Ambiguous Visual Controls

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Donut Shop Edition

By Jon Miller Updated on May 23rd, 2017

Always on the lookout for ambiguous visual controls, I spotted one today at the donut shop by our office during a stop for my morning coffee. These pastries which were clearly a tray of vintage 1970s Orange Shag Carpet donuts were misleadingly labeled as Spicy Dried Pork donuts. Buyer beware.

  1. Ron Pereira

    June 30, 2010 - 5:38 am

    At least nothing was moving… Ha!

  2. John Santomer

    June 30, 2010 - 7:51 am

    If that was anything, it certainly ain’t pork looking to me…much less “Dried” or “Spicy”. Wonder how’d Spicy Dried Pork look like? Would’ve made me jump if it moved…Ha ha ha ha! Koreans are known to eat a lot of weird things (eg. crickets, grasshoppers, scorpions…Spicy Dried Pork Donuts anyone?)

  3. Joseph

    June 30, 2010 - 10:10 am

    Are you sure that they were not Orange Shag Carpet donut Spies in disguise. Were they touch passing anything to the Cream Cakes next to them. Telling them to act like Meat Pies. LOL
    If you ate any you will not be LEAN for long.

  4. Jon Miller

    June 30, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    Hi John. I love Korean food actually, but this was a donut shop in China. I think every country eats “weird things” when looked at from outside. Depends on what you grow up with.

  5. John Santomer

    June 30, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Hey Jon,
    I’m sorry if my comment sounded tinged with discrimination. It was unintended and I eat Korean food too but never actually got passed the “scorpion delight”. I could try – eyes closed! Well, for the sake of Gemba I could gulp it down in one go. Particularly loved Korean “Kimchi” – one with the spicy “baechu” or cabbage. It really is good especially those made/fermented in less warmer areas of Korea that are prepared in “kimjang” as less pungent and spicy.

  6. Jon

    July 1, 2010 - 6:49 am

    Now you’re talking good eats, John!

  7. Kirsten Just

    July 2, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Pronounced “ro song,” that looks exactly like dried, shredded pork. I grew up in Taiwan, and it’s a common topping for watery rice–a breakfast dish. BOOYAH!

  8. Davida

    July 2, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    I don’t understand. It does look like spicy dried pork on the top to me. Is this suppose to be like a joke or sarcasm?

  9. Jon

    July 2, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    Hi Davida. It looks like orange shag carpet, but tastes like spicy dried pork, I am told. Yes the post is an attempt at humor.

  10. eastlandgrl

    October 18, 2010 - 3:30 am

    interesting, thanks

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