Sometimes news stories are so out there, they make you scratch your head or make you laugh. We’ve been collecting a few strange stories from the Fall that will pique your curiosity.
SPACE: THE MARKETING FRONTIER
The title says it all. More and more advertisers are looking up for ideas to sell their stuff.
Exhibit 1: British grocery chain Iceland Food sent a chicken nugget over 20 miles above the earth. Why? Only to celebrate the chain’s 50th anniversary. It took two hours to go up, spent an hour floating in space and then returned to the ground. They used a space marketing company called Sent Into Space to pull this stunt off. Discover how they did it on Business Insider.
Exhibit 2: Astronauts on the International Space Station now double as marketing photographers. Recently, makeup giant Estée Lauder sent 10 bottles of their new Advanced Night Repair serum for a photo shoot at the observatory on the station. No astronauts will be in the pictures. Hopefully during the four and a half hour photo shoot, they take great pictures with the backgrounds they will see. Read the full press release from Estee Lauder here. NASA is opening up the ISS to businesses to create a low-Earth orbit economy.
GOOD NAME CHANGE
Many cities around the world are named after local natural wonders like Hot Springs, Arkansas or Cotton Valley, Louisiana. But what if your town is named Asbestos? There is/was a city in Canada named after a nearby chrysotile asbestos mine. Back in 2012, the mine shut down but only in mid-October was there a vote to rename the town of 7,000. The new city name is Val-des-Sources which means Valley of the Springs. Some people opposed to renaming the town. Find out their story on MSN.
PEOPLE MUST REALLY MISS AIRPLANE FOOD
We give credit to Singapore Airlines in trying out something different to generate revenue during the pandemic. During two weekends in October, people signed up to dine on a Singapore Airlines A380 double decker superjumbo jet. The plane won’t fly anywhere. You go and eat from their specially designed menu. Meals started at $50 for Economy up to $600+ for Suite class. A special tour of the plane, in-dining movie service and limited edition souvenirs are included. They sold out pretty quick but if eating on board an airplane is your thing, click here for more info.
BREAKING OUT THE BIG GUNS
Mosquitos better be afraid. Recently, two C-130 cargo planes arrived at Barksdale Air Force Base. Each plane carries a MASS (Modular Aerial Spray System). Forget crop dusters and those pickups with sprayers you see around your neighborhood. These MASSes cover a wide area for pest control. They are here to help mitigate mosquitos in Southwest Louisiana follow Hurricane Delta. Read more at the KSLA story.
IT’S BEGINNING TO SMELL A LOT LIKE A FAST FOOD CHRISTMAS!
Sing it with us! Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced recently that the for-whatever-the-reason popular Christmas Fire Log back. Spend a cold evening next to the fireplace craving KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Fried Chicken. No word if you roast a marshmallow for S’mores, it’ll taste like chicken. Read the full details here.
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