Italian pasta commercial that will make you smile

Timothy Kincaid

June 10th, 2014

This may be Italy’s first pro-gay commercial (Time)

It does look delicious… though I’m troubled by any culture in which one isn’t mocked for saying, “It’s so good because of the microwave!”

Ben in oakland

June 10th, 2014

I laughed out loud. That is exactly as it ought to be.

I hope it put Mags and Brian off their pasta.

Sir Andrew

June 10th, 2014

Brian and Mags don’t eat pasta. That’s furriner food.

Joseph Singer

June 10th, 2014

You have to admit that it’s better than Barilla.


June 10th, 2014

Beautiful. And it makes me hungry, so it’s doing its job.


June 11th, 2014

I’d never had kept a husband without my microwave skills.


June 11th, 2014

Very nice. Solid commercial.

William Fisher

June 11th, 2014

Bella pubblicità educativa.

Gene in L.A.

June 11th, 2014

Why is there an ad blocking the lower right corner of the video screen?

Timothy Kincaid

June 11th, 2014


Not all browsers display all images identically.

This was created on Google Chrome and shows clearly on my screen. It may be that the browser you are using reads the layout differently.

I think that I’ve reformatted it to fit better. Let me know if it is still blocked.


June 11th, 2014

I’ve been having an intermittent problem here lately. It’s cropped up on a couple other sites before, but those I could just not go to. A redirect to a page with “adverstitial” in the URL, which 1) disables the Back button; 2) contains non-functioning “return to content” buttons on the page itself; 3) promises that it will return me to the content when a timer hits 0, but never, ever does; and 4) contains a video ad that won’t even play right.

There is absolutely no way to get away from the page other than either closing the window and starting over, or else typing in a new address or using a bookmark… and it doesn’t even have the decency to leave the page it replaces in the browser history.

At least when it pops up here, closing the window and starting over fixes things temporarily. The news site it turned up on a few weeks ago would go to it every time a page was loaded, making even finding out who to complain to tough.

Jim Burroway

June 12th, 2014

I haven’t seen that problem. Has anyone else? We haven’t added anything like that to our site — nor would I since I really HATE those things.

The Lauderdale

June 12th, 2014

“It’s so good because of the microwave.”

Two days later, that is still going through my head. 0_0

Timothy (TRiG)

June 12th, 2014


Quite a lot of viruses will inject ads into webpages. This is probably a problem on your own computer. I’d get it seen to if I were you.



June 12th, 2014

I encountered something similar just yesterday. I won’t swear it isn’t a virus, but I was using Chrome on a Windows 7 machine. I didn’t notice any problem with the add playing, and when it was done, it did take me to the BTB home page, but then it took me immediately to a blank error page. I hit my bookmark on a new tab, and didn’t encounter any problem, so I assumed it was a random glitch.

Timothy Kincaid

June 12th, 2014

I’m with Jim. I truly HATE those things.

I also hate the sites that play videos automatically. I prefer to read an article before I hear the accompanying video not have it blare at me.


June 12th, 2014

Thanks, y’all.


June 13th, 2014

Yes, over the past week I have been redirected to interstitial ads several times, only from BTB and always from the Recent Comments links.

I’ve whitelisted the ads on BTB to help pay the bills (and the irony of anti-gay outfits wasting their budget on adwords placement here is too rich); but these interstitials have me considering temporarily turning adblock back on.


June 15th, 2014

Nothing turned up in a virus scan.


June 18th, 2014

So, a few minutes ago, I watched this website continuously try to download something or activate a new window on my computer. I had several tabs open, and the BTB tab was the only one trying to do anything that I hadn’t asked it to do. I’ll run a virus scan on my computer, but I wonder if there could possibly be a worm affecting your host computer.

Timothy Kincaid

June 18th, 2014


We’ve not yet heard anyone else with that exact problem (if anyone has, please let us know).


June 19th, 2014

Timothy, I think it is trying to do the “redirect me to another page with an ad, then fail to return me to BTB” thing, and is failing to do so. It had, in fact, done that very thing earlier yesterday. I wasn’t trying to indicate a new problem, but rather offering a new symptom for analysis. I will add that a virus scan turned up nothing. That said, none of these symptoms have been detrimental to my experience here, which is always enjoyable, but I do worry that something is wrong on your end, or trying to crash this site.


July 4th, 2014

Think I found the source. According to and

UPDATE: It looks like the vector for this exploit is ‘Sitemeter’ — after ‘sitemeter’ went bankrupt, their domain-name was bought bought up by the same “Black Hats” who own ‘adverstitial’ and ‘vindico’, and the “Black Hats” are now using the ‘sitemeter’ URL to inject the JavaScript ad exploit

So if any of you still have ‘sitemeter’ code on any of your webpages, it would be a good idea to delete it, ASAP.

Jim Burroway

July 4th, 2014

Thank you Argo! I think (hope) you found the problem. I have been using Sitemeter, and have removed it from the WordPress templates. There are some legacy HTML pages that still use it, and I will remove it from them over the next several days.

Thank you again. I hope this solves the problem for those who have been encountering the pop-ups.

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