Google used to be called WHAT? — The original names of 23 iconic brands

August 16, 2014 | 5 comments

Before it was Pepsi, it was Brad’s Drink. Instead of telling people to “BackRub that,” we tell them to “Google it.” Going to Peter’s Super Submarines for lunch? No, you aren’t. Though you can go to Subway if you really want to.

Here is a fun list of 23 major brands that used to go by another name…

Famous Rebrands 1

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A new devastatingly poignant 1-minute tribute to Robin Williams

August 14, 2014 | 3 comments

This is beautiful…

(via Reddit)

Please share. All proceeds from our “Robin Williams” posts are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

BuzzFeed is using Robin Williams’ death for profit (and so are we)

August 14, 2014 | 7 comments

[Skip to the end of this article to see that we’re giving it all away, and to read our challenge to BuzzFeed.]

When the news broke that Robin Williams had killed himself, most people in the country sat back in stunned silence. Then they shared whatever article had alerted them of the tragedy with their friends and maybe watched a YouTube video or two of his most celebrated scenes.

But there was a small subgenre of human being (which I am a part of, to my occasional chagrin) who immediately began wondering what we’d share about Robin Williams. Why? In order to get as many people to our sites as possible. That sounds bad, but it’s how we make our living. We’re bloggers, journalists, and editors. In the crassest of terms, it’s our job to generate traffic. Anything from kittens wrestling to riots in Missouri is an opportunity to get people to click.

Robin Williams’ death just happens to be a particularly popular and painful opportunity.

But this isn’t unusual.

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The one Robin Williams tribute video to watch today

August 12, 2014 | No comments

It’s impossible to fit enough highlights of Robin Williams into a single short video, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t try. This one does a good job hitting the high points and honoring the man we’re all saying goodbye to today…

Frustrated Brit rejects 10-month construction timeline, fixes major detour himself. Genius!

August 12, 2014 | 1 comment

The journey from Bath to Bristol has been 14 miles longer since a February landslide took out a section of the shortest route connecting the two English cities…

Toll Road 1

Mike Watts was one of those frustrated people whose commute between the two cities was up to an hour longer than normal thanks to the washout. Watts was commiserating over the situation at a local pub one night when the man who owned land adjacent to the road mentioned that people with 4×4 vehicles were using his field as a much shorter detour around the work zone.

With construction on the road lasting until at least December, Watts struck a deal with landowner John Dinham to spend his own money to construct a toll road on Dinham’s land. Two months later, crews were building a gravel road less than 400 yards long around the washed out highway…

Toll Road 2

Rather than force drivers to turn around, signs now direct traffic to take Britain’s first private toll road in 100 years…

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Some of Robin Williams’ greatest moments from 13 of his best movies

August 12, 2014 | 1 comment

In honor of Robin Williams, here is a touching or funny scene from many of his most popular movies. Find your favorite and re-experience his genius for a moment…

Good Will Hunting – 1997

Aladdin – 1992

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Which picture will the media use if these Black men get “gunned down”?

August 11, 2014 | 8 comments

18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, just days before he was to leave for college. The fact that Brown was unarmed has generated outrage from his community and many others nationwide.

While an investigation into why a police officer opened fire on Brown is ongoing, people have turned to social media to decry the ways in which the media has reported the story. One particularly straightforward yet fascinating trend has been the “If they gunned me down” hashtag on Twitter.

To participate, young black men (and a few women, too) are sharing two pictures of themselves and rhetorically asking (with a strong dose of sarcasm) which photo we predict the media would use to tell their story if the police killed them. The point being, of course, that the media almost universally gravitates to photos that make a young, Black victim appear to be a thug, completely skipping other images that prove he was, in fact, as well-rounded and complete a human being as anybody else.

Let’s start with a couple pictures that Mike Brown himself might have posted if he’d had the chance to participate rather than motivate this sad but powerful protest. On the left is the photo that almost everyone is using to report his story, and on the right is another, obviously better photo that is just as available as the first, but that few news outlets have been using.

If the gunned me down - Mike Brown

For the rest, you can click each pic for the source and read more at The Root.

If They Gunned Me Down - 08If They Gunned Me Down - 03

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