PR stunts that became pop culture touchstones

For instance, the Rose Bowl started as a ploy to attract Midwesterners to the West Coast.

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It can certainly happen, and we offer these six publicity stunts as proof (via

1. The Olympic torch was originally a Nazi publicity stunt.

2. Public monuments of the Ten Commandments were originally meant to publicize the film “The Ten Commandments.”

3. The iconic Hollywood sign was originally constructed to promote a housing development.

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