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May 14th, 2004

Extreme

Last week we had a potluck lunch at work. I was going to bring lemon bars… but they didn’t quite work out. So I purchased lemon cookies at Costco. Nothing wrong with that, really – the so-called “Lemon Drizzled Cookies” were quite good and everyone liked ’em.

But then I noticed something on the label above the word “Lemon.” In small type was the word “Extreme.”

I know that EXTREME!!!! has really become as pedestrian as, well, “cool.” But this looked like a total last minute thing. “Say, how can we appeal to kids?” “Extreme!”

I’m now asking you, fellow Pingers, to submit your favorite use of the word “Extreme!” (with or without exclamation mark) for our entertainment and enjoyment. I’m genuinely curious as to how diluted the meaning of this word has become.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 8:20:55 am
Extreme Home Makover

The mere fact that it is staged for network TV eliminates any possibility that it is extreme.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 8:21:05 am



FROM: jk
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 8:56:17 am
How about the pop-metal band Extreme, a la 1990 or 1991? Their hair was extreme as was their artsy black and white video for "More than words."



FROM: jk
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 8:57:07 am
You like me, or just anyone who can spell correctly???



FROM: Joe Revees
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 9:02:47 am
I was inspired to Google Extreme and found a couple good ones:

Extreme Elvis

Extreme Segway

and the kinda creepy:

ExtremeKidnapping.com which apparently is a new form of extreme entertainment.



FROM: Greg
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 9:14:55 am
I like the Extreme line of Chevy trucks. "They're not just trucks, they're extreme trucks!" What this means, I don't know.



FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 9:51:50 am
To be fair, the Elvis link is a perfectly appropriate use of the word "extreme".

I thought I might do better with X-treme. My favorite:

X-TREME ANGLING ONLINE!

I'd link it, but the site is just a re-direct to a blank page. Now that's a pity.




FROM: Extremely Incognito
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 10:30:47 am
As a member of a software quality assurance team, it is my job to find software defects. I never considered myself a ‘slouch’ in the bug finding department until about a year ago when a new hire joined the team. He never just finds a bug, he always finds an EXTREME bug. As in: “This is no ordinary memory leak, it’s EXTREME!!!” And yes, he does type the word EXTREME (in all caps) into the defect tracking database…



FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 4:16:25 pm
It's been a while since i've visited this site, but here goes:

Itchy and Scratchy's friend Poochy reminding kids to "always recycle...TO THE EXTREME!!"

pistol jack



FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday May 14, 2004 -- 11:00:54 pm
How about the best wrestling federation of all-time ECW(Extreme Championship Wrestling).



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 15, 2004 -- 2:24:14 pm
Welcome back, Pistol Jack!



FROM: yueyu
DATE: Sunday May 16, 2004 -- 4:50:01 pm
EXTREME itself



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday May 17, 2004 -- 10:18:40 am
I heard someone recently criticize another as extreme. The critic felt that getting refund for a defective item that was worth less than $50 showed extreme behavior. I though the criticism itself was extreme and stupid.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday September 25, 2004 -- 5:42:12 pm
I'm happy to report that on the checkout aisle today I noticed that the Weekly World News bills itself as "America's Extreme Magazine."



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