San Francisco, California – Two of the largest charities and used-clothing stores, Goodwill and The Salvation Army, have started a fierce bidding war over the Ralph Loren-designed, patchwork sweaters worn by the U.S. Olympic delegation at last night’s Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony. A third, lesser known used-clothing store in San Francisco, Out Of The Closet, has indicated it will join in the bidding.
The sweaters, made in the City of Commerce in Southern California, have received mixed reviews immediately after their world-wide television debut. Some fashionistas described the sweater as something one would use in an ‘uggliest sweater party.’
Goodwill, The Salvation Army and Out Of The Closet merchandise managers have agreed that the used sweaters will be a big hit in their stores not so much because they were worn at the Olympics but because “they are the type of sweaters that our customers always look for – patchwork and all.”
It wasn’t clear if the U.S. Olympic Committee will sell or donate the sweaters to the winning bidder.
Sochi, Russia – It was meant to be truly spectacular – snow flakes exploding to form the five rings of the Olympic logo. Except that one snow flake, well, flaked and didn’t turn into the fifth Olympic ring.
It was one of the embarrassing moments of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony.
But no worries, the technical glitch has resulted in a multi-million t-shirt business. Just minutes after the glitch unfolded on worldwide television, an enterprising Filipino produced and marketed a t-shirt bearing the botched Olympic rings image.
Internet orders of the t-shirt immediately came pouring in, resulting in a 30-day back order status, and assuring the entrepreneur earnings that would take him past his retirement age.
To register for the long waiting list for the t-shirt order, visit http://www.sochiglitch.com.
Manila, Philippines – The top ten list of countries with the most beautiful women is out, and the Philippines is not one of them. This, despite the fact that the Philippines has won the crown in all of the major international beauty pageants.
Other than the Philippines, only Venezuela and Brazil have similarly won all the major beauty pageants. Both Western countries are in the top ten list, with Brazil being rated number one.
The list was put out by UCityGuides, an international travel guide to the best destinations in the world.
“This is pure and simple discrimination,” said Joyce Ann Burton- Titular, a former Miss Philippines title holder and publisher of an internet site called Adventures of a Beauty Queen. “How can they possibly snub the Philippines when it practically won all the major beauty titles last year alone, including Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational,” Miss Burton-Titular said.
In reaction to this snub, a national coalition of women’s organizations in the Philippines is planning a Million March next week in Manila to publicly chastise UCityGuides and demand an apology.