Good Guys Hook Waitress Up With $200 Tip
No More Racy Super Bowl Ads for GoDaddy.com
GoDaddy.com has decided that it’s time to move on from their racy and often controversial Super Bowl ads, with chief marketing officer Barb Rechterman saying in a statement Thursday (October 31st), “We’ve matured. We’ve evolved. Our new brand of Super Bowl commercials will make it crystal clear what we do and who we stand for.” The domain registration and hosting service ran its first Super Bowl ad in 2005, which spoofed Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” and has been running sexually suggestive spots in football’s big game since, often featuring race car driver and spokeswoman Danica Patrick. But GoDaddy.com got a big negative reaction to one of its Super Bowl spots in February, which featured supermodel Bar Rafaeli making out with a nerdy guy. Rechterman said the risque ads strategy got a lot of attention and was good for a young company, but, as she told USA Today, “Now we need to take this brand to a new level.” She also acknowledged, “We polarized some. I understand that. But I’m not ashamed of our past.” GoDaddy.com has bought two 30-second spots for this year’s Super Bowl.
A woman who was trying to create a Frankenstein dog using dead and live animals has been arrested. The woman has almost 100 dead animals in the freezer of her house in Warsaw, Poland. Officers raided the house acting on a tip-off from neighbors who had complained about the smell and noise created from dozens of cats in the building. The woman faces up to two years in jail this time for animal cruelty if police confirm that the animals were abused for illegal experimentation purposes. (Daily Mail)
New York City Set to Soon Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21
New York City is set to soon become the biggest U.S. city to raise the tobacco-buying age from 18 to 21 and one of only a few places in the country to have done so. The City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (October 30th) to raise the age limit, which would also apply to electronic cigarettes. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, long a supporter of tough smoking laws, is expected to sign the measure, which would go into effect six months later. Bloomberg said in a statement after the vote, “We know that tobacco dependence can begin very soon after a young person first tries smoking, so it’s critical that we stop young people from smoking before they ever start.” However, opponents of the law say it’s unfair and patronizing to tell people old enough to vote and serve in the military that they’re not old enough to decide whether to smoke. As for cigarette manufacturers, who’ve argued that New York City’s high cigarette taxes have fueled black market sales, they suggest that 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds will just turn to illegal sellers.