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Converse just gave Chuck Taylors their first redesign in 98 years

Christopher Cocca:

I had no idea Chuck Taylors were 98 years old.

Originally posted on For The Win:

It took 12 years, but Nike is finally bringing new school technology to Chuck Taylors. On the outside, it’s near impossible to detect any aesthetic changes to the iconic shoe. But on the inside, Chucks are about to get a whole lot more wearable. There’s the Lunarlon sockliner and suede lining making this feel like just about every other Nike basketball and running shoe. That’s a good thing, since walking in Chucks previously felt like strapping cardboard to the soles of your feet.

There’s also the difference in name. These are the Chuck Taylor II’s. And yes, the Chuck II is more expensive (priced at $75). It’s also sold out currently, giving you enough time to save the money from your paper route to buy a pair before school starts.

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Man Rescues Old Drone with New Drone

“Make new drones, but keep the old…”

“Meet the new drone, same as the old drone…”

You know I can be found/sitting home all alone/

If you can’t come around, a least please send a drone…”

This reminds me of WALL-E:


more from Christine Linnell.

I know I don’t need to say this, but just a friendly reminder:  recreational drones = awesome.  drones that kill civilians = bad.


Radio Shack Rebrands as dioSha

In a move executives think will save millions, Radio Shack announced its new brand identity on Tuesday.  The latest in a series of cost-cutting measures for the once-dominant retailer boils down to this: Radio Shack has renamed itself dioSha effectively immediately.

“We’ll cut outdoor lighting costs by almost half right out of the gate,” said CMO Tandy Carouthers, noting that dioSha is only 6 letters as opposed to the legacy brand’s lengthy 10. “It also dovetails nicely with our green initiatives, really reducing our carbon footprint.”


McDonald’s Franchisees See Writing On The Wall

For McDonald’s, things are going from bad to worse as the corporate makeover-that-isn’t continues to take shape (or doesn’t).

29 franchise owners took part in an ongoing survey conducted by Mark Kalinowski.  July’s results reveal an outlook even more dour than sentiments captured in April, the former low-water mark for franchisee confidence as rated by Kalinowski’s model.

Meanwhile, Chipotle, despite some market disappointments of its own, continues to thrive because it understands that people just want better food.


When Did We Start Eating Chicken?

Sometime between 400 and 200 BC?  So says new evidence being reported by NPR and Grist.

An interesting line from the Grist piece, noting that eating chicken (though not meat in general) seems to have been a relatively recent cultural decision:

Perhaps we can just decide that we’re not gonna raise animals in horrific conditions just so we can have our all-you-can-eat buffets and cheap burgers. Perhaps we can just decide that we’ll start eating insects or lab-grown meat or weird veggie-based imitation meat simply because it’s better for the planet…

NPR here. Grist here.

Chipotle Friend or Faux: While You’re Waiting For Chipotle to Post Second Quarter Earnings, Play This Fun (Disturbing) Chipotle Online Game

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is set to report second quarter earnings today.

While you wait, or while you wait in line at a CMG near year, play this fascinating little game the company rolled out exposing what it calls “faux” ingredients in the food of traditional fast food (that’s a thing, I guess) competitors.  Oh, and you get a free burrito.

This is How You Know Shaq Does His Own Stunts on Instagram

This is pretty funny.