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April 2011

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NYTimes.com: Once a Great Flop, Now Sold for Billions

NYTimes.com: Once a Great Flop, Now Sold for Billions

In the story about Procter & Gamble selling the Pringles line, this interesting tidbit:

Mr. Baur never lost his affection for the Pringles’ can, which he invented. When he died in 2008, his children honored his request to bury his ashes in a Pringles can. In an interview with Time, Mr. Baur’s son, Larry, said he and his siblings stopped at a Walgreen’s to pick up a can of Pringles on the way to the funeral home.

“My siblings and I briefly debated what flavor to use,” Mr. Baur said, in the Time interview. “But I said, ‘Look we need to use the original.’ “

Books

Free Kindle Book, “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield

Another free Kindle book.  Do the Work by Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don’t know where to start?

The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work.

Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance – a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

This book looks like it’s worth a look.  Especially when it’s free!

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ESPN.com: William Perry gets Super Bowl ring back

ESPN.com: William Perry gets Super Bowl ring back

It’s a great story, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, down on his luck gets his Super Bowl ring back as a gift from a 10 year old boy, Cliff Forrest.

And how did 10 year old Cliff get the ring?  By buying from a sports bar using $8,500 from his college fund!

Cliff used money he had been saving for college to purchase the ring after seeing it at Mickey Mantle’s restaurant and sports bar in New York City. The establishment also has a sports memorabilia section. Cliff Forrest Sr., who owns Rosebud Mining Company in Pittsburgh, said the ring was purchased for $8,500.

“When Cliff saw the ring, he said he had to have it,” Tracy said. “Once I saw the price, I said, ‘Absolutely not. We’re not buying the ring.’

“He ended up taking money out of his savings account. We told him it was money for college, but he ended up getting the ring.”

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ThinkGeek.com: Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles

ThinkGeek.com: Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles

Websites that have fake stories for April Fool’s Day are generally pretty lame.  ThinkGeek.com is an exception.  They’ve been creating great geeky fake products that you can’t order.  Sometimes they’re so good they actually end up being made.  Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles is one that I see being made in the future.

ThinkGeek __ Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles.jpgUPDATE: Just watched the video ad on the website.  Pretty funny.

In a close second is the PLAYMOBIL (TM) Apple Store
Check out the Apple Store commercial in the link!

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