History of Tay-Ste-Ice | Weasel Pops | Bitter-ICE

Otter Pops? What is an otter pop? Why, you are talking about the past, and the past is of no use to anyone. You should, instead, speak of the future, which is also of no use to anyone, but in a much better way. What is the future? It is the stuff that has not yet happened, dimwit. I can not describe it any better than that, but to say that the future is the Weasel Pops. The Weasel Pops are the future.

Some of the festering corpse of remains on the internet, solely for your necro-joyment. Take, for example, the history of a frozen tubed treat of flavor named Tay-Ste-Ice. An unlikely but sexy brand name, reminiscent of absolutely nothing. (And if you think that it is in any way related to Fla-Vor-Ice, well...what a laughable idea! Truly your mind must be idle to think such bizarre thoughts! Please sir or madam, do not bother your head so!)     The History of Tay-Ste-Ice

And, of course, the pained ramblings of BITTER-ICE
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 13:27:39 -0500
Subject: Illegal Use of Trademarks

I am the in-house attorney for The Jel Sert Company ("Jel Sert"). Jel Sert is the owner of numerous registered trademarks for POP-ICE, FLA-VOR-ICE, OTTER POPS and the otter designs and names in the United States as well as many other countries. As you may know, Jel Sert manufactures, distributes and sells freezer bars under these brand names and designs. It has recently come to our attention that you are making unauthorized use of these marks on the website Therefore, we request that you immediately cease and desist from the use of these marks on any websites and all other materials.

Please advise me by October 31, 2003 that all such use has terminated or be subject to further legal proceedings. We hereby reserve all legal and equitable rights. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me.

Senior Legal Consultant
The Jel Sert Company
We have never purported to be affiliated to Jel Sert any more than as fans of their product. It is a rather pathetic, and even petty, move to threaten legal action against those who support you. We in no way profited from this other than in the joy of making something that could, possibly, make people laugh.

Despite this, after a brief conversation with the legal consultant of the Jel Sert company where it was explained to me, in an occasionally exasperated tone, that the site must be taken down or further legal action would pursue, we have decided to comply. All trademarks owned by the Jel Sert Corporation have been removed (except of course for on this page, when it was necessary to reference them).

"I don't know if you think you're being creative here, by writing this stuff," I was told by the legal consultant (a barb that would sting sharper if Jel Sert's newest promotion, the Otter Pop Stars web site, wasn't a pale imitation of our own). I was further told that Jel Sert spends thousands a year on these trademarks, a fact which I suppose was to impress me, but instead hints at one of the reasons we started the site in the first place: looking at the different Otter Pops characters and the poor drawings associated with each as we sucked down the frozen fla-vor tapped inside their plastic tubes, we quickly realized we could do much better.

Which we did. Thanks to those of you who visited.

Curtis Retherford

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