During the Daytona 500 race, a bizarre set of events led to over 200 gallons of jet fuel being deposited all over the racetrack with just 40 laps remaining. First, a more routine caution came out. There was some debris on the track, and trucks were being used to get it clean off. However, driver Juan Pablo Montoya had something happen to his car, causing him to lose control even at the relatively lower caution speed. The car turned sideways and careened into one of the cleaning trucks, causing an explosion and massive fire to break out.
You would imagine NASCAR would have some special chemical that they would use in such a situation, something you or I could never get our hands on. Surprisingly, when it came time to clean off the Daytona track from jet fuel, oil, and the charred remains of the cleaning truck and Montoya’s car, they turned to a household ingredient that almost everyone has access too. Good ‘ole Tide detergent.
The cleaning crew was bringing out Tide detergent boxes one after another and pouring them on the track. Now, once again, you would think that if Tide is the standard for dealing with such a situation, NASCAR would probably have some industrial-sized barrel of it. Nope, they brought it out in the pretty little red boxes, just like you would buy in your local supermarket.
Could it just be that NASCAR prefers Tide over competing detergents? Sure. Or maybe Tide is just simply the best. However, it seems even more likely that we are witnessing some of the best product placement of all time. After all, everyone who was watching the race was talking about Tide detergent during the almost hour-long delay. Much better than a commercial, which most people routinely ignore. This “commercial” was the center of attention, and now it is seeping out beyond just NASCAR fans.
In any case, it’s a great break for Tide. One just wonders if there’s a deal brokered behind closed doors where Tide contributes money to be the cleaner of choice when tragedy strikes. Guess we’ll never know.
Yes, we know. We tout ourselves as filtering through the bullshit…but every once in a while, we stumble upon something that is so absurd that we feel like you need to know about it just so you won’t be caught by surprise if it comes up in conversation or your travels on the Internet. Yes, it’s true that some of our conspiracy site friends are reporting on this insane story about an alien implant in the back of President Obama’s head that is somehow connected to an Egyptian Pharoah that had the same problem. This is the kind of garbage that borders on absolutely ridiculous, but you would be surprised how many people are looking for this. For one thing, notice the horrible quality of the video, including the numerous frames where very common words are misspelled that an average first grader would get right on the first try.
A Swedish man was trapped in his car after being snowed in for two months. He reportedly survived on only a little snow and is believed to have entered a type of hibernation. He was discovered in very bad shape. But now rumors are circulating that he may have had some sustenance. He may have had small amounts of food or even ointments and creams that may have given him a few precious calories. He also is rumored to have lived in his car for 6 months and he lived in the forest as a loner.
The Chang’e-2 Orbiter launched by the Chinese has supposedly found bases on the moon. It is also rumored that NASA has bombed the moon to destroy these bases and other structures. We will have to wait and see if China releases this information. As of now this is all rumors so take it with a grain of salt.
We all have used winning the lottery as a way of revealing almost impossible odds in ordinary conversation. Well, if you’re in the state of Georgia, you might have to say “I got a better chance of winning the lottery three times.” That’s right, a producer for CNN (warning bells sound) recently became the third person to win in the Georgia Lottery this year. And we’re only three months in. It’s not a new trend, either. Tandi Reddick, the spokeswoman for the Georgia Lottery revealed 15 separate instances of repeat lottery winners in its’ history.
CNN producer Jennifer Hauser picked up a scratch-off ticket called “50X The Money.” She won a million bucks. This was only a couple of months after she won $100,000 playing another lottery game, “Georgia Lottery Black.” The odds of winning a sizable amount in any lottery game is pretty slim, but the odds of someone winning twice in less than a year’s time is unthinkable. The odds would have to get into astronomical terms. And yet, Ms. Hauser is actually the third person to pull this off in 2012.
As you might imagine, the uncanny events happening in the Georgia Lottery have started plenty of conspiracy theories. It also has inspired residents to buy more tickets. On the week of February 11, the Georgia Lottery recorded the best sales week in its’ history, with more than $101.2 million.
This video compiles many sound bites from presidents and government officials where they made some unfortunate word and phrasing choices. No conspiracies here, really. Even these guys are humans and misspeak from time to time (or if you’re talking about George W. Bush, all the time). However, it is definitely entertaining and worth taking a few minutes to get a good laugh at the expense of some real, live douchebags showing their true colors.