Mall Of America Hires First Black Santa Claus

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(PCM) America’s largest mall, the Mall Of America near Minneapolis, Minnesota is making history by hiring their first black Santa Claus as part of their Santa Experience. The mall announced the news that they have hired Larry Jefferson to take on the role of Santa Claus for select appearances this month. Co-owner of the malls Santa Experience, Landon Luther, says, “This is a long time coming. We want Santa to be for everyone, period.”

The mall feels that having a black Santa gives children who aren’t white to see a Santa Claus character that looks like them. The Santa Experience launched a nationwide search for a diverse Santa Claus. They discovered Jefferson at a Santa convention in Branson, Missouri, over the summer. He was the only black Santa among the 1,000 impersonators in attendance. Jefferson is originally from Irving, Texas and is a veteran Santa impersonator in his home state. 

He was more than happy to sign on for a four-day stint at the Mall Of America’s Santa Experience. He will be taking pictures and handing out candy canes to the children. Jefferson had some absolutely heartwarming sentiments to share about acting as the mall’s first black Santa. He said “I’m just a messenger to bring hope, love and peace to girls and boys. Anybody can be Santa; it’s what’s in your heart.” Awww … so many feels this holiday season!  This may not seem like such a huge ordeal, but it is definitely a long overdue step in the right direction in the midst of our current political climate.  

In case you happen to wonder what Santa’s wish would be this holiday season according to the Star Tribune, he said he would love to be invited to the White House by President Obama and would also like to visit President-elect Donald Trump, too! 

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Domino’s Pizza Is Training Reindeer To Deliver Pizza In Japan

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(PCM) We can think of about a million and one reasons why this is not such a good idea, however Domino’s Pizza still plans to move forward with their “brilliant” idea to train reindeer to deliver pizza’s this holiday season in Japan. The franchise branch that came up with the idea is even figuring on a way incorporate GPS technology to equip the reindeer and the pizza will be delivered via sleigh. Tis’ the season of ridiculousness! 

The fine folks at the Domino’s franchise in Japan that hatched this plan have released a video showcasing their effort in training the pizza delivering reindeer. Let’s just say, it doesn’t go exactly according to plan (gee..didn’t see that one coming!).

Domino’s plan was to equip the reindeer with GPS trackers so that the customer who ordered the pizza would be able to track their whereabouts and delivery time. They unfortunately did not plan for such instances as the pizza falling off the back of the reindeer or the reindeer veering the sleigh off course. Not sure what they were really expecting with an untrained wild animal, but hey, we give them points for the attempt and creativity. 

A press release for the company states that it is “too difficult to control the reindeer” but they are still trying to work out the situation and urge their customers to stay tuned for additional information. 

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New Spotify Billboards Are Hilariously Invasive (But We Love Them!)

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(PCM) Spotify’s new marketing campaign is absolutely hilarious. They are using billboards to call out some of their subscribers more “questionable” listening habits, but of course they are not naming names. They are posing quite a few questions and adding some delightful commentary about just why certain users would listen in such a way. 

A few examples read, “Dear person who played ‘Sorry’ 42 times on Valentine’s Day, What did you do?”, another says “To the 1,235 guys who loved the “Girls Night” playlist this year, We love you.” Our personal favorite reads “Dear person in the Theater District who listened to the Hamilton soundtrack 5,375 times this year, can you get us tickets?” Too funny! 

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Spotify CMO Seth Farban recently told Creativity, “There has been some debate about whether big data is muting creativity in marketing, but we have turned that on its head. For us, data inspires and gives an insight into the emotion that people are expressing.” The article went on to explain that the ad campaign was originated with 2015’s end-of-year “Year in Music” campaign, as it transpired that data from listeners in different geographical areas provided some interesting insights. “That led to the idea of reflecting culture via listener behavior.”

The new ad campaign marks Spotify’s largest to date and it is definitely bringing them some attention. The billboards are a brilliant idea and incredibly funny, but definitely makes you think twice about just who is watching and collecting data in regards to our listening habits online. 

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Canadian Police Punish Drunk Drivers By Forcing Them To Listen To Nickelback

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(PCM) You almost have to feel bad for vocalist Chad Kroger and the boys in Nickelback. They are constantly getting ridiculed and no one seems to understand their overall popularity. It now seems that police on Canada’s Prince Edward Island have discovered a new way to punish drunk drivers in addition to fines, license suspension and criminal charges. They will also force individuals who are busted for drunk driving to endure listening to the police departments in-house Nickelback CD collection. 

Oh, the horror, but really actually pretty funny! The police department made a post via Facebook that said that anyone who was “dumb enough to feel they could drink and drive” would also be forced to listen to endless Nickelback while they are contained in police custody. The department went on to say “we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you.” You can view the Facebook posting below:

Definitely a creative solution to battle the on-going problem of drunk driving, especially around the holiday season. Although others may feel that having to endure endless Nickelback songs may literally “drive” someone to drink even more!  Sorry, Nickelback, at least it’s for a good cause! 

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NASA Is On The Hunt For A New Way To Help Astronauts Poop In Space

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(PCM) In the very near future, NASA has plans to keep astronauts confined in their spacesuits for approximately six days at a time for exploration purposes. The astronauts on the mission would not have access to either the space shuttle or the space station to be able to relieve themselves, so therefore their only option would be wearing an adult diaper for the duration of the mission. 

We can definitely say that six days in an adult diaper does not sound very pleasant and NASA agrees, which is why they are in search of an innovative idea to assist the astronauts with pooping in space. They are currently hosting a competition aptly called “The Space Poop Challenge” as a way to crowdsource a new an innovative way for astronauts to relieve themselves in space. 

NASA is accepting submissions via the website HeroX in hopes to discover an “in-suit waste management system” that could work for “up to 144 hours” to get rid of “fecal, urine, and/or menstrual waste.” If your idea is chosen you could win up to $30,000. Now, that’s definitely some fun holiday spending money! Put on your thinking caps and get to work! 

 

 

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Arthur’s Angry Fist Meme! The Reaction Meme You Should Definitely Know!

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(PCM) Unless you are hiding under a rock on the internet you have most likely come across the hilarious Arthur’s Angry Fist meme popping up somewhere along your various social media feeds. It is often used by people as a visual accompaniment to situations in life that have made them angry or frustrated.

The image shows cartoon character Arthur with a clenched fist and is taken from an episode of the cartoon series titled “Arthur’s Big Hit” during the scene where Arthur punches his younger sister D.W. for breaking his Bell X-1 model airplane. It was definitely a rather dark episode of the cartoon series and even the show’s creators, while appreciative of all the online buzz, are disappointed that some of the meme’s are made in poor taste. Definitely not what they were going for with the Arthur cartoon series. 

The screen capture image of Arthur’s fist in that scene was first posted on Twitter back in July of 2016 when user @AlmostJT joking said “This is just a pic of Arthur’s fist but idk [I don’t know]  how I feel that’s it’s just so relatable. So many emotions in one fist.” The original tweet has since been deleted,however the meme has been shared countless times. 

Of course the meme began being shared on Reddit as a visual was for people to describe their frustrations with various social and world situations. One of the first mentions of the Arthur’s Angry Fist meme on Reddit occurred when someone used the image to describe their anger at someone saying Harambe was “just a gorilla”.  The meme has proven to have both staying power and longevity, as it is still be consistently shared  across the net at any given time. The Arthur’s Angry Fist meme touches on both our obsession with all things nostalgic and the ability to visually express our emotions in a cyber world. 

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