Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Most Insane Car Stunt You Will Ever Watch. Changing Tyres On A Moving Vehicle. You Gotta See It To Believe It!

How the Saudi drifter manages to keep his 4x4 on two wheels with five people on the top-side, removing the tyres and putting them back, is something that seems death-defying.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Golden Age of Bullshit By Bob Hoffman. A Very Fascinating Debate on Advertising, Social Media And How/Why Brands Fail

Advertising veteran Bob Hoffman recently appeared at Advertising Week Europe 2014 with a talk called “The Golden Age of Bullshit.” It’s worth the 45 minutes it’ll take you to watch it, and even if you disagree with the guy, you’re certain to learn a lot.

Watch his fascinating debate on the failed predictions of advertising experts over the past decade, with particular focus on the social media marketing of brands. 

Bob Hoffman is The Ad Contrarian. Bob is an author, speaker, and partner in Type A Group, a consultancy to agencies and marketers. Bob is author of "101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising" which is the #1 selling advertising book on Amazon. Bob is also author of the book "The Ad Contrarian" and "The Ad Contrarian" blog, which was named one of the world's most influential advertising and marketing blogs by Business Insider. 

Senator Nearly Hit by Train During a Train Safety Event

United States Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was nearly struck by a speeding train during a press conference on Friday — at a conference about commuter safety, no less.

The conference, which was held on a Metro-North train platform in Milford, Conn., was meant to draw attention to an overhaul in Metro-North safety. But it ended up being a dangerous situation itself.  With his back to the tracks, Blumenthal said, "Safety, as you know, is paramount..." just as an Amtrak train sped through the station.

The Most Honest (Satirical) Corporate Ad You Will Ever See. Just Brilliant! (NSFW Warning)

In this hilarious satirical look at a corporate PSA, some energy executives tell us what they are REALLY thinking.  Just FYI, this uses language that is not safe for work.
Major international corporations have been operating on this premise for decades yet, for obvious reasons, will never have the courage to just say it like it is. This video does it for them!

Living Beyond Limits: Amy Purdy Who Lost Both Her Legs At 19 Now Stands Up On Her Feet To Inspire Millions To Not Give Up On Their Dreams

Amy Purdy talks about the power of imagination. She explains how our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make. Imagination allows us to break down borders, to move beyond our circumstances, to create and constantly progress.

Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face -- or can even fathom. But what makes her story so incredible is not that fact that she lived a "normal" childhood and spent her high school years as a passionate artist and snowboarder, then traumatically lost both her legs at age 19, but how she has persevered, taking implausible challenges and rising above them.

Today, Amy is an athlete; currently the top ranked adaptive female snowboarder in the world. Amy also spends a good amount of time helping others; specifically those with physical challenges get involved with snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and other action sports through the organization she co-founded Adaptive Action Sports. Challenging herself while making a positive impact on the world is a true testament to Amy's spirit.

Rufous hummingbird Joins The Rest Of The Species In Wishing You A Happy Earth Day

Today April 22, 2014 Google has come up with a very colourful and animated Doodle to mark the World Earth Day. The doodle begins with an animation of a rufous hummingbird hovering over flowers with mouseover text "The Rufous Hummingbird wishes you a happy Earth Day 2014!"  

Six different animated doodles depicting different species – Rufous humming bird, Japanese Macaque, Veiled chameleon, Moon jellyfish, Puffer fish and Dung beetle can be found on the google home page. Each doodle shows one animal species and the environment they live, probably suggesting that we need to maintain the environment for the species to exist.

The first ever Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. The idea was the brainchild Gaylord Nelson, then a US Senator from Wisconsin. Nelson conceived the idea after witnessing the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student movement that was going on at the time against the Vietnam war, Nelson dreamt of movement that would make people think about air and water pollution and force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.

Earth Day is now observed in around 192 countries, with activities being coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day coordinator Denis Hayes.

Monday, 21 April 2014

30 Mind Blowing Posters Against Travel Restrictions For HIV Affected People

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, governments and the private sector have implemented travel restrictions with regard to HIV positive people wishing to enter or remain in a country for a short stay (e.g. business, personal visits, tourism) or for longer periods (e.g. asylum, employment, immigration, refugee resettlement, or study). According to data collected by the European AIDS Treatment Group, a total of 74 countries have some form of HIV-specific travel restrictions, 12 of which ban HIV positive people from entering for any reason or length of time. The most common reasons used are to protect public health and to avoid possible costs associated with care, support and treatment of people living with HIV. 

Whatever the reason, HIV-related travel restrictions raise fundamental issues regarding the human rights of non-discrimination and freedom of movement of people living with HIV in today’s highly mobile world.  

Here are some Mind Blowing posters supporting the cause of Travel freedom for HIV affected people.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. Inspiring talk by Cameron Russell

Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

30 Most Powerful Poverty Alleviation Posters Ever Made.

1.2 Billion people live on less than U.S. $1 dollar a day and over nine million people die worldwide each year because of hunger. Approximately 1.2 Billion people suffer from hunger. Since poverty leads to hunger, poverty must be alleviated to alleviate hunger.

Here are some Mind Blowing ideas in posters that highlight this cause.