The Consumerist has a great post about KFC and the city of Chicago.
After a typical winter, Chicago roadways are full of potholes. Filling potholes is a costly affair. Enter KFC. The fast food giant has offered to fix the potholes in exchange for being allowed to stencil over the repairs in white paint proclaiming, "Refreshed by KFC."
The city of Chicago and the state of Illinois are seriously considering the offer.
Good for them.
During more flush times, I would be alarmed by the thought of advertising encroaching on public roads. But times suck. City and state budgets are impossibly strained. If KFC picking up the tab for fixing potholes prevents the kind of budget cuts that get public school teachers and police officers laid off, for heaven's sake, put the Colonel and his spray paint to work.
According to an article in the New York Times, some celebrities are not writing their own Twitter posts. Celebrities like 50 Cent, Britney Spears and Barack Obama, for example, are not composing their own Tweets.
Shaquille O'Neal is still keeping it real.
Shaq says, “If I am going to speak, it will come from me,” adding that the Twitter allows him to speak directly to his fans.
And refering to celebrities who don't write their own Tweets, he says, “It’s 140 characters. It’s so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.”
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These are the depictions of Betty Crocker over the years.
1936 Betty looks like she's standing trial for murder.
1972 Betty looks like Dracula in drag.
I'm guessing that when they created the current Betty they were trying to blur her ethnicity. I like the idea but the execution looks too much like a photograph and that ruins the romance of the brand.
1955 Betty is the only one who looks like she actually bakes cakes.
For some reason I can't explain, 1965 Betty is my favorite. How about you?