And now, Where’s Wanda?

December 22, 2009

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Okay, publishing staff, we’ve decided to go a new direction in the popular “Where’s Waldo?” book series, and we’re very excited.

USA/This time around meet “Where’s Wanda?” Yes, Waldo is now a woman!

She dresses like Waldo, but it gives us a chance to make her hard to find in a whole new set of situations.

What, Lamar? Yes, now that you mention it I guess it isn’t all that hard to find her in this top photo, what with just four people there.

Look, I’ll be brutally honest. We’re aiming “Where’s Wanda?” at very, very, very stupid readers. In fact, sometimes she’ll be the only one in the picture, and she’ll be wearing a name tag.

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Top: Candidates stand before judges at a casting call for the second season of the reality television programme “Dance Your Ass Off”, in which overweight or obese contestants hope to lose weight by dancing, in New York, December 18, 2009.

Middle: A competitor waits to audition.

Bottom: A Where’s Waldo book cover.

REUTERS photos by Finbarr O’Reilly

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Somehow I am not sure Wanda will be very attractive as a character, even to us drooling, meddie-filled oddities… unless she makes us giggle, that is.

And for giggles, Robert does a much better job without resorting to Wanda. All in all, another flopped marketing concept, if you ask me.

Posted by 1M1 | Report as abusive

A tv show in which obese people dance to lose weight?

they’ll put anything on tv these days

Posted by SkimpyDog | Report as abusive

Ok, pardon my ignorance here… (covering her head with her hands in a defensive pose)… Who’s Waldo?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra, the question is more Where’s Waldo.

It is a very 1990’s thing, but I am sure you’re not THAT young!

Posted by 1M1 | Report as abusive

1M1,if that is some way to find out how old I am.. wouldnt work, I am afraid… But then I am truly ignorant of Waldo, not having been in this part of the world for very long…
Now, kind sir, without much further ado, could you, or anyone knowledgeable for that matter, kindly instruct me as to who or what is this fascinating character, Waldo?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra, for your benefit, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where’s_Wal ly%3F

Children’s character that, as with most, wasn’t really for children. Nice fun it was!

Posted by 1M1 | Report as abusive

Hi Shra – I try to make cross-cultural references as easy as possible. You may notice that in the first reference, Where’s Waldo is blue and/or underlined, which means you may click on it and find out all about Where’s Waldo, or, as it’s known in much of the world, Where’s Wally?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Yeah, I never understood why he was ‘Waldo’ with you guys and ‘Wally’ with us. You have something against the name Wally?

Posted by LMR | Report as abusive

LMR, what does Wally mean exactly?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thanks, Unca… I know that too..
.I just wanted to know from LMR, if isnt an endearment at times… used by Australians mostly?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive