McDonald’s Harshly Rejects Burger King’s Offer To Create The McWhopper

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(PCM) In an effort to join forces and celebrate International Peace Day coming up on September 21, Burger King made the decision to reach out to McDonald’s by taking out two full page ads in both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune to propose that the two companies bring a cease fire to the “burger wars” and combine their two most famous sandwiches, The Whopper and The Big Mac, to create The McWhopper to celebrate Peace Day.

The ad says “Good morning McDonald’s. We come in peace. In fact, we come in honor of peace. We know we’ve had our petty differences, but how about we call a ceasefire on these so-called ‘burger wars’?”. The ad goes on to explain why Burger King decided to extend the olive branch as they feel the creation of something as spectacular as The McWhopper would be an excellent way to get the world talking about subjects such as peace, harmony and non-violence.

Burger King ends the letter by saying “All of the tastiest bits of your Big Mac and our Whopper united in one delicious, peace-loving burger, developed together, cooked together, and available in one location for one day only. Let’s end the beef with beef. Talk soon”.

The company even went as far as to create a YouTube video and website to go along with their outreach to create The McWhopper, however the amazing idea was quickly squashed by McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, who posted a somewhat snarky response on the companies Facebook page which read:

Dear Burger King,

Inspiration for a good cause… great idea.

We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference.

We commit to raise awareness worldwide, perhaps you’ll join us in a meaningful global effort?

And every day, let’s acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war.

We’ll be in touch. – Steve, McDonald’s CEO P.S. A simple phone call will do next time.

Many are already calling the response from McDonald’s a bad business move, as it has been no secret that the fast-food chain has been on a downward slope for the last several years. This move could have done wonders to boot their business and reputation. So sad the two companies could not come together as it would have been awesome.  Many are still holding out to hope that McDonald’s will eventually see the err of their ways and come together with Burger King on the epic project to celebrate a great cause.

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12-Year Old Boy Trips And His Fist Goes Through A Painting Worth $1.5 Million

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(PCM) Can we say oopps!!  While visiting an art exhibition in Taiwan and 12-year old boy stumbles and trips and while trying to catch his balance accidentally puts his fist through a 350-year old painting worth $1.5 million dollars.

The organizers of the art exhibition ,which was titled “Face Of Leonardo: Images of a Genius”, have released a video of the incident which left a fist sized hole in the bottom of a painting titled “Flowers” by Italian artist Paolo Porpora who is a leading still life artist who created baroque-style works that often featured fruit and flowers. The exhibition features 55 rare and precious paintings that were collected from some of the finest art collectors around the globe.

It is quite apparent that the young man was incredibly nervous after the incident occurred, however it was completely apparent to the event organizers that what happened was indeed an unfortunate accident. The painting has since been restored without a problem and is now back on display as part of the exhibition.

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Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Sparks Up Controversy

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(PCM) Each year it seems that there is one Halloween costume in particular that will stir up some kind of controversy, so it is no different this year with a costume that was recently discovered on the Spirit Halloween website that mocks Caitlyn Jenner’s famous Vanity Fair photo shoot.

The costume is meant to be humorous, poking fun at Jenner’s celebrity, however many feel that the costume has been created in poor taste. The costume sells for $74.99 and features a wig, bodice, and sash printed with the words “Call Me Caitlyn”. The outfit is almost identical to the one that Jenner wore for her famous Vanity Fair magazine cover shoot with famed photographer Annie Lebovitz.

Members of the transgender community are outraged and are calling the promotion of the costume transphobia, however others feel that the costume is nothing more than a joke and should be treated as such, as many other celebrities have had Halloween costumes designed in their likeness. In response to the controversy Spirit Halloween has removed the costume from their website, however they did release a statement which says “At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes. We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that.”

However, a spokesperson for the National Center for Transgender Equality feels differently saying “There’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters.”  There has since been a Change.org petition started which request that the retailer discontinue the costume.

It is still currently available at several additional online retailers at this time!

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Police Foil A Planned Attack On The Pokemon World Championship In Boston

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(PCM) Those in attendance at the Pokemon World Championship tournament in Boston are breathing a huge sign of relief now that police have apprehended two suspects 18-year old Kevin Norton and 27-year old James Stumbo, who were allegedly planning a deadly attack at the tournament.

