From Sesame Street To…Times Square?

News today is rife with stories about proposed travel bans, Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearings, and countless Twitter rants. While pundits fill the airwaves with talk about the millions who will lose their healthcare coverage, or those who will no longer be able to fly with their laptops, the affected still generally remain faceless.  But last week, a video emerged of a sad tale about a beloved figure affected by the current political scene.

In the video, Elmo of Sesame Street is told he is fired from his television show after 32 years of dedicated work. As he sadly voices his confusion, an unseen man tells Elmo it’s because of the federal government’s budget cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (aka PBS). When Elmo asks what he should do now with his life, he’s given the suggestion to take tourist pictures in Times Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: nyctalking

Check out the two minute-long appeal to all your emotions, nostalgia, and childhood memories – you won’t want to live in world where Sesame Street is Elmo-less after seeing this! We know we don’t, so join us in calling your representatives today and let them know you want to save PBS!


 

Posted by Maya

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Your Hand Never Tasted This Good…

Growing up in a country that’s traditional dish is made to be eaten with your hands, I’ve always had to retrain myself from going elbow deep in similar dishes served here in Boston. It’s just so much easier to scarf food down with your own two hands, but it’s also considered to be barbaric and uncivilized so whatever, your loss America. But, it looks like Anton Piotrowski, Masterchef winner and chef at Brown & Bean in Plymouth agrees with me… to a certain extent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Source London Evening Standard

Before opening his restaurant earlier this month, Piotrowski told the Plymouth Herald: “I’m not following anyone’s trends, I’m not copying anyone else’s dishes. I am doing my own food.” As such, the Michelin-starred chef has chosen to kick off his nine-course tasting menu by plating each element of an apple and pork dish on the bare skin of his guests. Unsurprisingly, he’s received mixed reviews about his unconventional methods; some have described it as a “novel idea” and a “conversation starter,” others think it’s a “pretentious piffle.” I think it’s pretty obvious how I feel about it, but if you’re into interactive or experiential dining in general, you’re going to love this place too!

And if not, you can join these crybabies.

 

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The Power of Marijuana

A Priest, a Rabbi and an Atheist walk into a dispensary… but this ain’t no joke! These three bad asses smoked weed for a Cut.com video that went viral, for good reason. The two holy men and the disbeliever ended up engaging in the most legendary high conversation this planet has ever witnessed. For that, Mazel Tov and L’Chaim!

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As stated by my new favorite Rabbi, Rabbi Jim Mirel, “If it helps you become a better person, if it lifts you up, gives you something – a new view of life, it’s a very positive thing.”  Damn – where was this guy back when I was in high school? I was grounded for not one, not two, but three months after my father found a hint of weed, I’m talking $2 worth, hidden in my room. If only I had thought of the best excuse ever (thanks Rabbi), “I’m here to experience one of God’s creations,” I bet I could have knocked my punishment down to a week, tops!

This video left me shedding some tears… as well as feeling a definite second-hand high. The moral of the story:  sometimes, all you need is the gift of a little ganja to bring peace and respect amongst those of different views. Toda, Rabbi Jim Mirel, and thank you Episcopal Priest, Chris Schuler, and the real hero, Carlos Dillard, for cutting spiritual ties while enjoying the high vibes. Amen.

 

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Near, Far, Wherever You Are, YOU Can See the Actual Titanic!

Blue Marble Private, a London-based luxury travel company, is crafting a trip sure to be coveted by history geeks, adventurers, and Titanic fans alike.

The experience is a deep sea visit to the depths of the ocean where the wreck of the Titanic resides. After 105 years since the ship’s sinking, travelers can embark on an 8-day journey which will allow them to witness the remains of one of history’s most momentous events.

The expeditions will commence in 2018 and include nine travelers per trip. And the price tag to see that famous grand staircase in-person? Approximately $100k. So start saving up, travel-lovers! This trip may just one time, but its memories will last for a lifetime (sorry for the Celine-overkill).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Source: www.bluemarbleprivate.com

 

Posted by Maya

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Stay Classy

With the year we’ve been having, nothing really surprises me anymore, so when I saw an article on Delish about “wine condoms” I thought it was a stunt from Trojan where they realized some girls need to be drunk before they go south, so why not be efficient and kill two birds with one stone?

I was wrong.

Now that my head’s out of the gutter, I realized these “condoms” are just rubber wine stoppers. Lame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source winecondoms.com

While the concept is mildly amusing, these guys are trying too hard. It’s like that middle school boy who has to turn every joke into a penis joke for a cheap laugh. Deep down, he’s a smart kid, but he thinks everyone wants to hear his made up story of banging three girls before football practice for a moment in the spotlight.

Here’s why I think these “condoms” are a stretch (see what I did there, because condoms are stretchy…okay, now I’m the middle school boy).

–          They’re reusable. Eww

–          They’re tiny. Unless we’re talking condoms for Dr. Evil, I don’t see the resemblance.

