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Robert Klara

MTV Star 'Big Black' Boykin Pitches 'Big' New Car in Goofy Videos for Fiat

Not a tiny man, not the usual tiny car

Chris "Big Black" Boykin holds Guinness World Records for eating five powdered donuts in three minutes and eating three bananas in one minute. Now comes his latest accomplishment—making the Fiat…

Throwback Thursday: Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson, Playboy Bunnies and a Tennis Tournament

It's not the setup for a joke

Yes, it really happened: Bill Cosby played O.J. Simpson in a celebrity tennis tournament attended by shapely women in bunny outfits. This ad announcing the festivities—the Cosby Celebrity Challenge—appeared in…

Meet the Biker Dude Allstate Is Paying to Ride to Every State Capital in America

Selling safety with a bike, a beard and tattoos

Remember taking your driver's test? Remember how many questions were devoted to sharing the road with motorcycles? Don't rack your brains; we'll tell you: in most states, none. And that's why…

Meet the $935 Pen That Turns a Scribble Into a Status Symbol

Why President Obama and Johnny Depp both own Montblanc's Meisterstück

It's not often that a pen finds itself at the very center of an international event, but that's exactly what happened 52 years ago when John F. Kennedy visited Cologne,…

How Shinola Went From Shoe Polish to the Coolest Brand in America

Nobody's confusing shit with Shinola anymore

You had to know your U.S. history to fully appreciate the gag on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 21. Two contestants, Guillermo and Yehya, stood on a set made…

Did Starbucks Buy (and Close) La Boulange Just to Get Its Recipes?

$100 million wasn't a lot to fix food problems

Starbucks courted San Francisco's upscale La Boulange bakery chain for six months before buying it in 2012, for $100 million in cash. At the time, the acquisition was hailed as…

Today's Dads Call Band-Aid Their No. 1 Best-Perceived Brand

In survey, J&J stalwart beats Craftsman, Home Depot, Lowe's

As Father's Day approaches, what brand do dads think of most highly? Turns out it's Band-Aid. A survey released this week asked American fathers which brands they hold in highest regard,…

Carlsberg Is Launching a Line of Men's Grooming Products, All Made With Beer

Barley and hops are good for hair, brewer notes

Men really like their beer, including Denmark-brewed Carlsberg, which controls over 8 percent of the global beer market. The question is: Do men like Carlsberg enough to wash their hair…

Throwback Thursday: When Doctors Prescribed 'Healthy' Cigarette Brands

White coats, black lungs and dubious studies

Don’t be foolish, take your doctor’s advice: Smoke a fresh cigarette. From the 1930s to the 1950s, advertising’s most powerful phrase—“doctors recommend”—was paired with the world’s deadliest consumer product. Cigarettes weren't…

How Colgate, the Famous Minty Goop, Found Its Way Onto Your Toothbrush

Helping Americans achieve romantic success for 141 years

Sometime around 1892, a Connecticut dentist named Washington Sheffield—who'd introduced toothpaste to America in 1850—received a letter from his son, Lucius. While studying art in Paris, Lucius had watched realist…

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