Japan’s travel agency has begun offering holidays for stuffed toys. For between $20 and $55 you can send you favorite stuffed animal on a fabulous vacation! Travelogues are uploaded to Facebook, where the owners can follow what activities their stuffed animals are up to.
Coca-Cola cancelled a Canadian promotion that paired randomly generated English and French words inside bottle caps after a woman got one that said “You Retard.”
You can be denied a loan because you’re unpopular on Facebook. A San Francisco-based start-up LendUp checks the Facebook and Twitter profiles of potential borrowers to see how many friends they have and how often they interact; the company views an active social media life as an indicator of stability.
The web app now pulls data for people on social media sites. It crunches all of the information, highlights topics where people are most influential, and generates a score for everyone between 1 and 100. The higher the score, the more influential a person is. Marketers use these scores to target their ads to industry leaders, whether it is a mom who has pull in her town’s PTA, or a CEO running a big-name company.
You can rent old men in Japan for only 1,000 yen (US$10) an hour, for example, going to art galleries, having lunch and talking about your love life, test driving cars with you, renting weepy DVDs, looking at new apartments together, complimenting you, and even running errands for you.
Because a large number of black males are unable to shave without severe irritation, Domino’s was found in violation of the 1991 Civil Rights Act by requiring all their employees to be cleanly-shaven.
When 3 people tried to sell Coca Cola secrets to Pepsi, Pepsi informed Coke and the FBI.
Ronald Wayne was a third co-founder of Apple, along with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. In 1976, he sold his 10% share of the company for $800. Today, his 10% would be worth of 35 billion dollars.
MySpace was purchased by News Corp for $580 million in 2005 and sold by News Corp for $35 million in 2011.