The first espresso shot fired in the coffee wars.
Is a 12 pack of beer not cutting it out for you? Well Texas Brewery, Austin Beerworks has just the product for you.
The 99-pack of beer.
Via CBS Money Watch:
Sales of the initial run of 20 99-packs don’t begin until Thursday in Austin, but news of the innovation has spread online, astounding the brewers over the public reaction.
“We’re a small brewer,” said co-founder Michael Graham. “We only sell in our hometown. We’re pretty amazed at how quickly it spread everywhere.”
He said the 99-pack launch was timed to coincide with the start of school at the University of Texas as well as the first football game this coming weekend.
Yet what may have been conceived as a fun promotional stunt may become a real business for the craft brewery.
“It’s really impractical,” said Graham, who expressed skepticism that customers would buy more than one 99-pack. “We conceived of it just to be silly, but we never thought there would be any real interest from retailers and consumers,” he told CBS MoneyWatch. “I guess we underestimated the power of a stupid idea.” Read More…
Bowing to political correctness, and citing “safety concerns” the owner of Sneakers Bistro in Winooski, VT removed an advertisement that read “YIELD FOR BACON,” because a local Muslim resident found the sign offensive.
It got there as part of “Operation Bloom.”
A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.
It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.
The owners of Sneakers spoke to WPTZ. They say they’ve reached out to the individual who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also say they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings. Read More…
On their now deleted Facebook page Sneakers Bistro had this response:
“We are here to serve people BREAKFAST, not politics. We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community. There were also concerns raised about safety. Removing it was not a difficult decision. We still love bacon. We still love eggs. Please have the political conversation elsewhere.”
I’m interested to know what these “concerns raised about safety,” were? Did they think that the sign was going to cause potential traffic accidents over cars stopping in the street over the thoughts of wonderful tasty bacon goodness? Or were they concerned about violence over their harmless and amusing ad?
It is a free country, or at least it is supposed to be. Much like I wrote in my post about atheists attacking an Arkansas restaurant for their church bulletin promotion, I believe that in a free society small-business owners should be allowed to run their businesses as they see fit. So they have every right to pull their sign down due to political correctness, I just think that its sad and pathetic.
A study by mobile advertising technology company (whatever the fuck that means), Marchex, has uncovered that Ohioans are the biggest potty-mouths in the Union. The study, released last May (I found out about it via A.V. Club), also placed Ohio in the top 5 of “least courteous” states, that is to say we don’t like saying “please” and “thank you” here in Ohio apparently.
According to Marchex:
The Institute, Marchex’s data and research team, examined more than 600,000 phone calls from the past 12 months. The calls were placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers and more.
The Institute scanned for curse words from A to F to S. Analysts then linked the frequency of those words with all 50 states.
Following Washington in the “Goody Two Shoes” category – states where people are least likely to curse – were Massachusetts (2nd place), Arizona (3rd place), Texas (4th place), Virginia (5th place).
Ranking behind Ohio in the “Sailors” category – states where people are most likely to curse – were: Maryland (2nd place), New Jersey (3rd place), Louisiana (4th place), Illinois (5th place).
Ohioans curse more than twice the rate of Washingtonians, according to the data. Washingtonians curse about every 300 conversations. Ohioans, on the other hand, swore about every 150 conversations.
Considering that the study was based off of telephone interactions with call centers makes me slightly skeptical of the wide spread implications of the study, after all what red-blooded American does not have his blood pressure increase the second he hears “for English press 1?” Still it’s nice to be #1 in something.
June 22nd 1969, thanks to media attention from Time and National Geographic, my beloved home town forever became known as the city whose river caught on fire. Now some 44 years later we are trying to do it all over again. (no not really.)
John Gadd, owner of a local print-shop by the name of Hotcards, in an effort to drum up some publicity is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most amount of people on fire at one time. (They really keep track of that?!?!?!) Gadd and 19 others plan to purposefully light themselves on fire along the banks of the Cuyahoga.
From my local bird-cage liner, the Plain Dealer:
Somewhere deep inside Gadd, the pilot light was lit on a great idea.
It’s the Burning River city. The company’s logo contains a flame. It seemed perfect.
“We didn’t have any trouble finding people. We have people chomping at the bit to burn, which makes me feel a little better about my own sanity,” said Gadd, who was set ablaze in his company parking lot Friday as a demonstration for Cleveland firefighters.
Total costs will be around $50,000. Gadd is paying to have the Cleveland Fire Department crew on hand and the city’s Emergency Medical Service nearby. He’s flying in the Guinness judge. He hopes ticket sales and sponsorships help cut down on overhead and bring in more money for the charity.
It’s an attempt to re-frame history, says Gadd.
“We take a lot of heat in Cleveland as the Burning River City. Yet it became the catalyst for a lot Cleveland pride, including environmental movements, breweries, and a whole lot of ‘Hot in Cleveland’ fame,” he said. “It’s a unique part of our legacy that we can embrace and give new meaning with such a magical spectacle.”
I would never, intentionally set myself on fire, (Actually that’s not true while tryping this I remember accidentally setting my shirt on fire as a teenager playing around with a can if hairspry and a lighter.) but this is actually pretty cool.
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