The pair were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and additional firearm related charges. Police in Boston were alerted that the two men were travelling to the event from Iowa and had firearms in their possession based upon information that was posted on their social media channels.

Stumbo had posted a photo of himself holding up a firearm with text that read “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds. Boston here we come!! to which Norton had commented “with killing the competition”.

The Pokemon World Championship is attended by over 5,000 Pokemon fans and over $2 million dollars is up for grabs for at least 1,000 players.

When police seized the vehicle, the two suspects were released pending a search warrant, however once obtained the police discovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife inside the vehicle belonging to the suspects.

In a statement regarding the incident and potential threat the Pokemon International Company says “Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue. We gathered information and gave it as soon as possible to the authorities at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.”

 

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Panic Erupted When A Giant Red Ball Rolled Through The Streets In Toledo!

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(PCM) As a result of some severe weather that took place in the Toledo, Ohio area a giant, inflatable red ball was wedged loose from it’s place as part of an art exhibit in the area and began rolling down the street. The incident struck up a panic with Toledo residents caused several individuals to make an attempt to chase it down.

The giant red ball, which is 15 feet wide and 250 pounds, is part of an art installation projects called “RedBall Project” and consists of material that is similar to that of a rubber life raft. The installation was currently on display at the Toledo Museum Of Art.

Strong winds from a passing thunderstorm were able to knock the giant red ball loose and cause it to roll away down the street. Eventually, museum staff and a few other individuals were able to catch the ball and get it deflated before it could cause any real destruction. There were no injuries reported. The deflated ball was placed on a trailer and taken back to the museum for the artist to repair.

Because of the material the ball is made from it should be very easy to patch and there are plans to still have the giant red ball on display in several areas throughout the city, however extra measures will now be taken to be sure the ball is kept securely in place.

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The First Documented Instance Of Stockholm Syndrome Occurred On This Day In 1973

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(PCM) We are sure many of you are aware of the psychological phenomenon known as Stockholm Syndrome during which a kidnapping or hostage victim will begin to feel a certain level of trust and affection towards their captors, however do you know when this condition first originated?

It was on August 23rd, 1973 that the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome occurred with the victims of a bank robbery at Sveriges Kreditbanken, on Stockholm’s upscale Norrmalmstorg square. The robber, Jan-Erik “Janne” Olsson, took four bank employees hostage and held them in a bank vault for a period of six days until his demands were met.

Olsson demanded that his friend Clark Olofsson, who was currently imprisoned be brought the bank along with 3 million cash, two guns, bulletproof vests, helmets and a fast car. The Swedish government granted Olsson’s request and brought Olofsson to act as point of communication between Olsson and the authorities along with a getaway car.

The authorities agreed on providing the car, but would not allow Olsson and Olofsson to take the hostages with them if they tried to escape. Olsson placed a call to the Swedish Prime Minister saying that he would kill the hostages if they were unable to leave together, however the Prime Minister refused to give in. Then in a move that baffled authorities at the time the Prime Minister received another phone call from one of the hostages saying that she was incredibly displeased with his attitude regarding the situation and requested that he let both the robbers and the hostages leave together.

Throughout the ordeal the hostages became more and more fearful of the authorities escalating the violence than they did with their captors. They began to sympathize with both Olsson and Olofsson and repeatedly told authorities after being rescued that they never felt fearful of Olsson or Olofsson, but were more concerned about the way the authorities were handling the situation. They even claimed that both Olsson and Olofsson were kind to them during the ordeal and even defended them for many of their actions during the hostage situation.

Despite the fact that Olsson threatened to kill the hostages if gas were leaked into the vault, authorities nevertheless used this method to eventually get both Olsson and Olofsson to surrender and the hostages were rescued.   The image above shows the hostages being held in the bank vault through a hole drilled by police from an apartment above just prior to them releasing the gas.

It was after this ordeal that the psychological behavior of the hostages began to be studied as never before had authorities seen victims of a crime actually sympathizing with their captors. The coined the term Stockholm Syndrome to describe the condition that still occurs during certain traumatic events to this day.

 

 

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