was pleased. It is good to see others spreading the forces of chaos for a change. Also was pleased with the great info you provided. Laughed my [settin' down parts] off.
If you want to really get TRU, simply try for some national media coverage. I'm not talking like underground or net stuff, I mean a national television station or newspaper. Or, better yet, send your info to Howard Stern. I'm sure he would at least get a kick out of it.
[We did, of course, make the AP wire and CNN Headline News, and various newspapers. But you should all feel free to tell Howard Stern, Dave Barry, et al, about TRU's attack. -Miles]
Keep plugging away at corporate America. You have every right to do what you are doing. Please don't stop. We need folks like you to help keep Corp.Am./Gov't as honest as humanly possible.
FYI- check out http://ic.net/~rod/kmart.htm and you will meet a brother in the fight!
You are loved, appreciated and admired. Let TRU *rot* in their FisherPrice (tm) coffins! I will not purchase anything from them as long as I keep hearing garbage like this.
Take care & have fun,
-Dean... [Dean B. Gebert]
[This is a GREAT idea! Although FP doesn't seem to make little coffins (yet), they would be about the right size for a certain someone's brain! So everyone should feel free to make little miniature coffins with georaffes in them and send them to Paramus, NJ! Tell them Miles said, "Howdy!" -Miles]
There are many creative names you could give your lovely web page. There's no need to fret over a silly little name! For instance:
1. People-who-aren't-named-bob-but-still-enjoy-roadkill 2. Citizens-for-the-endangerment-of-long-necked-mammals 3. Well-dressed-people-who-collect-animal-guts-on-their-car-tires 4. Those-who-enjoy-bringing-lawsuits-against-perfectly-innocent- web-sites-should-do-so-responsibly-and-then-they-should-be- publicly-flogged 5. Fred the web sitePlease consider these as possibilities for new names for your web site. I look forward to receiving a dead giraffe in my mailbox...
I've forgotten--do you folks have a phone number for TRU? I'd love to call them, tell them I am a reporter doing a story on this and would like their comments.
all best, Scott
[Scott eventually did talk his editor into the story. And yes, it was all his idea. I hope to get it online eventually. -Miles]
Your site is average.
Your dispute over the existence of "Roadkills-R-Us" is silly. Corporations like yours will soon realize that bullying in cyberspace is not as easy as bullying in the lawyer-infested environment with wich you are most familiar. For goodness sakes, grow up!
(Realized after that I should have said "I will boycott your store until such time as the RRU site announces that you have dropped this silliness."...)
You can see it at:
Feel free to list me as a violator if you wish.
BTW, I'm a TRU stockholder. :-) Make me lose my [gluteous maximus].
Geoff, bud, let's talk reality. You can't put speed traps on the infobahn. Since when is good humored satire a crime? Seems that you will be opening up a can of worms with your new definition of trademark infringement. I mean Leno will lose half of his monologue. Dave Berry would be banned. Howard Stern - wait, he probably should be banned.
No joke though, what do you hope to accomplish here? Think of how many people you will alienate? Must we call the ACLU?
Tom Redd, Jr.