What are they thinking over at the Minneapolis Star Tribune?
What are they THINKING?
What the hell is this stupid wallpaper thing they're making me look at before I can see the damn headlines??
It's 5:30 in the morning. I'm up to satisfy the newsjones that wakes me up too early. So I flip open my trusty laptop and, naturally, I turn to the Star-Tribune.
And what do I get? The ugliest ad I've ever seen online. And it takes up the whole screen. And it won't go away.
Bright blue background- I mean BRIGHT blue, the kind even my teenage niece would describe as "a little loud." Covered with row after row of what look like -- I don't know. Biscuits gone wrong? Something the dog gagged up? They're beige, anyway. And there's some little red do-dad on every one, looks like Walt Disney's signature.
It turns out it's an ad for some kind of auto service. The biscuits-gone-wrong are supposed to be cars (I think); the red script is the company's name. I have to look at it for about ten seconds while my beachball gives me that "you are my prisoner" spin. I can't get rid of the ad. I just have to wait.
I tried this twice. It happened both times.
I'm not going to try it again. Get a clue, Strib- ugly is no way to start the day.