Month: September 2012

Warning: Do Not Buy Chris Brown’s Album

In addition to the parental advisory label on Chris Brown’s new album, copies of “Fortune” sold in one of London’s HMV stores were temporarily plastered with another warning. Just in case you somehow forgot that the singer assaulted Rihanna in 2009, a bright yellow sticker proclaimed, “Warning Do Not Buy This Album! This Man Beats Women.”

A representative for HMV told E! News last week the stickers had “nothing to do with HMV or representing our views. It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores yesterday and stickered a handful of CDs.
“These were spotted and quickly removed, but, before we could act, the individual concerned must have taken a photo and sent it to the media. To our knowledge there are no further stickers in our stores now.”

Can the McRib Save Christmas?

According to a memo obtained by Ad Age from McDonald’s Operators National Advertising Fund, the chain’s national-franchise council, the McRib marketing window was originally scheduled for Oct. 22 through Nov. 11. But “after looking at ways to strengthen the fourth-quarter 2012 OPNAD calendar,” McDonald’s made the decision to move the sandwich promotion to the latter half of December, the memo said. McRib will get TV, radio, digital, in-store, social media and PR support.

McDonald’s is holding out the star performer in hopes the product will drive sales to meet those of December 2011, which were up a whopping 9.8%. That’s a tough comp, but McDonald’s won’t be alone in trying to beat it. Fourth-quarter 2011 and first quarter 2012 marked one of the mildest winters in years, which had a hugely positive impact on restaurant sales generally. “The winter is seasonally a slower period,” said Howard Penney, restaurant analyst and managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management. “A lot of people underestimated the massive impact the weather had on sales.”

Words Used At the US National Conventions

A comparison of how often speakers at the two presidential nominating conventions used different words and phrases, based on an analysis of transcripts from the Federal News Service.
Over all, the word ‘science’ was used only three times at the Republican convention, and eight times at the Democratic convention.

Woman Suing Walmart for Ripping up $100 Bills

The cashier inspected the $100 bill, showed it to another cashier, and told Garcia the $100 bill was “fake.” Garcia claims the cashier ripped up the bill in front of her without performing any counterfeit tests. She also maintains that the metallic strip in the bill was “clearly visible.”

After tearing the bill, the cashier tested it by using a counterfeit detection pen. The pen left a yellow mark on the bill, indicating that it was actually real. However, the cashier told Garcia that the store was keeping the money.

Garcia asked to see a manager about being refunded. A Walmart employee identified in a court petition as “Russell” responded to Garcia’s request.

Russell agreed with the cashier’s conclusion and told Garcia that she had to wait for police. When Garcia took out the second $100 bill in an attempt to prove the money was valid, Russell took the bill, told her it was counterfeit and also ripped it in half. When San Antonio Police arrived to the store, they tested the money and confirmed the bills were real. She declined to receive the ripped bill back and police advised Walmart employees to replace them with new ones.

Chemical Brain Preservation: How to Live “Forever”

A number of neuroscientists, working today with simple model organisms, are investigating the hypothesis that chemical brain preservation may inexpensively preserve the organism’s memories and mental states after death. Chemically preserved brains can be stored at room temperature in cemeteries,…