Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
It seems somebody took his or her obsession with “The Godfather” a little too far. Following a recent photo shoot for the fashion retailer’s line of lace clothing, retouchers went to Photoshop extremes on one image depicting a model with a horse, or rather just the head of a horse
. Although the company claims
that it's a matter of the angle at which the horse is standing. Judge for yourself. The photo in question is still live on the brand’s site, which you can find here
I prefer that my horses—when they have full-bodies—be of the miniature variety. Starbucks seems to agree. As the company’s coffee sizes continue to grow, its latest test stores are seeing a drastic reduction in space. These pre-manufactured shops
, the first of which opened in Colorado last week, are not only small and portable, but also designed as a walk-up or drive-thru café only.
is also dabbling in an apparent first of its own. Business Insider
reports that the online authority on viral videos and Internet memes has debuted an actual print ad
—yeah, as in on paper—void of laughing babies or animals of any kind.
Speaking of Business Insider
, it ranked the 20 most powerful publicists in Hollywood
. (via PRNewser
I don’t see Big Bird’s agent on the list, but there’s no denying that the 8’2” yellow puppet is seeing his star rise yet again. Over the weekend, the “Sesame Street” persona joined Seth Meyers’ “Weekend Update” news desk
as a guest on “Saturday Night Live.” During his visit, Big Bird declined to comment on Mitt Romney's vow to cut federal funding for PBS, declaring that he didn't want to "ruffle any feathers."
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The “Sesame Street” streak also continued for President Obama, who during a rally at Cleveland State University last Friday, told Elmo he’d “better make a run for it
Watch the video here
Romney and Obama aren’t setting aside their differences any time soon, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for a reconciliation. Just look at GM and Ford. Detroit’s two largest automakers have allowed their rivalry to fall by the wayside to collaborate on new 8-to-10-speed automatic transmissions
Not all rivalries are so easily squashed. As Apple and Samsung continue their epic smartphone battle
, a video from OnlineMBA.com demonstrates
that the tech giants should consider teaming up if either hopes to slay the tech dragon known as Google.
You can’t really categorize Google as a villain, at least not in a Disney-sense. However, in a fun reimagining of those classic children’s favorites, artist Justin Turrentine gives us five less kid-friendly alternative endings
to Disney classics had villains like Ursula or Cruella won.
Winning the TV ratings battle is another story altogether, and it’s one that online “involvement” is helping shows
such as Fox’s “The Mindy Project” to pull in an audience.
Of course, it’s nice to escape from the online and television words from time to time. Too bad you can’t just hit the ESC key to do it. In an interesting piece from The New York Times
, Pagan Kennedy provides us with some backstory on the classic keyboard control—not to be confused with CTRL, mind you.
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