Welcome to this week’s version of Market It Write’s Monday Madeleines, our collection of interesting, newsworthy, funny and sometimes controversial content we bumped into on the web. We hope you’ll enjoy them and that you’ll have a great week ahead.
New Study Claims ‘Cougars’ Do Not Exist
Here’s an interesting post from Time magazine offering conflicting opinions on whether Cougars (older women who pursue younger men) really exist or the whole thing is just being made up by dating sites who stand to gain from perpetuating a myth. Thanks to @Flipbooks (Blair Semenoff) for fueling the controversy.
Are Your Pants Lying to You? An Investigation
Here’s a great post from Abram Sauer for Esquire that talks about vanity sizing by manufacturers of men’s pants. After wondering why he could no longer get into size 36 dress pants at H&M, Sauer decided to grab a tape measure and do some undercover work. The results are telling in that they de-pantsed Old Navy as being the biggest culprit, with size 36 pants actually having a 41-inch waistline. From @GuyKawasaki.
General Motors to Integrate Facebook with OnStar
Talk about getting inundated in social media. This post on Mashable reports that OnStar will soon offer a service that reads both Facebook and text messages to OnStar subscribers. According to the story, drivers will be able to respond with pre-canned messages, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking maybe too many pre-canned social messages and driver distractions exist already.
Boxer Pig (PIC)
The Creative Ad Awards site features this submission from advertising giant BBDO. It’s a great image with a short message of: “It’s good there is AlkaSeltzer.” Very creative and amusing.
Space Spiral (PIC)
This picture taken from the Hubble telescope shows “an unusually ‘perfect’ cosmic corkscrew” with evenly spaced rings. Astronomers believe the near-perfect shape is a result of the dying star, which is estimated to complete an orbit every 800 years, losing its matter in a geometric pattern as it winds around. Thanks to @Ed ( Ed Shahzade) for calling our attention to this and related amazing photos on NatGeo.
Video of the Week
Google Instant Search: The Bob Dylan Version
Google debuted its Instant search feature last week. The company’s official YouTube video of the release had received well over half a million views as this issue of Monday Madeleines was being put to bed. Rather than watch a video of Google talking heads, we prefer the version accompanied by Bob Dylan singing Subterranean Homesick Blues.
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