Monday, September 27, 2010

Shopping Never Felt So Good

Scientists from the University of Westminster conducted a study commissioned by The Institute of Promotional Marketing and came up with the following conclusion:
"Buyers get the same dose of emotional arousal, when they confront special offers and coupon codes in shops as they receive from sexual arousal"
The scientists focused on the regions of the brain responsible for emotional anxiety when the 50 participants went shopping and when they watched an erotic film. The analysis was done on a 10 point scale with rates 5-7 corresponding to the state of sexual stimulation. Shoppers reached these levels when they came across sales, discount coupons, promotions and gifts. To make a long story short- and I quote- "It was found that the discount coupons had the same effect as pornography."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lady Gaga "If you don't like it, GO HOME!"

I think the speech is self explanatory ...

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Taste of Ramadan

I thought I would acknowledge 2 special recent events for todays post and try and combine them together. NFL Football + Ramadan. Yes, this is quite the weird combo but I am going to open up your mind and fill it with some great random facts!

Minnesota Vikings player Husain Abdullah has been fasting for Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer. He does not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. This 30 day period happens to be at the same time of training camp. Even during grueling workouts (sometimes in full pads), he will not take a water break. He is very adamant in his faith. He was quoted saying the following:

"I'm putting nothing before God, nothing before my religion,'' Abdullah said. "This is something I choose to do, not something I have to do. So I'm always going to fast.''

As a rookie in 2008, Abdullah never told anyone in the organization he was fasting! He is a quite guy and has been doing it since he was 7 and will continue to do so now.

To help make sure he is getting adequate nutrients and sustenance to perform in practice and early games nutritionists have developed a meal plan unique to his fasting for Ramadan. It is based on a 3,800 calorie diet and requires him to get up at 2am to consume 400 calories. He then wakes up again at 5am with his wife Zhavon to have breakfast. Breakfast consists of scrambled eggs with vegetables, a nonpork breakfast meat (pork is forbidden in a Muslim diet), oatmeal with fruit and various liquids... and usually a shake. He then waits until after the sun goes down before he eats or drinks again.

On a slightly related note, when researching for this blog one of the first google hits was the fact that New York Jet's coach Rex Ryan consumes 7, 000 calories a day! Judging from his picture it does not look like he is burning any off. For the random -but funny- article click here.

Also I would like to wish a Happy Eid to Dina and Atiya. Time to break your fast and eat! :D

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Desperate Times call for Desperate Measures

When helping my dear coworker Dina pick courses for school she asked me if I took "Advertising & Society". Well, I did take that class and decided to share one of the most memorable readings from it with Dina and the rest of the FactSnackers. The picture above is Karolyne Smith from Salt Lake City, Utah. She decided it would be wise to auction off her forehead on eBay.

Karolyne was searching for a company that was willing to pay $10, 000 in return for her tattooing their company's logo smack dab in the middle of her forehead. A few days after the posting on eBay she appeared on CBS's nightly news and a variety of different radio shows. In addition, it was took the number 2 spot on eBay's list of most watched items.

Now what would possess someone to want to permanently brand herself for $10, 000!? Well her son, that's who. She wants the best for him including sending him to college and allowing him to be the best he can be. She is quoted saying the following:

"I really want to do this. To everyone else, it seems like a stupid thing to do. To me, $10,000 is like $1 million. I only live once, and I'm doing it for my son ... It's a small sacrifice to build a better future for my son."

Now I realize that college and raising a family can be quite costly but I think there may have been better-and less drastic- solutions to this predicament. The tattoo parlor "SI TATTOOING" actually spent 7 hours trying to convince her to not go through with it.

So which company ended up dishing out $10K!? Drumroll please...

PS: Dina if you enjoyed this post, I recommend the course :)


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