–          One of their selling points is that it’s “wrapped in a sexy gold foil.” When have you EVER heard someone say “mmmm that condom is so damn sexy!”? If you have you might want to rethink your life…

While browsing through their website, I learned that they donate a portion of every sale to “Water.” Cool! I also learned that they solve the “pain-in-the-ass-leans-to-the-side-which-never-quite-fits-in-the-refrigerator” syndrome. See, that’s something that I could get down with, but if I hadn’t done my research for this m.blog, they would have already lost me with cheap innuendos and trashy packaging.

Stop trying so hard and just do you. Rant over.

 

Posted by Christina B.

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Phonetics Gone Wrong

Jimmy Fallon has done it again. The man, the myth and the legend has taken something completely random, and turned it into an Internet hit. This time, his newest video circulating around the interwebz revolves around a popular street food – the Gyro.

Luke Bryan joins in on the fun, and sings a country-style duet with Fallon to explain everyone’s confusion surrounding how to pronounce word. Filled with puns and real life struggles (#whitepeopleproblems), the song is LOL funny (I actually LOL’d multiple times).

BTW, who knew Luke Bryan was so funny?! What a pleasant surprise!

 

Posted by Ally A.

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Time for a Good Cry

I have never considered myself a romantic. I mean, love exists, but that mushy stuff that sells movie tickets? It all seems so fake. That being said, I want to share the most romantic, selfless thing I have ever read. It shows the true extent of love – this isn’t fake. This is real. I’m honestly going to leave it at that and not add more commentary because I believe this recent piece in The New York Times‘ “Modern Love” column speaks for itself.

Good luck, my friends. It’s time for a good cry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/style/modern-love-you-may-want-to-marry-my-husband.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

 

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SXSW’s Winning Activations

 

Last week, SXSW Interactive, the first half of the well-known Austin, TX, conference, occurred and, per usual, the marketing gurus at some of the nation’s biggest brands and TV shows pulled out all the stops. AdWeek took the liberty of rounding up some of the festival’s best experimental activations that were the talk of the town.

Highlights include:

AMC’s Los Pollos Hermanos Restaurant

AMC created a pop-up version of the fast-food joint, Los Pollos Hermanos, which was regularly featured on the hit-show “Breaking Bad.” The mock restaurant was created in three-days and is a teaser to the location’s feature in the spin-off show, “Better Call Saul.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

HBO: The Escape

My favorite activation of the bunch, HBO created mini Escape the Rooms around the hit shows “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” Essentially, they created a replica set of each show, threw attendees inside the staged room, and featured puzzles pertaining to the show that they had to solve in less than five minutes with the goal of “escaping.” Sign me up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hulu’s Handmaids

In an effort to promote the new show “A Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu staged a flash mob in the middle of downtown Austin. A group of creepy looking handmaidens dressed in red dresses and white hats took to the streets without any explanation. Their mysterious presence had everyone talking, and in turn garnered a ton of buzz for the upcoming show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bravo to all the marketing/PR teams that pulled these off – I’ll certainly have to add SXSW to the bucket list so I can experience these myself someday! To read more about all of the other buzzworthy activations click here.

 

Posted by Anne

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Magic for Your Mane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source THEUNSEEN

If you’re someone who likes to experiment with your hair color, you know that sometimes you have to sacrifice the health of your locks to get the look you want. But what if your hair could change color on its own?

Enter FIRE, a color-changing hair dye by Lauren Bowker that transforms the color of your ‘do with the powers of thermochromatic ink. Depending on the temperature of your environment, your hair can be black, red, blue, silver or yellow. And if you decide that your new unicorn locks are too cray for your nine-to-five, no worries – the dye only lasts a few washes.

Launching by Bowker’s company THEUNSEEN at London Fashion Week in partnership with Storm Models later this year, FIRE is not yet on the market, but according to the website, the brand is looking for commercial partners to get the innovative product on store shelves.

Check out this video to see how the dye works, and cross your fingers that it makes it to your local CVS soon!

 

Posted by Erin D.

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“What Will They Say About You?”

The other morning, while doing my daily scroll through news feeds, social feeds and emails, I came across this article about Nike’s newly designed Hijab made for female Muslim athletes. In addition to the sleek design available in three neutral colors, the athletic-wear is designed to be pull on, light and breathable for the comfort and ease of all athletes. Nike is calling this Hijab the Pro Hijab, and will be selling it for $35.00 starting in the Spring of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image sourced from New York Times

Maybe I’m feeling extra feminist because of the recent International Women’s Day, but for some reason, this Hijab has gotten me very excited and optimistic about our world’s sense of inclusion and acceptance of other religions, races and sexes. I know things have felt a little… iffy (to put it lightly) politically recently. However, the movements, marches and outpouring of support is undeniable and heartwarming! The support shown by Nike, an American athletic-wear staple and huge $27 billion dollar company, by making such a prominent statement about Muslim female athletes reminds me to stay optimistic because small and large victories are being won every day!

 

Posted by Ally A.

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