Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
Like so many of you, my Facebook news feed is packed to the brim with friends’ wedding albums and baby pics. As a contentedly single and childless 20-something, I’ve officially had it—and apparently so had the makers of Unbaby.me
, a new Facebook extension for Google Chrome users that replaces infant photos
with images of “awesome stuff” like bacon
or baby sloths.
One image audiences wouldn’t dare replace is that of the “chubby kid” in Nike’s new spot for the Olympics. Although the brand isn’t an official sponsor of the Summer Games, that hasn’t deterred people from falling in love with Nathan Sorrell
, the overweight preteen star of an unexpectedly moving commercial whose grit to find his greatness while running in London, Ohio has won hearts over.
The same love wasn’t shared for this “Don’t drive like a …” billboard campaign
erected in Australia that many believe is more degrading than helpful.
An ad for Agent Provocateur proved too steamy for Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which asked the lingerie retailer to pull it
. A spokesperson for the company acknowledged the issue, but hasn’t withdrawn the video, saying: “Our customers are incredibly important to us and whilst we do not wish to offend we do hope to provoke—something the majority of our customers value us for.”
Although many people vocalized their opposition to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s stance on same-sex marriage
, supporters of the chain turned up in droves for its “Appreciation Day
” held this week resulting in record sales
for the franchise.
So what about the restaurant’s gay employees? They’re speaking out
now, too. By and large, they have found the last couple of weeks to be rather difficult to say the least, while others even fear for their job security
Wherever you choose to go for your next fast food fix, take note of a new ketchup trick
that proves we’ve been doing it wrong all this time. Forgive us, Heinz.
That’s all the proof I need to say that one can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks. Bringing that dog to work is another story. Amid the pressure of deadlines and client meetings, OPEN Forum
took time out to assess why bringing man’s best friend to the office might reduce stress
Maybe DirecTV should try the dog tactic. Something tells me that after reporting its first drop in U.S. subscribers
, the company might be slightly on edge.
Speaking of dropping, “Citizen Kane” fell from its glory on the British Film Institute’s critics’ list of the all-time greatest movies
. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” dethroned the classic, which held the top spot for the last 50 years.
Patricia Krentcil may fall from her “tan mom” glory if her recent behavior continues. The infamous New Jersey fake-baker posed for a photo-shoot after accepting a challenge from In Touch magazine
and going one month without hitting the tanning booth. The 44-year-old mom’s take on her less than leathery look: “I feel weird and pale.” And I thought Krentcil would be seething about the new Little Miss Coppertone
On that note, don’t forget to wish our Commander-in-Chief a happy birthday this weekend. President Obama turns 51 years old on Saturday, and even Republicans are getting in the spirit
of things (sort of), as are his Floridian supporters who serenaded our fearless leader
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