(PCM) After many years of requests from parents the American Girl doll company has revealed that they are gearing up to release their first-ever American Boy doll. Director of public relations for the American Girl Doll company, Julie Parks, commented to the Huffington Post saying, “Adding a boy to our lineup has been a number one request for a very, very, very long time.”
The company is planning to release a much larger set of new dolls this year, as both parents and children are consistently requesting dolls that feature more diversity, experiences and interests. The very first American Boy doll will be named Logan Everett and his story is that he is a boy who plays drums alongside his friend Tenney Grant, a singer-songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee.
We never realized that these American Girl, and now American Boy dolls had such detailed backstories, but it is definitely great to see that the company is finally branching out.
(PCM) It was a sad day for fans of the classic adult gentlemen’s publication Playboy, when in 2015 the brand announced that they would no longer be featuring nude images in their magazine and accompanying website. Playboy made the decision in an attempt to distance themselves from many of the sexist connotations that had attached themselves to the brand over the years. When the nude images were removed for the Playboy website in 2014, the company saw a huge surge in traffic and made the decision to remove them from their print magazine as well the following year.
This appears to have been a huge mistake at least according to Playboy COO Cooper Hefner, son of brand founder Hugh Hefner. Hefner claims that “Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem.” He went on to say that the way in which the Playboy brand displayed nudity was dated, however beginning now the magazine and website are set to “take back” their identity and “reclaim” who they are as a brand.
The nudes are back in full force in the March/April 2017 issue of the magazine and Playboy will continue to publish nudes for the foreseeable future because as the cover states quite matter-of-factually, “Naked Is Normal”. We are sure that fans of Playboy brand are happy and men everywhere can begin building up their bathroom “reading material” once again.
(PCM) If you have ever paid a visit to the popular Vermont ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, website then you may have noticed that they feature a “Flavor Graveyard” on the site that pays homage to the companies many retired and failed flavors from over the years. However, did you know that there is actually a real-life flavor graveyard located at the Ben & Jerry’s factory located in Waterbury, Vermont that you can walk through as well. It is delightfully bizarre!
The flavor graveyard is situated on a hill that overlooks the factory and features granite headstones and witty epitaphs for each dearly departed flavor. According to Ben & Jerry’s website, the physical Flavor Graveyard was erected in 1997 and originally contained just 4 flavors, which only existed in the United States: Dastardly Mash, Economic Crunch, Ethan Almond and Tuskegee Chunk. Since then, the Graveyard has grown to include 35 flavors, including Wavy Gravy, Miz Jelena’s Sweet Potato Pie, Dublin Mudslide, Holy Cannoli and many more (mostly) beloved departed flavors .
You may wonder just what is buried underneath the headstones in the Flavor Graveyard. It seems that the folks at Ben & Jerry’s began have a mini funeral service for their departed flavors and a little wooden box containing a pint of the deceased ice cream flavor is placed in the ground. Some of the dearly departed flavors are described as :
1. Schweddy Balls (2011-2011) This ice cream with a name inspired by a famous Saturday Night Live sketch featured vanilla ice cream with a bit of rum, plus fudge-covered rum and malt balls.
2. Wavy Gravy (1991-2001) This caramel and cashew Brazil nut flavor stayed on shelves for eight years. The flavor also featured roasted almonds and a chocolate hazelnut fudge swirl. However, Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard claims, “Wavy Gravy isn’t dead – he lives in California.”
3. Oh Pear (1997-1997) This short-lived flavor featured an unusual combination flavors: pear ice cream with a tough of almond and a light fudge swirl throughout.
4. Dastardly Mash (1979-1991) This chocolate ice cream with pecans, almonds, chocolate chips, and raisins had a long run. Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyeard attributes its downfall to raisins. “Here the brazen DASTARDLY lies,” it reads, “some say that raisin, caused its demise.”
5. Tuskeegee Chunk (1989-1990) This ice cream seems like it would have been popular — it was simply peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chunks throughout — yet it only stayed on shelves for a year.
(PCM) There is appears to be one rather large issue with this particular Dutch pregnancy advertisement and the internet is losing its’ mind! Can you see what the issue is below?
This woman is obviously very much pregnant and generally, aren’t you supposed to take a pregnancy test before you would be showing that much? The look of shock on their faces is just too much! Folks on Twitter have been having too much fun with the add with some saying that the couple appear shocked because the test result says “negative” or that maybe she just swallowed an entire bowling ball!
The folks at Adweek, reached out to the designers of the now viral pregnancy test ad and they claim “Since Predictor is 99.9 percent accurate, you’d rather depend on the test than your belly” as their ridiculous meaning for the ad. The original billboard ad was initially created back in 2011 and it’s designers can not believe that it has now gone viral a full six years later. That’s the way the internet works sometimes!
(PCM) The Kraft Heinz food company has some exciting news with the announcement of their upcoming partnership with celebrity Oprah Winfrey. The joint venture will be called “Mealtime Stories” and together Kraft Heinz and Oprah will be creating a new line of packaged, refrigerated meals. Kraft Heinz says the mission is to create a new line of food that will make real, nutritious products more accessible to everyone.
There has been very little detail about what type of food choices will be offered, however rumors are circulating that the meals will consist of meat, fish, poultry and vegetables. Partnering with Kraft Heinz is not the first time that Oprah has done work in the food industry. She was a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, even going as far as to buy a rather large stake in the company and she also recently published a cook book which quickly made it’s way to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list.
Kraft Heinz will initially develop, manufacture, market and sell this new line of food products in the U.S. As part of the joint venture, 10% of profits will be donated to charities aimed at eradicating hunger. The company plans to reveal more details about “Mealtime Stories” later this year!
(PCM) When film director Casey Tebo discovered that one of his films had been illegally downloaded from a torrent site and then passed around among the employees of a certain grocery store he was incredibly angered and decided to take revenge into his own hands.
Tebo entered the store and began stealing the ingredients that would be used to make clam chowder. Tebo ended up getting caught, however not without strongly making his point to the store about the effect that illegal downloading has on the artist and the industry. Tebo feels very strongly that online piracy is the same as theft and he felt that he had to make a stand and do his part in an attempt to battle this ongoing issue.
Tebo is best known for his indie horror film “Happy Birthday” and for directing live performances from bands such as Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. He also won an Emmy award for his work on ESPN E:60’s Dream On: The Stories of Boston’s Strongest.
After a recent conversation with a friend where it was revealed that the friend had seen Tebo’s recent film “Happy Birthday”, Tebo asked where his buddy had seen the film. The friend admitted that some guy had brought it into work. Tebo innocently asked if it was via DVD, however eventually his friend admitted that the guy had illegally downloaded the film from a torrent site and shared it with various co-workers at the store.
Tebo’s “Happy Birthday” film had a tiny budget with only three investor putting in about $500k, so after speaking with some other friends Tebo decided to take his revenge on the store that felt it was okay to steal his creative property. He figured just go to the grocery store and begin stealing the ingredients to make a clam chowder. If he got caught he would simply tell the police “He steals my sh*t, why can’t I steal his sh*t”?
Tebo created a video to go along with the revenge plan aptly titled “PSA (Pirates Suck A**)” which has been posted on YouTube and is quickly going viral. In the video Tebo can be seen taking about $30 worth of groceries, however he is caught by a store employee in the parking lot. The employee threatens to call the cops however Tebo protests saying that if it is okay for the employees of the grocery store to steal from his industry, why can’t he steal from theirs?
Tebo did eventually return the stolen ingredients, however he definitely made sure to get his point across about the ongoing issue of internet piracy. Check out the video here!