Okay, so the title may be overstating it a bit but, what women hasn’t wanted to know what it feels like to pee standing up? Okay……..well surely there are some women who want to know what it feels like….right? Have I got the game for you! For the Nintendo Wii comes Super Pii Pii Brothers! All I can say is watch the video…
Courtesy of ThinkGeek.
Here’s a little tip on why you should be nice to your employees……….because if you’re not, they will be much meaner to you than you could ever be to them!
Generally speaking, the people in charge usually have a pretty good idea what they are doing. And if for whatever reason they don’t, they usually have surrounded themselves with people who do have a good idea what they’re doing. This is especially true for big corporations….or so you would think.
When I first saw this list it was shocking how poorly thought out some of these decisions were. I mean, people get paid a lot of money to do the “smart” thing. For example, The Quaker Oat Company. They’ve done pretty well for themselves over the years. Apparently they could have been doing much better though. In the 90’s they decided to expand, having already bought out Gatorade, and bought Snapple for $1.3 billion. That’s a lot of money…….a lot of money!
Obviously things had been weighed, carefully considered, all of the angles covered……..right? Oh how wrong you would be if you thought that. After the purchase was completed they actually sat down and thought about it, only to realize that Snapple wasn’t like all their other products. This product actually needed to be refrigerated! Who knew? Time for a quick inventory on how many refrigerated trucks Quaker had…………..what’s that, you haven’t started counting yet? That’s okay, you’re done. Quaker didn’t have any! To make a long story short, distribution companies figured this out and raised their prices. Not long after, Triarc bought Snapple from the Quaker Oats Company for $300 million. Let me do the math for you. That’s a loss of $1 billion! Good job guys.
This is only #10 in the list. To read the rest visit List Verse for 10 Pretty Stupid Business Moves.
Toronto Councilor Paula Fletcher went ballistic on one of her bosses the other day. In this case her boss being a taxpayer who had the nerve to question the way city council was spending their budget.
If Paula Fletcher is allowed to keep her job, or worse yet, if she is somehow re-elected then I will have lost all faith in the Canadian political system. I admit that I don’t have far to go in order to lose “all faith” in it but, even still it would be very disheartening. What in the world is wrong with politicians that they think they can treat people with such contempt?
There is a lot of talk about how she is the former President of The Communist Party of Canada, although I’m not sure if that is really relevant. I mean she acted like a spoiled brat and really I think that’s the point here.
An Amber Alert was issued yesterday when a 1-year-old girl named Jaylin Boudria was kidnapped in Swansea, MA. Quickly the twitter community went to work tweeting about the Alert. I first heard about it when one of the people who I follow-on twitter tweeted about it, Patrick O’Malley (617patrick). I, along with many others quickly re-tweeted the message to our twitter followers (which isn’t all that many in my case, but millions in the case of some others). At around 5 o’clock came news that the little girl was found safe in Connecticut! I was so glad to hear that this story had a happy ending.
For the full story you can read Patrick’s account of it at the-linkedin-speaker.com
So comedian Sarah Silverman was invited to speak at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which usually is the domain of people like Al Gore, Tony Robbins, J.J. Abrams, Bill Gates, etc. Frankly I’m not sure what they were thinking when they invited Silverman to speak there, don’t get me wrong, she is a talented comedian but, perhaps her brand of humour isn’t exactly the right fit for the group that she would be speaking to. The following quote is from TED’s own website:
Is TED elitist?
That’s a word to be very careful with. The answer is yes (in a good way), but also no.
If you know anything about Sarah Silverman you probably know that she is an odd choice for such a group. Yet they did choose her, and she did speak. Apparently organizer Chris Anderson of TED either had no idea who she was before she spoke or…….I’m not sure what else he could have been thinking really. After she presented he sent out this tweet:
“I know I shouldn’t say this about one of my own speakers, but I thought Sarah Silverman was god-awful…”
You’re right Chris, you shouldn’t be saying that about one of your own speakers! Think before you tweet Chris. I mean, talk about throwing someone under the bus after they come and speak at YOUR event. I guess he did realize that he really shouldn’t have said it because he quickly deleted his tweet…..not quickly enough though. Silverman shot back with this:
Kudos to @TEDChris for making TED an unsafe haven for all! You’re a barnacle of mediocrity on Bill Gates’ asshole.
Which in turn, was followed by this from Steve Case, formerly of Time Warner and AOL. Why Case felt the need to stick his nose into this situation is beyond me but, here goes:
Which, not surprisingly was followed by this from Silverman:
@SteveCase You should be nicer to the last person on earth w an aol account.
Then this from Case:
Followed again by Silverman:
Okay, so what have we learned?
- To have some idea of the type of person you are inviting to speak at your event
- To not trash the speakers at your event in view of millions of people
- To not get involved in someone else’s fight
- To not get into a public insult contest with a comedian
To see what Chris Anderson learned, you can read this post that he has just recently put up talking about the situation.