The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday

To boost sales Starbucks has revived its original logo of a topless, split-tailed mermaid inspired by Sheela-Na-Gig,"the ancient Celtic figure

To boost sales Starbucks has revived its original logo of a topless, split-tailed mermaid inspired by Sheela-Na-Gig,"the ancient Celtic figure who terrifies and seduces men by spreading her legs to show her powerful vagina." Back in the day the logo was deemed too sexually suggestive and shelved, but maybe the "vagina dentata" is just what the ubiquitous chain needs to jolt its share price. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

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The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday