According to Katherine Lowe (96, standing second from the right), the famous picture of women firefighters using a hose following the attack on Pearl Harbor did not actually happen on December 7, 1941. The photo was “likely taken during a training exercise” at the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard where the women worked as civilians.
Additionally, MSNBC reports the photo was “a Navy publicity photo taken to showcase the roles of women during the war.”
A local gun club in Scottsdale, Arizona is hosting an event for parents and their children to pose for pictures with Santa Claus while holding machine guns they would not be allowed to legally own. Even toddlers are permitted to hold high-powered firearms in the photos. Organizers say the event has so far attracted hundreds of participants. (Yahoo)
Who knew Crossroads would be a launching pad for so many people?
AMC’s new show, Hell on Wheels, stars “Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a grizzled Civil War veteran who’s determined to avenge his wife’s murder.” But did you know Anson got his start as the guy who takes Brit’s virginity her movie debut, Crossroads?
Also involved in Brit’s de-flowering before they got big: Zoe Saldana was Brit’s childhood best friend, Justin Long pops in as Henry and Shonda “Effing medical drama” Rhimes wrote the damn thing.
Heinz to promote eating while driving?
After observing these and other “compensating behaviors,” H. J. Heinz Co. says it spent three years developing a better ketchup packet.
Heinz says the new “Dip and Squeeze” packets will begin replacing the traditional rectangular ketchup packets later this year at Wendy’s Co. restaurants. Smaller chains including Chick-fil-A Inc., Smashburger Master LLC, and International Dairy Queen Inc. started carrying the packets earlier this year.
As the name promises, “Dip and Squeeze” ketchup can be squeezed out through one end or the lid can be peeled back for dipping. The red, bottle-shaped packets hold three times the ketchup as traditional packets. The new containers are more expensive than the old sleeves, but Heinz hopes customers learn not to grab more than one or two.
To develop the new packet, Heinz staffers sat behind one-way, mirrored glass, watching consumers in 20 fake minivan interiors putting ketchup on fries, burgers, and chicken nuggets.
To try new prototypes himself, Mike Okoroafor, Heinz vice president of global packaging innovation and execution, bought a used minivan, taking it to local McDonald’s and Wendy’s drive-throughs to order fries and apply ketchup in the confined space.
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