never sleep again
Back in 1963, Willard Scott was not yet the famous weatherman of The Today Show; the predecessor to Al Roker. He was just a guy looking for a gig…any gig, as this newly unearthed McDonald’s commercial reveals. Brought to the light of day for the burger joint’s 50th anniversary, this television spot featuring Mr. Scott as Ronald McDonald raises way more questions than it answers. Mostly “How is that even a clown?”, “Is that a cup on his nose?” and “Will I ever sleep again?”
Your papers, please: Texas Republican Randy Neugebauer of the House Financial Services committee asked the New York Fed for all of its communications pertaining to Libor with the 16 banks under investigation for manipulating interbank lending rates dated between August 2007 and July of this year.
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It’s been a site of scorn from residents and politicians for a series of violent episodes that have rocked the neighborhood. Police have said it needs as much security as a rowdy bar. Except its not a rowdy bar, it’s Greenwich Village’s local Mickey D’s.
The fast-food chain, which is located on West 3rd Street, has been the site of three violent incidents in the past year, compelling City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to launch a boycott of the restaurant until they buff up security on Monday.Quinn — along with support from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Community Board 2 and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer — are calling for the chain to hire an off-duty cop to police the restaurant at times when there is a potential for trouble.
“The first thing this McDonald’s needs to do is engage better security through the paid detail option that our police department offers,” Quinn said outside the restaurant Monday. “Those are off-duty police offcers trained in how to do this type of security. This will be a huge step forward, make a difference and a show of good faith.”
Fordham University published their Fourth Quarter 2011 V-Positive Report, which measures the Consumer Value Index. The methodology is based off of a few psychological theories that reflect the “understanding of the motivation to consume.” In short: a thousand people are surveyed at the end of the year and answer several attributes for each of the seven domains.
Changing tactics after the abysmal failure of their sponsored hashtag campaign on Twitter, McDonald’s has now released their quarterly reports that indicate that most people consume their burgers and fries between midnight and 5 a.m. It’s a brilliant statistic to release, since it’s basically McDonald’s gloating that despite what everyone says about them, they’re still the go-to meal for late-night drunks.
You’d have thought that Taco Bell’s tweet on Martin Luther King Day– “Have you ever dreamed about eating @TacoBell and then woke up and made that dream come true?” –would have been bad enough to scare off any other fast food chains from making another social media blunder this week. But like a line of delicious, deep-fried dominoes, McDonald’s has now toppled in the face of the almighty force that is thousands of bored, scabby teens.
In an effort to compete with more “boutique” burger joints sprouting up in the Middle East, McDonald’s has unveiled a “Big America” series of hamburger to replace their current Israeli best-seller, the McFalafel.
Occupy Wall Street
It was around 7 p.m. Monday night, and the McDonald’s across from Zuccotti Park was packed. Tired cops who had just spent two hours corralling protesters during one of Occupy Wall Street’s marches waited in line behind tired protesters still caked in zombie makeup. The lines for the bathroom were twenty people long; once inside a stall, the used toilet paper is stacked higher than the actual toilets.
A couple of families hurried in and out, one woman dragging her daughter away from two white guys in dreads who were giggling over some tablets of white powder.
“We just found these on the ground man,” the two young men confided in us before opening up the capsules and pouring the contents onto the table to inspect. “You never know though.”
Earlier this month, the Journal wrote an a-hed about the national obsession that is the McRib sandwich. The article set the Internet on fire, not only because readers were shocked to discover that there was a band of otherwise sane American men and women obsessed with the limited-time-only sandwich but also Read More
Science vs. Art
What is wrong with artists these days? They’re feeding ants all the wrong foods, as the Times’ once-a-week Science section gloriously puts on display, just so they can make derivative art in the style of Damien Hirst, who, Read More